September 3, 2018 / 2:51 PM / 16 days ago

Big names and young guns turn up the heat at U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Big names and up-and-comers were set to clash at the U.S. Open on Monday as soaring temperatures led tournament officials to bring the heat rule back into effect.

Sept 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits to Richard Gasquet of France in a third round match on day six of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The measure to allow breaks in matches was implemented for three days last week as the players battled sopping humidity and scorching heat.

Sept 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Madison Keys of the USA after beating Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia in a third round match on day six of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Temperatures were forecast to hit up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32.2 degrees Celsius) but the conditions did not deter fans flocking to Flushing Meadows for day eight of the tournament, as former champions Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova bid to book their quarter-final spots.

Twice winner Djokovic will meet unseeded Joao Sousa, who is appearing in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time, on Arthur Ashe stadium. The sixth-seeded Serbian leads Sousa 4-0 in head-to-heads, most recently walloping him in straight sets in the second round of last year’s French Open.

Second seed Federer looks to have an equally smooth road to the quarters as he faces unseeded Australian John Millman.

Sep 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan serves against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus (not pictured) in the third round on day six of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Elsewhere, rising stars will look to make an impact.

American Madison Keys, last year’s runner-up, starts the action on Arthur Ashe stadium against speedy Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova, who upset fourth seed Angelique Kerber.

Twentieth seed Naomi Osaka, who secured straight-sets victories in her first three matches, meets 26th seed Aryna Sabalenka.

Osaka is the first Japanese woman to reach the tournament’s fourth round since 2004 and has won 22 consecutive games en route to the match against her fellow 20-year-old.

Reporting by Amy Tennery, editing by Ed Osmond

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