Nadal eases into fourth round

Updated: 17/08/2022


Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev both through to the US Open fourth round, while Naomi Osaka ended teenage sensation Coco Gauff’s run.

Rafael Nadal (7/4 US Open Outright) made full use of his extra rest to see off Chung Hyeon and power through to the fourth round at the US Open.

The Spaniard was handed a walkover in round two and he looked fresh on Saturday, having not taken to the court since Tuesday.

Nadal prevailed 6-3 6-4 6-2 against the South Korean to book his spot in round four where he will take on Marin Cilic.

Meanwhile, sixth seed Alexander Zverev, who has never previously gone beyond the third round at Flushing Meadows, will now go up against Diego Schwartzman in round four after defeating Aljaz Bedene 6-7 7-6 6-3 7-6.

Nick Kyrgios was hoping to progress beyond round three at the US Open for the first time in his career but Russia’s Andrey Rublev denied him that chance.

Rublev won in straight sets 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 to set up a fourth-round tie with Italian Matteo Berrettini.

On the women’s side of the competition, it was tears before bedtime for 15-year-old American Coco Gauff as she lost 6-3 6-0 to defending champion Naomi Osaka in the third round.

Osaka (6/1 US Open Outright) showed compassion as she invited Wimbledon hero Gauff back on court for the post-match interview where the pair were both in tears.

Bianca Andreescu had too much for Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki as she sealed a 6-4 6-4 win in New York.

The Canadian 15th seed will face American Taylor Townsend in the next round.

Kiki Bertens’ run at the competition is over following a 6-2 6-3 loss at the hands of German Julia Goerges, who takes on Donna Vekic in round four.

Sunday sees British number one Johanna Konta back in action when she resumes her rivalry with Karolina Pliskova (Match Betting – Konta 11/8, Pliskova 4/7).

Konta lost in straight sets to the Czech third seed in the Italian Open final in May and will be looking for revenge as she seeks a place in week two at the final Grand Slam event of the season.

Serena Williams and Ashleigh Barty are also back on the court against Petra Martic and Qiang Wang respectively.

Roger Federer faces a tricky looking fourth-round tie with Belgian David Goffin looking to cause an upset against the Swiss ace (Match Betting – Federer 1/6, Goffin 4/1).

It is no easier for world number one Novak Djokovic as he comes up against the man who beat him in the 2016 final, Stanislas Wawrinka (Match Betting – Djokovic 2/11, Wawrinka 7/2).

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