Schwartzman Eliminates Former Champ Cilic in Flushing

Schwartzman Eliminates Former Champ Cilic in Flushing

Even before the US Open started, this Grand Slam was considered to be one of the most unpredictable ones in recent times, especially for the men.

It was a landmark victory for Schwartzman, one of the smallest men on the tour at 5ft 7in, who is through to the fourth round at a slam for the first time.

The 2017 U.S. Open spotlight returns to the lower half of the bracket on Friday as competitors attempt to book a place in the fourth round.

These upsets have left World No 19 Pablo Carreno Busta, seeded 12th, as the highest-ranked player in the lower half.

They are on the side of the bracket that originally had three-time major champion Andy Murray, but he withdrew two days before the tournament started because of a hip injury.

Carreno Busta compiled an impressive disparity of 32 winners to only 13 unforced errors Friday. The Spaniard is the 12th seed in the tournament and should be considered the favourite in their match. For players like Isner and Querrey, it's the opportunity of a lifetime-a plausible road to the final of the U.S. Open, with no obvious insurmountable challenge in their way.

Kvitova, the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion, enjoyed playing in Arthur Ashe Stadium after needing major left hand surgery following a knife attack by a home intruder last December. "I played good matches but I lost". Every time in the third set, as well.

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After beating Tsonga in round two, Shapovalov had a stroke of luck when third-round opponent Kyle Edmund suffered a back problem during the third set and pulled out with the Canadian leading 3-6 6-3 6-3 1-0. Edmund bore down, however, to take the set 6-3.

Two of the others, current No. 1 Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina, will play Saturday.

Russian wildcard Maria Sharapova was victorious in the last match of the day, defeating fellow wildcard Sofia Kenin in straight sets to set up a last 16 clash against last year's quarter-finalist, Anastasija Sevastova.

Seven weeks on, the result was no different as the Spaniard won by the same scoreline to set up a fourth round showdown against two-time champion Petra Kvitova, a 6-0, 6-4 victor over Caroline Garcia earlier in the day. "I hope maybe they can understand tennis is for everyone".

Meanwhile, in the women's draw, third seed Garbine Muguruza moved into pole position in the race to become the world number one after the US Open, repeating the dose on Magdalena Rybarikova to reach the fourth round at Flushing Meadows for the first time.

Marin Cilic, of Croatia, returns a shot from Diego Schwartzman, of Argentina, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in NY.

Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, returns a shot from Caroline Garcia, of France, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in NY.

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