The US Open is heading towards the second week, and the heat has just been turned up a notch. Days five and six gifted us some great tennis, with some great matches and a couple of big surprises. Let’s take a look at some highlights from days five and six at Flushing Meadows:
It was business as usual for world number one Novak Djokovic as he cruised to victory over Germany’s Benjamin Becker, with a straight sets victory more than enough to take the Serb into round three.
Third seed and current holder Andy Murray was victorious too, triumphing in four sets over Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer. Elsewhere among the seeds there were wins for Berdych, Youzhny and Wawrinka, while the rest of the matchups on Friday generally ended up in fairly expected results. This was not the case with Juan Martin del Potro’s game against Aussie Lleyton Hewitt though, the powerful Argentine – sixth seed in this tournament – deposed by the 31-year old former world number one in a five set thriller.
Serena Williams continued her rich vein of form at Flushing Meadows so far, beating Kazakhstani hopeful Yaroslava Shvedova in straight sets. Serena has shown her quality in New York once again, and it’s difficult to look far past the American in the race for the title.
One thing we might perhaps bemoan is the lack of competition in the women’s game, with every single match on Friday ending in straight sets victories. Radwanska, Li and Kerber all made their way safely through to the fourth round, with perhaps the only slight upset being Ekaterina Makarova’s triumph over Sabine Lisicki.
Roger Federer showed why it is never wise to write him off with a comfortable straight sets victory against French hopeful Adrian Mannarino. Facing the Swiss maestro in the fourth round will be Tommy Robredo, after the Spaniard defeated British number two Dan Evans in four sets.
Elsewhere in the men’s, there were wins for David Ferrer, Richard Gasquet and Rafael Nadal, as most of the top seeds achieved a safe passage into the fourth round. The one small upset of the round saw Philipp Kohlschreiber defeat 13th seed John Isner- the American going down in four sets to the German.
The big upset of the women’s tournament was Caroline Wozniacki’s shock loss to Italian hopeful Camila Giorgi; the Danish 6th seed going down in three sets to the 21-year old.
It was business as usual for the rest of the day, with wins for Azarenka, Kvitova and Ivanovic.
With the top four men in world tennis still in the tournament at Flushing Meadows, the climax to the US Open next week promises to be very exciting indeed. Likewise, with Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska still fighting in New York, both tournaments could sizzle as we head towards the final.