US open tennis review

Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal both advanced to the 4th round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows in New York on Sunday’s play.

Nadal beat Argentinean David Nalbandian in straight sets, 7-6 6-1 7-5, despite a stoppage during the game that required him to receive medical attention.

It turned out the Spaniard just had blisters and was fine to continue but there were more concerns for his fitness when he slumped down in his chair during a press conference after the match.

His complaint was a severe cramp but the on looking media thought it was something worse as they were asked to leave; he subsequently assured them he was fine and it just a cramp.

The number 2 seed will now play Gilles Muller in the 4th round of the competition after the Luxembourg player beat Igor Kunitsyn in straight sets, 6-1 6-4 6-4.

Andy Murray had no problems against Feliciano Lopez in his third round clash as he ran away with the victory in straight sets, 6-1 6-4 6-2, after securing the first 14 points available to both players.

Murray has an excellent record against the Lopez, having come out on top the last 5 times the two have met and this match was no exception as the Scot powered to a win after his exhausting 5-set 2nd round match against Robin Haase and will now play 22-year old American Donald Yound in the 4th round.

Andy Roddick and John Isner also made it through to the 4th round with wins over Julien Benneteau and Alex Bogomolov Junior respectively, both winning in straight sets.

In the women’s singles, number 2 seed Vera Zvonareva dispatched German opponent Sabine Lisicki with relative ease in two sets, 6-2 6-3 in their fourth round clash.

The Russian only had 11 unforced errors to Lisicki’s 28 to advance to the next round of the women’s singles and she will no doubt have her eyes on the final again, after losing it last year to Kim Clisters in straight sets, having already dispatched the now world number 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki.

In other results, Italian Flavia Pennetta beat China’s Shuai Peng, 6-4 7-6, to get to the next round of the tournament while Samantha Stosur needed three sets to beat Russia’s Maria Kirilenko, 6-2 6-7 6-3.


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