US Open Day 7: Coco Gauff advances to first career quarterfinals with dramatic rally – Yahoo Sports

US Open Day 7: Coco Gauff advances to first career quarterfinals with dramatic rally - Yahoo Sports

The 2022 US Open continued into the fourth round on Sunday with American Coco Gauff securing a dramatic victory to advance to the quarter-finals. The 18-year-old continues to make his deepest run in the tournament. Meanwhile, Ajla Tomljanovic, the unranked Australian, who is ranked number 46 in the world, will return to the court after finishing Serena Williams. magical US Open runs on Friday night.

Next on the men’s side, No. 1 Daniil Medvedev will meet No. 23 Nick Kyrgios at Arthur Ashe Stadium in prime time. No. 2 Rafael Nadal and No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz are still in the field and will play on Monday.

Follow along with Yahoo Sports as we recap the biggest moments during day seven of the US Open.

Gauff advances to quarters with a dramatic win over Zhang Shuai

In a matchup of the youngest and oldest remaining women, 18-year-old Coco Gauff secured her first trip to the US Open quarter-finals in a dramatic straight sets win over China’s Zhang Shuai. The 12th-ranked American trailed Zhang, 5-3 in the second set, but broke her 33-year-old opponent twice en route to four straight games to clinch a 7-5, 7-5 victory.

The first set was a nail-biter as Zhang and Guaff traded five service breaks before Gauff prevailed. Zhang hit first with a hold on her first serve and a break to take a 2-0 lead. But Guaff responded with a break before breaking Zhang again to take a 4-3 lead. Zhang responded in kind to tie the set at 4-4 before Guaff secured the final break of the set to take a 6-5 lead. She then held a service to secure the set.

Coco Gauff, of the United States, celebrates after defeating Shuai Zhang, of China, during the fourth round of the US Open tennis championships, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022, in New York.  (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Coco Gauff’s deepest US Open run will take her to the quarterfinals on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

The second set was less chaotic to begin with as each player held serve through the first seven games. Then Zhang earned an opportunistic break leading 4-3 when Gauff couldn’t reach on a backhand down the line. The break set her up with serve for the set, but she would not win another game.

Gauff fended off a set point, then secured the break with a return from Zhang landed long to cut her deficit to 5-4. Gauff won the next three games which included a 12-ball rally on match point. She let out a scream in front of an ecstatic Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd to celebrate her victory. Gauff and Zhang then shared a hug at the net.

Gauff advances to Tuesday, where she will face France’s 17th-ranked Caroline Garcia. Garcia topped No. 29 seed American Alison Riske-Amritraj in straight sets earlier on Sunday.

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More Day 7 US Open matches

Berrettini advances to a second straight quarter-final

No. 13th seed Matteo Berrettini opened Sunday’s action with a five-set grind over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina to advance to the quarterfinals. The Italian found himself down a set and a break in the second but rallied to earn a 7-6 tiebreaker win to tie the match at 1-1.

The pair then split the third and fourth sets before Berrettini took control of the match in the fifth to secure a 3–6, 7–6 (7–2), 6–3, 4–6, 6–2 victory in 3: 46. ​​Davidovich Fokina appeared to be hampered by a knee injury sustained in the final set, but was able to finish the match. Berrettini advances to the quarterfinals for the second straight year. He lost to finalist Novak Djokovic in the 2021 quarterfinals.

Ruud eliminates Moutet

Berrettini will next face No. 5 seed Casper Ruud on Tuesday. The 5th-ranked Norwegian topped unseeded Frenchman Corentin Moutet in four sets. Ruud cruised through the opening sets, 6-1 and 6-2 before Moutet came back for a 7-6 (7-4) win in the third to stay alive. But Ruud reasserted control in the fourth to complete the 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 victory and set up a top-13 matchup with Berrettini in the quarter-finals.

Garcia sweeps American Riske-Amritraj

In a matchup of seeded players, France’s Caroline Garcia eliminated Alison Riske-Amritraj in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals. Garcia, seeded 17th, won the first break of the match to take a 5-4 lead in the first set en route to a 6-4 victory. She maintained control of the match from there with a dominant second set to defeat the 29th-ranked American, 6–4, 6–1.

Garcia’s win eliminated the possibility of an All-American quarterfinal. She will face Gauff on Tuesday.

Other Sunday schedule

No. 12 Pablo Carreno Busta vs. No. 27 Karen Khachanov, 5:05 ET

Liudmila Samsonova vs. Ajla Tomljanovic, 7:05 am ET

#1 Daniil Medvedev vs. #23 Nick Kyrgios 7 ET

Well. 5 Ons Jabeur vs. Well. 18 Veronika Kudermetova 9 ET

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