US Open 2022: Four British men reach third round at US Open for the first time in the Open Era
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Yet more history is being made at Flushing Meadows this year as four British men have reached the third round of the US Open singles draw for the first time.
This is also only the second time that the Brits have had four players in the round of 32 at any Grand Slam, equalling the four at Wimbledon in 1997 (Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski, Mark Petchey and Andrew Richardson).
Victories for Murray and Draper have seen them rise into the top 50 in the live ATP rankings. If these stay as they are, it will be the first time ever that Great Britain have had four players inside the world’s top 50 since the introduction of electronic rankings.
Third round draws
- Cam Norrie (GBR, world No.9) vs Holger Rune (DEN, world No.31)
- Dan Evans (GBR, world No.22) vs Marin Cilic (CRO, world No.17)
- Andy Murray (GBR, world No.51) vs Matteo Berrettini (ITA, world No.14)
- Jack Draper (GBR, world No.55) vs Karen Kachanov (world No.31)
Following on from Evans’s commanding four-set win over James Duckworth earlier in the day, Norrie booked his place in the third round by defeating Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(4).
Speaking after his second round victory, British No.1 Norrie said: "We’re all feeding off each other and we’ve got a good team leading into the Davis Cup. we’re all in-form, all playing well and all enjoying our tennis so it’s really nice to show the hard work we and the LTA is doing at the National Tennis Centre and around the country."
Meanwhile, Murray had to come from a set down to defeat American wild card Emilio Nava 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-0 to set up a contest with cinch Championships winner Matteo Berrettini on the Arthur Ashe stadium.
The headline result of the second round came from 20-year-old Draper, who played one of the matches of his life to knock out sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
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