Tennis-Dimitrov easily tames Gasquet to reach last 16
MELBOURNE, Jan 21 Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov produced a brilliant display to end Richard Gasquet's promising Australian Open campaign with a 6-3 6-2 6-4 victory in the third round on Saturday.
NEW YORK, Sept 1 Defending champion Serena Williams overpowered fellow-American Sloane Stephens in an Arthur Ashe Stadium slugfest 6-4 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open on Sunday.
Top-seeded Williams avenged a defeat to Stephens in the quarter-finals of this year's Australian Open with a brilliant display of power tennis against a rival who has made a case that she could be Williams' successor as the face of U.S. women's tennis.
Williams, at age 31 trying to become the oldest women's U.S. Open champion since tennis turned professional in 1968, broke the 20-year-old Stephens in the 10th game to end a riveting 52-minute first set when a big forehand from the 15th seed sailed just wide.
The 16-times grand slam winner then raced through the second set to set up a quarter-finals clash against 18th seed Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, a 4-6 6-3 7-6(3) upset winner against eighth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany.
"It definitely feels like a real big match," Williams said on-court to a crowd divided in its loyalties.
"How excited are we about the future of American tennis?" Williams asked, drawing roars from the packed crowd watching the fourth-round contest. "It definitely felt like something bigger."
(Reporting by Larry Fine, Editing by Gene Cherry)
Jan 21 (Gracenote) - Results from the Australian Open Men's Singles Round 3 matches on Saturday 15-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) beat 18-Richard Gasquet (France) 6-3 6-2 6-4 3-Milos Raonic (Canada) beat 25-Gilles Simon (France) 6-2 7-6(5) 3-6 6-3 6-Gael Monfils (France) beat 32-Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) 6-3 7-6(1) 6-4 9-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat 24-Alexander Zverev (Germany) 4-6 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3 6-2 13-Roberto Bautista (Spain) beat 21-David Ferrer (Spain) 7-5 6-7(6) 7-6(3) 6-4 Den
MELBOURNE, Jan 21 Roger Federer took a massive step forward upon his return to the weekly grind of the tennis circuit with his third round thrashing of Tomas Berdych and is enthused at the prospect of facing Kei Nishikori at the Australian Open on Sunday.