US Open Tennis 2022: Rafael Nadal Loss, Iga Swiatek Win Highlight Monday's Results

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 5, 2022

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Despite Serena Williams and men's No. 1 Daniil Medvedev being eliminated in the first week of the 2022 U.S. Open, there was no shortage of star power on Monday.

Women's No. 1 Iga Swiatek, all-time great Rafael Nadal and Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jessica Pegula were among the notable players who took the court in the fourth round of the men's and women's singles draws.

Swiatek survived a challenge from Jule Niemeier, but Tiafoe got the best of Nadal and prevented him from winning a fifth U.S. Open championship.

Here is a look at the full results from Monday's slate.

Women's Singles

No. 8 Jessica Pegula def. No. 21 Petra Kvitova; 6-3, 6-2

No. 1 Iga Swiatek def. Jule Niemeier; 2-6, 6-4, 6-0

No. 22 Karolina Pliskova def. No. 26 Victoria Azarenka; 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-2

No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka def. No. 19 Danielle Collins; 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

Men's Singles

No. 9 Andrey Rublev def. No. 7 Cameron Norrie; 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

No. 22 Frances Tiafoe def. No. 2 Rafael Nadal; 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

No. 11 Jannik Sinner def. Ilya Ivashka; 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz def. No. 15 Marin Čilić; 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

One of the No. 1 seeds went home Sunday when Nick Kyrgios defeated Medvedev in four sets with the first one going to an extended tiebreaker.

It seemed as if the other No. 1 seed was going to join him Monday when Niemeier won the first set against Swiatek in a brisk eight games. However, the top seed responded by surviving the second set and then cruising in the third without dropping a game.

Swiatek was at her best when she took it to the net, winning 18 of 24 net points and overcoming some struggles with her serve. She won just 52 percent of her first-service points, although that was better than Niemeier's 49 percent on the other end. Niemeier also had 13 double-faults.

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She completes the comeback!<a href="https://twitter.com/iga_swiatek?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Iga_Swiatek</a> secures her spot in the quarterfinals. <a href="https://t.co/xs2WQ0KMpT">pic.twitter.com/xs2WQ0KMpT</a>

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That was too many mistakes against the No. 1 seed for the challenger to overcome, which helped Swiatek eventually take control.

The headliner on the men's side was the showdown between Nadal and Tiafoe, and it didn't disappoint.

Nadal is a 22-time Grand Slam champion with four U.S. Open titles, but Tiafoe was up for the challenge from the opening moments. The American used his strong serve to win the first and third sets, which created a situation where he had to win one of two sets to shock one of the all-time greats.

Just when it seemed like Nadal would force a decisive set by winning three of the first four games in the fourth, Tiafoe broke back multiple times to seize the momentum and lead for good.

In all, the victor tallied 18 aces to Nadal's nine and won 76 percent of his first-service points.

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Frances Tiafoe is on the brink of a quarterfinal appearance.<br><br>And Ashe is electric! <a href="https://t.co/QaGrQyF9y0">pic.twitter.com/QaGrQyF9y0</a>

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The road won't get much easier for Tiafoe with a quarterfinal matchup against No. 9 Andrey Rublev, but the American made quite the statement with his first career win over Nadal and is now three victories away from his first major championship.

Alcaraz and Čilić wrapped up the night with a four-hour marathon that didn't finish until after 2 a.m. local time in New York City.

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UN-BELIEVABLE<a href="https://twitter.com/carlosalcaraz?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@carlosalcaraz</a> wins an absolute thriller in Ashe. <a href="https://t.co/NjUwmetYSy">pic.twitter.com/NjUwmetYSy</a>

It wasn't a perfectly played match by either player as both finished with more unforced errors than winners, but the third-seeded Spaniard came up with one extra break of serve (6-5) and that was the difference in a match that featured no tiebreakers despite its close nature.

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Carlos Alcaraz credits the crowd on his marathon win.<a href="https://twitter.com/carlosalcaraz?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@carlosalcaraz</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#USOpen</a> <a href="https://t.co/GCVwuWhzpF">pic.twitter.com/GCVwuWhzpF</a>

Alcaraz reached the fourth round without dropping a set, so the challenge from Čilić, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, was his first real test of the tournament.

He advances to face Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals. Sinner holds a 2-1 advantage in previous ATP Tour meetings between two of tennis' brightest young stars, including a four-set win at Wimbledon earlier this year.

*Stats are courtesy of the U.S. Open's official website.


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