Gasquet, Cornet and Burel out, Swiatek and Alcaraz quiet… What to remember from Saturday

The last seed for the round of 16 was delivered, Saturday, September 3, at the US Open 2022. The day was not good for the three representatives of France who tried to follow in the footsteps of Corentin Moutet and Caroline Garcia. Alizé Cornet, Richard Gasquet and Clara Burel were all eliminated in one-sided matches. There were no big surprises about the favorites in the men’s and women’s draws. Qualified: Pegula, Collins, Kvitova, Azarenka, Swiatek, Pliskova, Sabalenka, Niemeier in women, Alcaraz, Nadal, Tiafoe, Norrie, Rublev, Cilic, Sinner and Ivashka in men.

Nadal gave a new lesson to Gasquet

His return to form was not enough. Richard Gasquet once again suffered the cruel law of Rafael Nadal, in the 3rd round of the US Open 2022, losing in three sets and 2h16 games (6-0, 6-1, 7-5). The last round, more hung, barely covered the gap that separated him from the Spaniard. He needed 1h10 to finally win his first game, before ending the match with just four service games held.

In the beginning, I served very hard and then I had less pressure. He is stronger than me. It really canceled out all my energy and whenever I couldn’t do it with a little strategy, a little wind“, admitted the Frenchman after his 18th loss in as many head-to-head encounters with the Majorcan. No other player on the ATP circuit, under the Open era, has lost so many matches against the same opponent who never won (tied with Monfils against Djokovic).

Burel and Cornet will not accompany Garcia

The day after Caroline Garcia easily qualified for her first round of 16 in the US Open, the tricolor clan had the opportunity to place three players in this stage of the competition. But Clara Burel and Alizé Cornet did not experience the result they wanted. At first, the exit was dry because it was swept away by the seeded n°6, Aryna Sabalenka, in the 1h08 game (6-0, 6-2).

Cornet fought a little, and until the end, against the American Danielle Collins, but also lost in two sets (6-4, 7-6). [9]). The Frenchwoman, who will end 2022 with a quarter-final, eighth and two third rounds in four Grand Slam tournaments (her best record in a season), fell to an opponent of her best level (52 winning steps).

Alcaraz is quiet

Laps go by and Carlos Alcaraz looks the same. The number three seed of the tournament is progressing with less pressure than at Roland-Garros, where he is expected to begin his reign on clay. And it shows. Three rounds, no sets left on the road, and it’s still the feeling of power that the 19-year-old delivers on the Flushing Meadows courts.

Facing Jenson Brooksby, the player coached by Juan Carlos Ferrero remembers his main strength against an opponent who has all the weapons to confuse him in his game while the differences. A big serve, a devastating forehand, enough to scalp the world’s 44th player and qualify for the round of 16 (6-3, 6-3, 6- 3). Next step: Dan Evans or Marin Cilic.

The fight of the night pitted two seeds, Andrey Rublev (9) and Denis Shapovalov (19) against each other. After a 4h08 struggle and a final set winning super tie-break, the Russian was able to rejoice (6-4, 2-6, 6-7). [3]6-4, 7-6 [7]). He will see Cameron Norrie in the next round.

Swiatek serene, Kvitova rescued from the water

If Garbine Muguruza is looking in the rear view mirror at this US Open, the Spaniard may have some regrets, especially this exit from the road against Petra Kvitova. In this third round between the former world number one and two, the Czech ended up winning more than three sets (5-7, 6-3, 7-6).[10]). But Muguruza had a chance to win a particularly undecided third set. He served for the match at 6-5 and even had two match points in this game. Kvitova let her left foot do the talking to save them and win in a suspenseful finale. In the next round, the 32-year-old will face the number 8 seed, Jessica Pegula.

Iga Swiatek had a much calmer night. Defeated by world No. 1 the American Lauren Davis in two sets (6-3, 6-4), still not losing even one set in this tournament. The Pole lost only 15 games in her first three rounds, only Caroline Garcia did better (14). She will face Germany’s sensational Jule Niemeier in the next round, who has also not lost a set at the US Open despite her 108th place in the WTA rankings, to try to clinch her first quarter-final at the New York.

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