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US Open glance: Federer, Djokovic among champions in action

September 1, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — A quick look at the U.S. Open:

LOOKAHEAD TO SATURDAY

The highlight of the Day 6 schedule is pretty much the entire slate at Arthur Ashe Stadium. U.S. Open champions Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic all hit the court and try and move into the fourth round. Madison Keys, a finalist last year, also plays in Ashe. Perhaps the most intriguing matchup comes when the second-seeded Federer plays No. 30 Nick Kyrgios. A chair umpire who climbed out of his seat to talk with Kyrgios during a second-round match was heavily criticized for the rare sight in Grand Slam tennis. Kyrgios, a 23-year-old Australian, did not appear to be putting forth much effort while dropping the first set and falling behind 3-0 in the second. Kyrgios said he just wasn’t feeling well but rallied to win. Federer is seeking his sixth title at the U.S. Open, but first in a decade. He could face 13-time major champion Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

SATURDAY’S FORECAST

Sunny, cool. High of 78 degrees.

FRIDAY’S WEATHER

Rainy. High of 82 degrees.

FRIDAY’S KEY RESULTS

Men’s third round: No. 1 Rafael Nadal beat Karen Khachanov 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3); No. 3 Juan Martin del Potro beat No. 31 Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 7-6 (6), 6-3; No. 5 Kevin Anderson beat Denis Shapovalov 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; No. 9 Dominic Thiem beat Taylor Fritz 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-4; No. 11 John Isner beat Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (8), 6-7 (6), 6-3, 7-5.

Women’s third round: No. 3 Sloane Stephens beat Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-4; No. 7 Elina Svitolina beat Qiang Wang 6-4, 6-4; No. 8 Karolina Pliskova beat Sofia Kenin 6-4, 7-6 (2); No. 15 Elise Mertens beat Barbora Strycova 6-3, 7-6 (4); No. 17 Serena Williams beat No. 16 Venus Williams 6-1, 6-2; No. 19 Anastasija Sevastova beat Ekaterina Makarova 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

STAT OF THE DAY

40 — Nadal won a 40-stroke exchange when Khachanov netted a backhand.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I hope my dad didn’t watch. It’s his two daughters playing each other. It’s not very easy.” — Serena Williams, on her dominating victory over sister Venus.

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