US Open 2021 Update: Teens Boot Out Osaka, Tsitsipas to March to 4th Round
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Two of the favorites to win the US Open 2021 were upset in the third round on Friday. World No1 Novak Djokovic keeps his bid alive for a “Calendar Grand Slam”. He also needs to get past a former finalist to gain a round of 16 ticket. The upset victories send shockwaves to tennis enthusiasts and online betting sites around the world.
Fernandez surprise Osaka at the US Open 2021
The US Open women’s singles competition will have a new champion this year as Naomi Osaka was shocked by Canadian left-hander Leylah Fernandez 5-7, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4. An 18-year-old lass stunned the Japanese defending champion. She was motivated by her fellow up-and-comer Carlos Alcaraz. Alcaraz surprised French Open runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas on the men’s side. Osaka actually took the early initiative, winning the first set at 7-5. She ended the 37-minute set with her sixth ace. However, things started to unravel for the Japanese four-time Grand Slam champion in the second set. She was unable to hold serve for the victory after she hit an errant forehand to send the set into a tiebreaker. This gave the Canadian the opportunity to humble her veteran opponent to force a third set.
In the decider, Fernandez, who won her first Women’s Tennis Association title at Monterrey, smashed a forehand winner to break Osaka to move ahead. Although the third-ranked Japanese saved two breakpoints, the Canadian stood firm and calm to secure the victory and an opportunity to meet German 16th seed Angelique Kerber in the fourth round. Before beating Osaka, Fernandez had never defeated a foe as high as the Japanese netter’s ranking. After the match, Osaka said that she will be taking a break from playing tennis.
‘Next Nadal’ stuns marathon man Tsitsipas
On the men’s side, Alcaraz stunned Greek third seed Tsitsipas in five sets 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 0-6, 7-5 to march to the last 16 of the US Open 2021. With the win, the Spaniard is the youngest man in the US Open fourth round since 17-year-old Michael Chang since 1989 and at any Grand Slam since Andrei Medvedev in the 1992 French Open. The world number 55 also became the youngest man to upset a top-three player at the US Open since the rankings began in 1973.
Alcaraz won his first Association of Tennis Professionals title at Umag in July. He will next meet 141st-ranked German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk, who ousted Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland in four sets. Nicknamed “Next Nadal,” Alcaraz was the crowd darling at Arthur Ashe Stadium as he fired 33 winners past Tsitsipas. Alcaraz zoomed ahead in the final tiebreak 6-3 before finishing the match with a forehand winner after four hours and seven minutes of action.
In other matches, Frances Tiafoe caused another surprise of the day. He edged past fifth seed Andrey Rublev 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6), 4-6, 6-1. Second seed Daniil Medvedev was dominant in his match against 74th-ranked Pablo Andujar. That is before winning in straight sets 6-4, 6-0, 6-3. The win sets up Medvedev to a match against Daniel Evans. On the women’s side, Aryna Sabalenka, the second seed from Belarus, overcame Danielle Collins 6-3, 6-3.
Djokovic seeks last 16 spot, faces Nishikori
World number one Novak Djokovic attempts to gain a last 16 slot in the US Open and move him closer to a calendar-year Grand Slam. He will be favored against former US Open finalist Kei Nishikori. The Serbian is 17-2 lifetime against the Japanese star. The last time Nishikori beat the 34-year-old Serbian was in the US Open semifinals. It led him to the final of the tournament where he lost to Marin Cilic of Croatia.
If the Serbian moves to his 21st career Grand Slam title on the New York hardcourts, it would snap the deadlock for career Grand Slam titles he shares with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who were absent due to injuries. Other matches in the third round include Petra Kvitova against Maria Sakkari. There’s also Ashleigh Barty facing Shelby Rogers, Lastly, Alexander Zverev versus Jack Sock. The best sports gambling site for tennis will cover the games live up to the final of the last Grand Slam event of the season.