Djokovic, Keys advance to semis; big day for Japan at US Open

Sep 09, 2018, 08:25

Keys was not without chances after amassing 13 break point opportunities throughout but she was unable to convert any against the impenetrable 20th seed.

All three of their previous matches went to three sets, and were tight the entire way through.

The defending champion and No. 1 seed at Flushing Meadows recovered from his disastrous start and other stumbles along the way to beat No. 9 Dominic Thiem 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) for a semifinal berth at a third consecutive Grand Slam tournament, winning a physical, back-and-forth tussle that concluded after 2 a.m. on Wednesday. Quarters was sort of my mental goal, like every time I played a Grand Slam.

"I didn't even know the rule", said Millman, whose request to leave briefly was permitted based on something called the "Equipment Out of Adjustment" provision in the International Tennis Federation guidelines, because his sweat was making the court slippery. It was odd enough to see a player be allowed to do that during, instead of after, a set, but even odder for it to happen after an even number of games, rather than at an odd-game changeover.

Keys was a 2017 finalist at Flushing Meadows, where the American was swept aside by countrywoman Sloane Stephens in her first appearance in a slam decider.

Madison Keys of the United States of America celebrates match point against Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in a quarterfinal match on day ten of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

She then dropped the first set to Serbia's Aleksandra Krunic but battled back to claim a 4-6 6-1 6-2 win.

"So I think just training hard the week before and trying to not put too much pressure on myself has really helped me do that". Osaka was tested for the first time by New Haven champion Aryna Sabalenka in the round of 16, but she won out 6-3 2-6 6-4 before hammering Lesia Tsurenko 6-1 6-1 in the quarterfinals.

"It's cruel, sometimes, tennis", Thiem said, calling the loss "the first really epic match I've played". In personal meetings the American was leading 3:0, but in each match the player from Kamarov managed to win the set.

She pushed some balls a few feet past the baseline, often failing to make Osaka do anything special to win a point, and finishing with 31 unforced errors. "I didn't want to show this kind of game in front of this big crowd, but unfortunately I'm just not able to play now". "I still haven't totally processed this match". "At the 2016 Australian Open, she averaged 81 miles per hour on her forehand, according to data compiled by Game Insight Group (GIG), faster than all men, save Tomas Berdych".

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