US Open – Alexander Zverev beats Borna Coric to reach the semifinals

Alexander Zverev reached the semi-finals of the US Open for the first time with an impressive performance. Laura Siegemund is even in the doubles in the final. All information about the tournament in the news blog.

The field at the US Open is slowly becoming empty. While Alexander Zverev has reached the Flushing Meadows quarter-finals for the first time, Angelique Kerber has to pack her bags again, completely surprising.

The odds of going far this year are probably as good as seldom. For women, six of the ten best players have canceled their start, for men Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, two absolute world stars, are missing. The clear tournament favorite Novak Djokovic was disqualified in the eighth finals.

Who will succeed last year’s winners Nadal and Bianca Andreescu? Since both are not participating, it is already clear: 2020 has a different winner than 2019.

++ All information about the US Open in the news blog ++

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Alexander Zverev beats Borna Coric and is in the semifinals

The first German since Boris Becker in 1995, Alexander Zverev reached the semi-finals of the US Open. The 23-year-old from Hamburg won on Tuesday in New York against Croatian Borna Coric 1: 6, 7: 6 (7: 5), 7: 6 (7: 1), 6: 3.

For seventh in the world ranking, it is the second semifinal in one of the four most important tournaments, at the beginning of the year he missed the final at the Australian Open. In the battle for the final, Zverev is the favorite against the Spaniard Pablo Carreno-Busta or the Canadian Denis Shapovalov on Friday.

Siegemund is in the doubles in the final

Fed Cup player Laura Siegemund represents the German colors in the women’s doubles final of the US Open in New York. The 32-year-old from Metzingen participated for the first time in her career in the final of a Grand Slam tournament in the first joint tournament of the Russian Wera Swonarewa. The duo defeated Anna Blinkowa / Weronika Kudermetowa (Russia) 5: 7, 6: 3, 7: 5.

Thiem goes to the quarter finals

World number three Dominic Thiem (Austria), the best seeded player in New York after the inglorious departure of top favorite Novak Djokovic (Serbia), has reached the quarter-finals at the US Open. The 27-year-old beat Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 1, 6: 1 and now faces Australian Alex De Minaur.

De Minaur is in the quarter finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career. The 21-year-old beat Canadian Vasek Pospisil, who was nine years older than him, 7: 6 (8: 6), 6: 3, 6: 2.

Last year’s finalist, Medvedev, effortlessly reached the quarter-finals

Last year’s finalist Daniil Medvedev is still in impressive shape. The 24-year-old Russian won his round of 16 against Frances Tiafoe from the USA on Monday (local time) in New York 6: 4, 6: 1, 6: 0 to reach the quarter-finals with ease. There he met his countryman Andrej Rublev on Wednesday, who defeated Italian Matteo Berrettini 4: 6, 6: 3, 6: 3, 6: 3.

Williams reached the quarter-finals

Serena Williams has reached the quarter finals at the US Open in New York. The 38-year-old, seeded number three, returned the favor with a 6: 3, 6: 7 (6: 8), 6: 3 in a first-class match against Greek Maria Sakkari for the two weeks ago at the Western and Southern Open lost in the last 16 at the same point.

In the 53rd Grand Slam quarter-finals of her career, Williams will meet unseeded Bulgarian Zweta Pironkowa, who will participate in a tournament for the first time since her second round loss to Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) in 2017 at Wimbledon.

Zverev on Djokovic-Aus: “Bad luck for him”

After Novak Djokovic was disqualified from the US Open, now other players are commenting on the bang of the tournament. “It’s a real shame that he hit the linesman like that. There are rules for that. The coaches only do their job”, said quarter-finalist Alexander Zverev: “But it is really bad luck for him. If he hits the ball somewhere else only a few centimeters. Everything would have been fine. “Tennis legend Boris Becker also said on” Eurosport “:” You just have to imagine. He is number one in the world, the absolute superstar, Federer and Nadal are not there. ” The tennis player herself was visibly remorseful and disappointed after the incident.

Favorite Djokovic disqualified after anger ball

Novak Djokovic, the clear tournament favorite, the undefeated dominator of this year’s tour, had just taken a break to 5: 6 in the first set of his round of 16 duels against Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta when he fatally knocked a ball backwards. Suddenly, a linesman, apparently hit in the larynx, dropped to the ground and gasped. The currently best tennis player in the world was subsequently disqualified. All players also responded he was sad and disappointed himself.

Zverev at the US Open in the quarter finals against Croatian Coric

German top tennis player Alexander Zverev will face Borna Coric in the quarter-finals of the US Open. The 23-year-old Croat won 7: 5, 6: 1, 6: 3 in his third round on Sunday against Australian Jordan Thompson (local time). For Coric it is the first Grand Slam quarter-finals of his tennis career. Zverev previously beat Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6: 2, 6: 2, 6: 1 and was the first German since Tommy Haas in 2007 to reach the quarter-finals in Flushing Meadows. The match against Coric will take place on Tuesday.

Tennis player Siegemund reaches double semi-finals

Swabian tennis player Laura Siegemund has reached the semi-finals in the doubles competition at the US Open. The 32-year-old Fed Cup player won the quarter-finals in New York on Sunday with her Russian double partner Vera Swonarewa 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 1) against Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka from Belgium and Belarus. Siegemund and Swonarewa have not been placed in the Grand Slam tournament, their opponents were number two on the seeding list.

In the semi-final, the duo meets the Russian couple Anna Blinkowa / Veronika Kudermetowa. Due to her success, Siegemund will not be able to participate in the WTA tournament in Istanbul, which starts on Monday as planned. In the individual competition of the US Open, Siegemund was eliminated in the first round.

Novak Djokovic disqualified

World number one Novak Djokovic was disqualified in the round of 16. The Serb angrily knocked a ball away after a lost service game in the first set and hit a linesman. Read more here.

Zverev for the first time in the quarter-finals

Alexander Zverev reached the quarter finals of the US Open for the first time with an impressive performance. The 23-year-old German number one from Hamburg (No. 5) defeated the unoccupied Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina with 6: 2, 6: 2, 6: 1. In the round of the best eight, a duel with Borna Coric (Croatia / No. 27) or Jordan Thompson (Australia).

Zverev was very focused from the start and dominated the match against his 21-year-old opponent, who is ranked 99th in the world. He served well and rarely made simple mistakes. Already after 58 minutes he won the second set.

At the start of the third set, the Spaniard injured his ankle and needed treatment, but continued to fight. Zverev, who reached the semifinals at the Australian Open in the spring, remained sovereign and triumphed without problems. After 1:34 hours, the German top player transformed his first match ball.

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Angelique Kerber had a pitch black day before and was unexpectedly eliminated in the round of 16 against Jennifer Brady. Read the game report here.

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Out for German double success

German tennis doubles Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies have already failed in the second round of the US Open. The winners of the 2019 French Open had to admit defeat to Rohan Bopanna from India and Denis Shapovalov from Canada in New York on Saturday 6: 4, 4: 6, 3: 6. Last year, Krawietz and Mies reached the semi-finals in Flushing Meadows.

Serena Williams wins the American game

Serena Williams did not let her compatriot Sloane Stephens stop her in the hunt for her 24th Grand Slam title. The 38-year-old American won her third round of the 2017 US Open winner in New York on Saturday with 2: 6, 6: 2, 6: 2 and is back in the round of 16 in Flushing Meadows. Williams used her first match point at 1:43 pm. On Monday she will meet the Greek Maria Sakkari in the second round.

“It was a very intense game. I had to get the most out of myself,” said Williams after her success. In the stands, her daughter Olympia watched the match at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, which is almost extinct due to the very strict hygiene conditions. “I hope she saw her mother fight,” said the American.

Medvedev in the round of 16

Last year’s finalist, Daniil Medvedev, easily reached the eighth finals. The Russian seeded number three took on 21-year-old American J.J. Wolf with 6: 3, 6: 3, 6: 2 to. The 24-year-old now meets the winner of the game between the American Frances Tiafoe and Marton Fucsovics from Hungary. Last year, Medvedev lost in a spectacular final in five sets to Spaniard Rafael Nadal. Nadal is not in New York this year.

Ladies doubles disqualified

The number one seeded women’s doubles Kristina Mladenovic / Timea Babos was excluded from the further course of the tournament at the US Open because of Mladenovic’s contact with tennis professional Benoit Paire, who was infected with the corona virus. The American tennis association USTA referred in its announcement on Saturday to the regulations of the health authorities of Nassau County, New York, where most of the players live. Mladenovic is one of those who have been in extended contact with the player who tested positive for Covid-19, the USTA statement said. The organizer did not mention the name Paire, but the 31-year-old Frenchman himself had made his test result public.

Mladenovic had to remain in quarantine in her hotel room, which is why the double with Babos was disqualified. Why Mladenovic was excluded, but the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, who was also designated as a contact person, was allowed to play his third round against Alexander Zverev the day before after long deliberations, initially remained unclear.

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Zverev after corona mayhem in the round of 16

After several hours delay, the match between Alexander Zverev and Adrian Mannarino took place. The Hamburger moved up to the last sixteen.

Kerber walks into the second round – and is increasingly the favorite

German top player Angelique Kerber reached the round of 16 at the US Open without much difficulty. The 32-year-old defeated the only 20-year-old American Ann Li on Friday in New York with 6: 3, 6: 4 and thus survived the third round in Flushing Meadows for the fifth time in her tennis career. Kerber, who won the 2016 US Open, took 1:16 hours to pass. She now meets either Caroline Garcia from France or Jennifer Brady from the US.

Former world number one Asaranka still in top form

Former tennis number one and two-time Grand Slam winner Victoria Asaranka is in the third round of the US Open. The 2012 and 2013 Australian Open winner won the Belarusian game with number five seed Aryna Sabalenka 6: 1, 6: 3 in her 50th Grand Slam tournament on Thursday (local time).

Asaranka won the title at the tournament that moved from Cincinnati to New York last week after her last opponent Naomi Osaka was unable to make it to the final due to an injury. It was Asaranka’s first tournament win since 2016 and her first as a mother. The 31-year-old has been the mother of a son since December 2016. In 2012 and 2013 she was in the final of the US Open, but lost each time to the American Serena Williams.

Kenin and Thiem also sovereign in the third round, Muguruza fails

In the women’s competition, Sofia Kenin (21) won her match in the second round against Canadian Leylah Fernandez with 6: 4, 6: 3 a day after top division Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) surprisingly dropped out. The winner of the Australian Open now meets Ons Jabeur (Tunisia / No. 27).

However, two-time Grand Slam winner and former world number one Garbine Muguruza (Spain / No. 10) was eliminated. She was defeated by the Bulgarian Zwetana Pironkowa, who played her first tournament in three years after an interruption of pregnancy, 5: 7, 3: 6. Pliskova failed because of the unattached French Caroline Garcia.

In the men’s tournament, fellow tournament favorite Dominic Thiem reached the third round without any problems. The number two-placed Austrian beat Indian Sumit Nagal 6: 3, 6: 3, 6: 2 on his 27th birthday. His next opponent is Croatian Marin Cilic (Croatia / No. 31), who was victorious in New York in 2014.

Daniil Medvedev, seeded number three, also won without any difficulty. The Russian, who lost the final last year to Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who had not arrived this time, in five sets, beat Christopher O’Connell 6: 3, 6: 2, 6: 4.

Williams reaches the third round

Serena Williams is one step closer to her 24th Grand Slam title. The 38-year-old American also won her second round match 6: 2, 6: 4 against Margarita Gasparjan from Russia. Williams, who would break Australia’s Margaret Court Grand Slam record if she won Flushing Meadows, will now take on the unpredictable Sloane Stephens (US), winner of the US Open three years ago.

Krawietz / Mies advance to the second round

The winners of the French Open Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies are through to the second round. The German doubles defeated the Australians Max Purcell / Luke Saville 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 7 (5: 7), 6: 4 in their opening match. In the second round, Krawietz / Mies will meet Ernesto Escobedo / Noah Rubin (USA) or Rohan Bopanna / Denis Shapovalov (India / Canada). “We are glad we took the first hurdle,” said Mies. “I could now pick a few things that weren’t that good. But you also have to see that it was mentally strong.”

In 15th place at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Krawietz / Mies faced a difficult task, Purcell / Saville had made it to the final at the Australian Open. In the first round it was correspondingly tight, in the tiebreak the German duo then acted more consistently.

In the second set, Krawietz / Mies managed to break to make it 3-1, but they immediately recovered the lead and eventually had to go into the deciding set. After 2:35 hours, a service winner from Krawietz made the win perfect.

Sharp criticism from Kristina Mladenovic: “Absolutely disgusting”

French tennis player Kristina Mladenovic has sharply criticized the organizers of the US Open. “This is a nightmare we are experiencing here. I only wish to regain my freedom”, said the world number 44. at the tournament in New York City. “I want to say so many things that happened to us here. The way they treated us is absolutely horrible. ‘

Mladenovic is one of the contacts of her compatriot Benoit Paire, who tested positive for Corona, and must therefore adhere to very strict safety rules. “We have no freedom of movement, no identity, nothing. I have the impression that we are prisoners, criminals,” said the 27-year-old. “We are powerless and just suffer.”

The circumstances are cruel, despite negative tests, you need permission for everything. “If I had known that 40 minutes of playing cards with a player who was positive and ultimately negative would have such consequences, I would never have set foot in this tournament,” she said.

As an excuse for her second round defeat in the first Grand Slam tournament after the coronavirus break, Mladenovic did not want to understand this. After leading 6: 1, 5: 1 and four match balls, the number 30 on the seeding list had lost 6: 1, 6: 7 (2: 7), 0: 6 to Russian Warvara Gracheva.

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Top seed fails in round two

Karolina Pliskova was eliminated in the second round of the US Open. The number one placed Czech lost to French Caroline Garcia in straight sets with 1: 6 and 6: 7 (2: 7).

Due to the cancellations of world number one Ashleigh Barty (Australia) and Simona Halep (Romania), Pliskova entered the tournament as number one, but now has to give up early. Pliskova’s biggest success to date at the US Open reached the final in 2016, when she lost to Angelique Kerber in three sets.

Naomi Osaka moved into the third round without losing a set

Former tournament winner Naomi Osaka has reached the third round. The 22-year-old Japanese beat Camila Giorgi of Italy on Wednesday (local time) with 6: 1, 6: 2. The former number one in the world again drew attention to a victim of police brutality against African Americans with a different mask. This time, the name of Elijah McClain, who had passed away a year ago, was on guard. “I want people to be more knowledgeable. I take my reach for granted and I think I should use it for something,” she said after the success.

Struff for the first time in round three

Jan-Lennard Struff reached the third round of the US Open for the first time after another sovereign performance. Two days after his three-set victory over Spaniard Pedro Martinez, the 30-year-old tennis professional from Warstein won 6: 2, 6: 2, 7: 5 on Wednesday against American wildcard starter Michael Mmoh.

Strong server: Jan-Lennard Struff is one of the tallest players on the ATP Tour with 1.96. (Source: AP Photo / Frank Franklin II / AP / dpa)

In the battle for a place in the last sixteen, the German Davis Cup player now has to deal with world number one Novak Djokovic from Serbia.

Zverev continued after defeating Nakashima

Alexander Zverev won the game with Grand Slam debutant Brandon Nakashima and reached the third round at the US Open. The 23-year-old tennis professional from Hamburg beat the 19-year-old American on Wednesday 7: 5, 6: 7 (8:10), 6: 3, 6: 1.

After 2:55 hours, Zverev used his second match ball to win. The German number one will now face Frenchman Adrian Mannarino or Jack Sock from the US on Friday in the battle for a place in the eighth finals. Jan-Lennard Struff had also reached the third round in advance.

Kerber wins German game and reaches third round

Angelique Kerber has reached the third round at the US Open in New York. In the German duel with Anna-Lena Friedsam, the 32-year-old won 6: 3, 7: 6 (8: 6) on Wednesday and is now in Flushing Meadows for the eighth time in her tennis career in the third round.

German hope: Angelique Kerber wants to draw attention to the US Open. (Source: Reuters / Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports)German hope: Angelique Kerber wants to draw attention to the US Open. (Source: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters)

Under the roof of Louis Armstrong Stadium, which remained closed due to the initial rain, Kerber used her second game ball at 1:40 p.m. In the battle for a place in the round of 16, the German number one will meet the American Ann Li on Friday.

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Kohlschreiber also missed the second round

Experienced Philipp Kohlschreiber was eliminated in the first round. The 36-year-old Augsburg, who had already reached the eighth finals five times at the Grand Slam tournament in New York, lost his opening match against Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6: 7 (4: 7), 5: 7, 6: 7 ( 3: 7). Pospisil recently caused a sensation alongside world number one Novak Djokovic as the driving force behind the creation of a new players’ union.

Laura Siegemund: The German failed in the first round of the US Open. (Source: Image Images / ZUMA Wire)Laura Siegemund: The German failed in the first round of the US Open. (Source: ZUMA Wire / Image Images)

Siegemund eliminated – Thiem continues

Fed Cup player Laura Siegemund was eliminated among tennis professionals in the first round of the US Open. The 32-year-old Swabian lost on Tuesday to the Belgian Elise Mertens, who was placed at number 16, 2: 6, 2: 6 and had no chance at all. The one-sided play only lasted 1:26 hours. This means that only Angelique Kerber and Anna-Lena Friedsam are among the German women. The two players will meet each other on Wednesday in the German game in the second round.

The Austrian Dominic Thiem has now effortlessly reached the second round. The number three in the tennis world led on Tuesday 7: 6 (8: 6), 6: 3 in his opening match against Spain’s Jaume Munar in New York when his opponent had to retire due to an injury. Thiem is one of the favorites in New York, also because Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are missing this year. At the Australian Open in January, 26-year-old Thiem had already reached the final, but lost to Novak Djokovic there. In New York, Thiem is number two.

Last year’s finalist Medvedev wins the opening match

Last year’s finalist Daniil Medvedev is in the second round. The 24-year-old tennis professional from Russia had few problems on Tuesday (local time) in his 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Argentinian Federico Delbonis. Medvedev only lost to Rafael Nadal in the Flushing Meadows final last year. The Spaniard is absent from the Grand Slam tournament in New York this year, as is Roger Federer from Switzerland.

Serena Williams Reaches Second Round – Venus Williams Eliminated

Serena Williams entered the second round with a two-set win against her American compatriot Kristie Ahn. In her 20th participation in the most important tennis tournament in the US on Tuesday, Williams defeated Ahn in 81 minutes 7: 5, 6: 3. 38-year-old Williams is aiming for her 24th title in one of the four most important tournaments in the world at the Grand Slam. tournament in New York. This would equalize her with the Australian record holder Margaret Court.

On the other hand, Serena’s sister Venus Williams, two years older, was eliminated after 3: 6, 5: 7 against number 20 seeded Czech Karolina Muchova. Venus Williams also set a new record: the former world number one and two-time US Open winner hit Flushing Meadows 22 times. Martina Navratilova made 21 US Open appearances during her career. For the first time, Venus Williams lost in New York in the first round.

Murray struggles with Nishioka

Special victory for British tennis hero Andy Murray (33): Former world number one and two-time Olympic champion, who has been playing with an artificial hip joint since January last year, beat Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka 4: 6 after a strong comeback at the start of the US Open , 4: 6, 7: 6 (7: 5), 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 4. It was the two-time Wimbledon winner’s first individual match at a Grand Slam tournament since the first round on the Australian Open in January 2019.

In the fourth set, Murray had already fended a match point from Nishioka, in the fifth round he was already behind with a break. The Scot had celebrated his last individual victory in a major in New York almost exactly two years ago, already plagued by persistent hip problems, he reached the second round. Now he will meet the 15th Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime or Thiago Monteiro (Brazil) at the US Open.

Zverev accuses organizers of the corona case

Tennis professional Alexander Zverev criticized the organizers of the US Open for handling Frenchman Benoit Paire’s positive corona test. “The US Open hasn’t informed us that well. We’ve heard about the whole situation with Benoit Paire through the media, just like everyone else,” Zverev complained after participating in New York’s second round at Eurosport. .

Alexander Zverev: The German tennis professional is criticizing the organizers of the US Open. (Source: Image Images / GEPA Images)Alexander Zverev: The German tennis professional is criticizing the organizers of the US Open. (Source: GEPA Pictures / Image Pictures)

Paire had tested positive for the coronavirus the day before the tournament started and was removed from the competition. “I think we players in such a situation should be informed first,” said Zverev. “We’ve seen Benoit all the time. As players, we also need to know who was with whom.” He himself “saw Paire once in the elevator,” Zverev reported, “but other players were with him and they weren’t too happy to find out on Twitter.”

Tennis pro Paire criticizes US Open organizers: “Fake Bubble”

French professional tennis player Benoît Paire, who tested positive for the corona virus, spoke for the first time after his exclusion from the US Open. “I am doing fine at the moment and I have no symptoms,” the 31-year-old wrote on social networks on Monday. The world number 23. There has been criticism of the organizers of the Grand Slam tournament in New York, which is held under strict hygiene and safety requirements.

Benoit Paire: The French professional tested positive for the coronavirus, but is now criticizing the organizers of the US Open. (Source: image images / PanoramiC)Benoit Paire: The French professional tested positive for the coronavirus, but is now criticizing the organizers of the US Open. (Source: PanoramiC / image images)

The professionals and their supervisors live in a so-called bubble and are only allowed to move between the hotels and the complex. “I’m still hesitant to tell you what’s really going on in this” fake bubble, “Paire wrote on Instagram. His countryman Adrian Mannarino said after his first-round victory that the system looked more like a guarded security wing than a bubble. Paire was the first professional to test positive for Covid-19 in the bladder.

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Tennis pro Struff follows Zverev in round two

Jan-Lennard Struff followed his Davis Cup colleague Alexander Zverev to the second round of the US Open. The 30-year-old tennis professional from Warstein decided his first round match against Spaniard Pedro Martinez on Monday (local time) 6: 0, 7: 5, 6: 4. Previously, Zverev had triumphed at the Grand Slam tournament in New York against Kevin Anderson from South Africa 7: 6 (7: 2), 5: 7, 6: 3, 7: 5 and his first win after the Corona break. reached. In the Masters event, which was moved from Cincinnati to New York, the 23-year-old from Hamburg lost to Briton Andy Murray last week at the start. Struff reached his first quarter-finals there in a Masters tournament, but was defeated by eventual winner Novak Djokovic.

Friedsam reached the second round against Kerber

Tennis player Anna-Lena Friedsam (Neuwied) has defeated her Grand Slam curse and reached the second round for the first time at the US Open. The 26-year-old beat American Caroline Dolehide 6: 2, 6: 2 in New York. After 1:14 hours, Friedsam converted her first match point. In the next round there will be a German duel with Angelique Kerber from Kiel.

Friedsam had last won a match in a Grand Slam tournament in Wimbledon in 2016. After the corona break, Friedsam last failed twice in qualifying in two appearances at WTA level.

Tamara Korpatsch as the first German from Germany

Tamara Korpatsch missed her first win in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament and was the first German tennis player to be eliminated from the US Open. The 25-year-old from Hamburg had to admit a defeat on Monday (local time) in New York against the American Catherine Bellis 7: 6 (15:13), 3: 6, 2: 6 in New York. Angelique Kerber and Anna-Lena Friedsam reached the second round earlier. There is now a direct game between Kerber and Friedsam on Wednesday.

World ranking first Djokovic with victory in the first round

The number one in the tennis world Novak Djokovic easily reached the second round at the US Open in New York. The 33-year-old Serb ruled on Monday (local time) in the first match of the so-called Night Session against Damir Dzumhur from Bosnia-Herzegovina in just under two hours of play 6: 1, 6: 4, 6: 1. Djokovic now meets Wednesday the Briton Kyle Edmund.

Novak Djokovic: The number one in the world is one lap ahead of the US Open. (Source: AP / dpa / Frank Franklin II)Novak Djokovic: The number one in the world is one lap ahead of the US Open. (Source: Frank Franklin II / AP / dpa)

“I had a lot of confidence after the past week,” said Djokovic with mouth and nose protection in the winner’s interview in the almost empty Arthur Ashe Stadium. On Saturday, he won the title at the Masters event and moved from Cincinnati to New York. Djokovic is aiming for his 18th title in a Grand Slam tournament in the absence of defending champions Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the US Open.

Zverev fights Anderson

Alexander Zverev has reached the second round. The German number one won on Monday against Kevin Anderson from South Africa 7: 6 (7: 2), 5: 7, 6: 3, 7: 5 and celebrated his first victory after the Corona break. At the Masters 1000 event, which was moved from Cincinnati to New York, the 23-year-old from Hamburg lost to Briton Andy Murray at the start of the week. Against Anderson, who was in the final at the US Open in 2017, Zverev converted his first match point after 3:07 p.m.

Peter Gojowczyk, on the other hand, was the first German tennis professional to retire. The 31-year-old from Munich had to admit defeat to number 24-seeded Poland Hubert Hurkacz 3: 6, 4: 6, 4: 6.

Difficult task in the beginning: Alexander Zverev in the match against Kevin Anderson. (Source: dpa / Frank Franklin)Difficult task in the beginning: Alexander Zverev in the match against Kevin Anderson. (Source: Frank Franklin / dpa)

Koepfer and Gojowczyk are eliminated in the first round

Dominik Koepfer (Furtwangen) last year failed in the first round. The 26-year-old was beaten at 7: 6 (9: 7), 3: 6, 2: 6, 4: 6 by American American Taylor Fritz, who was placed in 19th position. Last year, Koepfer surprisingly lost as a qualifier only in the round of 16 to eventual finalist Daniil Medvedev (Russia).

Peter Gojowczyk (31) has been waiting for his first participation in the second round in New York since 2014. Munich suffered a 3: 6, 4: 6, 4: 6 defeat to Pole Hubert Hurkacz and has to start the journey home again.

American teen Coco Gauff out on US Open – Tsitsipas Sovereign

Tennis star Coco Gauff first lost her match in the first round in a Grand Slam tournament and has already been eliminated. The 16-year-old American lost on Monday (local time) in New York to number 31 seed Anastasija Sevastova from Latvia 3: 6, 7: 5, 4: 6.

Gauff had at least reached the third round in her previous three participations in the four main tournaments. The then 15-year-old broke through at Wimbledon last year when she beat Venus Williams in the first round. At the Australian Open earlier this year, she reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.

Among the men, Stefanos Tsitsipas, one of the favorites for the title, easily reached the second round. The number four seeded Greek did not give Albert Ramos from Spain a chance at 6: 2, 6: 1, 6: 1. Argentinian Diego Schwartzman was the first pro in the top ten places to fail because of Cameron Norrie from Great Britain .

Kerber sovereign in round 2 – German game awaits

Angelique Kerber has celebrated a successful comeback, reaching the second round at the US Open. Despite some teething problems, the former number one in the tennis world finally took her opening hurdle in New York and beat Australian Ajla Tomljanovic 6: 4, 6: 4. In the second round there is now a German duel with Anna-Lena Friedsam. The 26-year-old beat Caroline Dolehide of the US 6: 2, 6: 2.

In the second round: Angelique Kerber celebrates her success at the start of the US Open. (Source: AP / dpa)In the second round: Angelique Kerber celebrates her success at the start of the US Open. (Source: AP / dpa)

Although Kerber initially lacked rhythm against Tomljanovic, this was not surprising given that she had played her last match in the last 16 at the Australian Open at the end of January. After that, Kerber first put a thigh injury out of action before the tour was forced to take a five-month break due to the corona pandemic.

Over the course of the game, the three-time Grand Slam winner got along better and better, and Kerber was especially fierce and physically present. After 1:28 hours, the 32-year-old turned her third match point. Last year Kerber failed in the first round in New York.

The opponents of Zverev and Kerber have been determined

At the first Grand Slam tournament after the Corona break, Germany’s best tennis pro Alexander Zverev meets former Wimbledon and US Open finalist Kevin Anderson in the first round. That was the result of the draw for the US Open on Thursday.

Former tournament winner Angelique Kerber takes on Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in her comeback. The US Open kicks off Monday in New York. The tournament is played without spectators and under strict hygiene and safety requirements.

Ex-tennis player Navratilova: US Open title no less worth it

For Martina Navratilova, number one in the tennis world, the title at the US Open this year is no less important, despite the lack of numerous top stars. “I wouldn’t distinguish between the winners, for me there is no asterisk next to the name,” said the 18-time Grand Slam tournament winner on the BBC on Thursday.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal (Spain) and Roger Federer (Switzerland) are missing from the event that starts in New York on Monday. In the top ten of the women, six players from the top ten will not start due to the coronavirus pandemic, including last year’s winner Bianca Andreescu (Canada), world number one Ashleigh Barty (Australia) and number two Simona Halep ( Romania).

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