US Open Day 5: Serena Williams Advances, Rafael Nadal Crashes Out
Serena Williams kept herself on track for a 22nd Grand Slam as she sealed her place in the last 16. Meanwhile Rafael Nadal lost his 3rd round match to go out of the tournament.
Serena Williams kept herself on track for a 22nd Grand Slam as she sealed her place in the last 16. Meanwhile Rafael Nadal lost his 3rd round match to go out of the tournament.(All AFP Images)
Serena fought back to defeat 101st-ranked US compatriot Bethanie Mattek-Sands 3-6, 7-5, 6-0 at Arthur Ashe Stadium and needs only four more triumphs to complete the first calendar Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988.
Spanish eighth seed Nadal, whose 14 Slam titles include the 2010 and 2013 US Open crowns, fell victim to 32nd-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
With a 7-6 (9), 4-6, 6-3 victory over Dominika Cibulkova on Friday, Bouchard, seeded No. 25, advanced to the fourth round and served notice that she is coping with some of her recent struggles.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic moved a step closer to his 10th career Slam crown and third of the year by defeating Italy's Andreas Seppi 6-3, 7-5, 7-5.
Venus Williams, 35, eased sister Serena's path to the final by ousting the top-rated rival on their side of the draw, defeating 12th-seeded Swiss teen Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-4.
Croatian ninth seed Marin Cilic barely escaped making the earliest exit of any defending champion since Andre Agassi in 1999 before outlasting 56th-ranked Kazak Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/1), 6-3, 6-7 (3/7), 6-1.