The Round of 16 at the US Open presented an incredible matchup on Sunday, as Rafael Nadal and Lucas Pouille battled in a five-set classic for the right to advance to the quarterfinals.
And of course, the match went to a fifth set tiebreak, which was ultimately won by Pouille, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(6). In all, the match lasted just over four hours, and the winner goes into the quarterfinals having won a marathon.
Nadal, the fourth seed, looked out of sorts from the onset of the match and quickly dropped the first set to Pouille, 6-1. But he quickly rebounded in the second, putting up a score of 6-2 in similarly dominant fashion. A third set saw Pouille, the 24th seed, regain control, though it was much closer, ending at 6-4 in his favor.
The fourth set went by more quickly, with a score of 6-3 in favor of Nadal. But the fifth and final set was the big one. The two players fought back and forth as hard as they’ve ever fought before, with both nailing incredible shots. Momentum didn’t go in any clear direction for much of the set.
With Pouille serving at 4-4 in the final set, Nadal threatened a break several times with deuce being reached over and over again. Nadal had one brilliant shot where Pouille smashed it hard and Nadal somehow brought his racket up at just the perfect angle to send it back. Stunned, Pouille barely recovered to return it, but it went wide, giving Nadal the point.
Nadal couldn’t stick the advantage point, though, and they went back and forth some more before Pouille eventually held serve. Nadal then held his serve with little issue, and he was back threatening a break on Pouille the very next game. He couldn’t get it, though, and after a hold himself they went to the tiebreak.
Nadal saved three match points before bringing it to 6-6 in the tiebreak.
The Americans' chances of a win on the men’s side came to an end when No. 9 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga took down No. 26 Jack Sock, 6-3, 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-2, on Monday. Gael Monfils, the No. 10 seed for the men, beat Marcos Baghdatis in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3, on Monday as well.
On the women’s side, American Madison Keys found herself on the wrong end of a Caroline Wozniacki resurgence. Wozniacki is unseeded in the tournament, but she has been dominating her opponents in the tournament thus far. Keys, the eighth seed, was no different, with Wozniacki winning in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
Johanna Konta, the No. 13 seed for the women, was also upset on the day. She fell to Anastasija Sevastova, an unseeded opponent, also in straight sets. The seventh seed, Roberta Vinci, punched her ticket into the quarterfinals with a win over Lesia Tsurenko in straight sets.
Angelique Kerber, the second seed and potential world No. 1 if she can win the tournament, faces No. 14 Petra Kvitova on Sunday evening as well, and we’ll update when her match is completed.
The same goes for the match between Novak Djokovic, the men’s top seed, and Kyle Edmund, which will be on the main court following Kerber’s match. Below is a list of singles results from Sunday. If a match has no results, it is not yet complete and will be updated later.
Men’s Singles results
No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. Kyle Edmund
No. 24 Lucas Pouille def. No. 4 Rafael Nadal, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(6)
No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. No. 26 Jack Sock, 6-3, 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-2
No. 10 Gael Monfils def. Marcos Baghdatis, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
Women’s Singles results
No. 2 Angelique Kerber vs. No. 14 Petra Kvitova
No. 7 Roberta Vinci def. Lesia Tsurenko, 7-6(5), 6-2
Caroline Wozniacki def. No. 8 Madison Keys, 6-3, 6-4
Anastasija Sevastova def. No. 13 Johanna Konta, 6-4, 7-5
The Round of 16 will wrap up and there are plenty of big names on the day. The usual suspects in Serena Williams and Andy Murray will be in action. But keep an eye on unseeded Juan Martin del Potro, who has been playing great and is looking to upset Dominic Thiem bright and early Monday morning.
On Monday, play begins at 11 a.m. ET. Television coverage of the day will be handled exclusively by ESPN2, beginning at 11 a.m. and running through 11 p.m. Live streams will be available online at WatchESPN.