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Schwartzman upsets Cilic to reach US Open round of 16

04 September, 2017, 12:10 | Author: Glenda Knight
  • Diego Schwartzman

Into the fourth round round of the USA open for the first time - which also represents his best ever performance at a Grand Slam, he said afterwards: "There were a lot of ups and downs in the match".

Denis Shapovalov of Canada is the youngest man to make the US Open's fourth round since Michael Chang was 17 in 1989.

Cilic won the 2014 title at Flushing Meadows.

Cilic, the highest seed in a clear bottom half of the draw, eventually paid the price for his lack of match practice after skipping the U.S. Open warm-up tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati due to injury.

The 18-year-old Shapovalov is s the first qualifier to reach this stage of a major since 2008.

Shapovalov converted four of 13 break points and committed 32 unforced errors to Edmund's 24.

Even before the US Open started, this Grand Slam was considered to be one of the most unpredictable ones in recent times, especially for the men. Thirty-year-old Mischa is enjoying a surprise breakthrough season, which started with an unexpected run into the quarter-finals at the Australian Open. Straight set wins over Berlocq and Tipsarevic seeing him reach the third round in NY for the first time. "I think in every match I can win".

Schwartzman played far from a ideal match, committing 48 unforced errors and almost squandering a double-break lead in the fourth set, but he hung on to win in three hours and 23 minutes.

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He rebounded well, however, taking it to Edmund in the second set and earning a 6-3 win right back. Only current number one Karolina Pliskova and fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina could deny her reaching the top for the first time.

The fifth, Simona Halep, lost in the first round to Maria Sharapova.

Seven weeks on, the result was no different as the Spaniard won by the same scoreline to set up a fourth round showdown against two-time champion Petra Kvitova, a 6-0, 6-4 victor over Caroline Garcia earlier in the day. The Tennis Channel will be running a preview show between 8 a.m. -11 a.m. ET, along with replays through the days and nights of the tournament.

At just 5ft 7ins (1.70m), Diego Schwartzman struck a blow for the little guy on Friday by downing Croatian giant Marin Cilic, a towering 6ft 6ins (1.98m). Later, Williams meets Maria Sakkari, and Muguruza plays No. 31 Magdalena Rybarikova.

Sep 1, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Diego Schwartzman of Argentina returns a shot to Marin Cilic of Croatia on day five of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

The Spaniard earned a spot in the US Open's fourth round for the first time by easily eliminating Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

Caroline Garcia, of France, returns a shot from Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in NY.


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