New York - Men's top seed Novak Djokovic and women's No 2
Angelique Kerber look to book berths in the last four of the US Open as the
quarterfinals of the year's last grand slam get underway on Tuesday.
Kerber, who nearly ended Serena Williams' long run as world
No 1 last month in Cincinnati, tries to stay on track for a possible
winner-take-all match with the American in the finals when she goes against
The German, who won the 2016 Australian Open and was
runner-up to Williams at Wimbledon, has yet to drop a set at Flushing Meadows.
The seventh-seeded Vinci could be a difficult hurdle for
Kerber. The Italian, last year's US Open runner-up , has split four career
matches with Kerber and won two of three on hard courts.
The other women's quarter is a battle of none seeds with
former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki playing Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia,
who upset French Open winner Garbine Muguruza and Britain's 13th-seeded Johanna
Konta along the way.
Men's world No 1 Djokovic, who has hardly been tested after
receiving a second-round walkover and benefited from a first-set retirement in
the third round, faces French veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his quarterfinal.
The Serb leads their head-to-head 15-6 and has won 11 of his
last 12 matches against Tsonga dating back to 2012. Tsonga's wins include a
five-set quarterfinal victory over Djokovic at the 2010 Australian Open.
The other men's quarter on Tuesday is an all-French affair with 10th-seeded veteran Gael Monfils taking on 22-year-old Lucas Pouille, who shocked 14-times grand slam singles winner Rafa Nadal in five sets in the fourth round.