US Open 2020 tennis results LIVE: Day Six latest scores from Serena Williams beats Stephens; Thiem vs Cilic



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Serena Williams is on course to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slams after battling past her American compatriot and 2017 champion Sloane Stephens in three sets.

In the men’s draw, Daniil Medvedev – who reached the final in last year’s US Open – made light work of American wildcard JJ Wolf at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the day session, recording a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 victory.

No.2 seed Dominic Thiem is in action in the evening session and he faces the 2014 winner Marin Cilic, who is seeded 31st for this year’s tournament.


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GAME, SET, MATCH

Result

An easy victory for no.6 seed Matteo Berrettini, who beats Casper Ruud in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

The Italian will face Andrey Rublev, the 10th seed, in round four after his annihilation of Salvatore Caruso in which he bageled the Italian twice.
 

Photo: AP

GAME, SET, MATCH

The dream continues for Tsvetana Pironkova!

Competing in her first Slam since Wimbledon 2017 after becoming a mother, the Bulgarian dumps out 18th seed Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-1 to reach the fourth round.

What a journey!

SET!

An extraordinary set of tennis from Felix Auger Aliassime and finally, the pain is over for a highly frustrated Corentin Moutet.

He’s just secured a bagel in the second set, having nabbed the first 6-1, and is barely making any errors out there. He’s also brought out the ‘tweeners (shot between the legs).

SET!

Over on Court 5 is the only women’s match still going as 18th seed Donna Vekic takes on Bulgarian veteran Svetana Pironkova.

The 32-year-old is playing her first Slam since Wimbledon 2017 owing to injury and maternity leave but she has the edge, taking the first set 6-4.
 

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BREAK OF SERVE

BREAK!

Frustrations are boiling over from Moutet after Auger Aliassime takes a double break with some incredible shots once again.

The Frenchman launches not one but two balls out of the court and receives a code violation from the umpire for his troubles.

‘Double A’, as they call him, is flying on Court 17 and leads 3-0.

SET!

We already know it, but Felix Auger-Aliassime is some talent.

The 20-year-old, who easily dispatched Andy Murray in round two, has taken the first set 6-1 against Corentin Moutet.

A sublime set of tennis from the Canadian.
 

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GAME, SET, MATCH

Anything is Pospisil!

We’ve been waiting for a shock and here it is… another top-10 casualty from the men’s draw.

No.8 seed Roberto Bautista Agut has lost in five sets to Vasek Pospisil. The Canadian – who also knocked out Milos Raonic – is into R4 with a 7-5, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over the Spaniard.

He can look forward to a clash against Alex de Minaur, who went the distance to knock out 10th seed Karen Khachanov.

Serena on her turnaround…

“I don’t think she made any errors, honestly. She was playing so clean and I was like she’s playing so good. I was just doing the game and won the second set, so great! I love the crowd so much but like I said I’m so intense, this is how I am in practice and this is how I’ve worked all these years.”

Serena speaks on court…

Her daughter watching
“I forgot she was coming out! She saw her mama fighting, I don’t think she was paying attention! She may have been playing with her princesses.” 

Stephens
“It was intense. She’s had some incredible matches and it brings out the best in my fitness when I play Sloane. She’s obviously a great player, she’s won the US Open on this court and had every big win you can think of.”

GAME, SET, MATCH

Williams has DONE IT!

She beats Stephens 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.

A simple hold for Williams and a shocking miss from Stephens – when Williams was forced to scoop the ball up in the air – sums up just how far she has fallen in this match.

On her own serve, Stephens fails to take hold of the point and Williams’ power and finesse shines through again. A forehand into the corner and Stephens sends it long.

And it’s over! Celebrations from the Williams camp as her husband and daughter cheer wildly. A superb comeback from truly gifted player.
 

Photo: AP

Stephens 6-2 2-6 2-4 Williams

A much-needed boost for Stephens as she clings onto her serve for only the second time in this set. 

But her body language looks a little defeated. Williams, on the other hand, looks about as focused as a brain surgeon right now. 

Stephens 6-2 2-6 1-4 Williams

The psychological advantage belongs to Williams even after a late call from the umpire forces her to second-serve at 30-30. So what does she do? Ace.

Stephens still has a decent chance to break back but gets it horribly wrong with the forehand and Williams – who looked a long way off victory early on – is now just two games away.

BREAK OF SERVE

BREAK! Stephens 6-2 2-6 1-3 Williams

Three break points and you just wonder if Stephens is losing that calmness she showed in the first set.

Well, it serves us right for doubting here. Three lightning quick serves, forcing three errors from Williams and she is back to deuce.

But a mega forehand into the corner forces Stephens into the corner and her slice goes long. There is the break!

Stephens 6-2 2-6 1-2 Williams

There’s another demonstration of how Williams can use that serve to get her out of a sticky situation, powering a 110mph rocket which Stephens can’t reach.

The main difference is she is staying longer in the rallies now, whereas before seemed to be going for shots that weren’t there. Stephens has seen her intensity drop and at the worst possible time.

Stephens 6-2 2-6 1-1 Williams

A flawless service from Williams and she’s nearing her best now. When she gets the power on that serve, very few players can get it back over the net.

The pressure is on Sloane’s shoulders now, but she responds with a love hold to get on the board again.

Latest scores

We’re going the distance in the two men’s matches on at the moment, with Vasek Pospisil taking Roberto Bautista (8) Agut to a fifth set after the Spaniard went 2-1 up.

Similarly, Alex de Minaur (21) is about to wrap up a five-set victory over Karen Khachanov (10) from 2-1 down in sets.

SET!

Stephens 6-2 2-6 Williams

Oh my word. A stunning hit from Williams with a cross-court forehand that clips the line and she’s drawn level.

Stephens’ game really took a dive after that break. Now she needs to fire herself up because Williams is a different player now. Confident, assertive and determined.
 

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Stephens 6-2 2-5 Williams

This is the Serena Williams we all know and admire. Gone are those panicked shots into the net and restricted movement at the back of the court.

She holds to love for the first time today and now has a nice cushion to fall back on. Stephens, without playing too badly in this second set, must be fearing what is likely to come her way in the final set.

BREAK OF SERVE

BREAK! Stephens 6-2 2-4 Williams

So many players would get the jitters when 0-30 against Serena Williams. 

But Stephens keeps her cool, powering a forehand winner into the corner and when facing a break point, she finishes in some style to level at deuce. Williams just laughs in disbelief probably due to the sheer quality of that stroke.

And yet, the danger finally arrives. Williams gets herself back in it, hitting the ball harder and cleaner and snatches the break at a crucial point in the second.

GAME, SET, MATCH

Results

Elsewhere, 16th seed Elise Mertens is through to the fourth round after seeing off Caty McNally 7-5, 6-1.

Karolina Muchova (20) will join her after edging a tense final set tiebreak 9-7 against Sorana Cirstea.

Arthur Ashe Stadium (times in BST)

5pm: JJ Wolf (USA) 3-6, 3-6, 2-6 (3) Daniil Medvedev (Rus), (26) Sloane Stephens (USA) 6-2, 2-6, 2-6 (3) Serena Williams (USA)

NB 12am: (7) Madison Keys (USA) v Alize Cornet (Fra), (31) Marin Cilic (Cro) v (2) Dominic Thiem (Aut)

Louis Armstrong Stadium

4pm: (15) Maria Sakkari (Gre) 6-3, 6-1 (22) Amanda Anisimova (USA), (8) Roberto Bautista Agut (Spa) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6 Vasek Pospisil (Can), Marton Fucsovics (Hun) v Frances Tiafoe (USA), Victoria Azarenka (Blr) v Iga Swiatek (Pol), (27) Ons Jabeur (Tun) v (2) Sofia Kenin (USA)

Court 5

4pm: Salvatore Caruso (Ita) 0-6, 4-6, 0-6 (10) Andrey Rublev (Rus), (21) Alex De Minaur (Aus) 6-4, 0-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 (11) Karen Khachanov (Rus), (18) Donna Vekic (Cro) 4-6, 1-6 Tsvetana Pironkova (Bul)

Court 7

4pm: Oksana Kalashnikova (Geo) & Alla Kudryavtseva (Rus) v (4) Kveta Peschke (Cze) & Demi Schuurs (Ned), (20) Karolina Muchova (Cze) v Sorana Cirstea (Rom)

Court 11

4pm: Jamie Murray (Gbr) & Neal Skupski (Gbr) v Marcelo Demoliner (Bra) & Matwe Middelkoop (Ned), (16) Elise Mertens (Bel) v Catherine McNally (USA), (1) Timea Babos (Hun) & Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) v Gabriela Dabrowski (Can) & Alison Riske (USA), Jessica Pegula (USA) & Shelby Rogers (USA) v (2) Elise Mertens (Bel) & Aryna Sabalenka (Blr)

Court 12

4pm Hayley Carter (USA) & Luisa Stefani (Bra) v (6) Shuko Aoyama (Jpn) & Ena Shibahara (Jpn), (1) Juan Sebastian Cabal (Col) & Robert Farah (Col) v Jean-Julien Rojer (Ned) & Horia Tecau (Rom), Rohan Bopanna (Ind) & Denis Shapovalov (Can) v (6) Kevin Krawietz (Ger) & Andreas Mies (Ger)

Court 17

4pm Jack Sock (USA) & Jack Withrow (USA) v Mate Pavic (Cro) & Bruno Soares (Bra), (6) Matteo Berrettini (Ita) 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 (30) Casper Ruud (Nor), (15) Felix Auger-Aliassime (Can) v Corentin Moutet (Fra)



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