US Open Tennis 2016 Results: Winners, Scores, Stats for Sunday's Singles Bracket

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistSeptember 5, 2016

Lucas Pouille, of France, waves to fans after beating Rafael Nadal, of Spain, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Darron Cummings/Associated Press

Fourth-round play at the 2016 U.S. Open got underway Sunday.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were at the top of the marquee on the men's side, while Madison Keys and Angelique Kerber headlined the women's slate. Neither Djokovic nor Nadal had much of an issue advancing to the fourth round.

Entering Sunday, Djokovic hadn't played a full set since the first round, with his last two opponents retiring because of injuries. Nadal won each of his first three matches in straight-sets romps. Kerber also breezed through her first three matches, while Keys was the best non-Williams American threat in the field.

Here is a look at how the action played out Sunday.



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US Open Sunday Results
Men's ResultScore
(24) Lucas Pouille def. (4) Rafael Nadal6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6)
(9) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. (26) Jack Sock6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-2
(10) Gael Monfils def. Marcos Baghdatis6-3, 6-2, 6-3
Women's ResultScore
(7) Roberta Vinci def. Lesya Tsurenko7-6 (5), 6-2
Caroline Wozniacki def. (8) Madison Keys6-3, 6-4
Anastasija Sevastova def. (13) Johanna Konta6-4, 7-5

For his first three matches, Nadal looked destined for an easy ride deep into the year's final major. That all stopped in Round 4.

Nadal and Lucas Pouille put on perhaps the best match of the tournament Sunday, a five-set thriller that saw the 22-year-old Frenchman record the biggest win of his career. Pouille took the first set in just 28 minutes before the two settled into a 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6) grind that took more than four hours to complete.

The final set saw both men dig in deep for a 69-minute capper. Both men traded a break apiece to set up a tiebreak, which saw Pouille jump out to a 6-3 lead. But Nadal wouldn't quit. He swept the next three points to tie, forcing Pouille to regroup and take the next two for the upset.

ESPN Tennis captured his moment of triumph:

Pouille won despite committing 53 unforced errors. He took advantage of Nadal's struggles with second serves, winning more than half of those points, and had 11 aces. The match was as even as possible; both guys won 156 points apiece.

Caroline Wozniacki provided the day's second-most-notable result, knocking off Keys in breezy 6-3, 6-4 fashion. The former world No. 1 is in the midst of her deepest run at a Grand Slam tournament since reaching the 2014 final in Flushing, New York. She's reached the final twice in this event and is a two-time semifinalist.

"To be honest, at this point, I'm very much like I don't care [what my ranking is]," Wozniacki said, per Peter Bodo of ESPN.com. "Because if I'm not in the top five, I feel like it's not where I want to be. So at that point, whether I'm No. 20 in the world or No. 100 in the world, it doesn't matter. I'm going to play the same people anyway."

Wozniacki was broken once and made just seven unforced errors in the strong performance. Keys, who was the aggressor and crowd favorite, flamed out because of her 33 unforced errors.

Anastasija Sevastova recorded the day's other major upset, taking out 13th-seeded Johanna Konta. The 26-year-old Latvian had never made it past the fourth round of a major and hadn't qualified for this tournament since 2011. She retired from the sport in 2013 because of her struggles before returning last year, and she's now in the midst of the best season of her career.

“I still cannot believe it,” she said, per Rachel Cohen of the Associated Press. “Mentally, I’m spent. Totally spent. But it’s amazing.”

In less surprising results, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils each advanced easily, and Roberta Vinci avoided an upset to reach the quarterfinals on the women's side.


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