Following his emphatic win against Kyle Edmund on Sunday, men’s top seed Novak Djokovic will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Tuesday as he seeks to continue the defence of his U.S. Open title.
Despite a disrupted first four matches, Djokovic looked to be in marvellous form against the Briton, dropping just seven games on his way to the quarter-finals. The Frenchman can be a troubling opponent for any player in the world, though, and the champion will need to be wary of the threat he poses.
Elsewhere, there’s an all-French clash to savour between Lucas Pouille and Gael Monfils. In the women’s draw, Angelique Kerber, Roberta Vinci and Caroline Wozniacki will all take to the court.
Here’s a closer look at what’s to come and how you can keep in touch with another gripping day at Flushing Meadows.
|U.S. Open: Tuesday Schedule|
|Not Before Time (ET)||Arthur Ashe Stadium|
|12 p.m.||(7) Roberta Vinci vs. (2) Angelique Kerber|
|1 p.m.||(24) Lucas Pouille vs. (10) Gael Monfils|
|7 p.m.||Caroline Wozniacki vs. Anastasija Sevastova|
|7 p.m.||(1) Novak Djokovic vs. (9) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga|
TV Info: ESPN (U.S.), Eurosport (UK)
Djokovic Out to Build Momentum
As experienced as Djokovic is, with 12 Grand Slam titles under his belt, you can be sure he’s never had a week quite as disruptive as the one he’s just endured at the U.S. Open.
After his Round 1 match with Jerzy Janowicz unexpectedly went to four sets, the reigning champion saw his Round 2 match ruled as a walkover. His third tussle, against Mikhail Youzhny, lasted just six games before the Russian retired.
It meant there was a sense of intrigue as Djokovic took to the court against Edmund. And while he’ll face tougher challenges, the lack of action seemed to embolden the top seed.
As noted by Stuart Fraser of MailOnline, it was easy work for the 29-year-old:
“It feels great to play a full match after a weird couple of days when I didn't have too much tennis," Djokovic said afterward, per BBC Sport. “I came out of the blocks with high intensity. It's not easy to do that when you have to wait all day to play.”
Tsonga will pose a much tougher challenge with his intensity and power. The Frenchman needed four sets to get past Jack Sock in Round 4, showcasing some thunderous groundstrokes. Should Djokovic be short of his best, Tsonga can punish him.
The day’s other quarter-final will be fascinating, as Pouille meets Monfils. The former did tremendously to beat Rafael Nadal in the previous round.
As we can see courtesy of tennis journalist Carole Bouchard, Djokovic was impressed with his effort:
Monfils will be a huge threat to Pouille, though, and will be hopeful of making his way to a Grand Slam semi-final for just the second time.
The matches in the women’s draw will likely be just as fascinating, especially the battle between Vinci and Kerber. The former loves it at Flushing Meadows, having made it to the final here 12 months ago. Her opponent will be doubly determined to progress, though, having fallen just short at Wimbledon, losing in the final to Serena Williams.
Meanwhile, Wozniacki finds herself involved in the final stages of a major championship once again after a return to form at the U.S. Open. She seemed pretty pleased with herself, posting the following on social media after booking her spot in the last eight with a win over Madison Keys:
No wonder, as it’s the first time since 2014 that the talented Dane has made it to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam.
“It's crazy to be out there again and just playing really well," Wozniacki said, per Tom Allnutt of the Independent. ”I’m not surprised that I could make it this far because I always believe in myself and I always think that when I got on court I always believe that I'll win the match."
Wozniacki has slipped down to 74th in the WTA world rankings after a difficult season, although she showed signs of her best form again to better Keys in her previous outing.
However, Latvian player Anastasija Sevastova has sprung plenty of upsets herself on the way to the last eight and will want to keep her brilliant run going.