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No. 5 Marin Cilic, No. 10 John Isner ousted in third round

No. 5 Marin Cilic, No. 10 John Isner ousted in third round

Argentina's Diego Schwartzman (pictured left) upset the number five-seeded and 2014 U.S. Open champion, Marin Cilic of Croatia, on Friday in Flushing Meadows, nailing down an unexpected 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 victory inside Grandstand.

Also believing more "newer" faces are coming through, and opportunities opening up for them to reach the latter stages of major tournaments, he says: "I think it's a little bit of a new era with many players, new players".

The upsets that have unfolded in the bottom half of the draw will result in there being at least two first-time US Open quarter-finalists; of the remaining men in this part of the draw, only Kevin Anderson (2015) and Lucas Pouille (last year) have got this far at Flushing Meadows. Many (top) players are injured this week.

He defeated Britain's Kyle Edmund when he was forced to retire with a neck injury trailing 6-3, 3-6, 3-6, 0-1. "It's always good for the new guys or for the guys who are out of the Top 10", Schwartzman said of the wide-open draw. "I am playing well and try to be like this every match".

The early end to the night session meant that for the first time in this year's tournament, play was wrapped up by midnight.

He converted nine of 20 break points and was aided by a whopping 80 unforced errors from the 2014 champion, who entered the tournament short on match play after having skipped Montreal and Cincinnati due to injury. "Hopefully it's nothing too serious".

The teen will next meet No. 12 seed Pablo Carreno Busta, who beat veteran qualifier Nicholas Mahut 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

Garbine Muguruza will have her eyes set on the U.S. Open crown in NY after seeing some of the women's favourites drop out early, and she will face Magdalena Rybarikova for a fourth-round spot on Friday.

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Thirty is the new 20 in tennis, and in a season where Federer has been awesome fans with his age-defying performances, Italy's Lorenzi is another player who is recording some of his best results at the age of 35.

The draw certainly looks more inviting to Zverev than when he reached the fourth round at the Australian Open this year.

Whoever triumphs in that matchup has a hard fourth-round fixture on their hands, though, with the victor of Caroline Garcia and Petra Kvitova's meeting up next.

The elder of the Williams sisters was delighted to hear of the news, saying: "Obviously, I'm super-excited".

Williams faces Greece's Maria Sakkari and is hoping to make the competition's fourth round for the third year in succession; a home crowd is sure to have its advantages for the 37-year-old. "Words can't describe" during a pre-match interview with the host broadcaster, ESPN.

The night feature on Ashe pits five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova against 139th-ranked United States teen wildcard Sofia Kenin.

The 12th-seeded Spaniard has only once been as far as the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament, at the French Open in June. Only current number one Karolina Pliskova and fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina could deny her reaching the top for the first time.


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