Roger Federer, Serena Williams Breeze Into US Open Last 16

Roger Federer, Serena Williams Breeze Into US Open Last 16”

I don't even know if the team asked for day [rather than night session].

The Swiss great was brimming with confidence from the start, taking advantage of the speedy hardcourts under the open roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium on a warm and sunny day. But I definitely didn't do it intentionally.

David Goffin says having to beat Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the early rounds of a Grand Slam is "never easy" because they are not as exhausted.

Williams continued her quest for a 24th career Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court's all-time record by crushing 44th-ranked Czech Karolina Muchova 6-3, 6-2 in 74 minutes.

Next for Djokovic will be a match Sunday against three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka, who outlasted Paolo Lorenzi 6-4, 7-6, 7-6.

Roger Federer brushed aside Dan Evans in straight sets to march into the fourth round of the US Open. "Give myself another opportunity to do better, and I did".

"What matters the most is that I'm in the third round after those two sort of slow starts", Federer said.

Still, the 38-year-old Swiss said he understood Evans' frustration at the quick turnaround but was not about to apologise for something that was out of his control. He is the seventh from the 12 top seeds to go out.

"This is where I feel like my game's at". "Hopefully I can just keep it rolling".

Federer has had limited court time since his epic defeats to Novak Djokovic at the Wimbledon final in July but appeared to shake off any remaining rust with the win.

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Japanese seventh seed Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, lost to Australia's Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

The Russian fifth seed received a code violation for angrily snatching the towel from a ballperson, threw his racket and then covertly raised his middle finger next to his head as he began to walk.

Russian Daniil Medvedev argues with chair umpire Damien Dumusois during his victory over Spain's Feliciano Lopez on Friday at the US Open.

"I expect it to be tough, not like today anyway".

That, and the other fourth round matches in the bottom half of the draw take place on Monday, but there's action from the top half today, and this sees a number of big names take to the courts from 1700 United Kingdom time.

The women's field almost lost one of its top seeds, but 2016 runner-up Karolina Pliskova held on to edge Ons Jabeur 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 and reach the fourth round.

Also on Friday, Dominik Koepfer beat No. 17 Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-1 to advance to the round of 16, becoming only the second qualifier to make it that far in this tournament in the past decade.

Next up for Pliskova is the victor of the match later Friday between No. 16 Johanna Konta and No. 33 Zhang Shuai.

"It's going to be an incredibly physical match", Barty said.

Pliskova, a former No. 1 who reached the final at Flushing Meadows in 2016, won despite looking out of synch for much of the match.

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