Andy Murray (Photo : Reuters)
The first Saturday of the U.S. Open saw top seeded players in both the women and men's camps advance to third and fourth rounds. While Radwanska, Williams and Federer breezed through their matches, some, like Andy Murray faced some difficulties before moving ahead.
No. 2-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska, from Poland, defeated former No. 1-ranked Serbian Jelena Jankovik in two sets 6-3 and 7-5 to advance to the fourth round. Radwanska, who complained of the unbearable heat hitting Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday, told the New York Times, "I survived the match." According to the Times, Radwanska is scheduled to play No. 20-ranked Italian Roberta Vinci in her next match.
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American favorite and No. 4-ranked Serena Williams breezed through her match against Russian Ekaterina Makaroya to win in two sets 6-4 and 6-0. Williams, who won Wimbledon and an Olympic gold medal earlier this summer, is set to play against Andrea Hlayackova from the Czech Republic in the fourth round, the New York Times reported.
On the men's side, No. 1-ranked Roger Federer defeated Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in three easy sets of 6-3, 6-4 and 6-4.
Fellow top seeded player Andy Murray of Great Britain did not have such an easy match against his Spanish opponent Feliciano Lopez. In a match that lasted close to four hours, Murray managed to beat Lopez in four sets 7-6(5), 7-6(5), 4-6 and 7-6(4).
After the match, Murray told reporters, "I always say you never take matches or any players for granted, because on any given day, you know, things can change. If you don't play your best, they play a great match, you know, you can lose. Sometimes, you just have to find a way to get through. I did that today."
According to the New York Times, Murray will face No. 15-ranked Canadian Milos Raonic in his next match.
Sunday will be filled with exciting matches, including morning games with Novak Djokovic (No. 2-seeded), Andy Roddick (No. 20-seeded) and David Ferrer (No. 4-seeded). Brit Laura Robson, who has played two surprising upsets this week, will play against No.7-ranked Samantha Stosur of Australia at Louis Armstrong Stadium. No. 3-ranked Maria Sharapova is scheduled to play Sunday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Video highlights of the U.S. Open can be seen here.
Men's Singles- Julien Benneteau vs. Novak Djokovic at Arthur Ashe Stadium (11 a.m. EST)
Men's Singles- Andy Roddick vs. Fabio Fognini at Arthur Ashe Stadium (11 a.m. EST)
Women's Singles- Victoria Azarenka vs. Anna Tatishvili at Arthur Ashe Stadium (11 a.m. EST)
Women's Singles- Maria Sharapova vs. Nadia Petrova at Arthur Ashe Stadium (7 p.m. EST)
Men's Singles- Lleyton Hewitt vs. David Ferrer at Louis Armstrong Stadium (11 a.m. EST)
Women's Singles- Laura Robson vs. Samantha Stosur at Louis Armstrong Stadium (11 a.m. EST)