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Carlos Alcaraz Continues Defence Of US Open Title



Carlos Alcaraz Continues Defence Of US Open Title

Spanish top seed Carlos Alcaraz continued the defence of his US Open men’s title with a straight-set win over South Africa’s Lloyd Harris.

Alcaraz, 20, was made to work hard in the third set before sealing a 6-3 6-1 7-6 (7-4) victory in New York.

Alcaraz, aiming to become the first man to win back-to-back US Open titles since Roger Federer in 2008, will face Britain’s Dan Evans in the third round.

Third seed Daniil Medvedev won 6-2 6-2 6-7 (6-8) 6-2 against Chris O’Connell.

Russia’s Medvedev, who won his sole major at Flushing Meadows in 2021, was cruising by two sets and a break up before he allowed the Australian back into the contest.

Medvedev, 27, lost his serve as 69th-ranked O’Connell levelled for 4-4 in the third set and could not convert two more break points at 5-5.

The former world number one had two match points in the tie-break, producing a double fault on the second, then another on set point, as O’Connell prolonged the match.

Medvedev regrouped to move 4-1 ahead in the fourth set, fighting off three break points for 5-2 and finally closing out victory at almost 01:10 local time.

Meanwhile, John Isner brought the curtain down on his professional career as the American veteran lost a five-set thriller to compatriot Michael Mmoh.

Isner, 38, lost 3-6 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 7-6 (10-7) as Mmoh fought back from match point down to win a tense fifth-set tie-break.

Elsewhere, Italian Matteo Berrettini is out after retiring when trailing 6-4 5-3 to France’s Arthur Rinderknech.

The former semi-finalist badly twisted his ankle chasing down the ball as Rinderknech served for the set and, after a long period on the floor in clear pain, decided he could not continue.

Sixth seed Jannik Sinner eased through with a 6-4 6-2 6-4 win over another Italian, Lorenzo Sonego.

German 12th seed Alexander Zverev, the 2020 finalist, set up an eye-catching meeting with Andy Murray’s victor Grigor Dimitrov by battling past Daniel Altmaier in four sets.

Hammed Tajudeen is a graduate of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree with Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication


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