Ons Jabeur in the quarter-final of the 2022 Mutua Madrid Open, Spain
Ons Jabeur in the quarter-final of the 2022 Mutua Madrid Open, Spain | (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Tennis | US Open 2022 | Jabeur and Kyrgios continue Grand Slam title mission on quarter-finals day

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Ons Jabeur [5] v Ajla Tomljanovic
  • Nick Kyrgios [23] v Karen Khachanov [27]
  • Coco Gauff [12] v Caroline Garcia [17]
  • Casper Ruud [5] v Matteo Berrettini [13]
NEW YORK, USA – Ons Jabeur and Nick Kyrgios continue their mission to become Grand Slam champions on quarter-finals day at the US Open.

 

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Ons Jabeur [5] v Ajla Tomljanovic   H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Ons Jabeur [5] v Ajla Tomljanovic H2H: Jabeur leads 2-0
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A big win for Ons Jabeur in her last match after she overcame Veronika Kudermetova to move into the last eight. The Tunisian hadn’t beaten the Russian in three attempts and managed the situation with maturity as belief is growing that New York could be where she wins her maiden Grand Slam title. Having been so close at Wimbledon, Jabeur will be highly motivated to cap off a sensational season by achieving a life-long goal that will mean so much to her and the African continent.

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Next for Jabeur will be Ajla Tomljanovic who has had quite the tournament with the Australian backing up her win over Serena Williams by defeating Liudmila Samsonova in straight sets. The Australian is playing some of the best tennis of her career and is now into her third Grand Slam quarter-final in the space of a year. Tomljanovic’s consistent aggression has been tricky for many players on the tour to deal with and now she looks to score a major upset on her way to a Grand Slam semi-final.

This will be a tough test for Jabeur given the mental and tactical resolve Tomljanovic has dealt with throughout this tournament. However the Tunisian’s slice and variety has been too much for the Australian in the past and with Jabeur’s belief at an all time high, it’s expected that the same outcome as the past two meetings will occur in New York.

Prediction: Jabeur in three sets.

 

Nick Kyrgios [23] v Karen Khachanov [27]  H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Nick Kyrgios [23] v Karen Khachanov [27] H2H: Tied at 1-1
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Nick Kyrgios loves the big occasions and that was once again the case in his fourth round match as he stunned defending champion Daniil Medvedev in four sets. Kyrgios is in the form of his life and is looking to reach his second consecutive Grand Slam final at the US Open after an impressive tournament at Wimbledon. As the destination approaches, can Kyrgios remain concentrated to finally reach his potential?

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Next for Kyrgios is another player who is playing red-hot tennis in New York and that is Karen Khachanov. The Russian beat the in-form Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in five sets to secure his place in the last eight. Khachanov’s big serving and big hitting has seen him finally achieve some consistency in this tournament and now looks to reach his potential by reaching his first US Open semi-final.

This will be a battle between two players who are serving well and getting the best out of their games. It will be interesting to see if any player tires out after such gruelling fourth round matches but the advantage has to go to Kyrgios with the Australian’s consistency and tactical game edging Khachanov’s at the moment.

Prediction: Kyrgios in four sets.

 

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Coco Gauff [12] v Caroline Garcia [17]  H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Coco Gauff [12] v Caroline Garcia [17] H2H: Gauff leads 2-0
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Coco Gauff has had another great season this year and is now getting closer to winning a Grand Slam title. Having been so close in singles and doubles at Roland Garros, the American will be motivated to do it in front of her home fans and is so far yet to drop a set in this tournament. The balance of power, poise and athleticism sees her as one of the main contenders for the title and will now look to hold her nerve to achieve a big moment in her career.

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Next up for Gauff is one of the in-form players on the WTA tour from the past few months in Caroline Garcia. The Frenchwoman has one a title on every surface in the space of three months and has transformed herself into a consistent top 20 player. Garcia’s serve mixed with defensive consistency has seen her as a threat to many top players and the 17th seed will look to prove that again in the latter stages of the US Open.

Both players are in good form heading into this match and this will be about who can produce their best tennis when it really matters. It will come down to one or two points and tactically as well as mentally, Gauff is as confident as she’s ever been and that should be enough for her to edge through even though it may go down to the wire.

Prediction: Gauff in three sets.

 

Casper Ruud [5] v Matteo Berrettini [13]   H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Casper Ruud [5] v Matteo Berrettini [13] H2H: Ruud leads 3-2
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Casper Ruud has been one of the most consistent players on the tour over the last few years and the Norwegian has once again showed that this year. Ruud has made a Masters 1000 final on hard courts and continued to dominate on clay. Now the fifth seed has a chance to become the new world number one after the US Open as he looks for a first Grand Slam title.

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Ruud will now face powerful Italian Matteo Berrettini in the last eight after the 13th seed survived a five set battle with Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Berrettini didn’t enter the US Open in the most inspiring form but the former Wimbledon finalist has worked his way into form and now looks to take advantage of an open draw. The Italian has the most experience at Grand Slam level out of the four contenders in the top half of the draw and will look to use that to make the last four.

It’s consistency against power as both players will feel that they are playing high-quality tennis and deserve a place in the semi-finals. Ruud’s physicality, stamina and consistency should see him into the last four but Berrettini knows that if he can play his best tennis then anything can happen.

Prediction: Ruud in five sets.

 

 

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