Djokovic reaches last 16 as bizarre delay coverings US Open

NEW YORK: Novak Djokovic cruised into the last 16 of the US Open on Friday as off-court interest constrained the postponement of a men’s singles coordinate over issues connected to novel (Covid-19).

Djokovic outflanked Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 out of a standard triumph for the world number one, who is pursuing an eighteenth Grand Slam singles title.

Croatia’s 27th seed Borna Coric arranged an astounding Houdini act to stagger fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in a four-hour 36-minute late-night spine chiller.

Coric gave off an impression of being setting out toward certain thrashing after Tsitsipas, driving by two sets to one, opened up a 5-1 lead in the fourth. Yet, Coric energized amazingly, sparing six match focuses and retaliating to take the set 7-5 to constrain a decider.

Tsitsipas went a separation again in the fifth however couldn’t squeeze home the bit of leeway as Coric constrained a tie break before securing a 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) win.

A long way from routine was a very late endeavor by New York wellbeing authorities to forestall France’s Adrian Mannarino from playing his last-32 experience against German fifth seed Alexander Zverev.

The mediation prompted a to and fro between competition coordinators and the state government and brought about the match, which Zverev won in four sets, beginning once again three hours late.

Mannarino, one of 11 players put under enhanced safety protocols earlier this week after compatriot Benoit Paire was withdrawn from the tournament after testing positive for coronavirus said, “It was a weird situation for me,”

Following Zverev’s 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-2 victory he said, “I was just lying on the sofa still trying to be focused just in case I would go on court,”

Zverev will currently play unseeded Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the last 16 while Djokovic will play Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta for a spot in the quarter-finals.

Prior, Japan’s Naomi Osaka struggled into the last 16 of the ladies’ draw.

The double cross Grand Slam victor required three sets and two hours 33 minutes to unstick 18-year-old Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk in an early game at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The Japanese fourth seed, who tossed her racquet in dissatisfaction in the wake of losing the second set on tie-break, won 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2 against the world number 137.

Osaka, 22 said, “I just felt like I had so many points that I didn’t capitalise on. I think when I went up, I became a bit passive and then she came in because she has no fear.”

Her experience went to the front in the choosing set as she held her serve and split Kostyuk twice to set up a match against fourteenth seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia for a spot in the quarter-finals.

Somewhere else, 6th seed Petra Kvitova floated past American Jessica Pegula 6-4, 6-3 to set up a last-16 experience with Shelby Rogers, additionally of the United States.

Eighth seed Petra Martic of Croatia cleared aside unseeded Russian Varvara Gracheva 6-3, 6-3.

Martic will play Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in the last 16 after the 23rd seed fueled past Vera Lapko of Belarus 6-3, 6-3.

Germany’s seventeenth seed Angelique Kerber additionally advanced to the fourth round, easily taking care of American Ann Li 6-3, 6-4.

Kerber, the 2016 US Open victor, will go facing Jennifer Brady for a quarter-last spot after the American 28th seed took out France’s Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-3.

Garcia had given the greatest miracle of the competition on Wednesday when she killed favorite Karolina Pliskova.

In the men’s draw twelfth seed Denis Shapovalov recouped from 5-2 down in the fourth set to pip American number 19 seed Taylor Fritz 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 Fritz, 22 was inside two purposes of triumph before the 21-year-old Shapovalov finished a noteworthy rebound.

Shapovalov said, “I think we both deserved to win.” He also said, “It was great tennis and I think I just got a little bit lucky.”

The Canadian will do fight with seventh seed David Goffin for a spot in the quarter-finals after the Belgian neglected Serbia’s 26th seed Filip Krajinovic 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

England’s contribution in the singles finished on Friday with both Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie leaving. France’s Corentin Moutet is taken out Evans 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-1) as they continued their second-round match that was deferred on Thursday in light of downpour.

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