Carla Suarez Navarro (30) v Madison Keys (14)
Suarez Navarro has made it back into the quarter-finals for the first time since 2013.
She’s always had the talent and the ability, but deep down I don’t know if she believed she belongs with the best.
She’s got one of the most complete packages, with a lovely backhand and solid volleys. The Spaniard is diminutive but overcomes it and she reminds me of Justin Henin.
If you look at Suarez Navarro’s run, defeating Kristina Mladenovic, Caroline Garcia and Maria Sharapova to reach the quarters, that’s pretty impressive.
I think the power of Keys will eventually get her through in a tight contest, but don’t count out the plucky Spaniard. She has made some serious progress and looks like she believes.
Keys destroyed Dominkia Cibulkova, hit straight through her, and her whole game is firing. The American is always very difficult to beat when she is in this groove, it’s the kind of form which made her a 2017 finalist.
Novak Djokovic (6) v John Millman
Everyone was expecting Roger Federer, but you have to give credit to Millman who works so hard. The world No 55 does everything he can to improve and shocked Federer.
You’ve got to love this guy’s journey, working up from the Challengers, contending with injuries and now he’s in the US Open quarter-finals.
He has nothing to lose again against Djokovic and will throw the kitchen sink at the Serbian, but this is a different prospect; Djokovic is the Wimbledon champion who is returning to the peak of his powers. Djokovic is not going to let this opportunity slip easily.
Millman will be excited about the challenge and will be battling back on the baseline, but Djokovic is the best in the world at taking the ball early, so I only see this one going his way.
Lightning doesn’t usually strike twice!
Naomi Osaka (20) v Lesia Tsurenko
Osaka was so impressive in a great match with Aryna Sabalenka. She’s part of the exciting future of women’s tennis.
Having won at Indian Wells, Osaka then struggled to deal with the pressure and expectation, but she’s definitely back. The Japanese star is mentally tough and found a way past Sabalenka.
The tears right after match point prove how much it means to her to reach a first Grand Slam quarter-final. Now it’s time to push on.
Tsurenko admitted she played a terrible match against Markéta Vondrousova and revealed she wasn’t feeling great, so you’d expect Osaka to advance comfortably. She has to deal with the pressure as the heavy favourite, but she’s too good not to reach the semis.
The US Open matches are played in two sessions, one starting at 4pm and one starting at midnight (GMT).
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