Pushing forward whenever possible, Roger Federer got back to the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the 10th time in 11 years with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory over 17th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain on Tuesday night.
The 20th-seeded Frenchman, who has always been known for his spectacular shots but inconsistent results, pounded his chest after the seventh-seeded Dmitrov hit a net cord and double-faulted on match point.
Only five women have participated in more majors before getting to a final four, and the relief brought Peng to the brink of tears. She said in her on-court interview that she at times thought about quitting the sport.
The top-seeded Williams lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open, the second round of the French Open and third round of Wimbledon. She said she felt the pressure of getting to the quarters of Flushing Meadows.
With the fifth-seeded Sharapova’s loss, No. 1 Serena Williams is the only woman left in the top six.
Gilles Simon, seeded 26th, confounded Ferrer with a variety of shots that kept him out of sync. Ferrer piled up an uncharacteristic 52 unforced errors, nearly twice as many as Simon.
Once again, there are zero American men in the U.S. Open’s round of 16 — something that had never happened until it did last year at the country’s tennis championship, which was first played in 1881.
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was stunned in the third round of the U.S. Open by a scrambling, moon-balling qualifier ranked No. 145.
Sara Errani wagged her finger and cupped her hand to her ear for the U.S. Open fans who tried to will Venus Williams to victory.
Ivanovic had 47 match wins coming into Flushing Meadows, the most of any woman on the tour this year. But she was unable to find a rhythm against Pliskova, a tall, big-hitting Czech ranked No. 42. I
Down a set and a break, Johanna Larsson rallied to win 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round Wednesday. The 26-year-old Swede had lost her opening match in four appearances at Flushing Meadows before this year.
Alec Baldwin showed his smoother side this week, effortlessly reaching out and grabbing a tennis ball that sailed into his stadium seat 12 feet or so above ground level during a U.S. Open match this week.