Defending champion Carlos Alcaraz to face Dan Evans in US Open clash
Andy Murray's exit from the US Open overshadowed by successful performances from other British tennis players.
Andy Murray's exit from the US Open may have been disappointing, but it was still a successful day for British tennis as several other players advanced to the third round. Jack Draper, Katie Boulter, Cameron Norrie, and Dan Evans all kept the British flag flying high. Unfortunately, Jodie Burrage fell short against second seed Aryna Sabalenka.
The defending champion, Carlos Alcaraz, had a strong performance, defeating Lloyd Harris in straight sets. He will now face Dan Evans in the next round. Let's take a closer look at the action from day four at Flushing Meadows.
Andy Murray's match against Grigor Dimitrov was no contest. Murray was disappointed with his performance as he lost in straight sets to his familiar rival. This was their 12th meeting, and the Bulgarian 19th seed claimed his fourth victory.
On the other hand, Cameron Norrie had an impressive straight-sets win against Hsu Yu-hsiou of Chinese Taipei. Dan Evans also showed his resilience by coming from a set down to defeat Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp in four sets.
However, the most impressive performance came from Jack Draper, who dispatched the 17th seed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in a commanding fashion, winning 6-2, 6-4, 7-5.
Katie Boulter had a nerve-wracking moment during her match against Wang Yafan. After losing a 20-shot rally in the first set, Boulter accidentally hit a ball towards the spectators. Fortunately, no one was injured, but she was issued a code violation for ball abuse. Boulter managed to overcome this incident and went on to secure a hard-fought victory with a score of 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. She will now face American Peyton Stearns in the next round.
In an interesting turn of events, the USTA made an announcement on the big screen explaining that there would be no handshake between Ukraine's Elina Svitolina and Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova due to "global events." This decision was well-received, as there was no booing from the crowd, unlike what happened at Wimbledon when Victoria Azarenka faced a similar situation.
Looking ahead, Novak Djokovic will continue his pursuit of a record-equalling 24th grand slam title as he faces fellow Serbian Laslo Djere. Meanwhile, defending champion Iga Swiatek will take on her good friend, Slovakian qualifier Kaja Juvan.
Overall, despite Andy Murray's exit, British tennis had a successful day at the US Open with several players progressing to the next round. The competition continues to heat up, and fans can expect more thrilling matches in the days to come.