Young reaches first Slam fourth round
NEW YORK (AP)
American Donald Young reached the fourth round at a Grand Slam for the first time, beating 24th-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela in straight sets Sunday at the US Open.
The 22-year-old Young won 7-5, 6-4, 6-3. A full house at the Grandstand gave him a standing ovation as he celebrated the victory, pumping his fist and grinning widely.
Six years after he became the youngest boy to finish a season as the world's top-ranked junior player, Young is finally making his breakthrough at a major tournament.
The 84th-ranked lefty, who got in on a wild card, upset 14th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka in five sets in the second round.
The 32-year-old Chela, a clay-court specialist from Argentina, made the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows in 2007.
Young had 46 winners to Chela's 19.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal overcame a blister on his right foot and two tight sets Sunday to beat 2002 Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian 7-6 (5), 6-1, 7-5 and reach the US Open's fourth round.
The 76th-ranked Nalbandian went up a break in the fifth game and served for the first set at 5-4, but he double-faulted on break point. Then, at 3-all in the tiebreaker, Nalbandian double-faulted again, helping the second-seeded Nadal nose ahead.
Nalbandian broke to begin the third set, but Nadal broke right back to 1-1, then took an injury timeout after that game to have his right foot taped because of the blister.
''Every day is tougher and tougher,'' Nadal said in an on-court interview after the match.
He played far more cleanly and finished with only 18 unforced errors, 42 fewer than Nalbandian's total.
For a spot in the quarterfinals, Nadal will face 68th-ranked Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, who hit 23 aces in his 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Igor Kunitsyn of Russia.
Muller is playing at Flushing Meadows for the first time since reaching the quarterfinals as a qualifier in 2008.
Andy Roddick is back in the fourth round of the US Open for the first time since 2008.
The 2003 champion beat 81st-ranked Julien Benneteau 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (5) on Sunday. The 21st-seeded American didn't have his serve broken and faced only three break points.
Roddick lost in the second round at Flushing Meadows last year and the third round in 2009.
Benneteau, who got in on a wild card, had to retire in the second round of the 2010 Open with a left wrist injury and missed the rest of the season. The Frenchman upset 10th-seeded Nicolas Almagro in the first round this year.
Fourth-seeded Andy Murray moved into the U.S. Open's fourth round by beating No. 25 Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 Sunday night.
Murray is a three-time Grand Slam finalist, including at Flushing Meadows in 2008, but is still seeking Britain's first major championship since 1936.
He improved to 6-0 against Lopez, including a victory in the Wimbledon quarterfinals this year.
Murray made only 16 unforced errors Sunday, while Lopez had 44.
Murray's next opponent is 84th-ranked Donald Young of the United States.
Second-seeded Vera Zvonareva moved into the quarterfinals for the second straight year, beating No. 22 Sabine Lisicki 6-2, 6-3.
Zvonareva was the runner-up at the US Open and Wimbledon in 2010 and is still in search of her first Grand Slam title.
The Russian saved 6 of 7 break points against Lisicki, who was a semifinalist at Wimbledon this year.
Lisicki served much harder than Zvonareva, but not particularly accurately. The German put only 40 percent of her first serves in, double-faulted five times and wound up with only one ace.
Zvonareva's next opponent is No. 9 Sam Stosur, who has won their past seven matches.
Angelique Kerber has rolled into the US Open quarterfinals for her best run at a Grand Slam tournament.
The 92nd-ranked German beat Monica Niculescu of Romania 6-4, 6-3 Sunday in a matchup of unseeded players. Niculescu is ranked 68th and also was also playing in the fourth round of a major tournament for the first time.
Kerber upset 12th-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska in the second round. Niculescu beat 27th-seeded Lucie Safarova in the third.
The 23-year-old Kerber will likely earn a career-best ranking with her quarterfinal appearance. She's never been above No. 45. Kerber is one of three German women in the fourth round, the first time that's happened at the Open since 1987.
Flavia Pennetta staved off four set points to close her match against Peng Shuai and reach the US Open quarterfinals.
The 26th-seeded Italian won 6-4, 7-6 (6) on Sunday. After failing to serve out the match, Pennetta was down 5-0 and 6-2 in the second-set tiebreaker and appeared to be struggling with the heat.
But she rallied to keep the match from going to a third set, as their meetings at the US Open in 2007 and '08 did.
The 13th-seeded Peng was in the fourth round of the US Open for the first time. The Chinese player is 0-5 against Pennetta.
Pennetta upset third-seeded Maria Sharapova in the third round and next faces unseeded Kerber.
Gilles Simon beat 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro in the third round of the US Open on Sunday.
The 12th-seeded Simon rallied from a set down and won two tiebreakers in a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (3) victory. The Frenchman fought off three straight set points in the fourth set to reach the round of 16 at Flushing Meadows for the first time.
Simon had 13 aces.
The 18th-seeded del Potro was unable to defend his title last year because of wrist surgery. He had 72 unforced errors Sunday.
Simon avenged a second-round loss to the Argentine at Wimbledon.