US Open: Qualifier Dominik Köpfer reaches eighth finals
Dominik Köpfer won the US Open against No. 17 seeded Georgian Nikolos Bassilaschwili 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 5), 4: 6, 6: 1. Thus he reached the round of 16 of the doped with a total of about 57.2 million dollars tennis tournament. Köpfer survived in Flushing Meadows as the first German qualifier for 13 years, the third round.
The last time Benjamin Becker had reached the round of sixteen in New York in 2006 as a German qualifier after he had previously defeated Andre Agassi and thus ended the American's career. This time Köpfer used his first match ball in the third largest stadium of the plant against Bassilaschwili after 2:40 hours.
"That's just incredible," said Köpfer after the biggest success of his career. "I love winning, which keeps pushing me." In the battle for the quarter-finals, the Black Forest meets Daniil Medvedev. Köpfer is only in Flushing Meadows for the second time in his career in a Grand Slam tournament in the peloton, in Wimbledon he had reached the second round in July. Before the eyes of Boris Becker in the audience convinced the left-hander with a strong performance, made hardly simple mistakes and did not lose a ball. After 160 minutes, Basilaschwili, who won the clay court tournament in Hamburg at the end of July, lost out.
Williams, Federer and Djokovic are also ahead
Also in the last sixteen are Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams. Grand Slam record winner Federer had no trouble with Briton Daniel Evans on Friday and celebrated his first smooth win of the tournament at 6-2, 6-2, 6-1. In his first two games in New York, the 38-year-old had each made the starting set.
Defending champion Djokovic was not affected by his left shoulder, which caused him pain in the second round. The Wimbledon winner from Serbia prevailed against the Americans Denis Kudla clearly with 6: 3, 6: 4, 6: 2 by. In the round of 16, Djokovic now has the chance to take revenge for the lost 2016 final against Swiss Stan Wawrinka.
Last year's finalist Williams was one step closer to her long-awaited 24th Grand Slam title, which would set her the Australian Margaret Court record. The 37-year-old defeated Czech Karolina Muchova in 1:14 hours 6: 3, 6: 2, next opponent is Petra Martic from Croatia. The Australian French Open champion Ashleigh Barty is also in the second round after the 7: 5, 6: 3 against the Greek Maria Sakkari.