Sunday was not a day of rest at Flushing Meadows. Comebacks, surprises and for some business as usual ahead of the second week of the final major of 2019.
Federer’s 56th Major Quarter Final!
Quite the record for Roger Federer, he may not have won at Flushing Meadows for 10 years but the former world number one has grown into the tournament.
He began with a couple of difficult four set wins but in the last two rounds has bulldozed through Dan Evans and David Goffin to make the second week once again.
Next up for Federer is a match against Grigor Dimitrov.
Johanna Konta came into US Open without a win on the hard courts in Cincinnati or Toronto but has reeled off four impressive wins to advance to the quarter finals in New York for the first time.
The British number one is on course for a place back in the top 10 in the world following her run and her comeback against Karolina Pliskova was outstanding.
Jo did have a difficult stage where things weren’t happening for her and her game fell apart but this year has found that composure and confidence once again.
Jo led the first set by a break at 4-2 before losing it on the tie-break against the former finalist Pliskova. The second set began to get away from her as well falling 1-3 down but the match despite being a set and a break down wasn’t over yet. Jo reeled off 5 games in a row before sealing the final set 7-5.
Slight concern for Serena?
Sunday was another big day for Serena Williams who won her 99th singles match at Flushing Meadows twenty years after she won the tournament for the first time.
Chasing history is the goal and she continues to be the form player in the majors. Serena has looked untroubled and sharp throughout the first week but there was a cause for concern.
Serena when approaching the net did roll her ankle and received a medical time out. Once play continued in the second set up a set and a break already she didn’t have a problem seeing the match through.
Serena said after the match her goal was to make sure her ankle was taped up and compact as soon as possible.
Not only was it her 99th singles match win at Flushing Meadows but also two years to the day since she gave birth to her daughter Olympia.
No party for Barty…
If you had to rate Ash Barty’s season out of ten since winning at Roland Garros what would it be?
I’d say a good 7-8.
There is a difference from winning a major to becoming a major contender on a regular basis. None of us saw Ash winning in Paris but she did. I think she’s composed herself well over the last few months and has good results.
The concern? The performance against Wang Qiang. It was messy, full of errors and never looked like finding a way back in down a set and a break.
Wang Qiang’s first quarter final!
It has been quite an emotional couple of months for Wang Qiang.
The 27 year old who has continued to climb the rankings and looks set for a place in the top 15 lost her coach not long ago.
Pete McNamara past away in July from Prostrate Cancer. The Australian a former world number 7 in singles and 3 in doubles has coached Dimitrov, Phillippoussis, Edben and Wang in his coaching career.
Wang has been excellent in New York so far with four straight sets wins and has Serena Williams on Tuesday.
Stan’s still the man!
Stan has shown he is still the man!
People will say Novak wasn’t at his best which is true but Stan’s level of performance was excellent.
This run in New York is what he has needed. Finding form has been a slight problem but is now looking a possibility for a place in London at the end of the season.
Next up for Stan is New York favourite Daniil Medvedev.
Making friends Part 2
Daniil Medvedev has played a lot of tennis lately. Is it catching up with him? I think it is slightly.
Down a set and a break to Koepher that wasn’t going to stop him as he rolled back to win in four sets and had another message for the crowd…
We were anticipating a Djokovic v Medvedev quarter final but then who would have the crowd booed more? Instead it’s Medvedev v Wawrinka on Tuesday.