Quarter-finals – US Open
18 year old qualifier, Emma Raducanu, was first on against 11th seed and Olympic gold medalist, Belinda Bencic. The 11th seed broke first and led 3-1 in the first set. Raducanu impressively went on to win 5 straight games and took the first set 6-3. Bencic held first game of the second and almost broke in the second game but Raducanu held on to take a very long service game. Both players then held easily and it was 2-2. Raducanu then broke to 15 and that break was enough as she managed to take the second set 6-4 and book her spot in the semi-finals. Could we see two U20’s in the US Open final… The next match on was between 4th seed, Zverev, and unseeded South African, LLoyd Harris. Both players held serve reasonably easily until Lloyd broke to lead 5-3. Sadly though Harris once again couldn’t serve out a set and it was back on serve. The first set eventually came down to a tiebreak. Zverev got the first mini break and led the tiebreak 4-2 at the change over. Harris though fought back and managed to lead 6-5 and he was serving. There was a bit of a delay as Zverev asked for the big screen to be turned off and sadly for the South African he couldn’t produce a first serve and went on to lose the point. Zverev then won the next 2 points and took the tiebreak 8-6. An unusual scene occurred after the set concluded. Harris threw his bottles in frustration and the water spilled everywhere which meant a delay while the ball boy’s and the players all helped dry the court. Zverev then raced to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd set and that 1 break was enough as he took the set 6-3. At the beginning of the third he once again raced away to a 4-0 lead. Harris wasn’t done though as he got the one break back and all of a sudden the score was 4-3. Zverev held his nerve and booked his spot in the semi-finals. Sakkari vs Pliskova was the first match on in the night session. Sakkari managing to produce an upset as she won both sets 6-4 and proved to strong for Pliskova. Sakkari will face Raducanu in the semi-finals. The last match on was between 1st seed and number 1 in the world, Djokovic, and 6th seed Berrettini. This was the 3rd consecutive time they would be playing in a grand slam. In the French Open and at Wimbledon, Djokovic managed to get through in 4 sets. Berrettini played a strong first set and was the first one to break in the set at 5-5. He served it out and once again Djokovic had lost a 1st set. Djokovic then played 3 of the best sets he’s played all tournament according to him. He booked his spot in the semi-finals and it will be a repeat of the Olympic semi-finals.
Onto the fantasy league, we saw the loss of Harris, Berrettini, Pliskova and Bencic. The best pick of the day was once again Raducanu with 10 points and on the male side, Djokovic was the best pick with 8 points.
‘Lorna’s Leaderboard’ still sits pretty at the top with 212 points. It is the only team to break the double century mark at the moment. There is a tie for 2nd between ‘Chalk Dust’ and ‘Guys and Dolls’ with 199 points. In 4th place we have ‘Not the Djok’ and in 5th place moving up an impressive 10 spots is ‘Sets on the Beach’. Day 10 did sadly see out second team eliminated. ‘Lynda’s Team’ lost Berrettini and has been eliminated.
Results on Day 10:
- Raducanu beat Bencic(11) – 6-3; 6-4
- Zverev(4) beat Harris – 7-6(6); 6-3; 6-4
- Sakkari(17) beat Pliskova(4) – 6-4; 6-4
- Djokovic(1) beat Berrettini(6) – 5-7; 6-2; 6-2; 6-3
Matches to watch Day 11:
- Fernandez vs Sabalenka(2) – (01:00)
- Raducanu vs Sakkari(17) – (02:15)
Jared matriculated in 2020 from Wynberg Boys High School in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. His passion for tennis afforded him the opportunity of travelling to Europe. He is a quizmaster and a fantasy organiser.