US Open 2016: From Rafael Nadal to Caroline Wozniacki, the players and the numbers that made up day 3 - Firstpost
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US Open 2016: From Rafael Nadal to Caroline Wozniacki, the players and the numbers that made up day 3


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The headlines and sidelines from the third day of US Open 2016, at Flushing Meadows:

Headlines:

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot against Andreas Seppi, of Italy with the roof closed. AP

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot against Andreas Seppi, of Italy with the roof closed. AP

  • French Open champion Garbine Muguruza shocked
  • Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic knocked out
  • Rafael Nadal wins under closed Ashe Stadium roof
  • Novak Djokovic in last 32 without hitting a ball
  • Johanna Konta overcomes on-court collapse to win

Who's saying what

Ryan Harrison of the US returns to Milos Raonic of Canada. AFP

Ryan Harrison of the US returns to Milos Raonic of Canada. AFP

"The best part is you're staying in one place. You have home. You can meet friends. You can do normal stuff. You're not traveling that much, but you still have more time for everything, for family, for boyfriend, studying, just enjoying."

— Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova, who stunned Garbine Muguruza, on the things she enjoyed during her temporary retirement between 2013 and 2015.

"I was playing on adrenaline."

— American qualifier Ryan Harrison, who defeated fifth seed and Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic.

"I'm feeling a little embarrassed."

— Britain's Johanna Konta after suffering an on-court collapse due to the heat and humidity, which required a medical timeout and a lengthy toilet break before she completed a victory over Tsvetana Pironkova.

"I stopped looking at the rankings when I dropped out of the top 10."

— Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, who has slumped to 74.

"I always get sick here in the US. It's routine."

— Petra Kvitova on her annual losing battle with air conditioning in New York.

Sidelines

Gael Monfils of France: Can play tennis, can juggle too! Getty Images

Gael Monfils of France: Can play tennis, can juggle too! Getty Images

Monfils keeps it bottled up: French showman Gael Monfils amused himself with a party trick as he sat courtside on his win over Jan Satral. Monfils flipped his water bottle in the air and on the third attempt managed to guide it back to an upright position on landing.

Loud and proud: The bright yellow outfits being worn by a host of players — most with Nike links — have been catching the eye at Flushing Meadows. US star Jack Sock reckons they are a reflection of the brash nature of the city. "I think maybe because it's New York City and there's that electric feeling and a lot of buzz and excitement, anticipation, and I think the outfits fit perfectly with the day sessions, the night sessions. Crowds are really into it. I think loud audiences and loud matches go with loud outfits."

Give me a break: Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova, who stunned Garbine Muguruza, retired from tennis in May 2013 due to a back injury, but returned to the tour in January 2015. In between, the 26-year-old studied for a diploma in leisure managament.

Never say never: The first round of the men's event at the US Open featured 17 five-set matches, equalling the 1999 mark for most since 1991 when there were 20. The seven comebacks from two sets down were the most in the US Open first round since 2012.

Practice doesn't make perfect: Kvitova admits that she is going to the practice courts less and less, especially in New York, where the heavy traffic between Manhattan and Queens can mean a 90-minute round trip. "I didn't practice yesterday. So that's a new tradition from last year. And some coffees, as well. Some shopping. I'm starting to love New York."

Not much of a wonder wall: Wozniacki was asked if hitting 'the wall' at the New York Marathon was tougher than battling a three-setter at a Grand Slam. "Facing the wall in a marathon is probably the hardest thing I have ever gone through physically. When nobody tells you that Fifth Avenue is uphill for like three miles, it makes it even harder," she said.

Numbers up

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark cools down during a match against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia. Reuters

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark cools down during a match against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia. Reuters

10: Walkovers received by Novak Djokovic after Jiri Vesely withdrew from their scheduled match with a right forearm injury. Djokovic has conceded just one — to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the 2011 Paris Masters due to a right shoulder problem.

13: Number of meetings between Caroline Wozniacki and Svetlana Kuznetsova. Wozniacki now leads 7-6 after Wednesday's win.

22: Minutes it took 2015 runner-up Roberta Vinci to win the first set of her second round tie against Christina McHale of the United States.

144: World ranking of Sevastova this time last year.

First Published On : Sep 1, 2016 17:45 IST

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