It looks like Rafael Nadal is back to his very best as the Spaniard once again cruised to victory on day five of the action at Flushing Meadows to keep hopes of a third US Open title alive.
After pulling out of Wimbledon with a wrist injury, Nadal has made a very convincing start to the US Open and has yet to drop as set following a convincing 6-1 6-4 6-2 straight sets win over Russian Andrey Kuznetsov to reach the last 16.
World number one Novak Djokovic had an extra day rest after Jiri Vesely pulled out of their second round match and the Serbian only had to play 31 minutes in the third round, as Russian Mikhail Youzhny retired due to a leg injury as he trailed 4-2 in the first set.
Next up for the reigning champion is Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund, after he stunned American John Isner to reach the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time with a 6-4 3-6 6-2 7-6 (7/5) victory over the 20th seed.
There was better news for Isner’s compatriot Jack Sock as the 24th seed took advantage of former US Open champion Marin Cilic’s problems with cramp to win in straight sets 6-4 6-3 6-3 and send the Croat packing.
There was also a straight sets win for France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat South African Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-4) and it was also an easy day at the office for his compatriot Gaels Monfils, who saw off Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-4 6-2 6-4.
However, it was not as easy for fellow Frenchman Lucas Pouille as he had to come from behind twice to edge out Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6 7-5 2-6 7-5 6-1 in a five set thriller.
In women’s action, Great Britain’s Johanna Konta continued her good form to reach the fourth round of the US Open for the second year running in convincing style.
The 25-year-old showed no effects of her health issues that affected her second round match as the British number one cruised past Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in less than hour to record a 6-2 6-1 victory.
American Madison Keys produced a brilliant comeback against Naomi Osaka to reach the fourth round as the 21-year-old fought back from 5-1 down in the decider to seal her place in round four with a 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7/3) over the Japanese player.
Keys will now face Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki in the last 16 as the two-time US Open finalist kept her hopes of a first grand slam title alive with a comfortable 6-3 6-1 win over Romania’s Monica Niculescu.
Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber dropped just two games as the German cruised past 17-year-old American qualifier CiCi Bellis 6-1 6-1, while Petra Kvitova also comfortably progressed to the last 16 beating Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-4.
Last year’s beaten finalist Roberta Vinci from Italy is also through after a hard-fought 6-0 5-7 6-3 win over German Carina Witthoeft and will meet Lesia Tsueneko in the last 16, after the Ukrainian came from behind to stun 12th seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 3-6 6-3 6-4.