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Highlights: U.S. Open day five

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Highlights of the fifth day at the U.S. Open in New York on Friday. The Grand Slam is being played without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Times ET; GMT-4):

FILE PHOTO: Signage bearing the words "Black Lives Matter" is seen inside Arthur Ashe Stadium on day one of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in the Queens borough of New York City, U.S., August 31, 2020. REUTERS/Amy Tennery

1840 SHAPOVALOV SURVIVES FRITZ SCARE

Canada’s Denis Shapovalov rallied from 5-2 down in the fourth set to beat American Taylor Fritz 3-6 6-3 4-6 7-6(5) 6-2. Shapovalov will next face Belgian David Goffin for a place in the quarter-finals.

1815 KONTAVEIT BRUSHES LINETTE ASIDE TO ADVANCE

Estonia’s 14th seed Anett Kontaveit booked a spot in the fourth round with an emphatic 6-3 6-2 victory over Poland’s Magda Linette, breaking her four times and smashing 14 winners past the 24th seed.

1800 MANNARINO MATCH DELAYED BY HEALTH OFFICIALS

Fifth seed Alexander Zverev’s third round match against France’s Adrian Mannarino was delayed by health officials, the USTA said.

The match began 2-1/2 hours behind schedule while organisers conducted a “collaborative dialogue” with health officials, the governing body said in a statement.

Mannarino was one of 10 players who had contact with Benoit Paire before the Frenchman pulled out of the tournament after testing positive for COVID-19.

“Given the sensitivity of the medical issues involved, the USTA is not able to provide further details,” the statement added.

1530 EVANS LOSS ENDS BRITISH HOPES

Dan Evans became the final Briton to be knocked out of the singles draw after he suffered a 4-6 6-3 7-6(5) 7-6(1) defeat by Frenchman Corentin Moutet.

The result was followed by fellow Briton Cameron Norrie’s 7-6(2) 4-6 6-2 6-1 loss to Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

1451 OSAKA OVERCOMES KOSTYUK TEST TO ADVANCE

Japan’s former champion Naomi Osaka was pushed in her third-round encounter by teenager Marta Kostyuk, of Ukraine, and needed over two-and-a-half hours before she prevailed 6-3 6-7(4) 6-2 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Kostyuk, who is ranked 137 in the world, smashed 36 winners to Osaka’s 30 but also tallied 51 unforced errors to fall to the fourth seed.

1445 GOFFIN THROUGH, GARCIA OUT

Belgian seventh seed David Goffin moved into the fourth round with a 6-1 7-6(5) 6-4 victory over Filip Krajinovic, firing 36 winners and eight aces past the Serbian.

Caroline Garcia, who knocked out top seed Karolina Pliskova in the second round, was beaten in straight sets by American Jennifer Brady who won 6-3 6-3 without dropping serve while ocnverting three break points.

1420 KERBER MARCHES INTO LAST 16

Germany’s Angelique Kerber was largely untroubled as she dispatched American Ann Li 6-3 6-4.

The 17th seed has booked a place in the last 16 at Flushing Meadows for the first time since she won the title in 2016.

1400 MCNALLY BATTLES PAST ALEXANDROVA, MERTENS THROUGH

American teenager Caty McNally raced past 21st seed Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia in the final set tiebreak to win 4-6 6-3 7-6(2) in a second round match that was interrupted by rain on Thursday.

The result means 11 American women have progressed to the third round of the tournament this week.

Belgian 16th seed Elise Mertens also finished her second round match on Friday, beating Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-3 7-5.

1240 MARTIC THROUGH TO LAST 16 IN STRAIGHT SETS

Eighth seed Petra Martic of Croatia beat Russian Varvara Gracheva 6-3 6-3 to become the first player to move into the last 16 of the U.S. Open.

Martic, who beat Gracheva in Prague on clay last month, hit fewer winners but broke six times while the Russian made 33 unforced errors.

1110 PLAY UNDERWAY AT FLUSHING MEADOWS

Play began in bright sunshine with the temperature hovering around 26 degrees Celsius (87.8°F), with an expected high of 31 degrees.

Compiled by Rohith Nair and Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis and Ian Chadband

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