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Roger Federer conceded he had expected a greater test from David Goffin after he trounced the world number 15 in three sets in the US Open fourth round.

Federer needed just an hour and 19 minutes to see off Goffin 6-2 6-2 6-0 and progress to a quarter-final with Grigor Dimitrov.

The 20-time grand slam champion has hit his stride since dropping a set in each of his first two matches, having dispatched Dan Evans for the loss of only five games in round three.

In his post-match media conference Federer was asked about the particularly emphatic nature of his win over Goffin, and revealed he had anticipated more from the Belgian.

"Sometimes these scores just happen. You catch a good day, the opponent doesn't, then things happen very quickly," Federer said.

"Maybe he struggled a bit early on. But I found my groove after a while and was able to roll really. Never looked back. David wasn't nearly as good as I expected him to be. He was struggling a little bit today. I was able to take advantage of it, and I think that's the key.

"In a fourth round like this, if you can keep it nice, short, simple, you have to take them. I'm very happy."

In Dimitrov, Federer faces a player enjoying a resurgence at Flushing Meadows, the Bulgarian reaching his first tour-level quarter-final since January by overcoming Alex de Minaur.

During his emergence Dimitrov was known by many as 'Baby Fed', and the Swiss still sees him as his closest competitor stylistically.

"I'm happy that things are going better for him after he won Cincinnati a couple of years ago. Also the World Tour Finals. He had a bit of a slump," Federer said.

"This is the big quarters for him, obviously with an opportunity against me. I'm aware of the fact it's a big match for him.

"I've done well against him in the past. But new match, new Grigor, new me again. I don't know where we're going to be, if it's day or night, all that stuff.

"But I like watching him. I like playing against him. Of course, when we play, it's as close as it gets to being a similar playing style. I think for both of us it's cool to play one another."

Roger Federer's quest to reach a first US Open final since 2015 continued at pace as he dismantled David Goffin in straight sets at Flushing Meadows.

Federer has breezed through the draw in New York and, despite going down an early break at Arthur Ashe Stadium, was able to enjoy another comfortable early afternoon triumph.

The 20-time grand slam champion needed only an hour and 19 minutes to complete a 6-2 6-2 6-0 triumph in imperious fashion

Having easily avoided falling at the same stage he did last year, Federer will now face either Grigor Dimitrov or Alex de Minaur for a place in the semi-finals.

Goffin produced early signs of a potential shock when he put Federer under pressure in the third game and the Swiss netted a backhand to surrender a break.

However, Federer swiftly responded in kind and then broke to love for a 4-2 lead before going on to take the first set in just 27 minutes.

Belgian Goffin pulled a backhand wide to give Federer the break and a 3-1 advantage in the second. However, Federer went down 0-40 on serve in the subsequent game and handed the break back with a double fault.

Yet a poor volley followed by a poor backhand from Goffin saw Federer take the initiative once more, and there were to be no further slip-ups from the 38-year-old as he raced to victory.

Goffin's third-set surrender was meek as Federer shifted through the gears, brilliantly dictating proceedings and pulling a tiring world number 15 from pillar to the post.

Federer wrapped things up in trademark style with stylish backhand down the line to delight the crowd and send him into the last eight.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Roger Federer [3] bt David Goffin 6-2 6-2 6-0

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Federer – 35/17
Goffin – 8/17

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Federer – 10/3
Goffin – 0/4

BREAK POINTS WON
Federer – 9/10
Goffin – 2/7

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Federer – 68
Goffin – 50

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Federer – 83/40
Goffin – 40/27

TOTAL POINTS
Federer – 83
Goffin - 39

Rafael Nadal should head into the second week of the US Open with a spring in his step after another routine win at Flushing Meadows.

Nadal was the beneficiary of a walkover in his second-round match after Thanasi Kokkinakis' withdrawal and needed just under two hours to beat Hyeon Chung in the third round in New York on Saturday.

Spanish second seed Nadal – looking to reclaim the title he won in 2017 – will next face 2014 champion Marin Cilic, who won the battle of the big servers with John Isner.

While Nadal has enjoyed a routine first week, Alexander Zverev continued to showcase a flair for the dramatic, needing four sets to beat Aljaz Bedene and reach the last 16.

 

ZVEREV: EVERYTHING CAN BE BETTER

Sixth seed Zverev played three tie-break sets in overcoming Bedene 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 7-6 (7-3), requiring three hours, 36 minutes to get through to round four.

It was another marathon effort from the German, which came on the back of a pair of five-setters with Radu Albot and Frances Tiafoe.

Diego Schwartzman – a winner against Tennys Sandgren – is next for Zverev, who knows the difficulty of his match is only going to increase.

"It doesn't get easier, the opponents don't get easier, the matches don't get easier," he said.

"There's still a lot of things to improve. Obviously, I mean, if you go into details, we'll be here for a very long time. In general, the serving, the returning. Everything can still be better."


MONFILS PRODUCES MAGIC AT SECOND HOME

Gael Monfils went the distance against Denis Shapovalov, the 13th seed eventually prevailing 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 6-3.

Monfils' best grand slam results came at the 2008 French Open and in 2016 at Flushing Meadows, reaching the semi-finals on each occasion.

Asked if he feels if the US Open is his second home, Monfils replied: "Here is definitely the second for me, the second slam in my heart, the second biggest tournament in my heart for many reasons.

"Also New York, my idol is Arthur Ashe. Always something magic happen. I feel very good here."

Pablo Andujar is Monfils' next opponent. The 33-year-old progressed to the second week of a slam for the first time in his career with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 defeat of Alexander Bublik.


GAMER KYRGIOS STRUGGLES UNDER LIGHTS

Nick Kyrgios had a tough act to follow as he faced Andrey Rublev last on Arthur Ashe following the blockbuster clash between Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff.

The enigmatic Australian could not live up to the occasion, losing 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5) 6-3, having conceded to finding it difficult to see during the match.

He was heard saying "Call of Duty will ruin my life" at one point. Asked about those remarks, the 28th seed replied: "I was just taking a shot because I game a lot.

"My eyes might have taken a while to adjust to the lights, yeah. Bit of a gamer."

His fellow Aussie Alexei Popyrin was beaten by Matteo Berrettini 6-4 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-2).

There were not too many questions to be asked of Rafael Nadal's game after his routine win over Hyeon Chung at the US Open, so talk instead turned to his diet.

Nadal, who swept aside Chung 6-3 6-4 6-2 to reach the fourth round at Flushing Meadows, was asked in a post-match media conference about his diet by a reporter who heard he does not eat meat or cheese.

The 18-time grand slam champion responded: "I don't eat cheese. I never eat cheese in all my life. I don't like [it].

"The meat, I eat meat when I want to eat meat. I have nothing against the meat.

"I prefer fish. That's all. But I don't have big problems with [my] diet. I eat what I want to eat. And of course the diet is important for life and to stay healthy."

There may be a rise in pescatarian diets following Nadal's comments in the wake of a dominant performance.

The Spaniard battled injury earlier this year, a hip problem forcing him out of Indian Wells and Miami.

Nadal could hardly have looked in better shape against Chung, though, and asked about his fitness, he said: "Well, honestly, the first three months of the season were very hard, too many issues again.

"And then it's true that since Barcelona, things have been improving. I was able to fix a little bit the body and play more or less with freedom of movements.

"That's given me the chance to compete at the highest level again. And the most important thing, enjoy the sport. That's the main thing in this stage of my career more than anything else.

"I don't think a lot of events remain for me this year. Just a couple. This one is one of the ones that you want to be ready [for].

"So here I am to try my best and I'm going to put my 100 per cent to try to be ready for the next round."

Rafael Nadal cruised into the fourth round of the US Open with a routine 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory over Hyeon Chung at Flushing Meadows on Saturday.

Nadal was given the benefit of a walkover in the second round after the withdrawal of Thanasi Kokkinakis and, in truth, he was never really tested by Chung on Arthur Ashe.

The three-time champion was in complete control throughout, his win setting up a last-16 clash with Marin Cilic or John Isner.

Chung had come from two sets down to beat Nadal's compatriot Fernando Verdasco in the previous round, but there were never any signs of such heroics being repeated once Nadal forged ahead.

The South Korean qualifier produced only flashes of the brilliance that saw him reach the Australian Open semi-finals in 2018, and tougher tests are sure to await Nadal as he bids to regain the trophy he last won in 2017.

Nadal struck the opening blow in the sixth game of the match as Chung sent a cross-court backhand wide. 

Chung actually hit five aces to Nadal's four, but it was one off the Spaniard's racquet that wrapped up the first set.

A scintillating forehand down the line provided Nadal with what proved the decisive break in the second set and he did not have to wait long to make inroads in the third.

The third game of the set saw Chung drag a forehand off-target as he faded badly against the physical challenge presented by Nadal, the 23-year-old having only returned from injury at the end of July.

Asked about the potential benefit of a comfortable opening week in which he has only had to play two matches, Nadal told ESPN: "You never know, last year I had some tough matches and then in the semi-finals I had to retire [against Juan Martin Del Potro].

"You never know what's better. I have a tough opponent, John Isner or Marin Cilic [in the fourth round], I need to be ready for this, I can't think further than this."

Daniil Medvedev has been fined $9,000 for the unruly conduct in his US Open win over Feliciano Lopez that saw him booed by the crowd.

Medvedev was given a code violation in the first set on Friday after snatching a towel from a ball boy's hand. He responded by tossing his racket in the direction of the umpire's chair.

Unseen by the umpire, Medvedev then directed a middle-finger gesture at the crowd, with the fans inside Louis Armstrong Stadium incensed after seeing him do so on the big screen.

Medvedev was jeered throughout the contest and after he wrapped up a four-set victory in the third-round clash.

The 23-year-old Russian seemed to revel in the boos and told the crowd: "The more you do this, the more I will win."

He later told reporters his actions were brought on by the heat of the moment and said: "Hopefully I will do better next time."

Medvedev was fined $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct and $4,000 for a "visible obscenity", tournament officials said.

The world number five will look to put the episode behind him when he faces qualifier Dominik Koepfer on Sunday.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer remain on a collision course to meet in the US Open semi-finals after they each claimed straight-sets wins to reach the last 16.

Djokovic declared himself "almost pain-free" after coming through a decent test from Denis Kudla and sealing a meeting with Stan Wawrinka, the defending champion having faced questions about his troublesome left shoulder going into his 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory.

Federer has had no such fitness issues and breezed through against Daniel Evans, though the Swiss was forced to respond to suggestions he had influenced the decision to have him play first on Arthur Ashe against the Briton, who had come through a four-set encounter on Thursday.

Next for Federer is David Goffin after the Belgian overcame Pablo Carreno Busta in three sets.

Daniil Medvedev provided late drama in the last match on Louis Armstrong, with his victory over Feliciano Lopez booed by fans after he was seen to aim a middle finger at them.

 

MEDVEDEV WINS DESPITE MELTDOWN

World number five Medvedev needed three hours and 19 minutes to see off Lopez 7-6 (7-1) 4-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-4, the Russian progressing despite a first-set meltdown.

Medvedev lost all support from the crowd after he was seen to direct an insulting gesture at them, this after he had been assessed a code violation for snatching a towel from a ball boy, which he reacted to by tossing a racquet in the direction of the umpire's chair.

The Russian revelled in the boos that came after he clinched victory, seemingly enjoying playing the role of villain, telling the crowd their energy will be "enough for the next five matches".

He later described his actions as "heat of the moment" and expressed hope he will deal with such situations better next time. Whether he will have the crowd on side in his match with qualifier Dominik Koepfer, who is set to break into the top 100 after beating 17th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in four sets, is debatable at best.

WAWRINKA EXPECTS TO BRING HIS BEST

Wawrinka has beaten Djokovic twice in grand slam finals, at the French Open and in New York, and anticipates producing his best tennis against the world number one in round four.

The Swiss saw off Paolo Lorenzi in three sets, a day after the Italian completed a second-round match that lasted nearly five hours.

Speaking in a media conference, Wawrinka said of his meeting with Djokovic: "There's something with him that when I get into my best game, I know that it's going to have some big rally, I'm going to play good tennis."

DEMON DE MINAUR SET FOR DIMITROV DUEL

Alex de Minaur claimed his first top-10 win as he shocked seventh seed Kei Nishikori 6-2 6-4 2-6 6-3. 

The Australian was afterwards asked if he had a nickname he likes and replied: "Demon. That's something that's sort of caught on in Australia. And, yeah, I don't mind it.

"I like to think it's got something to do with sort of my fiery attitude on court. Just, you know, I get pretty fired up and pumped up. I'd like to think it's something to do with that."

Grigor Dimitrov will be the next man faced with De Minaur's fire, after the Bulgarian saw off Kamil Majchrzak in three sets.

Daniil Medvedev was booed after his win over Feliciano Lopez at the US Open following a contest marred by controversy.

The world number five was given a code violation in the first set after angrily snatching a towel from a ball boy.

He reacted to that punishment by flipping his racquet in the direction of the umpire's chair, though he was not assessed a further violation.

Medvedev was then seen to aim a middle-finger gesture towards the crowd in an incident missed by the umpire.

The Russian was subsequently jeered by the Louis Armstrong Stadium crowd throughout the match but that did not prevent him from claiming a four-set triumph to reach the last 16.

Further boos rained down on him as he clinched victory with Medvedev more than happy to embrace the role of villain.

"The energy you giving me right now will be enough for the next five matches," he said on court afterwards.

"The more you do this, the more I will win."

He was more reserved afterwards, telling reporters of his actions: "I was in the heat of the moment, started losing the momentum, I paid for it the whole match after, as you saw it wasn't that easy so I'm just happy to win.

"Even as I say I paid for it the whole match but the crowd was electric, even the bad energy I needed to turn into good energy and that's why I won.

"After the match I talked to Feli at the net and to his coach in the locker room to say that 'guys, it's not against you'. They said that they understand me.

"What I can say is that I'm working on myself and hopefully I will be better next time."

Medvedev faces qualifier Dominik Koepfer in round four, when the crowd is unlikely to be on his side if Friday's proceedings are any evidence.

Novak Djokovic indicated a spectator he was seen arguing with during a practice session helped motivate him for his US Open third-round victory over Denis Kudla.

Djokovic brushed off concerns over his left shoulder, on which he required treatment in his second-round match against Juan Ignacio Londero, to claim a 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory in Arthur Ashe Stadium and book a meeting with Stan Wawrinka.

The world number one and defending champion delayed his practice by two hours ahead of the contest, and that session was marked by a confrontation with a fan in which the Serbian appeared to say "I'll come find you".

Noticeably fired up during the match, Djokovic also took issue with members of the crowd who cheered a double fault, firing back at them after he saved a break point.

Speaking in his post-match news conference, Djokovic was reticent to give too much away about the practice incident, which he initially described as "just a little chat".

Asked about the "come find you" remarks, Djokovic replied: "To have a drink. I liked the guy. I'm going to buy him a drink."

Pressed on what was said to him, he added: "We'll keep it between us. But he definitely helped me. He doesn't even know, but he did help me.

"As I said, I'm not going to talk about it. I think he did me a favour. Even maybe he didn't want to do me a favour, he did me a favour, big favour."

Djokovic conceded to being fired up by the behaviour of some of the crowd during the match, saying: "Night sessions, New York, crowd gets into it. A couple guys that had a couple of drinks more than I guess they were supposed to. But it was all good after."

Despite declaring himself "almost pain free", Djokovic was reluctant to give details on what treatments he has had since the Londero match.

"As I said, I would appreciate if you respect me not talking about it in details," he responded when asked if he had been given a pain-killing injection.

"I mean, I understand you guys want to know. I made a decision not to get into details, not to speak about it. Please understand me.

"I'm very glad with the way it went. I am able to play. That for me is a huge blessing today because it was probably the complete opposite two days ago.

"I did not practice yesterday, that's true. I did a lot of things in the last few days to be able to play."

Novak Djokovic produced a performance that should dispel some concerns over his shoulder with a straight-sets third-round win over a spirited Denis Kudla at the US Open.

Djokovic required treatment on his shoulder at several points in his second-round win over Juan Ignacio Londero and doubts over his fitness were not helped by his practice session, which was marked by an apparent argument with a spectator, being delayed by two hours on Friday.

He refused to be drawn on questions about the injury on his walk from the tunnel, instead providing his answer on the court in a 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory.

Kudla had described playing in Arthur Ashe Stadium under the lights as a "dream come true" and his showing lived up to the occasion.

The American had Djokovic at full stretch at various junctures in a highly entertaining affair, but the world number one and defending champion delivered his best on the key points to book a last-16 clash with Stan Wawrinka.

Djokovic had the crowd on their feet in the fourth game as he broke the Kudla serve in stunning fashion, showing off his superb ability to cover the court before winning the point with an exquisite backhand volley.

That proved enough to take the first set as Djokovic brilliantly saved two break-back points in the seventh game, with Kudla then looping a backhand wide on set point.

Kudla continued to test Djokovic's powers of flexibility but could not break through the Serbian's exceptional defences.

A forehand into the net gave Djokovic the break and a 3-2 lead in the second and, though Kudla played arguably the point of the match with a half-volley to bring up a break chance, he could not take that opportunity or the subsequent one after a Djokovic double fault.

The air was let out of the stadium somewhat as Djokovic clinched the second and he quickly took the crowd out of the contest by breaking Kudla in the first game of the third.

It was far from a perfect performance from Djokovic, who racked up 31 unforced errors and served three double faults in holding for a 2-0 third-set lead.

For all Kudla's efforts, however, he was unable to find a route back into the match and the way in which Djokovic gave the scoreline a comfortable look against an opponent clearly playing at his highest level should give the 16-time grand slam champion plenty of satisfaction as he looks to seal a fourth US Open title.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Novak Djokovic [1] bt Denis Kudla 6-3 6-4 6-2

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Djokovic – 34/31
Kudla – 25/26

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Djokovic – 6/8
Kudla – 6/3

BREAK POINTS WON
Djokovic – 4/9
Kudla – 0/7

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Djokovic – 63
Kudla – 52

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Djokovic – 81/59
Kudla – 70/47

TOTAL POINTS
Djokovic – 104
Kudla – 78

Dan Evans claimed US Open schedulers gave Roger Federer a helping hand after the weary Briton bowed out of Flushing Meadows on Friday.

Midweek rain delays meant Evans played his second-round match against Lucas Pouille a day later than planned, eventually beating the French 25th seed on Thursday. 

Federer, in contrast, got his match out of the way on Wednesday, meaning he had ample preparation time. The 20-time grand slam winner duly swept past Evans, inflicting a 6-2 6-2 6-1 whipping on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The 29-year-old British player had hoped for longer to recover, rather than being handed a slot at 12:00 local time (16:00 GMT) for his clash with the five-time US Open winner.

But Federer angrily rejected any suggestion he demanded a midday start, saying it was nonsense to think he calls the shots. He was so riled that, unusually for the Swiss, he used an expletive in his post-match news conference.

"These guys, the tournament obviously want Roger... would rather Roger be going through that match than me, so it's understandable," Evans told the media.

Evans scoffed when asked whether he or Leon Smith, the Great Britain Davis Cup captain who has been working closely with him, had requested a more suitable start time.

"You think a guy who has my ranking has any say in that?" said the world number 58. "There is probably about four people in this tournament who has a say when they play. Maybe three."

Evans - who admitted Federer played "no-error tennis" - found some sympathy from his opponent.

Federer said: "You could definitely argue that the scheduling was not in his favour. I understand if Danny is a little bit frustrated."

But the 38-year-old stressed he had not attempted to gain any pre-match advantage with the schedule, saying: "I don't remember that I asked for something. I definitely didn't do it intentionally. I don't even know if the team asked for day [rather than night session]. I know there was questions to have a preference.

"But that doesn't mean like, 'Roger asks, Roger gets'.

"Just remember that, because I have heard this s*** too often now. I'm sick and tired of it, that apparently I call the shots. The tournament and the TV stations do.

"We can give our opinion. That's what we do. But I'm still going to walk out even if they schedule me at 04:00 in the morning."

Roger Federer brushed aside Dan Evans in straight sets to march into the fourth round of the US Open.

The 20-time grand slam champion has struggled to find his best tennis in the early rounds at Flushing Meadows, dropping sets against qualifier Sumit Nagal and Damir Dzumhur.

Federer was in complete control from start to finish on Friday, however, with Evans providing little resistance as the Swiss eased to a 6-2 6-2 6-1 win in one hour and 20 minutes.

The lack of a real challenge from Evans meant Federer never had to hit top form, and he will hope for a similarly routine affair in the last 16 against either David Goffin or Pablo Carreno Busta.

Evans was under pressure as early as the fourth game but saved three break points to come from 0-40 down and hold.

He could not produce similar heroics two games later, however, a whipped cross-court forehand giving Federer the break, with a second arriving when Evans fired long to concede the opening set.

Federer needed only 27 minutes to take the second by the same scoreline, hitting 20 winners in the process.

Evans' frustration got the better of him at the end of the second, as he was given a code violation for smashing his racquet on his bench.

He was at least able to channel that emotion into a break back after going 2-0 down in third, but a double fault saw him immediately surrender the initiative once more.

Another double fault made it 5-1 to Federer and a one-sided contest was brought to an end when a tame backhand landed wide.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Roger Federer [3] bt Dan Evans 6-2 6-2 6-1

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Federer – 48/19
Evans – 7/14

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Federer – 10/1
Evans – 0/4

BREAK POINTS WON
Federer – 7/14
Evans – 1/2

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Federer – 66
Evans – 51

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Federer – 80/71
Evans – 41/39

TOTAL POINTS
Federer – 87
Evans – 41

Rafael Nadal had the easiest progress into round three of the US Open, but a host of his rivals in the men's singles had to come through marathons on Thursday.

Nadal was awarded a walkover as Thanasi Kokkinakis withdrew from their second-round encounter at Flushing Meadows in New York.

As 18-time grand slam champion Nadal was able to get some valuable rest, Alexander Zverev needed five sets to see off a spirited effort from Frances Tiafoe.

Daniil Medvedev required four sets against Hugo Dellien to keep his title hopes alive as a host of other matches went the distance, including Hyeon Chung's battle with Fernando Verdasco.

Chung came from two sets down and 5-2 down in the fifth to defeat Verdasco, saving a match point to book a meeting with a refreshed Nadal.

Marin Cilic – the 2014 champion – moved on to Arthur Ashe Stadium because of Kokkinakis' withdrawal and defeated Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 4-6 6-3 7-5 6-3.

 

TOUGH LUCK FOR TIAFOE

Tiafoe has developed an unfortunate habit for losing five-setters, and he was on the wrong end of a topsy-turvy affair with sixth seed Zverev.

German Zverev came through 6-3 3-6 6-2 2-6 6-3, leaving Tiafoe to bemoan another marathon effort in vain, having also lost to Fabio Fognini in five sets at Wimbledon.

Asked to summarise his grand slam year, Australian Open quarter-finalist Tiafoe said: "Paris, unfortunately got sick there. Then I lose to Fabio in five. I lose to Zverev in five. You tell me how that feels. It's tough."

Zverev next faces Aljaz Bedene – a five-set victor over Benoit Paire. Alexander Bublik, Kamil Majchrzak and Paolo Lorenzi all won after going the distance.

Lorenzi latter's clash with Miomir Kecmanovic lasted four hours, 48 minutes and the Italian now has to gather what energy he has left ahead of Friday's meeting with 2016 champion Stan Wawrinka, who defeated Jeremy Chardy 6-4 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 6-3.

Wawrinka and Lorenzi's match precedes Medvedev facing Feliciano Lopez, who came from a set down to beat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-7 (7-9) 6-0 6-4 6-4.


DUBIOUS REWARDS FOR EVANS & KUDLA 

Dan Evans and Denis Kudla each knocked out seeds in Lucas Pouille and Dusan Lajovic, and both received dubious rewards for their performances.

Evans will have a tight turnaround to face third seed Roger Federer on Friday, while home hope Kudla will take on defending champion and world number one Novak Djokovic.

John Isner enjoyed a straightforward win over Jan-Lennard Struff, Gael Monfils also enjoyed serene progress against Marius Copil as he set up a match with Denis Shapovalov, while David Goffin eased past Gregoire Barrere 6-2 6-2 6-2.

Next up for Goffin is Pablo Carreno Busta after the 2017 semi-finalist beat Ricardas Berankis 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 6-0.


AUSSIES ON SONG

Nick Kyrgios had no problems against Antoine Hoang, winning 6-4 6-2 6-4 to secure a third-round clash with Andrey Rublev, the beneficiary of a walkover after one set with Gilles Simon.

Fellow Australians Alex de Minaur and Alexei Popyrin were also triumphant, though Jordan Thompson lost to Matteo Berrettini.

Kyrgios expressed no surprise at the success of his compatriots. He told a media conference: "De Min, I never expect anything less from him, he's an absolute warrior. He can beat a lot of good players.

"When I see him progressing through a draw, I know it's a nightmare for anyone who comes across him.

"Obviously Popyrin had a pretty good win today. Kukushkin is a savvy veteran. I'm not surprised when those guys win matches at all. They're capable of doing some big things."

Rafael Nadal received a walkover into round three of the US Open after Thanasi Kokkinakis withdrew from their second-round match.

Spanish star Nadal – the second seed – was due to close out Thursday's evening session against Kokkinakis on Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.

However, the 18-time grand slam champion will now be able to rest ahead of his third-round encounter after Kokkinakis was forced to end his participation in the tournament.

Marin Cilic's match with Cedrik-Marcel Stebe has been moved from Louis Armstrong to Ashe to fill the void.

Nadal will face either Fernando Verdasco or Hyeon Chung in the third round at Flushing Meadows as the 33-year-old eyes a fourth US Open title.

Andy Murray said he was suffering from cramp and fatigue following his last-16 loss to world number 240 Matteo Viola at the Rafa Nadal Open.

Former world number one and three-time grand slam champion Murray struggled physically as he went down 3-6 6-4 7-6 (7-3) at the ATP Challenger event in Mallorca on Thursday.

Murray dropped down to the Challenger Tour for the first time since 2005 in a bid to improve his fitness following hip resurfacing surgery in January, which threatened to end his stellar career.

After blitzing teenager Imran Sibille and overcoming third seed Norbert Gombos, the 32-year-old Murray succumbed to Viola in a third-set tie-break.

"I'm cramping. Very tired," said Murray, who required a medical timeout midway through the third set, after almost three hours on court.

"I would have liked to have played more matches but it was good. I played two competitive matches. Physically I need to get better."

Murray is featuring on the Challenger Tour for the first time in 14 years.

The Brit started a singles comeback at ATP Masters 1000 tournament the Western & Southern Open before making a swift exit from the Winston-Salem Open.

Murray – who played a series of high-profile doubles tournaments after teaming up with Serena Williams in the mixed event at Wimbledon – then opted to skip the US Open in New York.

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