It just wasn’t to be today for Evo. Federer put in by far and away his best performance of the tournament. He was unplayable at times. You do have to ask the question why this was put on first on the Order of play? Especially as Daniil Medvedev was put last on the Armstrong after cramping yesterday. As ‘Danny’ (As Fed refers to him) said though he wouldn’t get any favours for his ranking and the tournament would rather have Federer still in.
Our man didn’t put in his best performance today and he was the first to admit that in his honest assessment, as is always the case. In hindsight, it was always going to be a big ask after beating Pouille in four on Thursday. That extra day for Federer just gave him a little extra advantage and one he doesn’t need, as we all know. Nonetheless, this was still a silky performance from him. I tried to get vocal up in the (sky-high) stands and I wasn’t the only one doing the same, but collectively we can get a lot more vocal when we are all together. Not so easy when you are on the Ashe with 23,000 others and they are asking for ridiculous prices on TicketMaster resale (this will be a separate blog in its own right).
This has been a success for Evo though and he is now back into the top 50. The two third rounds at the majors this year is a decent return and something, as I have said before, will be bettered. He has done it before. From what he says he will play Chengdu next. The best news is that he has virtually nothing to defend for the rest of the season, so let’s sit back and enjoy the ride. The indoor swing should be very interesting. He also won his first-round doubles match today with Cameron Norrie and will play top seeds Cabal/Farah next. So he is hanging around NYC for a bit longer. #uptheevo.
Serena was much more on it today than she was early doors against McNally, I think she knew she had to be. Karolina Muchova looks to have a decent career ahead of her. I still wouldn’t say this was anywhere near vintage Serena but I would prefer she steps it up in the second week rather than playing lights out now. She had too much in the locker for her opponent today and will now play Petra Martic, who is another player that has good variation to her game. I will be expecting Rena to come out and stamp her authority on this one. I will take that today though as this could have been one of those nasty ones against this years Wimbledon quarter-finalist. #renasarmy
Elsewhere Nole showed no signs of the shoulder injury during his straight-sets win over Denis Kudla, which was contrary to reports coming from the practice courts. A tasty match against Stan Wawrinka next, who finally ended Paolo Lorenzi’s run. Daniil Medvedev managed to upset the Louis Armstrong crowd early doors, including sticking the middle finger up at them. Again stuff legends are made of for me but why? It fired him up though as he beat Feli Lopez in four, so who am I to question it. He will play Dominik Koepfer who was swinging his lefty strokes all over the gaff in beating Nikoloz Basilashvili. Alex De Minaur put out Kei Nishikori with what by all accounts was an outstanding performance. He really does like these US hardcourts, fair play.
Madison Keys struggled with nausea in her win over Sofia Kenin, she will play Elina Svitolina who crushed an out of sorts Dayana Yastremska. Jo Konta will play Karolina Pliskova in the last 16. The Brit continued her form here, she ousted Shuai Zhang. There were no problems for Ash Barty either as she eased past Maria Sakkari, who doesn’t seem to like this matchup.
Im back off to the UK now. In a bit.
Andy Del Potro.