Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the 2020 US Open.

We’ve reached the quarter-final stages of this year’s competition, with some mouth-watering ties scheduled for Day Nine.

To kick things off, we’ll bring you action from the Arthur Ashe Stadium with Borno Coric vs Alexander Zverev, before our attentions turn to Naomi Oskaka vs Shelby Rogers.

Following on from that, we’ll have full coverage of Tsvetana Pironkova vs Serena Williams.

Stay tuned for tonight’s tennis action, plus full coverage of the matches overnight…

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Osaka 6-3 0-1 Rogers

Some positive play from Rogers as she tries to match Osaka for power and accuracy on her backhand, with some morale-boosting winners coming with it.

Osaka tries that cross-court forehand which has really worked for her. This time it doesn’t, and Rogers, crucially, is on the board.


SET!

Osaka 6-3 Rogers

The 2018 champion is a class above at the moment as she seals the first set in 38 minutes.

The difference in power is quite clear but Osaka is keeping the errors to a minimum – just five compared to Rogers’ 16 – and that’s been the key in this first set.

She is one step away from the semi-finals now and there doesn’t seem to be much more Rogers can do to stop her.
 

Photo: AP

BREAK OF SERVE


BREAK! Osaka 5-3 Rogers

Well, that brief spell of optimism was short-lived for Rogers.

Osaka takes it up a level with a phenomenal range of shots, cleaning up a break to love with a short angle cross-court forehand. So easy on the eye.

The no.4 seed is serving for the set. 

BREAK OF SERVE


BREAK! Osaka 4-3 Rogers

Neither player is holding back their winners at all as Osaka whips a forehand into the corner to go 40-15 up.

On the next serve, Rogers rasps a down-the-liner to just make the 22-year-old think about the possible break and an impressive smash means Osaka faces her first break point.

After watching her ace get chalked off by a challenge, Osaka’s second serve bounces high and Rogers gobbles that up with a tremendous forehand rocket. We’re back on serve!

BREAK OF SERVE


BREAK! Osaka 4-2 Rogers

You need to do something special to beat Osaka and Rogers has a gameplan, aiming some deep, high-bouncing shots to Osaka’s backhand. But after losing three straight points, she faces the agony of a break point. No pressure. 

Osaka sets it up nicely with a shallow forehand and Rogers lands her cross-court backhand on the line. Nice hit! 

Rogers soon pays the price for failing to get herself back on level terms, despite being at advantage twice. Osaka has another break point and converts after a flat backhand from Rogers lands beyond the baseline.


Osaka 3-2 Rogers

Another breeze of a service game for Osaka and she’s only dropped one point on her serve, wrapping up another love hold.

If she can maintain that level of first serve win percentage – currently at 86 per cent – Rogers may find it tough to keep up.


Osaka 2-2 Rogers

A couple of errors on her backhand puts Rogers in a perilous position at 0-30 but she makes Osaka uncomfortable at the baseline and hauls herself back in contention.

There’s no better time to pull out an ace at 30-30 to relieve the pressure, but gets taken to deuce after a misjudgement on the forehand. 

Osaka makes a strange decision to challenge a serve from Rogers and HawkEye says it’s good, thus allowing the American to hold.


Osaka 2-1 Rogers

This is supreme serving from Osaka as she pulls out back-to-back aces down the ‘T’. This is like Serena in her prime.

She holds to love after Rogers decides to slap a forehand winner off the delivery but it flies wide. 


Osaka 1-1 Rogers

Make no mistake, this is the biggest matches of Shelby Rogers’ career. 

The 27-year-old, ranked 95th in the world, has only ever reached a Grand Slam quarter-final once before – at Roland Garros in 2016 – but this is on her home turf and at a time where she had been struggling at the top level of tennis. 

But this tournament is the exception and she is not lacking confidence whatsoever, volleying home with precision from the net to get herself on the board.


Osaka 1-0 Rogers

The Japanese has brought out the power on the forehand and grabs a couple of winners on her way to a hold, which is sealed with her 20th ace of the tournament.


Walking out onto court, Naomi Osaka continues her promise to wear a mask in protest against racism, printing George Floyd’s name on it after he died as a result of a police shooting.

The Japanese is making a statement and the world is definitely taking notice.


Naomi Osaka will continue her quest for a second US Open title in around 10 minutes! 

At just 22-years-old, Osaka already has vast experience at Championship level, with two major titles to her name – the US Open and the Australian Open. 

But perhaps what’s more telling is that Osaka has only ever made two Grand Slam quarter-finals – where she’s then gone on the win the event. 

The former world number one tends to get better as tournaments go by, and after a phenomenal performance against Kontaveit in round 4, she’s looking dangerous! 

Photo: Getty


Shelby Rogers route to the quarter-final 

Unseeded American Shelby Rogers is undoubtedly the surprise name in the Women’s quarter-final draw, having seen off two seeded players on the way

Here’s how she got the last eight…

  • Round 1: Rogers defeated Khromacheva 6-2 6-2

  • Round 2: Rogers defeated Rybakina 7-5 6-1

  • Round 3: Rogers defeated Brengle 6-2 6-4

  • Round 4: Rogers defeated Kvitova 7-6 3-6 7-6


Naomi Osaka route to the quarter-final 

We now switch our attention back over to the Arthur Ashe Stadium, where Naomi Osaka play play Shelby Rogers in around 30 minutes. 

Here’s how she got the last eight…

  • Round 1: Osaka defeated Doi 6-2 5-7 6-2

  • Round 2: Osaka defeated Giorgi 6-1 6-2

  • Round 3: Osaka defeated Kostyuk 6-3 6-7 6-2

  • Round 4: Osaka defeated Kontaveit 6-3 6-4


Result! 

Pavic & Soares have defeated Rojer & Tecau 6-4 7-5 to progress to the US Open final!

There, they will meet Koolhof & Mektic, who also won in straight sets earlier in the evening. 


Plenty more tennis to play tonight!

Though the evening session has now finished on the Arthur Ashe court, there’s plenty of tennis to be played tonight! 

Starting in an hour, Naomi Osaka will take on Shelby Rodgers for a place in the semi-finals

And after that, Pablo Carreno Busta will face Denis Shapovalov.


Zverev has been speaking to Amazon Prime Video

“I just started playing more aggressive. Because if I had played the way I played, this was not the level for a quarter-final match at a grand slam. I had to start playing better.”

On becoming the first German to reach the US Open semi-final since Boris Becker:

“It’s a great accomplishment but I don’t want to stop here, obviously. It’s great to be in the semi-finals. Unfortunately, we haven’t been there in 25 years for a German player. But I know there are going to be many more after me and I hope that I can continue going the way I’m doing.”


Zverev was left delighted after a gruelling match! 

Photo: Getty

GAME, SET, MATCH


Joe Salisbury is out! 

We have another result to bring you from the Louis Armstrong Stadium, where Brit Joe Salisbury has been knocked out of his doubles semi-final.

He and his partner Ram were defeated by Koolhof and Mektic 7-6 6-4. 


What a win that was for Zverev! 

Though coming in as the favourite, Coric had won three of their four meetings in the past and looked as if he was to extend that record when a set and a break to the good.  

Zverev looked a shadow of his best self, but it’s a good trait to win when not playing at your best nonetheless. 

In victory, Zverev next will play the winner of Pablo Carreno Busta and Denis Shapovalov for a place in the final, in what looks the easier side of the draw on paper with neither player seeded in the top 10. 

He’s never made a Grand Slam final before, but could this be his year?

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Live stream details and how to watch on TV

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