Aug 30 (Reuters) - Round-up of day three at the U.S. Open championships on Wednesday:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m not dedicated to the game at all. There are players out there that are more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day, the one-percenters. I’m not that guy.” - Australian Nick Kyrgios’s brutal self-assessment after his first round defeat to compatriot John Millman
FACT OF THE DAY: Canada’s 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov stunned eighth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 6-4 7-6(3) to become the youngest player to enter the U.S. Open third round since American Donald Young in 2007. Shapovalov is also the youngest to reach this stage in any grand slam since Australia’s Bernard Tomic at the Australian Open in 2011.
STATISTIC OF THE DAY: American 10th seed John Isner fired 30 aces in his 6-3 6-4 7-5 win over South Korea’s Hyeon Chung. Isner won 88 percent of his first serve points and he had just two double faults in the one hour, 45 minute encounter.
PERFORMANCE OF THE DAY: Maria Sharapova is still a bit rusty in her first major after a 15-month doping ban, but she showed plenty of grit to overcome a slow start and prevail in her 6-7(4) 6-4 6-1 win over Hungary’s Timea Babos to enter the third round. Sharapova, who won the title at Flushing Meadows in 2006, meets Sofia Kenin in the third round on Friday. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)