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Former Champion Del Potro Beats Johnson in Straight Sets

Spencer Simpson | 06 September, 2016, 00:32

Combined with Sunday's day-session attendance of 40,780, a new single-day combined attendance figure of 65,797 was set on Sunday, Sept. 4. Their opponents weren't expected to advance this far, based both on seeding and circumstance.

Juan Martin del Potro's comeback is rolling along at the U.S. Open. Having secured a silver medal for Argentina, Del Potro has carried that momentum into NY and performed very well in his first two matches. He saved a total of six match points.

The Czech has played Pavlyuchenkova on three occasions and is yet to lose a set. He won the next two sets without being really challenged by the Spaniard.

Del Potro, the 2009 champion in NY, cruised to a 7-6 (7/3), 6-2, 6-3 victory over Spanish 11th seed David Ferrer in the third round on the back of 37 winners. They've met once, earlier this year in Madrid, where del Potro won a good one, 7-6 (5), 6-3.

"He was always a very good player". He's very risky. His backhand is so good. Turns out, it was an American in the second - Johnson.

Halep won 6-3, 6-4 under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday.

"It's tough when you don't play your best tennis against a guy like Juan", Johnson said. Yeah, he does a lot of things well on the court.

He's been reaping the rewards over the past few weeks. I'll be ready for that. In fact, since the start of the Olympics, just one man-who happens to be the hottest player in tennis at the moment-has managed to stop the former world No. 4.

On Louis Armstrong Stadium, Illya Marchenko of the Ukraine faces the number three seed, Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.

Martina Hingis, the seven-time Grand Slam champion, teamed with Coco Vandeweghe, niece of former National Basketball Association player Kiki Vandeweghe, to advance in the third round of the women's doubles draw with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Maria Irigoyen and Paula Kania. Makarova is a two-time Grand Slam semifinalist who just missed a seed.

"I think I served much better than (in) my first-round match", the 27-year-old Argentine commented. "The people with me are making insane, and I can not believe that".

Wrapping up men's singles action with a spot for the quarterfinals on the line, the sixth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan faces the 21st-seed, the big hitting Croatian Ivo Karlovic.

But, under the lights on Arthur Ashe stadium, he faced an unlikely opponent - a 20-year-old Argentine whose gentle demeanor concealed a nuclear forehand.

No. 6 Venus Williams vs.

At Wimbledon in July, when Williams was en route to her record-equaling 22nd Grand Slam title, a reporter asked her about being considered one of history's greatest female athletes.

"Each match is different ..." Del Potro said the support and singing by the fans had made it feel like a football match.

Halep said in her on-court interview that she liked the calm conditions of playing indoors but she was "a little bit cold". Then in the second one, I did very, very often...

Garcia, who has had a rollercoaster ride to the World's top 35, should provide a severe test for the fourth seed.

Meanwhile, in the women's event, Serena Williams' serve was in fine form in a routine first-round win over Ekaterina Makarova. In 10 career matchups, each has five wins, the last meeting in 2015 at Rome, a win by Suárez Navarro.

Del Potro was competing on centre court in Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2013.

At the Open, she has reached the fourth round or better five times, including a career-best quarterfinal run in 2012.

Wimbledon champ Andy Murray advanced to the third round at the U.S. Open with another straight-set victory. She was a quarterfinalist past year, and she has appeared in the U.S. Open quarterfinals 11 times in her career.

Pavlyuchenkova, a quarterfinalist in NY in 2011, came out on top 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (5) on Wednesday. She smacked seven return winners.

Venus Williams needed three sets to win her 18th first-round match at the U.S. Open.

"It's an incredible atmosphere, it makes me happy every day". Johnson saved four match points while trailing 5-2 in the third set, then two more while down 6-5 in that set. I was just lucky in the end, obviously.

"That's wonderful when I get into the court and the people likes just to see me".

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