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Sep 4, 2015

Tennis-Djokovic and Cilic through to U.S. Open fourth round

NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Top seed Novak Djokovic and defending champion Marin Cilic took different routes into the fourth round of the U.S. Open as the upsets and searing heat at Flushing Meadows both eased off on Friday.

After a week of punishing heat that saw a record 13 players retire, cooler temperatures and order returned to the year’s final grand slam as world number one Djokovic eased to a third round 6-3 7-5 7-5 victory over Italian Andreas Seppi.

Sep 4, 2015

Cilic survives scare, keeps Open defense on track

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Marin Cilic kept his U.S. Open title defense on track but not without a scare as the ninth seed needed over four hours to put away Mikhail Kukushkin and reach the fourth round with a 6-7(5) 7-6(1) 6-3 6-7(3) 6-1 win on Friday.

Cilic stepped onto the Grandstand court having won 16 straight sets at Flushing Meadows but that string quickly came to an end when the 56th-ranked Kukushkin took the opening set in a tiebreak in what was the start of a long and harrowing afternoon for the defending champion.

Sep 4, 2015

Tennis-Cilic survives scare, keeps Open defence on track

NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Marin Cilic kept his U.S. Open title defence on track but not without a scare as the ninth seed needed over four hours to put away Mikhail Kukushkin and reach the fourth round with a 6-7(5) 7-6(1) 6-3 6-7(3) 6-1 win on Friday.

Cilic stepped onto the Grandstand court having won 16 straight sets at Flushing Meadows but that string quickly came to an end when the 56th-ranked Kukushkin took the opening set in a tiebreak in what was the start of a long and harrowing afternoon for the defending champion.

Sep 4, 2015

Hewitt bids New York farewell in familiar fighting fashion

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lleyton Hewitt waved goodbye to the U.S. Open on Thursday, the tenacious Australian dragged kicking and screaming to the Flushing Meadows exit by countryman Bernard Tomic.

A player who constructed a career around a relentless fighting spirit that became his calling card, Hewitt was never going to leave the U.S. Open without a struggle and went down swinging until the very end, falling 6-3 6-2 3-6 5-7 7-5.

Sep 4, 2015

Tennis-Hewitt bids New York farewell in familiar fighting fashion

NEW YORK, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Lleyton Hewitt waved goodbye to the U.S. Open on Thursday, the tenacious Australian dragged kicking and screaming to the Flushing Meadows exit by countryman Bernard Tomic.

A player who constructed a career around a relentless fighting spirit that became his calling card, Hewitt was never going to leave the U.S. Open without a struggle and went down swinging until the very end, falling 6-3 6-2 3-6 5-7 7-5.

Sep 4, 2015

Halep, Wawrinka beat the heat while Sock wilts

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Simona Halep and Stan Wawrinka beat the heat with straight-sets wins to reach the third round of a sweltering U.S. Open on Thursday while American hope Jack Sock wilted under the punishing conditions, collapsing on court.

However, Andy Murray and Johanna Konta showed British players can sweat it out for a win as both went the distance to claim second round victories.

Sep 4, 2015

Tennis-Halep, Wawrinka beat the heat while Sock wilts

NEW YORK, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Simona Halep and Stan Wawrinka beat the heat with straight-sets wins to reach the third round of a sweltering U.S. Open on Thursday while American hope Jack Sock wilted under the punishing conditions, collapsing on court.

However, Andy Murray and Johanna Konta showed British players can sweat it out for a win as both went the distance to claim second round victories.

Sep 3, 2015

Halep and Wawrinka beat the heat while Sock drops

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Simona Halep and Stan Wawrinka beat the heat with straight-sets wins to reach the third round of a sweltering U.S. Open on Thursday while American hope Jack Sock wilted under the punishing conditions, collapsing on court.

As courtside temperatures pushed past 100 Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) at Arthur Ashe Stadium, second seeded Halep of Romania wasted little time finishing off Ukraine qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko 6-3 6-4 in just 76 minutes before escaping to the air-conditioned comfort of the players’ lounge.

Sep 3, 2015

Tennis-Halep and Wawrinka beat the heat while Sock drops

NEW YORK, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Simona Halep and Stan Wawrinka beat the heat with straight-sets wins to reach the third round of a sweltering U.S. Open on Thursday while American hope Jack Sock wilted under the punishing conditions, collapsing on court.

As courtside temperatures pushed past 100 Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) at Arthur Ashe Stadium, second seeded Halep of Romania wasted little time finishing off Ukraine qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko 6-3 6-4 in just 76 minutes before escaping to the air-conditioned comfort of the players’ lounge.

Sep 3, 2015

Fame and perks are fleeting for former U.S. champ Stosur

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sam Stosur is discovering fame is fleeting and so are the perks that come with being a grand slam winner, even at Flushing Meadows where she was crowned U.S. Open champion in 2011.

The toast of the Big Apple just four years ago, Stosur has not exactly received a royal welcome back to New York as the Australian has been forced at times to ride the buses to the National Tennis Center instead of chauffeured courtesy cars.