The fourth round of singles kicks off Sunday at the US Open. These are five storylines to look out for on Day 7 in New York.
New York has a new villain, and his name is Daniil Medvedev. The Russian first irritated the New York crowd on Friday night by angrily grabbing a towel from a lines person. Later on, after a brief confrontation with chair umpire Damien Dumosois, Medvedev flipped the bird to the approximately 14,000 deep Louis Armstrong crowd. Boos rained down in his post match interview, so he turned things up a notch by stating, “I want all of you to know when you sleep tonight, I won because of you.”
Medvedev is in the midst of a torrid nine match winning streak; he has played more matches than anyone on the ATP tour this summer, and appeared to be running out of gas until last night. “The energy you're giving me right now, guys, I think it will be enough for my five next matches,” he said to the raucous crowd. Medvedev will face off against qualifier Dominik Koepfer on Sunday, and the tennis world can’t wait to see what happens next in Medvedev’s shocking heel turn in Flushing Meadows.
The tennis gods finally smiled on Grigor Dimitrov after cursing him with Stan Wawrinka in the first round of three of his past four Grand Slams. Dimitrov received a walkover from Borna Coric in the second round, and capitalized on his favorable draw by defeating qualifier Kamil Majchrzakin straight sets. Dimitrov’s Sunday opponent has done it the hard way. Alex De Minaur played a near perfect match in his convincing four-set victory over three time US Open semifinalist Kei Nishikori on Friday. "Demon" is undoubtedly one of the quickest players in tennis, and the oddsmakers peg the Aussie as a substantial favorite in this first-time matchup. With a win, De Minaur will advance to his first career Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Will it be three straight US Open quarterfinal appearances for the red-hot Madison Keys? Or will Elina Svitolina reach her first ever quarterfinal in Flushing Meadows? We’ll soon find out. Keys struggles with consistency at times, but has been remarkably consistent in her Grand Slam performances. The American has reached the quarterfinals in five of her last eight majors, the most of any player in that stretch. With a win on Sunday, Svitolina will be the first Ukrainian to reach the quarterfinals of the US Open since Kateryna Bondarenko in 2009. Something’s gotta give, as both Keys and Svitolina have yet to drop a set so far this week.
Novak Djokovic cracked a few smiles in his straight-set victory over Denis Kudla, which likely means his left shoulder injury is no longer an issue. His next opponent, Wawrinka, has enjoyed some recent success against the Serb. Wawrinka has won two of their last four encounters, most notably in the 2016 US Open final, their most recent meeting. Although Djokovic is a heavy favorite according to the oddsmakers, Wawrinka is one of the only players who can overpower the world No. 1. The tennis will speak for itself in this blockbuster fourth-round matchup between two champions of the sport.
If you are a Chinese tennis player, you would probably rather play anyone in the world than Ashleigh Barty. The Aussie owns a career 15-1 head to head record against Chinese players, and hasn’t dropped a set in either of her two meetings against Qiang Wang. After losing the first set in her opening-round match against Zarina Diyas, Barty has found her championship form on the New York hard courts. If Barty and Serena Williams win on Sunday, they will face off in a blockbuster quarterfinal. Unless Wang can pull a rabbit out of her hat, tennis fans will likely get their wish.
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