September 8, 2020 11:03:10 am
Don’t inform Dominic Thiem the U.S. Open is diminished in any means simply because it’s the primary Grand Slam event for the reason that 2004 French Open with out at the very least one of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.
“It doesn’t matter at all if the Big Three are here or not,” the No. 2-seeded Thiem stated Monday after beating No. 15 Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (4), 6-1, 6-1 in the fourth spherical at Flushing Meadows.
“Everybody wants their hands on the trophy,” stated Thiem, who gained virtually half of Auger-Aliassime’s service factors, 46 of 88.
“It doesn’t really matter who they’re going to beat.”
Djokovic , seeded No. 1, unbeaten this season and the overwhelming favourite, was disqualified Sunday after unintentionally hitting a line decide in the throat with a ball after dropping a sport in the primary set in opposition to Pablo Carreno Busta.
Nadal (pandemic considerations) and Federer (two knee operations) didn’t enter the event in any respect. This ends a run of 13 consecutive main championships gained by a member of the Big Three.
“It’s been getting pretty boring,” stated Denis Shapovalov, the primary Canadian man to succeed in the U.S. Open quarterfinals, “with these three guys winning every tournament.”
None of the lads left has ever earned a lot as one Slam trophy but.
The quarterfinals on the underside half of the draw can be Thiem in opposition to No. 21 Alex de Minaur; and No. 10 Andrey Rublev in opposition to No. 3 Daniil Medvedev. On the highest half, the place Djokovic used to loom: No. 12 Shapovalov vs. No. 20 Carreno Busta; No. 5 Alexander Zverev vs. No. 27 Borna Coric.
Medvedev was runner-up to Nadal final 12 months, shedding in 5 units. He hasn’t dropped a set whereas advancing to the quarterfinals and he’s dropped serve solely 3 times.
“I’m playing better every match,” Medvedev stated. “I hope this can continue. I’m pleased, actually, with the fact I’ve won all the sets.”
Thiem is the one remaining man who has contested a number of main finals. He is 0-3, shedding twice to Nadal on the French Open and to Djokovic on the Australian Open this February.
“I am probably one of the oldest players left in the field,” stated the 27-year-old Thiem, “which is surreal to me.”
Second oldest, really: Carreno Busta is 29.
It’s the primary U.S. Open since 2010 with out at the very least one male quarterfinalist who’s 30 or older.
Next up for Thiem is the 21-year-old de Minaur, who reached his first main quarterfinal by saving 4 set factors in the opening tiebreaker and occurring to a 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-2 victory over Vasek Pospisil.
Pospisil led 6-2 in the tiebreaker when all of it fell aside.
“The momentum definitely changed after that,” de Minaur stated.
Pospisil, who’s 30, praised his youthful opponent’s court docket protection, saying he thinks de Minaur could be the second-fastest participant on tour.
“What’s most impressive is he never breathes. He runs side to side and he’s never out of breath,” Pospisil stated. “He defies the laws of biology, I guess. He’s a freak of nature.”
Here’s the entire monetary hit Novak Djokovic’s U.S. Open default is costing him: $267,500.
That’s all of his $250,000 prize cash for reaching the fourth spherical, plus USD 10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct and an extra USD 7,500 for skipping his post-match information convention.
The fines have been introduced Monday, a day after the Djokovic was disqualified for by chance hitting a line decide in the throat with a ball after dropping a sport.
Both of these fall under the utmost $20,000 the Grand Slam rule e book says he may have been docked for every infraction.
To put the penalties in context: Djokovic has earned greater than USD 140 million in prize cash over his profession, other than hundreds of thousands extra in endorsement offers.
Serena Williams’ subsequent opponent on the U.S. Open not solely by no means has been to the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows earlier than, she hadn’t competed in any event, anyplace, since Wimbledon in 2017.
Tsvetana Pironkova is a 32-year-old from Bulgaria who doesn’t actually have a WTA rating presently as a result of she hasn’t performed in so lengthy. She took that point away to grow to be a mom; her son, Alexander, is 3.
On Monday, she prolonged her keep in her comeback occasion, beating Alize Cornet 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in the fourth spherical.
“There was a time, maybe for 1-2 years after I became a mom, where I didn’t really picture coming back to the tour at all. I was, you know, happy with the moment, just wanted to live through everything, through this new exciting time in my life,” stated Pironkova, who was a semifinalist at Wimbledon in 2010.
“But then I started thinking about tennis more and more.”
Now she wants to consider going through Williams.
“Playing such a champion, such a legend of the game, it’s a tremendous honor, obviously,” Pironkova stated. “I’m really looking forward to that match, because I know the feeling is going to be very special.”
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