US Open tennis: Marin Cilic bounced by Diego Schwartzman

Beth Cruz
September 4, 2017

Andy Murray's late withdrawal to join the list of Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori as the big players missing left the men's draw top heavy.

Diego Schwartzman posted the biggest victory of his career on Friday when he dispatched fifth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia to advance to the fourth round of the U.S. Open in NY. Denis Shapovalov of Canada defeated Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-3, 4-6, 6-7.

Marin Cilic, who won the title at Flushing Meadows in 2014, is trailing 29th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 in the third round.

Schwartzman's 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 upset is just his second win over a Top 10 player and moves him into the second week of a major for the first time. Welcome to US (Wide) Open! While he has yet to make it past the fourth round in NY, this is surely his best chance to do so.

Although Schwartzman lost his own serve seven times - including three times in the third set, which featured a whopping seven service breaks in 12 games - he was able to squeak through in the end. For players like Isner and Querrey, it's the opportunity of a lifetime-a plausible road to the final of the U.S. Open, with no obvious insurmountable challenge in their way. The German, whose career had been sidelined by injuries, has found a way to maximise his vintage serve-and-volley technique in a sport which is now dominated by baseline returners.

Sharapova plays at night against American wild-card entry Sofia Kenin. The World No 40 is in the fourth round of a Grand Slam event for the first time, where he will face South African Anderson. And no qualifier had reached the last 16 since Gilles Muller in 2008. He was forced to miss Australian Open, but made the last-16 at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

Once touted as the successor to the Williams sisters on the big stage, the 24-year-old advanced to the last 16 in NY for the first time since 2013, and will fancy her chances of reaching the quarter-finals for the first time as she next faces Germany's Julia Goerges.

Anybody following this year's US Open will know that the tournament so far has been one of excitement and surprises.

Canadian teenager Shapovalov has been the fairytale sensation of the US Open so far.

Meanwhile, 12th-seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta also reached the fourth round at the U.S. Open for the first time by rolling over French qualifier Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. The crowd seemed to end up backing him out of sheer excitement for his style of play.

After winning his third round match against Great Britain's Kyle Edmund, he became the youngest player to qualify for the Round of 16 at the US Open since Michael Chang in 1989.

With upsets to fourth seed Alexander Zverev and fifth seed Marin Cilic, Shapovalov's half of the draw is very beatable.

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