Federer, Konta shine again under U.S. Open sun

Sat Sep 5, 2015 6:26pm EDT
 
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Roger Federer produced another bright effort while Britain's Johanna Konta continued to enjoy her time in the sun and the U.S. Open spotlight on Saturday reaching the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time.

With five U.S. Open titles already in his trophy case, Federer has enjoyed many fortnights in New York and his efficient 6-3 6-4 6-4 third-round victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber will not count as his most memorable.

Konta, on the other hand, is unlikely to soon forget her 2015 visit to the National Tennis Center as the 24-year-old qualifier registered her second shock win in as many matches, stopping 18th seed Andrea Petkovic 7-6(2) 6-3.

Konta can also claim the title of Iron Lady of Flushing Meadows, after laboring for three hours and 23 minutes in Thursday's searing heat to dispatch eighth seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in the longest U.S. Open women's match since the introduction of the tiebreak in 1970.

The sun returned on Saturday but again it was Konta's opponent feeling the heat, with Petkovic calling a medical timeout after going down a set and 3-0 in the second.

Trainers checked the German's blood pressure and wrapped her in ice packs and ice towels and she was able to continue digging into her reserves to offer up a brief fight back.

Up 5-1 and serving for the match, Konta could not put away Petkovic at first opportunity as the German broke and held serve.

But Konta would not let Petkovic off the hook a second time, serving out to clinch the upset.   Continued...

 
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in their third round match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 5, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif  
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