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Schwartzman Stuns Cilic To Reach US Open Fourth Round

The story of the bottom half of the US Open draw took another twist on Friday as Diego Schwartzman ousted fifth seed and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic in the third round. The Argentine battled from a set down as he edged Wimbledon runner-up Cilic 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-4.

World No. 33 Schwartzman is through to the fourth round of a Grand Slam championship for the first time and will take on 16th seed Lucas Pouille.

Diego Schwartzman reacts after ousting fifth seed Marin Cilic in the US Open third round.
The highest seed now remaining in the bottom half of the draw is No. 10 John Isner, who faces Mischa Zverev in the Arthur Ashe Stadium night session. Cilic’s departure means a new Grand Slam finalist will be guaranteed at Flushing Meadows.

"Sometimes if you have luck in the draw and you can take the chances, it's always good for the new guys or for the guys who are outside the Top 10," said Schwartzman. "I think many players are doing well this week, and they are taking the opportunities because many players are injured this week. I think we are trying to take the chances and try to go forward in the tournament.

"I am a little bit surprised [to be in the fourth round], but the past weeks I was playing really well. I did third round in Paris and quarters in Montreal. I think my confidence is going up. I think in every match I can win. I am playing well and try to be like this every match."

Schwartzman benefitted from 80 unforced errors from the racquet of Cilic, who had been sidelined with an adductor injury since finishing runner-up to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final in July. In contrast, the 25-year-old Schwartzman reached a string of quarter-finals after Wimbledon, most notably at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal, where he upset No. 7-ranked Dominic Thiem to reach the last eight at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament for the second time this year.

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Pouille was a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 winner over Mikhail Kukushkin, edging the Kazakhstani in two hours and 20 minutes to set a first-time meeting with Schwartzman for a spot in the quarter-finals.

The 23-year-old Frenchman had endured a difficult run of form in the weeks leading into the US Open, winning just two of six matches since capturing the Mercedes Cup title on grass in Stuttgart in June. But the right-hander has turned it around again at Flushing Meadows and is looking to reach the last eight for the second year in a row, having beaten Rafael Nadal in the fourth round last year before falling to Gael Monfils.

Source: http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/schwartzman-cilic-pouille-kukushkin-us-open-2017-friday

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