NEW YORK. Daniil Medvedev, ranked No. 1, ended Wu Yibin’s historic streak with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 victory in the third round.
The defending champion will play Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios. Medvedev is in contention to become the first multiple champion at Flushing Meadows since Roger Federer won five in a row from 2004 to 2008.
Wu, 22, became the first Chinese to reach the third round of the US Open.
LONDON. In the case of Roger Federer, the farewell press conference will take place before the start of what he says will be the last competitive tennis tournament of his career.
Federer is in London training ahead of the Laver Cup, an event founded by his management team that kicks off with the fifth edition of the Team Europe vs. teamworld.
Top contenders whose careers have overlapped with Federer’s include Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
Before the start of the Laver Cup, Federer will meet with the media to discuss his retirement from tennis tournaments at the age of 41 after a career that began in the 1990s and lasted until the 2020s and included 20 Grand Slam championships, 83 titles in other tournaments and hundreds of weeks in first place in the rankings.
He says goodbye shortly after Serena Williams played what is expected to be the last match of her US Open career, signaling a major change in the sport they both have surpassed for decades.
Williams told the world about her plans to stop playing in a magazine article and then did not hold a press conference until her first match at Flushing Meadows; The 23-time Grand Slam champion reached the third round there, where she lost to Ayla Tomljanovic.
Federer last played at Wimbledon in 2021, when he lost in the quarterfinals to Hubert Gurkacz. Shortly thereafter, Federer underwent surgery on his right knee for the third time in 1.5 years.
The Swiss star hoped to play in Basel in his home country next month and suggested that next year he could compete in Wimbledon for the last time. But the recovery and rehabilitation of his knee became too much.
He called his retirement a “bittersweet decision” when he announced it last week on social media. Wednesday provides an opportunity to learn more about what influenced this choice and what Federer might have in mind for the future.
His tweet ended with “Finally back to tennis: I love you and will never leave you.” This will bode well for those Federer fans who hope he continues to play an important role in the sport, and bode well for the sport as well.
Djokovic wrote on Instagram after Federer announced he was retiring that “it’s hard to see this day and put into words all that we’ve shared in this sport together.”
It is not yet clear how much Federer will actually participate in the Laver Cup. There will be singles and doubles matches over the course of three days, and his agent said Federer would definitely play.
Back in February, when word got out that Federer would be in London, he said Nadal texted him last year asking him to play doubles together again. They teamed up to win the doubles match during the first Laver Cup in 2017.
âIf we can once again share the court in doubles,â Nadal said at the time, âit will be a really special experience for both of us at this stage of our career.â
TOKYO. Naomi Osaka, who played her first match since the US Open, advanced to the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open when Australia’s Daria Saville retired with a knee injury in the second game of their match of the evening.
Unseeded Osaka is the reigning champion who won in his home country of Osaka in 2019 before COVID-19 closed the tournament for two years.
âI feel really bad right now because of how it ended,â the Japanese player told fans at the Ariake Coliseum. “I’ve been injured for most of the year so I just want people to applaud her because she’s a really amazing player.”
Osaka, which was 1-0 when Saville withdrew, had lost the first match in her previous three tournaments, including the US Open last month, although she reached the Miami Open final in April.
In other games, No. 6 Karolina Pliskova beat strong Isabella Shinikova 6-2, 6-1, Mexican Fernanda Contreras Gomez beat 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin 7-6 (9-7), 6-4, fifth. Seeded Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maya beat Japan’s Yuki Naito 6-4, 6-2, while China’s Zhang Shuai beat Japan’s Mai Hontama 6-0, 6-3.
All matches were played indoors as Typhoon Nanmadol’s tail passed through Tokyo.
Former world No. 1 Pliskova, champion of Tokyo four years ago, had little problem with Shinikova, who finished 214th. The Czech tennis player dominated her opponent, who had to qualify to get into the main draw, and said she returned to form after an injury earlier in the year.
âI missed the start of the season because I broke my arm, so I had a slower start to the season, but I feel like I played really good games in the summer in America,â Pliskova said. “I made it to the quarterfinals of the US Open… so I think I’m in good shape.”
Kenin, 23, has seen her rating plummet to 315 from 4th in her career. She failed to win her first match in 10 of the 12 tournaments she played in 2022 after a year due to injury. While her topspin forehand still had some magic, she didn’t look in good shape, and the hard-nosed Contreras Gomez, 24, only needed consistency to get the upper hand.
Contreras Gomez hit nine aces in her win, giving her a second-round victory with Veronika Kudermetova in fourth place.
World No. 180 Hontama, who reached the second round at Wimbledon this year, gave hope to home fans in the second set, leveling world No. 28 Shuai before tiring out in the last three games.
Shuai, who won in Lyon earlier this year to reach the round of 16 at the US Open, will face second-placed Caroline Garcia.
In the penultimate match of the day, fifth-placed Haddad Maya edged out Naito before facing Osaka.