On the hard-courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (Flushing Meadows, New York), the matches of the highly anticipated US Open 2021 are being played, the last Grand Slam of the season, during which there will be the absences of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams.
Novak Djokovic qualified for the 4th round of the US Open 2021 thanks to the victory in four sets obtained against Kei Nishikori, with final score of 6-7 6-3 6-3 6-2, despite the opening set of disadvantage. The Serbian champion did not appear in the best shape of him and made too many unforced errors, but he still had the strength to win the match.
Jannik Sinner has eliminated Gael Monfils in five sets by scores of 7-6 (1), 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4 and will now play in the fourth round against German Alexander Zverev. Also Matteo Berrettini e Reilly Opelka reached the 4th round.
World no.1 Ashleigh Barty was eliminated from the US Open 2021 4th round by North American player Shelby Rogers, with the final score of 2-6 6-1 6-7, after three brilliant sets. In the first set Barty made many mistakes with her forehand, in addition to 17 non-forced mistakes.
Rogers, who had already lost 5 more times this season against the Australian, said after the match: "Before entering the field I told myself that I would not want to lose for the sixth time by Ashleigh playing the same way, so I forced myself to playing more wisely, shooting less hard, resisting the temptation to look for the winners and also playing a little higher balls, as they did in the Under 12s.
The crowd is probably what made me win tonight It was incredible, I had goosebumps: I don't know if it's normal when you play tennis, but it happened. "
Below the highlights of the match. In the women's singles, Iga Swiatek, Belinda Bencic, Karolina Pliskova and the very young Emma Raducanu also reached the 4th round.
US Open 2021: Naomi Osaka and Tsitsipas eliminated!
In the 3rd round of the US Open 2021 women's singles, Naomi Osaka falls again, incredibly, against the less predictable opponent. The young Japanese star, who is going through a really dark period in her career, 7-5 6-7 4-6, hoping for the impossible despite an initial set of advantage and the tie-break of the second set.
In the press conference Osaka said that now she needs a break from tennis, to recover the psychophysical energies of the last troubled months. In the men's singles, in one of the most spectacular matches of the tournament so far, the young Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, for many the spiritual and national heir of Rafael Nadal, eliminated Stefanos Tsitsipas in 5 exciting sets, beating the Greek with the final score of 6-3 4-6 7-6 0-6 7-6.
After all the controversy following the match won against Andy Murray, evidently the pressure was too much to handle for Tsitsipas, who missed the crucial moments of the match. In the other matches, wins came Daniil Medvedev, Barbora Krejcikova, Garbine Muguruza, Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep.