Cilic misses US Open chance as Schwartzman progresses

Shock Cilic exit ensures there’ll be new Grand Slam finalist at the US Open

Seeded five for the tournament, Cilic is the latest high profile casualty to fall in NY, despite taking the opening set 6-4 he went down 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-4, hitting well over 70 unforced errors during an error-strewn match.

The victor of that match will meet Schwartzman, a 25-year-old Argentine, in the fourth round of a major for the first time, or 16th-seeded Lucas Pouille of France.

Other fourth-round matches set up Friday will be No. 16 Lucas Pouille, who beat Mikhail Kukushkin 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, against Schwartzman, and No. 28 Kevin Anderson, who powered past Borna Coric 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, against Paolo Lorenzi who beat fellow Italian Thomas Fabbiano 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.

Croatian fifth seed Marin Cilic crashed out and Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov became the youngest man since 1989 to enter the US Open last 16 in a wild Friday in which absent six-time champion Serena Williams became a mother.

His exit ensured a first-time Slam finalist will come from his draw half, which now lacks a top-10 player. "It's always good for the new guys or for the guys who are out of the Top 10", Schwartzman said of the wide-open draw. "It's very unfortunate but at the same time I'm happy to be in the fourth round".

The early end to the night session meant that for the first time in this year's tournament, play was wrapped up by midnight. He has a hard match with Schwartzman in the third round with the Argentinian in good form. "Hopefully it's nothing too serious".

Shapovalov next faces 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta, who finds himself in the unprecedented position of taking on four successive qualifiers.

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Schwartzman was overwhelmed in the opening set before the 29th seed found his range to frustrate Cilic, who bowed out after wasting three chances to level for 5-5 in the fourth set. Many young players are playing fantastic tennis.

The draw certainly looks more inviting to Zverev than when he reached the fourth round at the Australian Open this year. Straight set wins over Berlocq and Tipsarevic seeing him reach the third round in NY for the first time.

The elder of the Williams sisters was delighted to hear of the news, saying: "Obviously, I'm super-excited".

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova moved into the U.S. Open's fourth round with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over 18th-seeded Caroline Garcia of France. "Words can't describe it".

The night feature on Ashe pits five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova against 139th-ranked U.S. teen wildcard Sofia Kenin.

Kvitova, the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion, enjoyed playing in Arthur Ashe Stadium after needing major left hand surgery following a knife attack by a home intruder last December. 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 26-year-old Spaniard delivered his best Grand Slam result on clay - the quarter-finals of Roland Garros in June. Only current number one Karolina Pliskova and fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina could deny her reaching the top for the first time.

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