Nadal’s nose just fine at U.S. Open; now 18-0 against Gasquet Top-seeded Sakkari reaches semifinals at Parma Ladies Open Sakkari through to Parma Open quarterfinals; Stephens loses

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NEW YORK. Rafael Nadal’s nose was fine. As is his tennis. No stitches, not even a bandage, 48 hours after he bled by accidentally hitting himself with a racket, and no trace of trouble, as usual, against Richard Gasquet.

Nadal improved his record to 18-0 against Gasquet in their entire career and took their one-on-one streak to 34 in a row, winning their third round match at the US Open 6-0, 6-1, 7-5.

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After runner-up Nadal won the first nine games, Gasquet finally won one in the 70th minute. As a 97 mph inning netted the 22-time Grand Slam champion, Gasquet raised both hands as the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd cheered. to applause.

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Relations between the two 36-year-olds once again developed before the end of this set, and Nadal’s ground power and positioning was too much for Gasquet, who used to be in the top 10 but is now ranked 91st.

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It wasn’t until the third set that Gasquet made things more competitive by going 5-all before Nadal won the last two games to improve to 22-0 in Grand Slams in 2022.

Next up for Nadal will be against No. 22 Frances Tiafoe, the American who reached the fourth round at Flushing Meadows for the third year in a row. Nadal 2-0 against Tiafoe.

“Now I believe I can beat him. … I will definitely come for him,” said Tiafoe, 24, from Maryland.


“Match his intensity from the first point to the last,” Tiafoe said after edging out No. 14 Diego Schwartzman 7-6(7), 6-4, 6-4. “You can’t fail. He uses it.”

Nadal won the Australian Open in January and the French Open in June, then reached the Wimbledon semi-finals before dropping out of the grass tournament with a torn abs.

Before coming to New York in pursuit of a fifth championship at the Flushing Meadows, Nadal changed his serve motion to lessen the strain on his stomach, lowering the throw so as not to reach so far on the backswing. The adjustment did not affect its effectiveness.

As was the odd setback in a second-round win over Fabio Fognini, when Nadal’s racquet bounced off the court and hit him in the bridge of the nose after a left hand. He was bloodied, dizzy, and worried that he had broken his nose.

“A little more than usual, but it’s all right,” he said with a smile after eliminating Gasquet. – The nose is still there.

PARMA, Italy. First-place Maria Sakkari edged out 97th-place Marina Zanevskaya 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday at the Parma Ladies Open to reach her first semi-final since the grass season.

Sakkari, who has gone three sets in all three of her matches this week, will face Danka Kovinic for a place in the clay court final after Kovinic beat Jasmine Paolini 6-4, 6-4.

In her previous semi-final, Sakkari lost to Belinda Bencic in Berlin in June. The seventh-place Greek player was eliminated by Wang Siu in the second round of the US Open on 31 August.

In the bottom half of the draw, Mayar Sheriff of Egypt beat American rival Lauren Davis 7-6(2), 6-3 to advance to her second career semi-final. Sheriff will then face Ana Bogdan, who defeated Romanian compatriot Irina Camellia Begu 6-2, 7-6 (6).

PARMA, Italy – First-place finisher Maria Sakkari beat Arancia Rus 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Parma Ladies Open.

Sakkari, who accepted a late card wild card for the red clay court tournament, played in her first tournament since losing to Wang Siyu in the second round of the US Open.

The Greek will play Marina Zanevskaya from Belgium, who beat Dalma Galfi 6-1, 6-3.

Fourth-placed Sloane Stevens of the United States, the 2017 US Open champion, lost to Danka Kovinic 7-5, 2-6, 7-5.

Kovinic will face Jasmine Paolini in the quarterfinals after the Italian defeated compatriot Elisabetta Cocciaretto 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

However, there will be an American in the final eight as Lauren Davis rallied to beat Sarah Sorribes Tormo 3–6, 6–4, 7–5. Sorribes Tormo eliminated runner-up Martina Trevisan in straight sets in the first round.

Davis will face Mayar Sheriff after the Egyptian defeated Simone Waltert 6-3, 7-6 (1).

In addition, Romania’s Irina-Camellia Begu, who placed third, overtook Italy’s Matilda Paoletti 6:4, 6:4 to advance to the quarter-finals against Ana Bogdan, who placed sixth, who beat Anna Karolina Shmidlova 6:2, 3:6. 6-3.


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