U.S. Open: Denis Shapovalov gets easy win as injured Edmund retires

Canada’s Denis Shapovalov has advanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open after British opponent Kyle Edmund retired with an injury.

The left-hander from Richmond Hill, Ont., was leading 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 1-0 before Edmund abandoned the match. He will next play Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta, the No. 12 seed.

While leading the third set 3-2, Edmund took a medical timeout and needed a trainer to stretch and treat his left shoulder, neck and back.

Shapovalov pressed Edmund as soon as play resumed to tie the set 3-3 and then again to take a 4-3 lead, winning 10 consecutive points as the match’s momentum shifted.

Although Edmund eventually won a pair of points, Shapovalov took the third set 6-3.

The 18-year-old Shapovalov continued to take advantage of Edmund’s hampered mobility and inability to stretch out on returns by firing a pair of aces to start the fourth set before the Briton retired.

Shapovalov is the youngest man to reach the fourth round since Michael Chang was 17 in 1989.

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Kyle Edmund receives treatment before being forced to withdraw from his match against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov on Friday. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Sloppy play sends Cilic home

Past U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic made 80 unforced errors and was beaten in the third round by 29th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-4.

Cilic won the 2014 title at Flushing Meadows. His loss means there will be a first-time Grand Slam finalist this year from the bottom half of the draw. Only one man left on that side of the bracket has even made it as far as the semifinals at a Grand Slam tournament.

Schwartzman is into the fourth round at a major for the first time.

Kvitova crushes Garcia

Petra Kvitova delivered a sizzling performance by blowing past 18th-seed Caroline Garcia 6-0 6-4 to reach the fourth round at Flushing Meadows.

Kvitova, playing in just her eighth tournament since missing five months of action after being stabbed in the hand last December, finished off the Frenchwoman within 73 minutes in Arthur Ashe Stadium, closing out the contest in style with a fine ace.

“It means a lot, I really appreciate it that this time I could play again on the big stages,” said Kvitova. “After everything that I have been through, it is a very happy moment for me.”

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