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U.S. Open 2019 Day 8 live scores, updates and commentary - Nadal and Osaka among those targeting quarter-finals

Live Tennis Staff in News 3 Sep 2019
  • Live scores, updates and commentary on Day 8 of the 2019 U.S. Open, Monday September 2
  • Osaka vs Bencic, Nadal vs Cilic, headline Day 8 matches as R16 finishes
  • Play begins live from New York at 11.00am local time (4.00pm BST) - (12.00pm local time/5.00pm BST for Arthur Ashe Stadium)
US Open Day 8 (PA Images)

Key events
05:44 03 Sep

Day 8 ✅

05:40 03 Sep

GSM Andreescu

05:36 03 Sep

Andreescu to serve for the match

05:26 03 Sep

Andreescu breaks again for 4-1

05:15 03 Sep

Townsend holds to get on the board

05:09 03 Sep

Andreescu up 2-0

05:05 03 Sep

Andreescu breaks to start decider

04:56 03 Sep

SET Townsend: 6-4

04:51 03 Sep

Townsend up 5-4

04:40 03 Sep

Andreescu levels for 3-3

04:27 03 Sep

Townsend up a break 3-0

04:16 03 Sep

SET Andreescu: 6-1

04:06 03 Sep

Townsend on the board

03:55 03 Sep

Andreescu up 3-0 early

03:20 03 Sep

Andreescu vs Townsend - live now!

03:15 03 Sep

Men's QFs set

03:13 03 Sep

Shot of the tournament!

03:06 03 Sep

GSM Nadal

02:47 03 Sep

Cilic's last stand?

02:32 03 Sep

Nadal leads 2-0 in the fourth

02:18 03 Sep

SET Nadal: 6-1

02:11 03 Sep

Nadal consolidates for 4-1

02:07 03 Sep

Nadal breaks for 3-1

01:55 03 Sep

Cilic saves two break points for 1-1

01:46 03 Sep

The challenge facing Cilic

01:39 03 Sep

SET Cilic: 6-3

01:34 03 Sep

Cilic one game from second set

01:24 03 Sep

Cilic consolidates the break for 4-1

01:19 03 Sep

Cilic breaks for 3-1

00:57 03 Sep

SET Nadal: 6-3

00:46 03 Sep

GSM Monfils

00:44 03 Sep

Breaks galore

00:39 03 Sep

Cilic responds immediately

00:35 03 Sep

Nadal breaks for 3-1

00:14 03 Sep

Nadal vs Cilic - live now!

00:10 03 Sep

SET Monfils: 6-2

23:40 02 Sep

Monfils in a hurry!

23:18 02 Sep

LIVE NOW: Gael Monfils vs Pablo Andujar

22:59 02 Sep

Elise Mertens into second Grand Slam quarter final

22:41 02 Sep

Mertens leads Ahn by a set and a break 6-1 2-1

22:21 02 Sep

Mertens leads Ahn 6-1 in women's R16

22:19 02 Sep

Diego Schwartzman beats Alexander Zverev 3-6 6-2 6-4 6-3

22:10 02 Sep

Schwartzman holds for 5-2, one game away

22:05 02 Sep

Zverev holds, 2-4

22:01 02 Sep

Zverev breaks to get on the board in the fourth set, trails 1-4

21:55 02 Sep

Schwartzman breaks again, leads 4-0 in fourth set

21:46 02 Sep

Schwartzman breaks Zverev in fourth set 3-6 6-2 6-4 2-0

21:39 02 Sep

Schwartzman takes third set against Zverev 3-6 6-2 6-4

21:31 02 Sep

Schwartzman leads Zverev 3-6 6-2 5-4

21:27 02 Sep

Berrettini beats Rublev to reach first Grand Slam quarter final! 6-1 6-4 7-6

20:36 02 Sep

SET Schwartzman levels up 3-6, 6-2 vs Zverev

20:22 02 Sep

SET Berrettini leads Rublev 6-1, 6-4

20:07 02 Sep

Zverev immediately breaks back for 1-2

20:03 02 Sep

Schwartzman breaks to lead 2-0 in the second

19:54 02 Sep

SET Zverev leads Schwartzman 6-3

19:44 02 Sep

Zverev from 0-2 to 4-2

19:37 02 Sep

SET Berrettini leads Rublev 6-1

19:26 02 Sep

Zverev saves 2 BPs to get on the board

19:17 02 Sep

Schwartzman breaks to lead 2-0

19:12 02 Sep

Rublev vs Berrettini starting on Armstrong

19:07 02 Sep

Zverev vs Schwartzman live now on Ashe

18:56 02 Sep

First-time finalist now guaranteed

18:49 02 Sep

GSM Vekic d. Goerges 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-3

18:47 02 Sep

Vekic to serve for the match vs Goerges

18:40 02 Sep

GSM Bencic d. Osaka 7-5, 6-4

18:36 02 Sep

Osaka holds to force Bencic to serve the match out

18:33 02 Sep

Bencic's clinical serving puts her one game from the win

18:30 02 Sep

Osaka holds to stay in touch, but not moving properly

18:25 02 Sep

Bencic consolidates to lead 7-5, 4-2

18:22 02 Sep

Osaka calls for the trainer

18:19 02 Sep

Bencic breaks to lead 3-2

18:15 02 Sep

Bencic holds from 15-30 for 2-2

18:11 02 Sep

Osaka pushed to 30-30 but holds for 2-1

18:08 02 Sep

Osaka, Bencic hold to love to open second set

18:04 02 Sep

SET Vekic levels up 6-7(5), 7-5

18:00 02 Sep

SET Bencic leads 7-5

17:59 02 Sep

Bencic breaks & will serve for the set at 6-5

17:51 02 Sep

Bencic holds for 5-5

17:44 02 Sep

Vekic saves match point, breaks back to 5-5

17:39 02 Sep

Osaka leads 4-3 after 5th ace, 11th winner

17:37 02 Sep

Bencic stops the run of games, holds for 3-3

17:32 02 Sep

Osaka holds to 30 to lead in the scoreline for the first time, 3-2

17:30 02 Sep

Osaka breaks back for 2-2

17:22 02 Sep

Osaka saves 3 break points, holds for 1-2

17:19 02 Sep

Bencic consolidates to lead 2-0

17:16 02 Sep

Bencic breaks to open

17:10 02 Sep

Osaka vs Bencic live now from Ashe

16:55 02 Sep

SET Goerges leads Vekic 7-6(5)

16:05 02 Sep

Matches are live on day 8 of the US Open!

15:57 02 Sep

Djokovic's retirement still a hot topic

15:45 02 Sep

What's coming up on day eight

15:42 02 Sep

Rainy day in New York

15:37 02 Sep

US Open live blog: day 8

US Open live blog: Day eight

05:44 03 Sep

Day 8 ✅

The women's QFs are now set:

Belinda Bencic vs Donna Vekic
Bianca Andreescu vs Elise Mertens

Elina Svitolina vs Johanna Konta
Serena Williams vs Wang Qiang

Things getting very interesting... Eight different countries represented and only one previous Grand Slam winner or finalist (Serena, obvs).

Two of them get started tomorrow as Serena continues her bid for Grand Slam No. 24 against Wang, and Svitolina and Konta clash for a maiden U.S. Open semi-final spot, while Federer vs Dimitrov and Wawrinka vs Medvedev headline the men's action.

It should be another cracking day - join us tomorrow from first point to last!
05:40 03 Sep

GSM Andreescu

Bianca Andreescu is the first Canadian woman to make the US Open quarter-finals since 1992, completing a 6-1 4-6 6-2 victory over qualifier Taylor Townsend.

What an incredible season Andreescu is having - the teenager is a genuine contender for this US Open title.

She goes on to face Elise Mertens in the QFs - and if she wins that, either Belinda Bencic or Donna Vekic for a spot in the final.
05:36 03 Sep

Andreescu to serve for the match

Townsend not done with yet - the American saves three match points to hold, but Andreescu will now serve for the match at 5-2.
05:26 03 Sep

Andreescu breaks again for 4-1

Andreescu stepping it up now as she secures the double break to surge ahead 4-1 - she's two games away from a first major quarter-final...
05:15 03 Sep

Townsend holds to get on the board

Nice swinging serve out wide and Townsend is on the board in the decider for 1-2 - she needs to stay close with Andreescu and try and get the crowd involved more and more as this set drags on.
05:09 03 Sep

Andreescu up 2-0

Andreescu gets a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct as she blasts a ball in frustration and her racquet flies out of her hand towards the umpires chair.

Townsend has break point, but the Canadian hits a drive volley winner to save it. And now Andreescu thinks she's won the game, but she doesn't know the score. It's deuce - she realises and smiles it off.

Big serve and Andreescu has game point - and she holds for 2-0 after Townsend sends a forehand long.
05:05 03 Sep

Andreescu breaks to start decider

Townsend has come back from a set down twice already in the main draw this tournament, but she'll have to do it from behind in the decider as Andreescu breaks to open.
04:56 03 Sep

SET Townsend: 6-4

Wow..

Andreescu double faults on set point and Townsend claims it 6-4 to force a decider!

One-set shootout for a first Grand Slam quarter-final - who takes their chance?
04:51 03 Sep

Townsend up 5-4

Townsend has done well to keep her nose in front, because Andreescu was threatening to run away with it after breaking back. The American holds for 5-4 and Andreescu will serve to stay in the second set.
04:40 03 Sep

Andreescu levels for 3-3

Andreescu not wasting any time levelling the scores as she's swiftly back to 3-3. She hasn't lost a completed match since February and it's easy to see why...
04:27 03 Sep

Townsend up a break 3-0

Brilliant start to the second set for Townsend as she breaks and digs out a tough hold for 3-0 - and the crowd are starting to get right behind her.

We have a match!
04:16 03 Sep

SET Andreescu: 6-1

Seriously, can anyone - and I mean anyone - stop Bianca Andreescu right now?

The Canadian races through the opening set 6-1 over Townsend - she's halfway to the QFs.
04:06 03 Sep

Townsend on the board

Light throw of the racquet from Andreescu as she double faults to hand Townsend her first game.

The Canadian still in control, leading 4-1.
03:55 03 Sep

Andreescu up 3-0 early

Perfect start for Andreescu as the Canadian breaks Townsend and consolidates for 3-0.
03:20 03 Sep

Andreescu vs Townsend - live now!

Time for the final women's R16 match to close out the night as 15th seed Bianca Andreescu takes on qualifier Taylor Townsend.

Andreescu, who is yet to be defeated in a completed match since February, is the reigning Indian Wells and Rogers Cup champion and is arguably favourite to make the final from this half of the draw - despite never before even competing in a slam R16.

Can the Canadian continue her sparkling form and end the dream run of Townsend, who's audacious net-charging game has lit up Flushing Meadows over the last week?

Let's go!
03:15 03 Sep

Men's QFs set

And with that, the men's quarter-finals are locked in:

Stan Wawrinka vs Daniil Medvedev
Roger Federer vs Grigor Dimitrov

Gael Monfils vs Matteo Berrettini
Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman

Could we be in for the first ever Nadal vs Federer final at the US Open?
03:13 03 Sep

Shot of the tournament!

Rafael Nadal is not human...


03:06 03 Sep

GSM Nadal

Nadal looking to serve out the match, but Cilic is making him work for it, going ahead 0-30.

The Spaniard responds with an ace and finishes off a great point with a pristine backhand volley for 30-30.

SHOT OF THE TOURNAMENT!

Nadal hits an extraordinary FH winner around the net post to set up match point, which he promptly takes.

GSM Nadal, 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-2 - what a finish from the three-time US Open champion! He's into the QFs to face Diego Schwartzman.
02:47 03 Sep

Cilic's last stand?

Cilic can't capitalise on two break points and Nadal moves ahead 4-0 in the fourth. He's won 10 of the last 11 games since dropping the second set...
02:32 03 Sep

Nadal leads 2-0 in the fourth

Perfect start to the fourth set from Nadal as he breaks and holds for 2-0. He can see the finish line...
02:18 03 Sep

SET Nadal: 6-1

Nadal breaks Cilic again and will serve for the third set at 5-1.

He's absolutely rolling out there now. The first serve percentage is rising as he sends an ace down for 30-15. But Cilic isn't going away without a fight as he fires a forehand winner up the line for 30-30.

Another great serve from Nadal up the tee and he has set point...

And he takes it - brilliant set from Nadal as he goes in front 6-3 3-6 6-1
02:11 03 Sep

Nadal consolidates for 4-1

Nadal consolidates the break for 4-1. The Spaniard is back in charge of this match - Cilic quickly seeing this set slip from his grasp...
02:07 03 Sep

Nadal breaks for 3-1

Superb backhand overhead smash and a Cilic error sees Nadal get to 0-30.

POINT!

Nadal retrieves a pair of Cilic overheads and then steps in to CRUNCH a backhand winner cross court. Three break points for the Spaniard...

And a double fault from Cilic hands Nadal the break for 3-1.

That was some game from the three-time champion!
01:55 03 Sep

Cilic saves two break points for 1-1

Nadal returning serve from the front row as Cilic saves two break points to level for 1-1 in the third. Important that the Croatian stays with Nadal early here...
01:46 03 Sep

The challenge facing Cilic

Just so you get an idea of what Cilic is trying to accomplish against Nadal tonight...


01:39 03 Sep

SET Cilic: 6-3

Nadal holds easily, closing with a forehand winner, but now he needs to break the Cilic serve in order to stay in this second set. He hasn't had a break point this set...

Cilic misses a forehand down the line to open - went for just a bit too much there. He challenges to no avail. 0-15.

But he responds brilliantly with a forehand this time, forcing an error from Nadal. 15-15. Big serve and forehand combo from the Croatian and he's ahead 30-15.

And a deep, penetrating backhand down the line sees Nadal hit his return long and it's two set points for Cilic...

Booming serve from Cilic - Nadal can't handle it and the 2014 US Open champion levels the score at a set apiece, 3-6 6-3.
01:34 03 Sep

Cilic one game from second set

Cilic continues to push Nadal behind the baseline with his forehand and holds for 5-2. The Croatian is one game away from levelling this at a set apiece...
01:24 03 Sep

Cilic consolidates the break for 4-1

Cilic really going after that forehand now, as he has to do, and he's troubling Nadal as a result, pushing him behind the baseline as he consolidates the break to go up 4-1.
01:19 03 Sep

Cilic breaks for 3-1

Some aggressive play from Cilic on the baseline in that game as he dictates play and claims the first break for 3-1. Nadal not happy with a time violation warning either, giving a sarcastic thumbs up.
00:57 03 Sep

SET Nadal: 6-3

Despite being broken, a very routine opening set from Nadal, who closes it out 6-3 over Cilic. It's going to take something special from Cilic to work his way into this match, because Nadal isn't going to give him anything...
00:46 03 Sep

GSM Monfils

Statement performance from Gael Monfils as he eases past Pablo Andujar 6-1 6-2 6-2 to make the US Open quarter-finals for the fourth time.

Impressive run from La Monf, who will face Matteo Berrettini for a place in the SFs.
00:44 03 Sep

Breaks galore

Three straight breaks as Nadal edges back in front with a nice backhand pass at the feet of Cilic, who can't dink it over at net. The Spaniard leads 4-2.
00:39 03 Sep

Cilic responds immediately

The perfect response from Cilic as he steps it up in that game and forces the immediate break back on Nadal after the second seed can't handle a menacing return. Back on serve at 2-3.
00:35 03 Sep

Nadal breaks for 3-1

Loose game from Cilic and Nadal doesn't need any second invitation as the Spaniard claims the first break of the match for 3-1.
00:14 03 Sep

Nadal vs Cilic - live now!

Live now on Ashe, it's a battle of former US Open champions as three-time winner Rafael Nadal comes up against 2014 champion Marin Cilic.

Nadal is of course the heavy favourite, having won six of their last seven encounters, while Cilic has also been struggling all season after dealing with a knee injury at the start of the year.

But, remember, Cilic played the best tennis of his life on this court five years ago - if he can find that level again, he could make things interesting tonight.
00:10 03 Sep

SET Monfils: 6-2

Monfils is a man on a mission against Andujar as he targets a spot in the QFs, racing through the first two sets 6-1 6-2 in just 50 minutes!
23:40 02 Sep

Monfils in a hurry!

Gael Monfils has taken just 20 minutes to take the opening set against Pablo Andujar! 6-1

After his marathon against Shapovalov in the previous round, La Monf can do with a more straightforward outing. So far, so good for the Frenchman...
23:18 02 Sep

LIVE NOW: Gael Monfils vs Pablo Andujar

Flambouyant Frenchman, Gael Monfils has just begun his R16 meeting with Spaniard, Pablo Andujar, with La Monf looking to reach the quarter finals of a major for the first time since he made the last four at this same tournament in 2016...

Andujar is having his best ever Grand Slam run, and is targeting the last eight of a major for the first time in his career. To do that he will have to score his first win over Monfils, with the Frenchman enjoying a 3-0 lead in career meetings...
22:59 02 Sep

Elise Mertens into second Grand Slam quarter final

Elise Mertens breezes past Kristie Ahn 6-1 6-1 to reach the quarter finals of the US Open for the first time. 

The Belgian is into the last eight of a Slam for the second time in her career, adding to her semi-final run at the Australian Open in 2018.

She will play Bianca Andreescu or Taylor Townsend next.
22:41 02 Sep

Mertens leads Ahn by a set and a break 6-1 2-1

Elise Mertens continues to dominate against Kristie Ahn- the Belgian has got a point for the double break lead in the second set, but Ahn fights off the break point and holds to stays in touch. Just about.
22:21 02 Sep

Mertens leads Ahn 6-1 in women's R16

Elise Mertens is in control of her Round of 16 contest with Kristie Ahn as she races through the first set 6-1.
22:19 02 Sep

Diego Schwartzman beats Alexander Zverev 3-6 6-2 6-4 6-3

Zverev holds to force Schwartzman to serve for the match, and the German takes the first point with a backhhand winner...

Schwartzman goes on the attack on the next point, and rifles a backhand crosscourt that Zverev does well to get a racket to- not coming back, that...

A similar play gets Schwartzman to 30-15, and he reaches 40-15 when a Zverev forehand flies over the baseline...

Match Points...

Oooooh... He had it there, but then lost it, as he dumps an easy forehand into the net, but he makes no mistake on the second match point as he powers a forehand winner crosscourt.

Second US Open quarter final for Diego Schwartzman, and he's absolutely deserved it!

He will play Nadal or Cilic in the last eight.
22:10 02 Sep

Schwartzman holds for 5-2, one game away

Dramatic game.

Schwartzman pulls off a stupendous volley to reach 40-15, but he doesn't have to play the next point as Zverev gets a point penalty for audible obscenity- his third code violation, I believe...

The German doesn't like it, but umpire ain't changing his mind...

Schwartzman one game away from the win...
22:05 02 Sep

Zverev holds, 2-4

Zverev commits his 17th double fault of the match, but it doesn't hurt him much in this game, as he holds to cut the deficit to 2-4...
22:01 02 Sep

Zverev breaks to get on the board in the fourth set, trails 1-4

May be there's still life in Zverev's challenge yet?

He converts a second break point of the game to get on the board, but he is still a long way behind.

Given the way he has been serving, and the amount of double faults he is committing, there are no guarantees that he'll hold here...
21:55 02 Sep

Schwartzman breaks again, leads 4-0 in fourth set

Zverev's US Open hopes are hanging by a threat as he slips to a 0-40 deficit, but he battles back gamely to deuce...

A well-disguised schwartzman drop shot gets the Argentine another break point, and a sorry double fault from Zverev gives Schwartzman the break! 

He's got the double break, and is two games away from the quarter finals...
21:46 02 Sep

Schwartzman breaks Zverev in fourth set 3-6 6-2 6-4 2-0

Forehand error from Zverev helps Schwartzman to 15-40, and the Argentine breaks with a cute drop shot winner in response to a Zverev drop shot.

He is four games away from the quarter finals...
21:39 02 Sep

Schwartzman takes third set against Zverev 3-6 6-2 6-4

Oh dear!

Zverev double faults for 15-40- two set points to Schwartzman...

The first set point disappears as Schwartzman misses with a wild forehand, but he takes the set on the next point, punctuating an exchange at the net with a backhand down the line.

If Zverev is to reach a maiden US Open quarter final, he will have to do it in five.

Schwartzman a set away from making the last eight for a second time...
21:31 02 Sep

Schwartzman leads Zverev 3-6 6-2 5-4

Diego Schwartzman has his nose in front in the third set against Alexander Zverev, as the Argentine holds to love for a 5-4 lead.
21:27 02 Sep

Berrettini beats Rublev to reach first Grand Slam quarter final! 6-1 6-4 7-6

Berretini sees a 5-2 disappear in the third set tie break as Rublev battles back to 5-5, but the Italian reaches match point when a Rublev returns drifts long. The Russian erases the match point with a big first serve

Terrific point next up. Rublev in command, pummeling the Berrettini backhand, but the hangs in there, and once he gets a forehand the point is over- another match point...

The Italian follows an inside-out forehand to the net and polishes off a superb performance with a crisp volley.

A wonderful effort from the Italian, who moves into his first major quarter final!

He'll play Gael Monfils or Pablo Andujar next.
20:36 02 Sep

SET Schwartzman levels up 3-6, 6-2 vs Zverev

Although he squandered his initial break, Schwartzman breaks twice more to level at one set all.

Zverev couldn't find an ace in that set, served four double faults and overall won just 25% of points behind his second serve - and that last stat has everything to do with Schwartzman massively tightening things up on the ground, hitting just eight unforced errors for 11 winners while Zverev's numbers went in the wrong direction: 14 UFEs, seven winners.


20:22 02 Sep

SET Berrettini leads Rublev 6-1, 6-4

What a performance this has been from Matteo Berrettini - he's in total control vs Andrey Rublev, who doesn't really seem to know what to do about it. 
20:07 02 Sep

Zverev immediately breaks back for 1-2

As the rain pours down on the closed roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium, going down an early break seems to have (once again) concentrated Zverev's mind on the task at hand. 

He plays a great point to get to 30-30, then Schwartzman gets unlucky with a net cord carrying his forehand out and double faults to be broken. 
20:03 02 Sep

Schwartzman breaks to lead 2-0 in the second

Schwartzman strikes a clean backhand winner up the line to give himself two points to break and lead 2-0 in the second set just as he did in the first - and converts as Zverev nets his attacking backhand. Can Schwartzman hold on to the lead this time?
19:54 02 Sep

SET Zverev leads Schwartzman 6-3

Serving for the set at 5-3, Zverev goes down 15-40 and starts yelling at his box, but staves off both break points and has set point as Schwartzman, having set up a great net approach, nets a backhand volley.

Zverev swiftly converts and gives a yell. He's taken the first set, despite six double faults (also six aces, to be fair) and 16 unforced errors to 13 winners. (Schwartzman an alarming 12 UFEs and four winners.)
19:44 02 Sep

Zverev from 0-2 to 4-2

Four games in a row for Sascha Zverev after a slow start as he exerts plenty of baseline pressure on Schwartzman and gets the forehand error to break.
19:37 02 Sep

SET Berrettini leads Rublev 6-1

Matteo Berrettini has raced to a 5-1 lead in Andrey Rublev on Louis Armstrong Stadium and is serving for the first set.

After a double fault he's 15-30 down, and though he finds a big serve on the next point, Rublev commands the centre of the court on the next point and runs around his backhand to hammer a forehand winner into the corner for break point. 

Deuce as Rublev's return drifts wide - the Russian challenges to no avail - and Berrettini finds another big serve for set point, wrapping up the first set with a forehand winner.
19:26 02 Sep

Zverev saves 2 BPs to get on the board

The sixth seed has to work extremely hard to hold his serve for the first time, saving two break points, but manages it in the end.
19:17 02 Sep

Schwartzman breaks to lead 2-0

Despite serving back-to-back aces to start the match, Zverev is broken in his first service game - on a double fault.

The man they call 'Peque' - 'small', because he is - is pushed to deuce as he serves to consolidate, but holds in a mini-marathon seven-minute game. He can do that all day.
19:12 02 Sep

Rublev vs Berrettini starting on Armstrong

Over on Louis Armstrong Stadium, a slightly lower-billed but still extremely intriguing fourth-round clash between Andrey Rublev and Matteo Berrettini.

Rublev is trying to make his second US Open quarterfinal after the lows of that stress fracture in his back and surging back to beat Roger Federer and make that semifinal in Cincinnati - Berrettini, who has been shooting up the rankings in 2019, is out to make his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

The head-to-head stands at 1-1.
19:07 02 Sep

Zverev vs Schwartzman live now on Ashe

The first men's fourth-round encounter gets underway here with sixth seed Alexander Zverev taking on 20th seed Diego Schwartzman.

Zverev is out to make his third Grand Slam quarterfinal and first on hard courts while Schwartzman is also looking to make his third - in his case he has already been a US Open quarterfinalist, back in 2017.

The head-to-head is 1-1.
18:56 02 Sep

First-time finalist now guaranteed

The results of the last few minutes mean two things:

(1) There is now only one women left in the US Open draw who has won a major title and that woman is ... Serena Williams

(2) There will be a first-time Grand Slam finalist once more at the 2019 US Open, and it will be one of the following: 

Belinda Bencic
Donna Vekic
Bianca Andreescu
Taylor Townsend
Kristie Ahn
Elise Mertens

The smart money HAS to be on Bencic or Andreescu ...
18:49 02 Sep

GSM Vekic d. Goerges 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-3

Yeesh. Vekic double faults to go down 0-30, then Goerges attacks - and defends - the net for 15-40, bringing Vekic in with a drop shot and lunging to make the volley into the open court.

Vekic staves off one break point with a service winner - and Goerges winds up for a big forehand and misses it wide for deuce! What a let off for Vekic, who takes full advantage to advantage and match point with a service winner. 

Huge backhand down the line from Goerges to set up a smash - and she's missed it long! Vekic drops to her knees, only to have Goerges challenge, but the wall was long. Donna Vekic is into her first Grand Slam quarterfinal!
18:47 02 Sep

Vekic to serve for the match vs Goerges

This third set has been hard fought but Goerges, down break point at 3-4, serves one of those calamitous double faults and Vekic will serve for the match - and a place in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
18:40 02 Sep

GSM Bencic d. Osaka 7-5, 6-4

Bencic's serving has been great today, apart from the double faults, and she's managed those well. 

She's swiftly up 30-0 after a service winner and Osaka's ninth unforced error of the set, and the top seed nets a backhand to give up three match points.

And Bencic closes out the win - she's into the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time since doing so at this very event as a precocious teenager in 2014, and the defending champion is out. 
18:36 02 Sep

Osaka holds to force Bencic to serve the match out

Two big serves from Osaka for 30-0, an ace for 40-0 (her ninth) - Bencic strikes a clean return winner for 40-15, and then challenges what was called an ace from Osaka correctly. Second serve - and she buries a forehand in the net down the line for 40-30, a little thrown off by the net cord slowing it down.

She holds with a first-strike forehand though and Bencic will have to serve for it. 
18:33 02 Sep

Bencic's clinical serving puts her one game from the win

It does look to me like Osaka's knee injury has caught up with her, but that has nothing at all to do with the fact that this has been an absolutely stellar performance from Bencic. The Swiss player at her best - all the tactical awareness and clear-headedness of Martina Hingis, and the clean technique to put the ball exactly where she wants it, all backed up by tremendous movement and clinical serving. 

Osaka strikes one wild winner, but Bencic holds to 15 to put herself one game away from the match. 
18:30 02 Sep

Osaka holds to stay in touch, but not moving properly

Osaka needs to hold here to have any hope of turning things around, not that it feels like there's much - and she plays three of her freest and most aggressive points for 40-0. 

She's not moving properly when pushed on to the defensive, though, and it gives Bencic a clear field for 40-15 - and then she misses a backhand for 40-30. 

Osaka gets low for a clean backhand winner to stay in touch but she looks like she's in pain.
18:25 02 Sep

Bencic consolidates to lead 7-5, 4-2

Serving to consolidate her break, Bencic opens with a double fault, but wins one of the longest rallies of the match, bringing Osaka in and then passing her with the forehand - that short slice to pull Osaka forward has been so effective for Bencic, the top seed simply doesn't know what to do with it. 

Bencic sets up, then cleans up a short ball for 30-15, and Osaka nets a second-serve return for 40-15. 

Another lengthy rally won by Bencic, and she holds to put daylight between them in the scoreline.
18:22 02 Sep

Osaka calls for the trainer

The top seed has looked a bit low energy today. They have quite a lengthy consultation, the trainer leaning over Osaka to speak in her ear - looks like the doctor is out too. 

The doctor is giving Osaka some pills. No MTO though.
18:19 02 Sep

Bencic breaks to lead 3-2

Osaka gets a bit unlucky for 0-15, but she's down 0-30 as great hitting from Bencic forces a backhand error from her - and that's amazing for 0-40! Osaka mixes up the play desperately, slicing then injecting pace on the forehand to work her way into net, but she goes back to Bencic with the drive volley and the Swiss player reads it and passes her up the line!

That mistake could just have cost Osaka her title defense, and she double faults rather tamely to be broken.
18:15 02 Sep

Bencic holds from 15-30 for 2-2

Osaka has a 0-15 foothold as she forces an error from Bencic hammering deep balls in the middle, but nets a backhand for 15-15. 

Bencic serves her fifth double fault for 15-30, but Osaka fails to make a second serve return for 30-30 and Bencic finds a textbook V-play and steps in for a forehand winner for game point, converting with a service winner.
18:11 02 Sep

Osaka pushed to 30-30 but holds for 2-1

Osaka swiftly up 30-0, but she seems to think she's hit a winner on the next point - well, maybe against most players it would be, but Bencic chases it down with ease and sends her own winner down the line for 30-15.

It's 30-30 as Bencic's second serve return stretches Osaka to her forehand side and gets the cross-court error.

Osaka finds her seventh ace for game point, though, and holds with a big serve.
18:08 02 Sep

Osaka, Bencic hold to love to open second set

The difference in that first set? Better serving from Bencic - brilliant serving, in fact.

Osaka holds to love to open the second set, but Bencic swiftly follows suit. Osaka missed a forehand in really the only opportunity she had to influence the course of that game. She can't miss a solitary ball out here. 
18:04 02 Sep

SET Vekic levels up 6-7(5), 7-5

After Goerges was unable to serve out the match with those three calamitous double faults, Vekic wins the last three games of the second set to level up. Going the distance.
18:00 02 Sep

SET Bencic leads 7-5

Bencic opens the game well with another pure backhand, but double-faults to 15-15.

Another backhand winner into open court behind Osaka, though, and she's up 30-15 - 40-15 as Osaka nets a backhand. 

Her second double fault of the game for 40-30 - still one set point, and she converts it with a great serve wide to the Osaka backhand.


17:59 02 Sep

Bencic breaks & will serve for the set at 6-5

I just lost the update I typed explaining how exactly, but it was with great returning and finally a backhand pass down the line.
17:51 02 Sep

Bencic holds for 5-5

Meanwhile on Ashe, Osaka and Bencic trade solid holds to leave Bencic serving to stay in the set at 4-5.

She's up 30-0 with a good volley and a forehand miss from Osaka - then the top seed nets a backhand off the back foot. 40-0.

Osaka gets in the game as she hits an absolutely beautiful cross-court forehand angle, but Bencic holds as she polishes off Osaka's short return with a forehand drive volley. Pressure back on Osaka.
17:44 02 Sep

Vekic saves match point, breaks back to 5-5

Over to Armstrong, where Julia Goerges is serving for the match at 7-6(5), 5-4 against Donna Vekic.

The German starts off with a service winner, but follows it with a very poor double fault (second serve bounced before it reached the net) which reeks of nerves.

Big serve for 30-15, but a misfired forehand off a solid return for 30-30 - and a double fault for 30-40, the second in this game. 

Another missed first serve - but Vekic goes for broke on a big forehand return and presses it long. Deuce.

Goerges works her way in for a forehand winner as she has been doing this whole match and she has match point. Vekic bounces her racquet off the court.

Match point #1 comes and goes as Goerges nets a forehand off a deep return - then serves her third double fault of the game. Then gets a time violation warning.

Vekic back on serve as Goerges volleys long!


17:39 02 Sep

Osaka leads 4-3 after 5th ace, 11th winner

Osaka opens the service game with her fifth ace, then serves down the T to Bencic's forehand for 30-0. 

Bencic gets into a rally behind her second serve, but Osaka strikes a backhand winner down the line for 40-0 (her eleventh winner).

She's on top of the point after some great defense, but seems to find herself in two minds what to do with a short ball after racing up to it and nets it softly for 40-15. The top seed smiles wryly as she makes her way back to the baseline.

A second-serve service winner and she's ahead again.

17:37 02 Sep

Bencic stops the run of games, holds for 3-3

Bencic's second double fault sees Osaka move up 15-30 on her serve at 2-3, but the 13th seed strikes a wrong-footing forehand winner for 30-30 and finds two good serves to stop the run of games against her. 
17:32 02 Sep

Osaka holds to 30 to lead in the scoreline for the first time, 3-2

Down 0-15, Osaka comes up with a sensational pair of backhands into each corner and two big serves for 40-15.

Bencic moves her out wide to the forehand corner and gets a netted ball for 40-30, but Osaka aces down the T for 3-2.
17:30 02 Sep

Osaka breaks back for 2-2

Osaka is swiftly up 0-30 as Bencic serves at 2-1, and a mammoth backhand gets her on top of the rally for her first break points.

And she's broken back as Bencic's backhand hits the net cord and bounces back.
17:22 02 Sep

Osaka saves 3 break points, holds for 1-2

Brilliant returns from Bencic from 30-15 see her to double-break point. 

Osaka finds her favourite serve down the T for deuce, but fires a forehand long down the middle for a second break point - this one saved with an ace wide. The no. 1 shadow-swings frantically between points, trying to keep her energy up. 

Unable to find a first serve, Osaka is punished as Bencic winds up on a huge forehand return for a third break point. Again the big serve wide saves it.

Bencic hits her second flawless backhand winner down the line to bring up a fourth break point, and for the first time she's able to make a return on it, but Osaka is swiftly up to the short ball and cleans it up with a flashing winner as the game ticks over into its seventh minute.

Osaka finds her own winner down the line off the forehand wing for game point - a service winner and she's on the board. 
17:19 02 Sep

Bencic consolidates to lead 2-0

Bencic double-faults to open her game serving to consolidate her early break, but reels off four service winners from there. 
17:16 02 Sep

Bencic breaks to open

Serving to open, Osaka twice pulls out big serves when she is behind in the scoreline but Bencic slams a backhand winner up the line for her first break point. 

Osaka double-faults and Bencic has made the perfect start.
17:10 02 Sep

Osaka vs Bencic live now from Ashe

Starting now under the closed roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium: Defending champion Naomi Osaka up against Belinda Bencic.

Osaka impressed with her game (and personality) against Coco Gauff, but she's up against a real challenge today. Bencic has beaten her twice this year already, and was the one to end her Indian Wells title defense 3-6, 1-6.

Osaka has beaten the Swiss player, but that was all the way back in 2013. Can she possibly find a way to do it again?
16:55 02 Sep

SET Goerges leads Vekic 7-6(5)

For the first time in four meetings between Goerges and Vekic - we're into a tie-break.

Goerges has won all three previous matches and is 6-1 in sets vs the Croatian.

The first four points of the tie-break go with serve before Goerges snatches at a forehand and buries it in the net to give up the mini-break to Vekic who leads 3-2.

Vekic promptly double faults and they change ends at 3-3 - and then Goerges plays a phenomenal point, approaching behind a big forehand and darting in to make an extremely tricky low volley for 4-3. 

But it's the German's turn to double fault when up a mini-break. Although she finds a good serve to lead 5-4 on serve.

At 5-5, Goerges reads Vekic's ball and pulls off her second brilliant shot of the tie-break, a dazzling forehand pass up the line, before converting with a service winner. 22 winners in that set for 16 unforced errors from the German.


16:05 02 Sep

Matches are live on day 8 of the US Open!

First up: A big-serving clash between Donna Vekic and Julia Goerges on Louis Armstrong Stadium.

One-time teen phenomenon Vekic has worked incredibly hard over the last couple of years to get her ranking up and improve her game - can she make her first Grand Slam quarterfinal? Or will it be veteran Julia Goerges, a former Wimbledon semifinalist, who comes through?
15:57 02 Sep

Djokovic's retirement still a hot topic

Novak Djokovic, the defending champion, retired in the third set against Stan Wawrinka yesterday and, as usual where Mr Djokovic is concerned, people have OPINIONS.

At least judging by the state of the replies on the @livetennis twitter account, anyway.


Wawrinka certainly seems to be feeling sunny this morning ...


15:45 02 Sep

What's coming up on day eight

The remaining fourth-round matches, that's what, and if that doesn't sound sufficiently exciting, you should consider the fact that they include: 


Click on the links for in-depth analysis of each match - and click here for the full order of play.
15:42 02 Sep

Rainy day in New York

It looks like weather might be a thing in New York today - the roofs are being closed for the start of play on day 8.

Fortunately all singles matches were scheduled to be played on roofed courts Ashe & Armstrong anyway, so it shouldn't disrupt too much.
15:37 02 Sep

US Open live blog: day 8

Welcome to the live blog for day 8 at the 2019 US Open! 

Eight players have booked their places in the quarterfinals already - who will follow suit today? Naomi Osaka, Rafael Nadal, Bianca Andreescu, Alexander Zverev and Belinda Bencic are among the ones who will be trying ...

We'll be here from the first ball to the last with rolling updates, analysis and more!


(geo restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)

Fresh off a blistering performance against teenage star Coco Gauff - and an exemplary piece of sportsmanship post-match - Naomi Osaka continues her U.S. Open title defence in a tricky fourth round encounter against Belinda Bencic. I say tricky because Bencic - more than being an excellent player herself - defeated Osaka earlier this year at Indian Wells and has been on the cusp of a big breakthrough at a slam for a while now since regaining full fitness from various injuries over the years. Osaka will be hoping to reproduce the level she displayed against Gauff, because if she doesn’t, Bencic will be ready to take advantage.

Alexander Zverev, flying under the radar slightly after a sub-par season, has been fighting and toiling his way through the draw, coming through numerous five-setters against opponents he really should be beating with more ease - and the question, as always with the German in slams, is if he has anything left in the tank to make a real impact during the second week? One thing’s for certain, his opponent today - 22nd seed Diego Schwartzman - will be happy to run all day and will compete until the very last point.

Rafael Nadal, the favourite for the title now after Novak Djokovic’s retirement yesterday, has a dominant record over Marin Cilic, and he will be favoured to extend that dominance against the 2014 U.S. Open champion, who despite a solid win over John Isner in the previous round, isn’t playing anywhere near his best tennis at the moment.

Bianca Andreescu - unbeaten in a completed match since February - completes the night session as the Indian Wells and Rogers Cup champion looks to continue her blistering form against Taylor Townsend, who is playing in the fourth round of a slam for the first time.

Donna Vekic and Julia Goerges launch the action on Louis Armstrong as the pair aim to make a first U.S. Open quarter-final - and in Vekic’s case a first slam quarter-final - while Andrey Rublev and Matteo Berrettini will follow, with the Russian hoping to back up his big wins over Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios and reach a second U.S. Open quarter-final.

A big opportunity also awaits for Elise Mertens and Kristie Ahn to make a first U.S. Open quarter-final, while the flamboyant Gael Monfils closes the day’s play against veteran Pablo Andujar.

It’s set to be another spectacular day of tennis live from New York - join us here at the live blog as we cover all the latest live scores, results, breaking news and more!


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