Cilic, Isner Upsets Add to US Open Chaos; Federer, Nadal Up Saturday

Shock Cilic exit ensures there’ll be new Grand Slam finalist at the US Open

No. 5 seed Marin Cilic was bounced from the US Open in the Round of 32 on Friday, losing in four sets to 29th-seeded Diego Schwartzman.

We're accustomed to seeing the same players compete again and again in Grand Slam finals, but with so many players skipping the year's final major due to injury (Djokovic, Wawrinka, Murray, Raonic, Nishikori) and other contenders bounced in the first week (namely Cilic and Zverev), we're actually guaranteed to see a first-time Slam finalist.

Schwartzman, who improved to 2-13 against top-10 foes, next meets French 16th seed Lucas Pouille, who defeated Kazakh qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

"I had some good memories from past year, so of course I want to go as far as possible, and I want to take any opportunities", Pouille said.

Schwartzman, 25, broke his opponent nine times, including four times in the third set, to ensure there are no former title winners in the bottom half of the draw and guarantee there will be a first-time US Open finalist. That tournament proved a precursor to the opportunities that could emerge with so numerous game's top stars injured.

The 18-year-old Shapovalov said: "We're definitely making an impact. But I win and I am really happy". A quarterfinalist in 2011, Isner is always looked at as a danger in any tournament he plays thanks to his fearsome serve.

"I can not play the way I want because I'm too stressed, too under pressure, too tight", Pouille said. "Hopefully it's nothing too serious".

Schwartzman was overwhelmed in the opening set before the 29th seed found his range to frustrate Cilic, who bowed out after wasting three chances to level for 5-5 in the fourth set.

Thirty is the new 20 in tennis, and in a season where Federer has been fantastic fans with his age-defying performances, Italy's Lorenzi is another player who is recording some of his best results at the age of 35.

Baby news from Florida turned heads at the year's final Grand Slam event as Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, gave birth to the child she was pregnant with when she won the Australian Open in January.

The 37-year-old proceeded to reach the last 16 of a major for the seventh consecutive time, defeating Greece's Maria Sakkari in straight sets to line up a fourth round meeting against Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro. "Words can't describe" during a pre-match interview with the host broadcaster, ESPN. For players like Isner and Querrey, it's the opportunity of a lifetime-a plausible road to the final of the U.S. Open, with no obvious insurmountable challenge in their way.

Kvitova, the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion, enjoyed playing in Arthur Ashe Stadium after needing major left hand surgery following a knife attack by a home intruder last December.

The 2017 U.S. Open spotlight returns to the lower half of the bracket on Friday as competitors attempt to book a place in the fourth round.

She eliminated Venus Williams and already ousted second-ranked Simona Halep from the top spot chase. The 26-year-old Spaniard delivered his best Grand Slam result on clay - the quarter-finals of Roland Garros in June.

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