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Auger-Aliassime wins 5-set thriller to advance to 4th round of U.S. Open

Auger-Aliassime wins 5-set thriller to advance to 4th round of U.S. Open

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Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime nearly blew a two-set lead before ousting Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round of the men’s draw, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 at the U.S. Open on Friday in New York.

The 12th-seeded Aliassime had his serve working for him early and often to reach the fourth round at Flushing Meadows for the second year in a row.

He opened the match with back-to-back aces, then finished the first game with a third to hold serve and go up 1-0.

The Montrealer had five aces in total in the first set, and 15 through two, but gave back the next two sets before pulling off the victory in three hours 55 minutes.

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WATCH | Montreal’s Auger-Aliassime downs Agut in 5 sets to advance at U.S. Open:

Auger-Aliassime beats Bautista Agut in 3rd round of U.S. Open

Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime defeats Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 to advance to the fourth round of the U.S. Open. 3:57

Auger-Aliassime fired 27 aces in the five-set thriller, while Bautista Agut had just two.

Unforced errors by Auger-Aliassime kept 33-year-old Bautista Agut hanging around, with the Canadian making 74 compared to 31 for his opponent.

The 21-year-old Canadian will play either American Frances Tiafoe or fifth-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev in the next round.

Tsitsipas suffers 5-set upset loss to Carlos Alcaraz

With the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd chanting his name, 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz upset third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7), 0-6, 7-6 (7) at the U.S. Open in New York.

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Alcaraz, the teenager from Spain, used powerful groundstrokes in an entertaining match to knock off Tsitsipas. Tsitsipas can take all the long bathroom breaks he wants from home. The controversial Greek tennis player faced an unfriendly crowd again in large part because of his lengthy breaks in the bathroom.

WATCH | 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz upsets Tsitsipas in 3rd round of U.S. Open:

Alcaraz upsets Tsitsipas in 3rd round of U.S. Open

18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz of Spain, ranked 55th in the world, defeats third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, 0-6, 7-6 and advances to the fourth round of the U.S. Open. 1:18

Alcaraz easily pulled off the biggest win of his career and is in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows for the first time in his career. He was down 5-2 in the third set but kept pushing in a match that stretched past four hours.

Alcaraz thanked the crowd, absent last year because of the pandemic, for “pushing me up in the fifth set.” He became the breakout start of the U.S. Open and had fans chanting “Carlos! Carlos!” with each big winner.

Medvedev rolls onto 4th round of U.S. Open in straight sets

No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev continued an easy first week at the U.S. Open by routing Pablo Andujar 6-0, 6-4, 6-3.

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The 2019 runner-up at Flushing Meadows has lost only 22 games in his three matches thus far.

Medvedev improved to 16-4 at the U.S. Open, his best mark at a major.

Halep advances to U.S. Open 4th round for 1st time in 5 years

Simona Halep fought through a marathon first-set tiebreaker and eventually beat Elena Rybakina 7-6 (11), 4-6, 6-3 to reach the U.S. Open fourth round for the first time in five years.

The No. 12-seeded Halep needed seven set points to finally win the tiebreaker — after she was broken at love when serving for the set at 6-5.

She eventually won it when Rybakina double-faulted, then worked her way to the round of 16 for the first time since reaching the quarter-finals in 2016.

Halep, a two-time Grand Slam champion, had lost in the first round of the U.S. Open in both 2017 and 2018.

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Rybakina, the No. 19 seed, was a quarterfinalist at the French Open, where she beat Serena Williams.

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