ZVEREV 6-4 4-4 SINNER
No danger for Sascha. His only blemish comes when he drills a crosscourt backhand into the net. The big serve does the rest. All square.
ZVEREV 6-4 3-4 SINNER
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Plenty of fist pumps from Sinner as he strolls to his chair after clocking up an efficient hold. Neither player has really steeped up enough on the return and there have been too many short points lacking energy. It’s left the crowd struggling to truly engage with what is being fought out before them.
Alexander Zverev – US Open
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ZVEREV 6-4 3-3 SINNER
The Zverev serve is key. If he continues like this and doesn’t have one of those meltdowns that can sometimes hinder him on the second serve, then it’s hard to see where Sinner can really hurt him.
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ZVEREV 6-4 2-3 SINNER
Zverev threatens from 40-0 down but can’t quite make deuce as a crushing backhand up the line snaps into the net.
ZVEREV 6-4 2-2 SINNER
The ace tally stands at 7-0. No doubt that the German’s serve is the bigger weapon and he demonstrates it once again with one to wrap up another hold. Sinner’s is the forehand but it’s not quite firing on all cylinders so far. He launches a missile off that flank to try and up the ante at 30-15 but can’t find the baseline.
ZVEREV 6-4 1-2 SINNER
Early on in this match it was Sinner who would have been lamenting his unforced error tally. Now, it’s Zverev. He’s overtaken the Italian and surges up to 18 as the Italian motors through a simple game to nudge the board once more.
ZVEREV 6-4 1-1 SINNER
That’ll be disappointing for Jannik. He’s firmly in the game at 30-30 but gets outfoxed by a cheap 1-2 punch before skewing a horrible backhand wide of the tramlines to allow Zverev to race through.
ZVEREV 6-4 0-1 SINNER
That’s an important response. Sinner will probably feel that first set could have gone either way and he shows he’s very much intent on turning the tables here with a strong hold to 15 to kick off Set 2.
SET! – ZVEREV 6-4 SINNER
Sinner battlers back from 30-0 down to test the German’s nerve with a devilish drop shot. Zverev responds by thundering down a massive serve to take charge and another one edges him through to take the opener on his second set point in 41 minutes.
ZVEREV 5-4 SINNER
The No.13 seed survives a set point when Zverev cracks a backhand attempt down the line into the net post. Sinner had been in charge via a rasping forehand winner but a crunching backhand riposte and untimely errors from the Italian left him staring down the barrel. He recovered well from the scare and it’s over to AZ to try and serve it out.
ZVEREV 5-3 SINNER
The aces are suddenly flowing for Sascha. He slaps down numbers five and six and can afford a lapse off his forehand again as Sinner undoes his own good work in a fierce rally with a 10th unforced error of the contest.
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ZVEREV 4-3 SINNER
Shot! Sinner winds up and sizzles an explosive forehand down the line to tot up his sixth winner and conclude a simple hold to 15.
ZVEREV 4-2 SINNER
Zverev leaves himself with a conundrum when he angles a poor forehand wide to trail 15-30. He responds with a 132mph ace before going one better with a 133mph one to finish it off and back up his break.
BREAK! – ZVEREV 3-2 SINNER
Jannik is his own worst enemy as his first double fault and ninth unforced error that leaks off the backhand wing give Zverev two bites at the break. The No.4 seed returns the first long but corks a stunning crosscourt forehand to breach his opponent’s defences and make the breakthrough on the second.
ZVEREV 2-2 SINNER
Zverev appears to struggle with his ball toss in the side of the court that is ablaze with sunlight and Sinner is able to make early inroads by attacking the second serve. Zverev blitzes a forehand just long to cough up two break points but the German rediscovers his flow in time to swat them away. Clutch serving gets the job done from deuce as he ends the game with his second ace of the contest.
ZVEREV 1-2 SINNER
It’s the first sign of danger for the server as some avoidable unforced errors off the forehand wing leave Sinner needing to work hard for the hold. The Italian duly raises his game, though Zverev will be disappointed with the hooked backhand that all too easily drifted wide with BP on the line.
ZVEREV 1-1 SINNER
The No.4 seed doesn’t have life so easy but Sinner can’t make the most of an opportunity to attack the second serve at 40-30.
ZVEREV 0-1 SINNER
A trio of huge first serves ease Sinner through a routine hold to 15. Zverev offers little on the return, notably ballooning one way off court via a horrible shank.
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H2H – Zverev vs Sinner
This will be their third meeting with one win apiece in their fledgling rivalry. Sinner triumphed in four sets in the last 16 at the 2020 French Open while Zverev won the indoor hard court semi final in Cologne in straight sets later that year.
The players are due out at Arthur Ashe Stadium from 17.00 BST.
Welcome to day eight!
Emma Raducanu may only be 18 but she will have plenty of pressure on her against Shelby Rogers on Monday afternoon as the only Briton in action on Day 8 at the US Open.
Elsewhere, Novak Djokovic will have to take on American player Jenson Brooksby, who stands in his way of the quarter-finals.
But first up on Arthur Ashe Stadium we have fourth seed Alexander Zverev taking on Italy’s rising star Jannik Sinner.
Order of Play, Monday, September 6 – From 4PM UK Time
Arthur Ashe Stadium (5pm)
- A. Zverev (GER)  vs. J. Sinner (ITA) 
- S. Rogers (USA) vs. E. Raducanu (GBR)
Not before 12am
- N. Djokovic (SRB)  vs J. Brooksby (USA)
- M. Sakkari (GRE)  vs. B. Andreescu (CAN) 
Louis Armstrong Stadium (4pm)
- B. Bencic (SUI)  vs. I. Swiatek (POL) 
- R. Opelka (USA)  vs. L. Harris (RSA)
Not before 8pm
- O. Otte (GER) vs. M. Berrettini (ITA) 
- K. Pliskova (CZE)  vs. A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 
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How Raducanu ‘transcends crowd and gets them on her side’
The 18-year-old’s remarkable run in New York continued as she downed Sara Sorribes Tormo in incredible fashion in the third round, losing just one game and playing some scintillating tennis in matching her stunning campaign at Wimbledon in the summer.
Raducanu was utterly irrepressible in completely destroying Sorribes Tormo with 23 winners hit from all over the court, and Eurosport’s Mischa Zverev has described the young Brit as “fearless”.
Now fellow Eurosport expert Wilander says she can meet the challenge of going up against both Rogers, and a likely boisterous New York crowd supporting the American, in their highly-anticipated clash on Monday evening.
“I think it will change the dynamic early in the match for sure,” Wilander told Eurosport regarding the potential impact of the crowd factor.
I do think Raducanu is one of those players who transcends the crowd, and she actually gets them on her side.
“Because she is pumped, she is smiling, she plays a very attractive style of tennis and she moves so smoothly out there.
“So of course they will be rooting for the American out there, Rogers, but I think there will be a lot of neutral fans who will take to Raducanu straight away.
“Rogers obviously played the match of her life in beating Ash Barty, having lost four times to her this year, and she is a good mover. She is very powerful.
“It’s possible Raducanu will get overpowered at times, but I think she is so mature – which she has shown here and at Wimbledon too – and she is not afraid of that big moment, so I think she is going to do fine.”
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Source: Euro Sports