US Open wrap: Stan fights back, Nishikori recovers, and another milestone for Williams

Saturday’s play at the US Open produced yet more quality entertainment, here are the moments that mattered…

Superb Serena

Serena Williams hammered Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-2, 6-1 in just 61 minutes to claim her 307th grand slam singles victory, a mark that sees her move past the legendary Martina Navratilova at the top of the standings.

The 34-year-old has now moved level with Roger Federer for the most ever wins regardless of gender.

“That’s pretty awesome and what a place to do it, where everything first started,” said Williams who won her first grand slam title at Flushing Meadows in 1999.

“To be up there with both men and women is something that’s super rare, and it actually feels really good,” she added.

Serena is joined in the fourth round by her older sister, Venus, who notched up a 6-1, 6-2 win over 26th seed Laura Siegemund of Germany.

Nishikori recovers after early slip

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Kei Nishikori stumbled early on in his third round clash with Nicolas Mahut, but found his feet to notch up a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 victory.

The sixth seed, who is now 11-1 against Frenchman this year, lost the first set on the back of a lone break, but then proceeded to win 18 of the next 23 games to ease to victory.

The Japanese ace will face the big-serving Ivo Karlovic in the fourth round.

Stan comes back from the brink

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Third seed Stan Wawrinka was forced to stave off a match point before edging a hard-fought five-setter against Dan Evans 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (10), 6-2.

Evans had the chance to claim the first top-10 scalp of his career, but serving at 8-7 in the fourth-set tiebreaker was unable to take his chance.

Wawrinka was able to recover to win the set before reeling off the first four games of the decider to put himself in a position of dominance he would not surrender.

The Swiss will play Illya Marchenko in the fourth round after Nick Kyrgios was forced to retire from his clash with the Ukrainian.

Murray not at his best, but through

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Despite an error-strewn performance, Andy Murray downed Paolo Lorenzi 7-6 (7), 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 to book a fourth-round meeting with Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov.

The second seed made 63 errors – more than three times the number he made in the opening two rounds – and will need to up his game if he’s to go all the way in New York.

“He’s ranked 40 in the world. He’s pretty good, so I expected a tough match. I expected long rallies,” he said after the match.

“I’m just disappointed with the amount of errors I made. I was quite impatient at times. That cost me in the first and second sets.

“When I was more patient and waited for the right balls to go for I played much, much better and dictated more of the points. I wasn’t going for too much.

“The unforced errors came down significantly and the winners went up. The third and fourth sets were comfortable. Obviously the first two were extremely, extremely tough.”

Del Potro’s dream run continues

Juan Martin Del Potro is rolling back the years, with the 2009 US Open champion into the fourth round where he will face youngster Dominic Thiem.

The unseeded Del Potro, who was handed a wildcard to the event after a number of years curtailed by injury, downed Spain’s David Ferrer 7-6(3), 6-2, 6-3.

The Argentine won silver at the recent Rio Olympics, and his resurgence is turning into one of the stories of the tournament.

He was, understandably, delighted to make it into the second week…

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