US Open 2022: García for a first quarter, Ruud cuts Moutet, Kyrgios takes out Medvedev… What to remember from Sunday

US Open 2022: García for a first quarter, Ruud cuts Moutet, Kyrgios takes out Medvedev... What to remember from Sunday

The quarterfinals have already started on Sunday, September 4 at the US Open. Two Frenchmen were on the courts at the beginning of the night. Caroline García continued the good impression shown throughout the summer by dominating the American Alison Riske (6-4, 6-1), 29th in the world, and qualifying for the quarterfinals. Corentin Moutet, for his part, cracked in four sets against Casper Ruud (6-1, 6-2, 6-7 [4]6-2).

The first shock of the fortnight kept all its promises. Australian Nick Kyrgios, transformed this season, eliminated Russian Daniil Medvedev, the defending champion who will therefore lose his place as world number 1 at the end of the fortnight. Finally, the The Tunisian Ons Jabeur, 5th in the world and finalist of the last Wimbledon, qualified for the quarterfinals by firing the Russian Veronika Kudermetova.

Garcia traces his way to quarters

Caroline Garcia had never beaten Alison Riske before this edition of the US Open. In three meetings, the French had never won a single set against the American. But the new version of the 17th seed is fearless. And even less of her favorite hobby. Now second in the American predictions for the final win, behind only Iga Swiatek, Garcia has impressed since the start of the fortnight.

Facing Riske, the Frenchwoman continued her demolition business. Aggressive from the return of serve, it took her nine games to gain an advantage over her opponent’s style as she countered. Then the native of Lyon unrolled her tennis, without trembling, to win in two sets (6-4, 6-1) and reach the quarterfinals. Next obstacle: Coco Gauff, failer of Zhang Shuai. It is the second time in her career that she has reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament, five years after her first at Roland-Garros.

Moutet, the obstacle was too Ruud

He tried everything. Push-ups after missed points, clenching his fist even after seeing his ball bounce twice in his part of the field to fool the referee, some lectures for the latter from time to time. Not to mention the times he pretended to want to smash his racket on the ground. Like his career, Corentin Moutet went through all the emotions against Casper Ruud. Outclassed for the first time during the first two sets (6-1, 6-2), the Habs took advantage of the Norwegian’s slowdown to finally let his beautiful left leg speak and win the third set in the tie-break (7-6 [4]).

Corentin Moutet lost to Casper Ruud in the round of 16 of the US Open on Sunday, September 4, 2022, in New York (United States).  (ELSA/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA)

But when we thought that the Frenchman could finally compete, he had to give up in the next set to end up losing (6-2). Corentin Moutet will not see the quarterfinals but ends his beautiful fortnight, which began during the qualifiers, with an unexpected course, the one that was lucky loser, before joining the round of 16, only stopped by the number 5 seed. Casper Ruud will oppose the Italian Matteo Berrettini (14th in the world) for a place in the quarterfinals.

Medvedev takes the door, knocked out by Kyrgios

Defending champion Daniil Medvedev was eliminated in the US Open round of 16, knocked out 7-6 (11/13), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 by Nick Kyrgios (25th). It was the third time this year that the two players had met. If in January Kyrgios, then at the beginning of a true rebirth after two dark years overwhelmed by depression and suicidal thoughts, ended up losing “at home” in the second round of the Australian Open, after a great fight, he had taken their revenge at the same stage of the Montreal Masters 1000 in early August.

Meanwhile, in the euphoria of a Wimbledon final, incidentally lost to Novak Djokovic, and of his victory in Washington, which ended a three-year deprivation, the player, as talented as he is volcanic, calmed down a bit to show himself better. same conqueror. His performance against the Russian was the dazzling confirmation of this spectacular transformation. His tennis was colorful, forceful and fine, without false note or fear or restraint, like the first tie-break won with forceps in a high-flying sequence, having erased three set points in the process.

“I’m happy to finally be able to show in New York how well I can play. I work every day, really hard, I want every practice to count.” reacted. After this defeat, the Russian will surely lose his place as world number 1, which will go to Rafael Nadal (3rd), Carlos Alcaraz (4th) or Casper Ruud (5th), all three still in the running. The Australian, who is coming to this stage of the New York Major for the first time, will try to do better against another Russian, Karen Khachanov (31st).

Jabeur for a first quarter in New York

Ons Jabeur, 5th in the world and a finalist in the last Wimbledon, continues to gain momentum this season. The Tunisian qualified for the US Open quarterfinals by defeating Russian Veronika Kudermetova (18th) 7-6 (7/1), 6-4.

At 28, she came to this stage for the first time in New York and will face Australian Ajla Tomljanovic for a place in the semifinals, who knocked down Serena Williams in the third round and confirmed by eliminating Russian Liudmila Samsonova (35th). Until then, Jabeur had never made it past the third round at Flushing Meadows.

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