US Open 2016 on Day 6 saw Serena Williams advance into the last 16 with ease but Simona Halep had to dig deep for three set win over Babos. In the men’s singles, Juan Martin del Potro’s advanced on the second week at the Flushing Meadows.
Del Potro, the 2009 champ who returned to Grand Slam competition this year after missing 2 1/2 years of major tournaments because of operations on his left wrist, had little trouble beating 11th-seeded David Ferrer 7-6 (3), 6-2, 6-3 to move into the fourth round. The 6-foot-6 del Potro was the clear favorite of the Louis Armstrong Stadium fans, who cheered wildly with every winner, and he responded with confident fist pumps. He ended the match with both arms raised to a standing ovation. Del Potro, who is ranked No. 142 because of his long absence from play, was given a wild card into Flushing Meadows on the heels of an Olympics performance in which he beat Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal before losing to Andy Murray in the gold medal match.
Eighth-seeded Dominic Thiem overcame a shaky start Saturday to secure a spot in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. Thiem blasted 47 winners, 20 in the last set, on his way to a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 victory over 39th-ranked Pablo Carreno Busta. The Spaniard is now winless against top-10 players in 11 tries. Thiem, a 23-year-old Austrian, is considered one of the game’s top young players. He’s had four tour wins and a run to the French Open semifinals this year. He previously reached the fourth round at the U.S. Open in 2014. Thiem will play Del Potro.