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Djokovic, Murray Cruise, Hewitt Carries On, Serena Wins, Makarova Sends Third Seed Radwanska Home

posted 2 Sep 2013, 01:29 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 2 Sep 2013, 01:30 ]

Novak DjokovicAndy Murray and Lleyton Hewitt advance, Serena Williamsoutguns fellow American Sloane Stephens and Ekaterina Makarova upsets third seed Agnieszka Radwanska.

 NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORKUNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 1, 2013) (IMG) - Top seed Novak Djokovic roared into the fourth round of the U.S. Open with a 6-0 6-2 6-2 victory over Joao Sousa of Portugal under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday (September 1).

The 26-year-old Serb, who has yet to lose a set, smacked 34 winners to just 10 for the 95th-ranked Sousa in the 100-minute rout.

Australian Open champion Djokovic faced just two service breaks, while converting eight of 13 against his opponent.

Djokovic, a 2011 winner at Flushing Meadows who fell to Andy Murray in five sets in last year's final, next faces 43rd-ranked Marcel Granollers of Spain who 109th-ranked American wild card Tim Smyczek 6-4 4-6 0-6 6-3 7-5.

Defending champion His biggest tests are still to come but Andy Murray has safely navigated his way to the second week of the U.S. Open with a minimum of fuss.

The Scotsman saw off a spirited challenge from Germany's Florian Mayer, winning their third round match 7-6(2) 6-2 6-2 in less than two hours.

Murray struggled to impose himself on Mayer in the opening set as both players tried to adapt to the tricky conditions at the Arthur Ashe Stadium center court.

It was hot and steamy and the wind was gusting but once Murray found his rhythm it was all smooth sailing. The defending champion won the first set tiebreaker then broke Mayer's serve four times to close it out in straight sets.

Murray's opponent in the fourth round will be Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin, who beatItaly's Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-4 2-6 3-6 6-1, with Tomas Berdych looming in the quarter-finals.

Australian Lleyton Hewitt made another step in his career revival by reaching the fourth round of the U.S. Open.

Hewitt, 32, the champion at Flushing Meadows in 2001, recovered from a lapse in the second set to defeat Russia's Evgeny Donskoy 6-3 7-6(5) 3-6 6-1 in two hours and 55 minutes on the Grandstand court.

The 26-year-old Serb, who has yet to lose a set, smacked 34 winners to just 10 for the 95th-ranked Sousa in the 100-minute rout.

Australian Open champion Djokovic faced just two service breaks, while converting eight of 13 against his opponent.

Djokovic, a 2011 winner at Flushing Meadows who fell to Andy Murray in five sets in last year's final, next faces 43rd-ranked Marcel Granollers of Spain who 109th-ranked American wild card Tim Smyczek 6-4 4-6 0-6 6-3 7-5.

Defending champion His biggest tests are still to come but Andy Murray has safely navigated his way to the second week of the U.S. Open with a minimum of fuss.

The Scotsman saw off a spirited challenge from Germany's Florian Mayer, winning their third round match 7-6(2) 6-2 6-2 in less than two hours.

Murray struggled to impose himself on Mayer in the opening set as both players tried to adapt to the tricky conditions at the Arthur Ashe Stadium center court.

It was hot and steamy and the wind was gusting but once Murray found his rhythm it was all smooth sailing. The defending champion won the first set tiebreaker then broke Mayer's serve four times to close it out in straight sets.

Murray's opponent in the fourth round will be Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin, who beatItaly's Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-4 2-6 3-6 6-1, with Tomas Berdych looming in the quarter-finals.

Australian Lleyton Hewitt continued his career revival by reaching the fourth round of the U.S. Open.

The 32 year-old, champion at Flushing Meadows in 2001, recovered from a lapse in the second set to defeat Russia's Evgeny Donskoy 6-3 7-6(5) 3-6 6-1 in two hours and 55 minutes on the Grandstand court.

Hewitt, who stunned sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro in the previous round, revealed he improved

his form a marathon day of training with Roger Federer on the opening day of the tournament.

His next opponent will be 21th seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia beat German 12th seed Tommy Haas 6-) 6-3 6-2 2-6 6-3.

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In the women's draw, defending champion Serena Williams overpowered fellow-American Sloane Stephens 6-4 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals.

Top-seeded Williams avenged a defeat to Stephens in the quarter-finals of this year's Australian Open with a brilliant display of power tennis against a rival who has made a case that she could be Williams' successor as the face of U.S. women's tennis.

Williams, at age 31 trying to become the oldest women's U.S. Open champion since tennis turned professional in 1968, broke the 20-year-old Stephens in the 10th game to end a riveting 52-minute first set when a big forehand from the 15th seed sailed just wide.

The 16-times grand slam winner then raced through the second set to set up a quarter-finals clash against 18th seed Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, a 4-6 6-3 7-6(3) upset winner against eighth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany.

Poland's third seed Agnieszka Radwanska has been bundled out of the U.S. Open by Russia's Ekaterina Makarova in the biggest shock of the women's event at Flushing Meadows.

Makarova struck a barrage of groundstroke winners to topple Radwanska 6-4 6-4 in the fourth round under floodlights on Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Radwanska started brightly, surging to a 4-0 lead, but Makarova peeled off eight straight games to take the first set and lead 2-0 in the second.

Radwanska fought her way back, holding four break points to level the second set at 4-4.

Makarova, the 24th seed, sealed the game with an ace before going on to close out the match in one hour and 32 minutes.

Her next opponent will be China's Li Na after the fifth seed defeated Serbia'sJelena Jankovic 6-3 6-0.

Selected results from the U.S. Open Men's Singles Round 3 matches on Sunday

1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Joao Sousa (Portugal) 6-0 6-2 6-2

3-Andy Murray (Britain) beat Florian Mayer (Germany) 7-6(2) 6-2 6-2

Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) beat Evgeny Donskoy (Russia) 6-3 7-6(5) 3-6 6-1

Selected results from the U.S. Open Women's Singles Round 4 matches on Sunday

1-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat 15-Sloane Stephens (U.S.) 6-4 6-1

24-Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) beat 3-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 6-4 6-4



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