Highlights: U.S. Open day eight

Highlights of the eighth day at the U.S. Open in New York on Monday. The Grand Slam is being played without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Times ET; GMT-4): FILE PHOTO: Sep 6, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Shadows of photographers in the stands reflect onto a banner Louis Armstrong Stadium during the match between Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic and Shelby Rogers of the United States (both not pictured) on day seven of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo2231 MERTENS STUNS SECOND SEED KENIN Elise Mertens produced a near-flawless display to defeat American Sofia Kenin 6-3 6-3 and sail into the U.S. Open quarter-finals for the second straight year. The 16th seeded Belgian will next face former world number one Victoria Azarenka, who recovered from the loss of the opening set to upset 20th seed Karolina Muchova 5-7 6-1 6-4. READ MORE: Medvedev mauls Tiafoe to reach U.S. Open quarter-finals Djokovic urges angry fanbase not to turn on U.S. Open line judge Thiem crushes Augur-Aliassime to reach U.S. Open quarters Unranked Pironkova overcomes Cornet to move into U.S. Open quarters Motherhood fuels Pironkova’s dream run at U.S. Open Serena wants assurances over plans for some fans to attend French Open Serena battles through tension-filled U.S. Open fourth round Australian De Minaur beats Pospisil to reach U.S. Open last eight Djokovic disqualified from U.S. Open after striking line judge Questionable judgement dogs Djokovic in unbeaten 2020 Djokovic fate a warning for players to keep emotions in check Djokovic gave U.S. Open supervisor no choice, says Obradovic ‘So unintended. So wrong’, Djokovic disqualified from U.S. Open Djokovic ‘sad and empty’ after U.S. Open disqualification Carreno Busta in shock at Djokovic default Disqualification is worst moment of Djokovic’s career, says Becker U.S. Open referee said ‘no other option’ in Djokovic disqualification Reaction to Djokovic’s disqualification from U.S. Open Novak Djokovic’s 2020 season so far List of players disqualified for on-court misconduct Djokovic exit ends ‘Big Three’ reign over Grand Slams Osaka blasts past Kontaveit to reach U.S. Open quarter-finals 2053 MEDVEDEV STORMS INTO QUARTERS Third seed Daniil Medvedev storms into the quarter-finals with a dominant 6-4 6-1 6-0 win over a listless Frances Tiafoe. He will next face 10th seed Andrey Rublev. 2000 RUSSIA’S RUBLEV UPSETS SIXTH SEED BERRETTINI Tenth seed Andrey Rublev rallied from a set down to beat Italy’s Matteo Berrettini 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3 and reach the quarter-finals. Rublev fired nine aces and 34 winners while winning an astonishing 85% of his first-serve points. 1730 THIEM EASES PAST AUGER ALIASSIME Second seed Dominic Thiem was pushed in the opening set but recovered to beat 20-year-old Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime 7-6(4) 6-1 6-1 to move into the quarter-finals. Thiem, the highest seed in the draw after top seed Novak Djokovic was disqualified on Sunday, will next face another youngster in 21-year-old Australian Alex de Minaur. 1500 WILLIAMS BATTLES PAST SAKKARI INTO QUARTERS Third seed Serena Williams kept her bid for a 24th Grand Slam title alive with a gritty 6-3 6-7(6) 6-3 victory over Greek Maria Sakkari in the last-16. Williams, 38, rallied from a break down in the final set to claim her 100th victory at Arthur Ashe Stadium. 1330 DE MINAUR THROUGH TO LAST EIGHT IN STRAIGHT SETS Australian 21st seed Alex de Minaur beat Canada’s Vasek Pospisil 7-6(6) 6-3 6-2 to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final. De Minaur, 21, kept his composure to save four set points in the first set tiebreak and although Pospisil fired 43 winners in the match to De Minaur’s 16, the Canadian also had 48 unforced errors. 1110 PLAY UNDERWAY AT FLUSHING MEADOWS Play began in New York under bright sunshine with the temperature reading 25 degrees Celsius (77°F) with an expected high of 29 degrees.

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