The score might suggest a domain. And so it was. After condensing the vast majority of physical and mental energies in the challenge with Yoshito Nishioka, Andy Murray was unable to put up a real resistance against Felix Auger Aliassime.
On the other hand, he played a practically perfect match. The Canadian talent, quick in his choices and lateral movements, has won almost 90% of the points with the first ball, has enriched the budget with fifty-nine winners (compared to Murray's nine) and after just over two hours of play he has superiority certified with a dry 6-2 6-3 6-4.
Despite the favorable circumstances, the Corentin Moutet test in the third round could prove to be decidedly thorny. Dominic Thiem celebrates his twenty-seventh birthday with a victory. The number two of seeding - which in the “1000” of Cincinnati had practically appeared as an extra - after Jaume Munar also notes Sumit Nagal in the notebook of the victims.
He jumped to the headlines a dozen months ago for the challenge with Roger Federer on the “Centralone” of New York and… well, for the surname! There are no particular shocks to record on day-4. At least in the men's draw.
Daniil Medvedev walks against Australian Christopher O'Connell (who most did it by beating Laslo Djere in the first round) Roberto Bautista Agut beats Miomir Kecmanovic in four sets and Frances Tiafoe takes refuge in fifth with excellent results against John Millman.
Nothing to do for Grigor Dimitrov, always beaten in five by Marton Fucsovics.
Serena wins out of breath, Kenin and Azarenka don't slow down
Serena Williams was a breathtaking victory… Literally! In spite of the score (a clear 6-2 6-4) the twenty-three-time Grand Slam champion did not have an easy life against Magarita Gasparyan (who for the fourth time in her career found herself facing "Serenona" in a Grand Slam) also thanks to a small breathing problem in the belly of the second set.
The American, who started breathing heavily at 6-2 3-1, almost inevitably ended up losing clarity in tactical choices and spreading more unforced errors than expected on the notebook. In the moment of greatest difficulty, needless to say, he still found the strength to place the decisive paw and to go at least up to the third round.
Waiting for her will be a newfound Sloane Stephens (champion in two thousand and seventeen) who had not won more than one match in the same tournament since September last year. The return of Kim Clijsters has probably given less space to that of Tsvetana Pironkova.
The Bulgarian, who had not played an official match since July of the two thousand and seventeen, after getting rid of Ljudmilla Samsonova even knocked out a two-time Grand Slam champion like Garbine Muguruza. All easy for Sofia Kenin (who also leaves the crumbs to the promising teeanager Leylah Fernandez) and above all for Viktoria Azarenka.
The seventh consecutive victory in the New York "bubble" The only defeat of Johanna Konta, beaten in three sets by Sorana Cirstea, is practically part of the lot of surprises.