US Open 2019: All the major results from Day 5
Day 5 of the US Open 2019 saw Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic advance swiftly to the fourth round. Djokovic battled past his shoulder pain to set up a date with Swiss ace Stan Wawrinka. However, Kei Nishikori was stunned. In the women's section, Serena Williams cruised along, whereas, Karolina Pliskova was made to sweat hard. Here's more.
Veteran Serena progressed after crushing 44th-ranked Czech Karolina Muchova 6-3, 6-2 in 74 minutes. "I had a lot of intensity today, which is really good for me," Williams said. The 37-year-old American, six times a US Open champion, has been a runner-up in three of the last five Grand Slams. She will face Petra Martic in the round of 16.
Karolina Pliskova, the 2016 US Open runner-up, was made to sweat hard against Tunisia's Ons Jabeur in a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 battle. "It was important to win so it doesn't matter how I feel. So pleased to be through," said Pliskova. Meanwhile, Ashleigh Barty dispatched Greek 30th seed Maria Sakkari 7-5, 6-3. Also, Johanna Konta beat Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-3.
20-time Grand Slam winner, Federer, routed Britain's 58th-ranked Dan Evans 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in only 80 minutes. He blasted 48 winners to just seven for Evans. "I really enjoyed myself," Federer said. "I was able to adjust and take care of business so it was good." Federer will play Belgian and 15th seed David Goffin in the next round.
Djokovic was unfazed by a left shoulder pain to beat 111th-ranked American Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. He set up a date with Stan Wawrinka, the Swiss 23rd seed who overcame Paolo Lorenzi 6-4, 7-6 (11/9), 7-6 (7/4). "That I managed to play almost pain-free, that's a big improvement from last match obviously," Djokovic said.
Japanese seventh seed Nishikori was stunned by 20-year-old Aussie De Minaur 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. De Minaur will face Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov next. Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev progressed to the last 16 with a 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 7-6 (9/7), 6-4 victory over Feliciano Lopez.