Jelena Ostapenko exits the US Open, Federer reaches the round of 16

Jelena Ostapenko exits the US Open, Federer reaches the round of 16

There were reports circulating on Day 6 at the US Open that Roger Federer was set to withdraw from the tournament due to injury but he eventually played and also won. World No 1 Rafael Nadal reached the fourth round at the US Open , women’s top seed Karolina Pliskova is also through as Fabio Fognini has been kicked out of the US Open after verbally abusing a female umpire during his first round singles match.

Here is a recap of the action on Day 6

Third seed Roger Federer triumphed over Feliciano Lopez 6-3 6-3 7-5 reach the last-16 of the US Open.

The match lasted for 1hour 46 minutes under the roof in Arthur Ashe Stadium on a rainy Saturday night.

Top seed Rafael Nadal overcame Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer to reach the round of 16 at the US Open in New York.

The Spaniard, came from a set down to win 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 6-1 6-4 after three hours and 16 minutes.

Nadal will next face Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov in the fourth round on Monday.

Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov  reached the fourth round with a 6-1 6-0 6-4 win over Serbia’s Viktor Troicki in just one hour and 21 minutes.

Sixth seed Dominic Thiem recorded a straight-set win over Adrian Mannarino to reach the fourth round at Flushing Meadows.

Thiem beat the French world number 34 7-5 6-3 6-4 to reach the fourth round at the US Open three times in the past four years. He will play Juan Martin del Potro in the next round.

Del Potro beat Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3 6-3 6-4 to set up a meeting with Thiem.

David Goffin progressed to the fourth round after his opponent Gael Monfils retired with an injury to his right knee.

Goffin, who reached the fourth round at Flushing Meadows for the first time, was leading 7-5 5-1 when the French 18th seed retired.

Goffin next faces Russian Andrey Rublev for a place in the last eight.

In the meantime, Fabio Fognini has been provisionally suspended from the US Open following his verbal abuse of an umpire.

The volatile Italian was fined $24,000  dollars for three offences of unsportsmanlike conduct during his first-round singles match at Flushing Meadows.

But the world number 26 now faces further punishment, with the Grand Slam Board investigating whether he has committed a Major Offence under the Grand Slam Code of Conduct.

The 30-year-old was heard using insulting language towards Swedish official Louise Engzell.

He had reached the third round of the men’s doubles but was withdrawn by tournament organisers.

In 2014, Fognini was fined $27,500, the biggest penalty in Wimbledon history, for unsportsmanlike conduct.

He had already been handed three separate fines totalling $24,000 which will be deducted from his $50,000 prize money for losing in the first round of the singles.

Fognini issued an apology for his behaviour in a post on Twitter, saying: “First of all I would apologise to you fans, to the referee for what happened.

“It was just a very bad day, but it did not forgive my behaviour in the match. Although I’m a hot-head (and though I’ve been right in most circumstances) I was wrong. But in the end it’s only a tennis game.”

In the Women’s singles played on day 6, World number one Karolina Pliskova fought back to beat China’s Shaui Zhang in the US Open third round.

World number 26 Zhang had match point at 5-4 in the second set, but Pliskova turned it around to win 3-6 7-5 6-4.

The result means she stays in the race with Elina Svitolina and Garbine Muguruza to end the tournament as number one.

Pliskova received a lengthy treatment on her right forearm before she could go with her match.

The Czech next face Jennifer Brady in the last 16, after the American beat Monica Niculescu of Romania 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7-3).

Latvia’s French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, seeded 12th, slumped to a 6-3 6-2 defeat to world number 38, Russia’s Daria Kasatkina.

Elsewhere, American Coco Vandeweghe won 7-5 4-6 6-4 against 10th seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.

Ukrainian fourth seed Svitolina beat American Shelby Rogers 6-4 7-5 on Saturday to progress, while Spanish third seed Muguruza plays Petra Kvitova on Sunday.

Elsewhere in the women’s draw, Lucie Safarova of Czech Republic beat Japan’s Kurumi Nara 6-3 6-2 while American Madison Keys is also through to the round of 16 of the US Open. She beat Elena Vesnina 2-6 6-4 6-1 on Saturday night.

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