U.S. Open 2010 Results, Scores and Brackets: Friday's Winners and Losers
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Thursday had all the favorites going through. Friday was a repeat.
Whereas some favorites and outsiders struggled in the first round, the second round for the men and the third round for the women seemed a lot easier. Upsets? I didn't see any.
Andy Murray had an initial fight with Dustin Brown, but drew away at 5-all in the first and never looked back. In the end, Brown looked as though he just wanted to get off the court as fast as possible.
Result: 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 in less than 90 minutes.
Rafael Nadal had a little more work to do against the more dangerous opponent Denis Istomin, but managed to pull out of two tight sets to secure a three-set win.
Result: 6-2, 7-6 (5), 7-5.
The two American twin towers each secured a win, Sam Querrey's being more convincing than John Isner's, who had to fight for it.
Querrey vs. Marcel Granollers: 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
Isner vs. Marco Chiudinelli: 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4
David Nalbadian, David Ferrer, Mikhail Youzny, Tommy Robredo, Nicolas Almagro and Fernando Verdasco all advanced as well, with Verdasco only losing five games. Watch out for the third-round match between Nalbaldian and Verdasco.
What about upsets? Well, the closest we got was Gilles Simon defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber in a hard fought five-setter.
It can hardly be called an upset, though. Simon thus earned the right to be man-handled by Nadal in the third round.
As with the men, the women favorites made a convincing display on Friday.
Venus Williams breezed through Mindy Manelle with 6-1, 6-2.
Dementieva had a harder match against Daniella Hantuchova, but got the work done with 7-5, 6-2.
Kim Clijsters kept looking convincing against Petra Kvitova with a 6-3, 6-0 win.
It was also good to see a seldom-seen sight these days: Ana Ivanovic winning three matches in a row. And, she was playing rather well with authority and a decent serve in doing so.
She beat Virginie Razzano 7-5, 6-0.
French Open finalists Sam Stosur and Francesca Schavione also advanced.
All in all, the field is still pretty intact and the run for the title is wide open.
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