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The Greeks were caught off guard at the US Open. © APA / SARAH STIER

Tsitsipas gives up – Djokovic confidently

Top favorite Novak Djokovic easily reached the third round of the US Open. On the possible path to the final, another top competitor is eliminated.

Two-time Grand Slam finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas failed surprisingly early as Novak Djokovic's next big competitor at the US Open. The 25-year-old Greek lost to Swiss qualifier Dominic Stricker in the second round on Wednesday 5:7, 7:6 (7:2), 7:6 (7:5), 6:7 (6:8), 3 :6. Tsitsipas, seventh in the world rankings, was also unable to capitalize on a 5:3 lead in the fourth set and had to admit defeat after 4:04 hours.

Stricker celebrated the greatest success of his career to date. “I felt good from the first set,” said the big outsider. “More than four hours, that was a tough fight, I’m just super happy now. I'm relatively speechless.” For the 21-year-old, it is the first time he has reached the third round of a Grand Slam tournament. The world number 128. is trained by former German professional Dieter Kindlmann.

Stricker could hardly believe it himself. © APA / CLIVE BRUNSKILL

Top favorite Djokovic, however, once again showed no weaknesses and easily moved into the third round with 6:4, 6:1, 6:1 against Spaniard Bernabé Zapata Miralles. The 36-year-old Serb could have met Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals; fourth-seeded Dane Holger Rune had already been eliminated in his half of the draw. Djokovic will now face his compatriot Laslo Djere.

Defending champion Carlos Alcaraz easily made it into the second round at the start of the US Tennis Tennis Open after a short day of work. The top-seeded Spaniard benefited from the surrender of his German opponent Dominik Koepfer on Tuesday evening in New York with a score of 6:2,3:2 after 58 minutes. The 20-year-old Alcaraz, who will lose his lead in the world rankings to Novak Djokovic after the US Open, will now face South African Lloyd Harris.

Swiatek and Gauff continue

Defending champion Iga Swiatek and co-favorite Coco Gauff each reached the third round in two sets at the US Open. The tennis world number one from Poland won 6:3, 6:4 against the Australian Daria Saville on Wednesday. Swiatek had more problems than expected in 1:33 hours and gave up her serve a total of three times. In the round of the best 32, the 22-year-old wants to take the next step towards her fifth Grand Slam triumph against the Slovenian outsider Kaja Juvan.

Iga Swiatek reached the third round. © APA / AL BELLO

After the hard-fought opening victory over Laura Siegemund, Gauff won the duel between the young tennis stars and Mirra Andrejewa 6:3, 6:2. The 19-year-old American had already defeated the Russian, who was three years her junior, in the third round of the French Open this season and had more difficulties in three sets.

“It taught me to be more aggressive. She has a great future ahead of her,” Gauff said on the field at Arthur Ashe Stadium. She now faces the Belgian Elise Mertens. Gauff's best result so far is that he reached the quarterfinals once at the Grand Slam tournament in New York.

Bitter defeat for Venus Williams

Tennis star Venus Williams suffered a bitter defeat at her 24th US Open. The 43-year-old American lost 74:1, 6:1 in 6 minutes against the unseeded Belgian Greet Minnen in the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday evening (local time) and had no chance. The audience said goodbye to the two-time winner of the Grand Slam tournament in New York after her 100th US Open match with thunderous applause.

After an injury break of more than six months, Williams fought his way back onto the professional tour this season. At the WTA tournament in Cincinnati, she won a match against a player from the top 20 in the world for the first time in four years and reached the second round. However, she had to cancel her US Open dress rehearsal in Cleveland the following week due to knee problems and was now physically far from her top form.

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