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Serena Williams is on course to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slams after battling past her American compatriot and 2017 champion Sloane Stephens in three sets.

In the men’s draw, Daniil Medvedev – who reached the final in last year’s US Open – made light work of American wildcard JJ Wolf at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the day session, recording a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 victory.

No.2 seed Dominic Thiem is in action in the evening session and he faces the 2014 winner Marin Cilic, who is seeded 31st for this year’s tournament.


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That’s it from our coverage of Day 6 at the US Open!

We hope you’ve enjoyed tuning in to our coverage as Serena Williams, Daniil Medvedev and Felix Auger Aliassime recorded memorable wins.

There’s still more action to come overnight as Dominic Thiem faces 2014 champion Marin Cilic.

Be sure to check in first thing for all the results and news from Flushing Meadows. Until then, goodnight!


ICYMI: Williams battles past Stephens

With all of today’s tennis finished until the night session begins, why not read our match report from earlier today Serena Williams came from a set down to overcome Sloane Stephens on Ashe.

Click here for the full article.
 

Photo: Reuters

GAME, SET, MATCH


No sweat for Tiafoe

An assured performance from the American Frances Tiafoe, who beats Martin Fucsovics 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.

He will face no.3 seed Daniil Medvedev in R4. That’s a tough draw, but one he will relish after that one-sided victory.


Here is Auger Aliassime…

“First I’ve got to say that Corentin in the first two sets, that’s not his usual level. I think the third set was more normal. As much I’m happy to be leading 6-1, 6-0, you’ve got to stay in it and you gotta fight. I got broke back in the third set and it was getting a bit tense, but in the end I was able to play well in the right moments and now I’m happy because I played even better than last round.” 

GAME, SET, MATCH


Awesome from Auger Aliassime!

A special performance from Felix Auger Aliassime, quite possibly the best we have seen in the tournament so far.

Moutet is a very capable player, as we saw against Dan Evans, and it’s not even as if he played badly. The Canadian was simply on another level today to the point that Djokovic would have applauded.

The 20-year-old is through to the fourth round of a Major for the first time and will face the winner of Dominic Thiem vs Marin Cilic later tonight.
 

Photo: Reuters


SET!

Frances Tiafoe is in control against Martin Fucsovics, who fought back valiantly against Grigor Dimitrov in the previous round.

The American leads 6-2, 6-3 and with Daniil Medvedev waiting in R4, the 22-year-old will be hoping to get the job done in straights.


Better from Moutet, who takes a five-minute timeout to recollect his thoughts and calm his temper after second set.

But it doesn’t make too much of a difference as Auger Aliassime breaks and leads 3-2 in the fourth.

To make matters worse, he’s required treatment on his foot. Is that to frustrate the Canadian? Either way, he’s three games from victory.

GAME, SET, MATCH


Result

An easy victory for no.6 seed Matteo Berrettini, who beats Casper Ruud in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

The Italian will face Andrey Rublev, the 10th seed, in round four after his annihilation of Salvatore Caruso in which he bageled the Italian twice.
 

Photo: AP

GAME, SET, MATCH


The dream continues for Tsvetana Pironkova!

Competing in her first Slam since Wimbledon 2017 after becoming a mother, the Bulgarian dumps out 18th seed Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-1 to reach the fourth round.

What a journey!


SET!

An extraordinary set of tennis from Felix Auger Aliassime and finally, the pain is over for a highly frustrated Corentin Moutet.

He’s just secured a bagel in the second set, having nabbed the first 6-1, and is barely making any errors out there. He’s also brought out the ‘tweeners (shot between the legs).


SET!

Over on Court 5 is the only women’s match still going as 18th seed Donna Vekic takes on Bulgarian veteran Svetana Pironkova.

The 32-year-old is playing her first Slam since Wimbledon 2017 owing to injury and maternity leave but she has the edge, taking the first set 6-4.
 

Photo: AP

BREAK OF SERVE


BREAK!

Frustrations are boiling over from Moutet after Auger Aliassime takes a double break with some incredible shots once again.

The Frenchman launches not one but two balls out of the court and receives a code violation from the umpire for his troubles.

‘Double A’, as they call him, is flying on Court 17 and leads 3-0.


SET!

We already know it, but Felix Auger-Aliassime is some talent.

The 20-year-old, who easily dispatched Andy Murray in round two, has taken the first set 6-1 against Corentin Moutet.

A sublime set of tennis from the Canadian.
 

Photo: Getty

GAME, SET, MATCH


Anything is Pospisil!

We’ve been waiting for a shock and here it is… another top-10 casualty from the men’s draw.

No.8 seed Roberto Bautista Agut has lost in five sets to Vasek Pospisil. The Canadian – who also knocked out Milos Raonic – is into R4 with a 7-5, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over the Spaniard.

He can look forward to a clash against Alex de Minaur, who went the distance to knock out 10th seed Karen Khachanov.


Serena on her turnaround…

“I don’t think she made any errors, honestly. She was playing so clean and I was like she’s playing so good. I was just doing the game and won the second set, so great! I love the crowd so much but like I said I’m so intense, this is how I am in practice and this is how I’ve worked all these years.”


Serena speaks on court…

Her daughter watching
“I forgot she was coming out! She saw her mama fighting, I don’t think she was paying attention! She may have been playing with her princesses.” 

Stephens
“It was intense. She’s had some incredible matches and it brings out the best in my fitness when I play Sloane. She’s obviously a great player, she’s won the US Open on this court and had every big win you can think of.”

GAME, SET, MATCH


Williams has DONE IT!

She beats Stephens 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.

A simple hold for Williams and a shocking miss from Stephens – when Williams was forced to scoop the ball up in the air – sums up just how far she has fallen in this match.

On her own serve, Stephens fails to take hold of the point and Williams’ power and finesse shines through again. A forehand into the corner and Stephens sends it long.

And it’s over! Celebrations from the Williams camp as her husband and daughter cheer wildly. A superb comeback from truly gifted player.
 

Photo: AP


Stephens 6-2 2-6 2-4 Williams

A much-needed boost for Stephens as she clings onto her serve for only the second time in this set. 

But her body language looks a little defeated. Williams, on the other hand, looks about as focused as a brain surgeon right now. 


Stephens 6-2 2-6 1-4 Williams

The psychological advantage belongs to Williams even after a late call from the umpire forces her to second-serve at 30-30. So what does she do? Ace.

Stephens still has a decent chance to break back but gets it horribly wrong with the forehand and Williams – who looked a long way off victory early on – is now just two games away.

BREAK OF SERVE


BREAK! Stephens 6-2 2-6 1-3 Williams

Three break points and you just wonder if Stephens is losing that calmness she showed in the first set.

Well, it serves us right for doubting here. Three lightning quick serves, forcing three errors from Williams and she is back to deuce.

But a mega forehand into the corner forces Stephens into the corner and her slice goes long. There is the break!

Arthur Ashe Stadium (times in BST)

5pm: JJ Wolf (USA) 3-6, 3-6, 2-6 (3) Daniil Medvedev (Rus), (26) Sloane Stephens (USA) 6-2, 2-6, 2-6 (3) Serena Williams (USA)

NB 12am: (7) Madison Keys (USA) v Alize Cornet (Fra), (31) Marin Cilic (Cro) v (2) Dominic Thiem (Aut)

Louis Armstrong Stadium

4pm: (15) Maria Sakkari (Gre) 6-3, 6-1 (22) Amanda Anisimova (USA), (8) Roberto Bautista Agut (Spa) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6 Vasek Pospisil (Can), Marton Fucsovics (Hun) 2-6, 3-6, 2-6 Frances Tiafoe (USA), Victoria Azarenka (Blr) v Iga Swiatek (Pol), (27) Ons Jabeur (Tun) v (2) Sofia Kenin (USA)

Court 5

4pm: Salvatore Caruso (Ita) 0-6, 4-6, 0-6 (10) Andrey Rublev (Rus), (21) Alex De Minaur (Aus) 6-4, 0-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 (11) Karen Khachanov (Rus), (18) Donna Vekic (Cro) 4-6, 1-6 Tsvetana Pironkova (Bul)

Court 7

4pm: Oksana Kalashnikova (Geo) & Alla Kudryavtseva (Rus) 2-6, 5-7 (4) Kveta Peschke (Cze) & Demi Schuurs (Ned), (20) Karolina Muchova (Cze) 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 Sorana Cirstea (Rom)

Court 11

4pm: Jamie Murray (Gbr) & Neal Skupski (Gbr) 6-3, 6-2 Marcelo Demoliner (Bra) & Matwe Middelkoop (Ned), (16) Elise Mertens (Bel) 7-5, 6-1 Catherine McNally (USA), (1) Timea Babos (Hun) & Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) W.O Gabriela Dabrowski (Can) & Alison Riske (USA), Jessica Pegula (USA) & Shelby Rogers (USA) v (2) Elise Mertens (Bel) & Aryna Sabalenka (Blr)

Court 12

4pm: Hayley Carter (USA) & Luisa Stefani (Bra) 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 (6) Shuko Aoyama (Jpn) & Ena Shibahara (Jpn), (1) Juan Sebastian Cabal (Col) & Robert Farah (Col) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 Jean-Julien Rojer (Ned) & Horia Tecau (Rom), Rohan Bopanna (Ind) & Denis Shapovalov (Can) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 (6) Kevin Krawietz (Ger) & Andreas Mies (Ger)

Court 17

4pm: Jack Sock (USA) & Jack Withrow (USA) v Mate Pavic (Cro) & Bruno Soares (Bra), (6) Matteo Berrettini (Ita) 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 (30) Casper Ruud (Nor), (15) Felix Auger-Aliassime (Can) 6-1, 6-0, 6-4 Corentin Moutet (Fra)

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