August 29, 2019 / 5:23 AM / 19 days ago

Highlights: U.S. Open day three

(Reuters) - Defending champion Novak Djokovic fought through the pain of a nagging shoulder problem to beat Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero and reach the third round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

Aug 28, 2019; Flushing, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the USA hits to Catherine McNally of the USA in the second round on day three of the 2019 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The world number one had work done on the troublesome left shoulder during his pre-match warmup inside Arthur Ashe Stadium and needed treatment throughout the contest as he struggled with his serve and backhand before prevailing 6-4 7-6(3) 6-1.

Five-times winner Roger Federer began slowly for the second straight match but proved too strong for Bosnian Damir Dzumhur, winning 3-6 6-2 6-3 6-4 to set up a meeting with Lucas Pouille or Dan Evans for a place in the round of 16.

Serena Williams survived a scare against American 17-year-old Catherine McNally before powering past the wildcard 5-7 6-3 6-1 to keep alive hopes of a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam.

On a rain-hit day in which tournament organisers cancelled all matches on the outdoor courts, French Open winner Ash Barty beat American Lauren Davis 6-2 7-6(2) while fifth seed Elina Svitolina knocked out Venus Williams with a 6-4 6-4 win.

Karolina Pliskova, the 2016 finalist who is still chasing her maiden Grand Slam title, put on a serving masterclass to outclass Georgia’s Mariam Bolkvadze 6-1 6-4.

Highlights of the third day at the U.S. Open, the final Grand Slam tournament of the year, on Wednesday (times GMT):

0407 SERENA SURVIVES SECOND-ROUND SCARE

Six-times winner Serena Williams lost a tight first set against fellow American Catherine McNally before blasting past the 17-year-old wildcard 5-7 6-3 6-1 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Serena fired 10 aces and 31 winners en route to the victory.

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0138 DJOKOVIC OVERCOMES SHOULDER INJURY TO ADVANCE

Defending champion Novak Djokovic shook off a left shoulder problem to get past Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero 6-4 7-6(3) 6-1. He takes on fellow Serbian Dusan Lajovic or American Denis Kudla in the next round.

0137 BARTY QUELLS DAVIS CHALLENGE

Second seed Ash Barty fought off a late comeback from American Lauren Davis to win her second round match 6-2 7-6(2).

2200 PLAY CANCELLED ON OUTDOOR COURTS

The rain has returned and organisers announced that all matches on the outdoor courts have been cancelled for the day.

2150 KEYS BREEZES PAST ZHU IN STRAIGHT SETS

American Madison Keys, who lost the 2017 final to Sloane Stephens, beat China’s Zhu Lin 6-4 6-1 in a one-sided second- round clash under the closed roof of the Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Keys, the 10th seed, fired 30 winners and three aces as she dominated Zhu from the back of the court.

2130 PLAY RESUMES ON SOME OUTDOOR COURTS

Play resumed on some of the outdoor courts with several still being dried after a long rain delay.

Australian Alex de Minaur’s second-round match against Cristian Garin of Chile has started on Court 5, while France’s Kristina Mladenovic is out on Court 10 for her match against compatriot Fiona Ferro.

2020 SVITOLINA KEEPS HER COOL IN WIN OVER VENUS

Elina Svitolina overcame a bout of the jitters to beat Venus Williams 6-4 6-4 at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Williams, 39, saved five match points against the Ukrainian fifth seed, but was ultimately undone by her tally of 46 unforced errors and seven double faults despite hitting twice as many winners as her opponent.

2010 FEDERER BEATS DZUMHUR IN FOUR SETS

Third seed Roger Federer made his second slow start in as many matches, losing the opening set before roaring back to beat Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur 3-6 6-2 6-3 6-4 and advance to the third round.

The Swiss maestro sent down 16 aces and 58 winners but also made an uncharacteristically high 45 unforced errors, 17 of which came in the first set.

1820 INJURED CORIC UPSET AFTER U.S. OPEN WITHDRAWAL

Croatian world number 12 Borna Coric was forced to withdraw from the Grand Slam due to a lower back strain, giving Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov a walkover to the third round.

“The last couple of months were really tough because of the injury I had,” Coric said on Twitter. “It is never easy to withdraw... but at this moment, my body is telling me to stop and assess the situation.”

1755 NISHIKORI ADVANCES

Kei Nishikori survived an onslaught from unseeded American Bradley Klahn to move into the third round with a 6-2 4-6 6-3 7-5 victory.

Klahn broke four times and saved four match points before the Japanese wrapped up the match in the fourth set after two hours and 43 minutes on court.

1725 PLISKOVA FIRST PLAYER THROUGH TO THIRD ROUND

Third seed Karolina Pliskova brushed aside Mariam Bolkvadze without breaking a sweat in a 6-1 6-4 victory to move into the third round.

Pliskova fired nine aces and broke her Georgian opponent four times, wrapping up the match in 65 minutes.

Aug 27, 2019; Flushing, NY, USA; Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a volley against Damir Dzumhur Bosnia and Herzegovina (not pictured) in the second round on day three of the 2019 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

1600 RAIN DELAYS START OF PLAY ON OUTDOOR COURTS

Rain has delayed the start of play on the outdoor courts at the U.S. Open, with organisers saying there will be no play before 1300 local time (1700).

1520 PLAY UNDER WAY IN RAINY NEW YORK

Play began in rainy conditions with the temperature hovering around 23 degrees Celsius (73.4°F) and a forecast high of 26C.

Compiled by Rohith Nair, Simon Jennings and Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Ed Osmond and Sudipto Ganguly

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