Calm Konta pleased with progress

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer eased through to the fourth round, while Johanna Konta joined Serena Williams in last 16.

Johanna Konta (25/1 US Open Outright) says she was pleased with the composure she showed in booking her fourth round spot at the US Open courtesy of a 6-2 6-3 win over Zheng Shuai.

Konta, who previously made the last 16 in the Big Apple in both 2015 and 2016, was made to work hard by her Chinese opponents but ground out a result and will now face third seed Karolina Pliskova for a spot in the quarter-finals (Match Betting – Konta 11/8, Pliskova 4/7).

She is the last Briton left in the singles in New York after Dan Evans’ defeat to Roger Federer and was delighted with the way she stuck to her task on Friday.

“I’m really pleased. I am playing tough opponents and every match is difficult,” she said.

“They are never clean and straightforward matches, there are always two players on court. There was nothing easy about that match. I had to stay clear on what was happening in the match.”

Evans went down 6-2 6-2 6-1 to Roger Federer (6/1 Men’s US Open Outright) and clearly struggled with fatigue in what was his second match in 24 hours.

The situation led to further questions being asked about Federer’s schedule and the Swiss admitted he was ‘sick and tired’ about being asked whether he felt he was being given an easier draw.

Meanwhile, defending champion Novak Djokovic (11/8 Men’s US Open Outright) is through after defeating Denis Kudla 6-3 6-4 6-2 to make the last 16.

There had been fears the Serb could again struggle with the shoulder problem that saw him receive treatment during his second-round win over Juan Ignacio Londero but he showed no ill effects and will now meet his conqueror in the 2016 final, Stan Wawrinka.

Federer for his part faces David Goffin, while in the women’s draw, Serena Williams (9/4 Women’s US Open Outright) is through after a 6-3 6-2 success over Karolina Muchova and there was also little trouble for French Open champion Ashleigh Barty (7/1) who came through her match with Maria Sakkari 7-5 6-3.

Saturday sees two of the ladies likely to light up the future of tennis as defending champion Naomi Osaka faces 15-year-old sensation Coco Gauff (Match Betting – Osaka 2/7, Gauff 5/2).

Two-time finalist Caroline Wozniacki is also in action against 15th seed Bianca Andreescu (Match Betting – Wozniacki 6/4, Andreescu 8/15), while in the men’s draw, Rafael Nadal takes on South Korean world number 170 Chung Hyeon, while 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro is also in action at Flushing Meadows.

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