US Open 2020 – LIVE!
We’re onto Day 7 at Flushing Meadows as the round of 16 ties begin ahead of the second week of action in New York.
Novak Djokovic extended his incredible unbeaten run in 2020 to 26 matches against Jan-Lennard Struff and the Serbian is in action today, facing 20th seed Pablo Carreno Busta for a place in the quarter-finals.
There are high hopes for Alexander Zverev to challenge tennis’ elite for a first Grand Slam. But the German must first get past Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who knocked out Cameron Norrie in the third round.
In the women’s draw, 2018 champion Naomi Osaka takes on Estonian 14th seed Anett Kontaveit, while Yulia Putintseva takes centre stage against no.8 seed Petra Martic at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog.
That’s it from our coverage of Day 7 at the US Open!
What an incredible day it’s been at Flushing Meadows, of course the headline being Novak Djokovic’s shock default from the tournament.
The world number one was disqualified and exited the tournament after accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball in frustration after being broken late in the first set.
Elsewhere, Domonic Thiem progressed to the last 16 with a win over Cilic, while Rogers and Brady earned spots in the last eight with wins over Kvitova and Kerber respectively.
There’s still more action to come overnight with Borna Coric a break up in the first set against Jordan Thompson.
Naomi Osaka will also be in action later against Anett Kontaveit.
Be sure to check in first thing for all the results and news from Flushing Meadows. Until then, goodnight!
US Open: Round of 16 major results on Day 7
Back on the Louis Armstrong court, 27th seed Borna Coric has just started his match against the unseeded Australian Jordan Thompson in what shapes up to be an intriguing match-up.
Later, Naomi Osaka will also be in action against Anett Kontaveit.
Moving back to Djokovic, and Nick Kyrgios has had his say…
Wow! What an upset that is! The unseeded American Shelby Rogers beats sixth seed Petra Kvitova in three sets!
She makes the US Open quarter-final for the first team, prevailing 7-6 3-6 7-6 in 2 hours 45 minutes.
Rogers 7-6 3-6 6-6 (6-6*) Kvitova
Would you believe it? Kvitova missed the chance to progress with three match points earlier in the set. She’s presented a fourth as Rogers hits wide. She double faults, however! We’re even again.
Rogers 7-6 3-6 6-6 (4-5*) Kvitova
Huge shot! Kvitova sends a thumping backhand cross-court to bring up the mini-break.
She then hangs on, showing defensive resilience to move two points clear, before Rogers hits back with a winner of her own.
Rogers 7-6 3-6 6-6 (3-3*) Kvitova
And still, it’s all even as the players switch ends. This is incredibly tense – you just can’t call it either way.
Rogers 7-6 3-6 6-6 (1-1*) Kvitova
After two-and-a-half hours, the pair are still inseparable – someone has to win, though!
We’ll momentarily head over to the Louis Armstrong Stadium, where Kvitova (6) is all square in the final set against Rogers.
They’re heading into a final set tie-break!
Rogers 7-6 3-6 6-6 Kvitova is the score!
Pablo Carreno Busta has been speaking to the media:
“It was not intentional. I don’t think that any of us, the players, do this kind of thing intentionally. It was just the moment, I broke his serve, he threw [hit] the ball.
“It was bad luck. You cannot do this but, of course, I think that Novak never wanted to hit the line umpire.
Asked if he should have been allowed to continue, Busta said: “The rules are the rules -these kind of things I never like.
“The referee and the supervisor did the right thing, but it’s not easy to do it.”
The great Billie Jean King also believes the right decision was made – it’s a fairly unanimous view.
US Open statement: Djokovic will lose all ranking points and prize funds
The statement read: “In accordance with the Grand Slam rulebook, following his actions of intentionally hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with negligent disregard or the consequences, the US Open tournament referee defaulted Novak Djokovic from the 2020 US Open.
“Because he was defaulted, Djokovic will lose all ranking points earned at the US Open and will be fined the prize money won at the tournament in addition to any or all fines levied with respect to the offending incident.”
Pablo Carreno Busta through to the quarter-finals!
Well, of course, the focus is on Novak Djokovic after he was defaulted and exited the US Open.
However, we have to remember the other man on court – Pablo Carreno Busta.
He’s now through to the quarter-finals, where he will play either Denis Shapovalov and David Goffin.
Confirmed: Novak Djokovic has been pictured leaving the grounds.
It seems he will not be attending his post-match press conference, and will therefore receive a fine.
18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova also believes it was the right decision to default Djokovic.
Djokovic has reportedly left the grounds and will not be speaking to the media today!
A number of players present and past have reacted to Djokovic’s default…
Over on the Louis Armstrong court, Kvitova has taken the second set 6-3 against the American Rogers.
The match is now in the balance at one set apiece after Rogers took the opener 7-6.
Order of Play (times in BST)
Arthur Ashe Stadium
5pm: (23) Yulia Putintseva (Kaz) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 (8) Petra Martic (Cro), (1) Novak Djokovic (Ser) v Pablo Carreno-Busta (Spa)
12am: (12) Denis Shapovalov (Can) v (7) David Goffin (Bel), (4) Naomi Osaka (Jpn) v (14) Anett Kontaveit (Est)
Louis Armstrong Stadium
4pm: (28) Jennifer Brady (USA) 6-1, 6-3 (17) Angelique Kerber (Ger), Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (Spa) 2-6, 2-6, 1-6 (5) Alexander Zverev (Ger), Shelby Rogers (USA) v (6) Petra Kvitova (Cze), (27) Borna Coric (Cro) v Jordan Thompson (Aus)
4pm: Christopher Eubanks (USA) & MacKenzie McDonald (USA) 6-7, 2-6 (3) Rajeev Ram (USA) & Joe Salisbury (Gbr), (8) Wesley Koolhof (Ned) v Nikola Metkic (Cro) v Sander Gille (Bel) & Joran Vliegen (Bel), Anna Blinkova (Rus) & Polina Kudermetova (Rus) 6-4, 6-2 (4) Kveta Peschke (Cze) & Demi Schuurs (Ned), Laura Siegemund (Ger) & Vera Zvonareva (Rus) v (2) Elise Mertens (Bel) & Aryna Sabalenka (Blr)