FILE PHOTO: Aug 31, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Arthur Ashe Stadium is empty due to fans not attending this year’s tournament out of concern during the COVID-19 pandemic. Day one of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Image: Reuters

Highlights of the fourth day at the U.S. Open in New York on Thursday. The Grand Slam is being played without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Times ET; GMT-4):

1905 FUCSOVICS OUTLASTS DIMITROV IN FIVE-SET MARATHON 

Hungarian Marton Fucsovics claimed nine of the last 10 games to beat Bulgaria’s 14th seeded Grigor Dimitrov 6-7(5) 7-6(4) 3-6 6-4 6-1 in a match that lasted four hours and 50 minutes on Court 12. 

1810 STEPHENS ADVANCES TO THIRD ROUND 

American Sloane Stephens cruised into the third round with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Olga Govortsova. The 2017 champion struck 22 winners and four aces past her Belarusian opponent in the 65-minute match. 

Stephens will face compatriot Serena Williams in the next round if the third seed beats Russia’s Margarita Gasparyan later on Thursday. 

1712 BERRETTINI THROUGH TO THIRD ROUND, RAONIC OUT 

Sixth seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy moved into the third round after beating Ugo Humbert 6-4 6-4 7-6(6), firing 17 aces and 48 winners past the Frenchman. 

In an all-Canadian clash, unseeded Vasek Pospisil came back from a set down to eliminate 25th seed Milos Raonic 6-7(1) 6-3 7-6(4) 6-3, dominating at the net where he racked up 27 points in a match lasting over three hours.

1555 THIEM RACES PAST NAGAL TO SET UP CILIC CLASH 

Second seed Dominic Thiem served up a masterclass of ball striking and placement as he defeated Indian Sumit Nagal 6-3 6-3 6-2. The Austrian will next face 2014 champion Marin Cilic, who overcame Slovakia’s Norbert Gombos 6-3 1-6 7-6(2) 7-5. 

1510 DE MINAUR PASSES GASQUET TEST 

Australian Alex de Minaur produced a gutsy display to dispatch 2013 semi-finalist Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-3 6-7(6) 7-5. 

1450 RUBLEV RACES INTO ROUND THREE 

Russian Andrey Rublev, seeded 10th, hit 36 winners on the way to beating Frenchman Gregoire Barrere 6-2 6-4 7-6(4).

1336 KENIN, KHACHANOV CRUISE INTO THIRD ROUND 

Second seed Sofia Kenin moved into the third round with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Leylah Fernandez, smashing 19 winners past her Canadian opponent and breaking her three times without dropping serve. 

Karen Khachanov also advanced with a straight sets victory over fellow Russian Andrey Kuznetsov, winning 6-3 6-4 6-1 with an 83% success rate on his first serve. 

1307 ANISIMOVA WINS BATTLE OF AMERICAN TEENS 

Amanda Anisimova, 19, fought back from a set down against 16-year-old Katrina Scott to advance to the third round with a 4-6 6-4 6-1 victory over her fellow American. 

Scott, making her Grand Slam debut, raced into a one-set lead on the back of her booming serve before Anisimova took control at 4-4 in the second set. The 22nd seed will next face Greek 15th seed Maria Sakkari. 

1235 MUGURUZA UPSET BY UNSEEDED PIRONKOVA IN STRAIGHT SETS 

Spain’s 10th seed Garbine Muguruza was knocked out 7-5 6-3 by unranked Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round. 

Playing in her first tournament in over three years following a maternity break, Pironkova won an overwhelming 93% of her first serve points, breaking the twice Grand Slam champion three times. 

Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, seeded 27th, beat Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi 7-6(8) 6-0 to move into the third round. 

1109 PLAY UNDERWAY AT FLUSHING MEADOWS 

Play began in bright sunshine in New York with the temperature hovering around 26 degrees Celsius (78.8°F), with an expected high of 31 degrees.

Reuters | NEW YORK

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