Roger Federer and Serena Williams qualified with serenity found Friday for the round of 16 of the US Open, unlike Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev who made him on the nerves.
On the other hand, there is no more French in the running after the logical elimination of Fiona Ferro (74th) by the Chinese Qiang Wang (18th) 7-6 (7/1), 6-3. The last chance tricolor rests now on the shoulders of Gael Monfils (13th) who plays Saturday.
Serena Williams, looking for a 24th Grand Slam title to tie Margaret Court's record, played Czech Karolina Muchova (44) 6-3, 6-2.
"I put a lot of intensity, which is good," commented the world N.8 who dreams of a 7th trophy at Flushing Meadows.
Unconvincing in the first two rounds, Roger Federer also flew over the 3rd: it took only 1:20 to send the British Daniel Evans (58th) in the locker room (6-2, 6-2, 6-1).
"I am very happy, he said (…) I knew how to dominate everything I wanted and I found that I had the margin".
Programmed at midday in the sun while playing at night and under the roof until then, the Swiss was much more effective than in his first two rounds where he had conceded each time the first run.
"I knew how to handle the three conditions of play that will be seen later," he said.
– "100%" –
"And there I feel 100% physically, after the first game it was still stress, tension, aches … and now I'm going into this fourth round with a good feeling, "he warned.
Last year, it was in the 8th finals that the Swiss, who shared with Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors the record of 5 titles at Flushing Meadows, was eliminated by the Australian John Millman.
Novak Djokovic had almost given up in the previous round because of a "violent and unpredictable" pain in the right shoulder. But Friday Denis Kudla could see that the Serb was there. And that he was formidable.
And if he had the eye of the tiger, it is perhaps thanks to the strange psychodynamic preparation received during his warm-up on a short schedule some time before his match.
A spectator made him get out of his hinges to the point that Djokovic launched him "I'll find you … Trust me, I'll find you!"
– "He helped me" –
In front of the press, he did not want to go into details: "We'll keep it between us, but he helped me (to win) He does not even know it, but he helped me", he declared. Presumably in its tensioning …
Tense, Daniil Medvedev (5th) was also: it was under the whistles of the public that he eliminated Feliciano Lopez at the end of a fierce new part 7-6 (7/1), 4-6, 7-6 (7/9), 6-4.
"It's your energy that made me win, know it all, when you go to bed, that if I won it's thanks to you," he said to the audience, who always whistled at him. the outcome of the game.
He put his back on the first set: while the collector handed him his napkin between two points, the Russian who did not want it ripped his hands to throw it in his face. The referee then gave him a warning and this time it's his racket that the Russian launched to his chair. The sequence ended with an obscene gesture that the public could see on the big screen …
In the women's draw, N.2 World Ashleigh Barty and N.3 Karolina Pliskova, who could become N.1 at the end of the tournament, also qualified for the 8th.
But Pliskova, 2016 finalist and looking for a first Grand Slam title, did it in pain against Ons Jabeur (62), 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, while it is the Tunisian who was injured.