Federer beats Youzhny in five sets to reach third round

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Roger Federer was taken to five sets for the second time in three days before overcoming Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny at the US Open.

The five-time champion was two sets to one down but eventually came through 6-1 6-7 (3-7) 4-6 6-4 6-2 in New York.

Federer has now won all 17 matches against Youzhny, a year younger at 35, since the pair first met in 2000.

The Swiss third seed goes on to face Spanish 31st seed Feliciano Lopez in round three at Flushing Meadows.

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US Open 2017: Tomas Berdych knocked out by Alexandr Dolgopolov

Alexandr Dolgopolov.

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Czech 15th seed Tomas Berdych was knocked out of the US Open in four sets by Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov.

World number 64 Dolgopolov triumphed 3-6 6-1 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 in New York.

Berdych hit 57 unforced errors, 12 double faults and had a first-serve percentage of only 45% on court 17 at Flushing Meadows.

Dolgopolov, 28, will face Victor Troicki in the third round after the Serb beat Italy’s Stefano Travaglia 7-6 (8-6) 7-5 6-0.

The Ukrainian said on Wednesday he gave his “best effort” in a match at the Winston-Salem Open last week that is being assessed for suspicious betting patterns.

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US Open 2017: Elina Svitolina & Jelena Ostapenko reach third round

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Ukrainian fourth seed Elina Svitolina beat Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina to safely progress to the US Open third round.

Svitolina won 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 22 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Latvia’s French Open champion, 12th seed Jelena Ostapenko, also reached round three with a 6-4 6-4 win over Romanian Sorana Cirstea.

American world number 91 Jennifer Brady thrashed Czech Republic’s 23rd seed Barbora Strycova 6-1 6-1 in just 56 minutes in New York.

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Federer & Nadal in action on day four in New York

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Roger Federer will have his fitness tested as he and Rafael Nadal feature on day four of the US Open in New York.

Federer’s build-up to the tournament was disrupted by a back injury, and he was taken to five sets in his opening match by teenager Frances Tiafoe.

He will face Mikhail Youzhny in round two on Thursday from about 19:30 BST, before Nadal plays Japan’s Taro Daniel in the second night session match.

Top women’s seed Karolina Pliskova is also in action on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

She takes on American Nicole Gibbs after Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina opens play on the main court at Flushing Meadows against Evgeniya Rodina of Russia.

Federer, ranked third in the world, is searching for his third Grand Slam title of the year, following his success at the Australian Open in January and Wimbledon in July.

His biggest title rival is Spain’s Nadal, who beat Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic in his opening match of the tournament.

In the women’s draw, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, seeded 12th, opens play on Louis Armstrong against Sorana Cirstea, while American 20th seed Coco Vandeweghe begins the night session against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur.

Cincinnati Open champion Grigor Dimitrov, seeded seventh, is second on Louis Armstrong against Aljaz Bedene’s conqueror Andrey Rublev before sixth seed Dominic Thiem plays 19-year-old American Taylor Fritz.

Argentina’s 24th seed Juan Martin del Potro is second on Grandstand against Spanish world number 148 Adrian Menendez-Maceiras.

Meanwhile, Jamie Murray, Dominic Inglot and Naomi Broady are among the Britons in action as the doubles competitions begin.

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US Open 2017: Kyle Edmund wins as Aljaz Bedene and Cameron Norrie go out

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Kyle Edmund kept British hopes alive in the US Open singles after Aljaz Bedene and Cameron Norrie were beaten in New York on Wednesday.

Edmund, ranked 42nd, beat American Steve Johnson 7-5 6-2 7-6 (7-4) to reach round three for the second year running.

However, Bedene lost 6-1 6-4 6-4 to Russia’s Andrey Rublev in round one.

And qualifier Norrie went down 6-2 6-4 6-3 to Spanish 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the second round.

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US Open 2017: Maria Sharapova beats Timea Babos to reach third round

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Maria Sharapova came through another testing three-set match as she beat Timea Babos 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-1 to reach the US Open third round in New York.

Babos, 24, twice served for the first set but was broken both times before eventually prevailing in a tie-break.

Sharapova, who beat world number two Simona Halep in round one, reduced her error count in the second and third sets and broke Babos five more times.

She will play either Sofia Kenin or Sachia Vickery in the third round.

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US Open 2017: Nick Kyrgios knocked out by John Millman

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Australia’s Nick Kyrgios struggled with a shoulder injury as he lost to compatriot John Millman at the US Open – admitting: “I don’t know what to do.”

The 22-year-old 14th seed went down 6-3 1-6 6-4 6-1 in the first round in New York.

Kyrgios looked to have taken control of the match before he hurt his shoulder in the third set.

“One serve and my arm’s totally dead,” he told the physio while receiving treatment.

“I don’t know what to do. It’s so dead and numb, it’s incredibly weak. I wasn’t feeling it at all, and all of a sudden, bang, with one serve.”

After dropping the first set to Millman, the world number 235, it appeared as though Kyrgios was on his way to victory when he took the second 6-1.

However, the contest changed dramatically with Kyrgios serving at 1-1 in the third, at one point asking a ball boy to help him stretch his right arm.

To add to his frustration, Kyrgios was given a warning for an audible obscenity and, after losing the third set, penalised a point for violently smashing his racquet.

“My forehand’s painful, it’s just so annoying,” he told the trainer.

When fully fit, Kyrgios has shown the kind of form this year that has made him tipped as a possible Grand Slam champion, taking a rampant Federer to a final set tie-break in Miami and reaching his first Masters final in Cincinnati this month.

“I don’t know what to do, I really don’t,” he added on court.

“I’m feeling good, I finally had a good week last week, playing a good match, middle of the third set against an Aussie, and bang – that’s it.”

Millman goes on to face Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri or Thiago Monteiro of Brazil in the second round.

“I know Nick’s shoulder deteriorated as the match went on, so it’s a victory, but slightly hollow,” said Millan. “I feel for him.”

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US Open 2017: Elina Svitolina beats Katerina Siniakova to reach second round

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Fourth seed Elina Svitolina overcame a scare to beat world number 42 Katerina Siniakova in the US Open first round.

The Ukrainian fought back from a disappointing second set to win 6-0 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 on Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Svitolina had been in control of the match before rain intervened on Tuesday, and she struggled for rhythm when play restarted on Wednesday.

“Today was a little bit of a mess in my head and it was very tough to keep the focus,” she told Eurosport.

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Edmund, Bedene, Norrie carry British hopes on day three

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Kyle Edmund, Aljaz Bedene and Cameron Norrie will carry British hopes on a busy third day at the US Open after rain washed out much of day two.

Edmund plays American Steve Johnson in the fifth match on Louis Armstrong Stadium at about 23:00 BST.

Norrie faces Spanish 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta at a similar time, while Bedene takes on Russian Andrey Rublev at around 19:00.

Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are also in action.

Edmund, Bedene and Norrie are the last remaining Britons in the singles draws after defeats for Johanna Konta and Heather Watson on Monday.

World number two Andy Murray withdrew on the eve of the tournament with a hip injury.

‘I feel like I can go a little bit further’

Edmund, ranked 42nd, made his Grand Slam breakthrough in New York 12 months ago when he reached the last 16 before losing to Novak Djokovic, and he is on the march again.

The 22-year-old reached the semi-finals at the warm-up event in Winston-Salem last week and dispatched 32nd seed Robin Haase in round one at Flushing Meadows.

If his form is flourishing, playing a ninth match in 12 days could be his biggest obstacle.

“I’ve played a lot, so every day just to wake up and play a match becomes tiring, emotionally as well,” Edmund told BBC Radio 5 live.

“I knew the situation and I wasn’t going to have a lot of time, I’d just have to get on with it and use the things I’m doing well.”

Energy levels might be low but confidence should be high against Johnson after he beat the world number 46 just six days ago.

“I finished that match a lot better than I started, so the gameplan will be exactly the same, we’ll know each other’s patterns,” said Edmund.

“He serves well and has a big forehand, so that will be something to deal with. It’s a good opportunity, second round of a Grand Slam, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Norrie, 22, is enjoying a successful first US Open after coming through qualifying and beating former world number 20 Dmitry Tursunov in the first round.

The world number 225 faces a much tougher proposition against Carreno Busta.

“I feel like I can go a little bit further, I’m playing some great tennis and confident,” said Norrie.

‘Sharapova’s mentality is beyond description’

Maria Sharapova was emotional after beating Simona Halep

Sharapova will return to Arthur Ashe Stadium after her dramatic win over second seed Simona Halep on Monday night, as she takes on Hungary’s Timea Babos in round two.

The Russian wildcard, 30, is playing her first Grand Slam tournament since returning from a 15-month doping ban in April.

“Her mentality is beyond description and she refuses to say it’s over,” her former coach Nick Bollettieri told BBC Radio 5 live.

“On Monday night she gave everything she had, physically and mentally. Can that body do this again and again after such a long lay-off?

“The determination, the mentality and the stroke production, I believe is there. It’s whether or not physically she can perform like Monday night.”

Sharapova plays Babos in the third match on Ashe at about 21:00, before Venus Williams and France’s Oceane Dodin open the night session at 00:00, and Tsonga then takes on Canada’s Denis Shapovalov.

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US Open 2017: Roger Federer beats Frances Tiafoe in five sets

Roger Federer beats Frances Tiafoe

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Five-time champion Roger Federer needed five sets to overcome American teenager Frances Tiafoe in the first round of the US Open.

The 36-year-old Swiss won 4-6 6-2 6-1 1-6 6-4 in his first ever match under the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof.

Third seed Federer goes on to face Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic or Mikhail Youzhny of Russia on Thursday.

Only nine players completed their matches as rain wiped out much of Tuesday’s schedule.

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