US Open day three: Kyle Edmund’s ‘fearhand’, a comeback of note, Alexander Zverev’s shoe service

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A talkative Alexander Zverev

As we look back on day three at the US Open, we a Kyle Edmund’s casual winner, some upset wins and Alexander Zverev’s personal shoe delivery service.

Caroline Garcia rose to the occasion to sink top seed Karolina Pliskova and further decimate the women’s draw at the US Open.

Novak Djokovic survived a first-set shock to see off Kyle Edmund in four sets, but British success continued with Cameron Norrie as he reached the third round of a grand slam for the first time.

Picture of the day

Caroline Garcia delighted
Caroline Garcia dances for joy after seeing off top seed Karolina Pliskova (Seth Wenig/AP)

Shot of the day

Edmund’s forehand was at full throttle in the first set against Djokovic.

Shock of the day

Karolina Pliskova on the backfoot

Karolina Pliskova was sunk by Caroline Garcia (Seth Wenig/AP)

Caroline Garcia has admitted she struggled with expectation levels since been anointed as a future world No 1 by Andy Murray in 2011. But the French player rose to the occasion to sink top seed Karolina Pliskova in straight sets.

Comeback of the day

Move over Andy Murray. Varvara Gracheva produced one of the most stunning comebacks in grand slam history when she came back from 6-1 5-1 down, saving four match points, to beat 30th seed Kristina Mladenovic 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-0.

Mladenovic had been placed in the “bubble within a bubble” after having contact with Benoit Paire before his positive Covid-19 test.

Quote of the day

“What they are forcing us to go through is abominable. I want my freedom back. I feel like we are prisoners here.” – Kristina Mladenovic

Service of the day

Fallen seeds

Men: Cristian Garin (13), Hubert Hurkacz (24),
Women: Karolina Pliskova (one), Elena Rybakina (11), Marketa Vondrousova (12), Alison Riske (14), Dayana Yastremska (19), Kristina Mladenovic (30), Anastasija Sevastova (31)

Up next

Andy Murray will haul himself out of his ice bath for a late night, third round clash with Felix Auger Aliassime. Serena Williams gets play on Arthur Ashe underway against Margarita Gasparyan, while Johanna Konta and Dan Evans are also in action.

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