Schwartzman upsets Cilic to reach US Open round of 16

RICKY'S ATP PREVIEW & PICKS FOR DAY 7 • 2017 US OPEN TENNIS • CARRENO BUSTA VS. SHAPOVALOV AND

RICKY'S ATP PREVIEW & PICKS FOR DAY 7 • 2017 US OPEN TENNIS • CARRENO BUSTA VS. SHAPOVALOV AND

Marin Cilic suffered a shock third-round loss at the US Open as teenager Denis Shapovalov continued his run in NY.

That part of the bracket originally included three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray, but he withdrew because of a hip injury, part of a depleted-at-the-outset field also missing Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic. This was Cilic's first tournament since he was sidelined with an adductor injury after finishing as runner-up to Roger Federer at Wimbledon in July.

The lack of match play appears to have cost him, with Argentinian Schwartzman winning 4-6 7-5 7-5 6-4.

Many observers suspect the Canadian could burn out heading into the second week of a major for the first time and he will need to win 10 consecutive matches if he's to lift a surprise first Grand Slam title.

Only Sam Querrey has even made a slam semi-final, while his fellow American John Isner is the highest seed left at 10.

"I think many players are doing well this week, and they are taking the opportunities because others are injured".

"Sometimes if you get lucky in the draw and you can take the chances. It's got to be something with the scheduling, something I think the tour, the calendar might be a little bit too long", Shapovalov said. My confidence is going up. "It's definitely helped me mature", said the World No 69.

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Schwartzman was overwhelmed in the opening set before the 29th seed found his range to frustrate Cilic, who bowed out after wasting three chances to level for 5-5 in the fourth set.

"It's a dream come true for me to play a night match on Arthur Ashe. It's not just for the tall guys".

Schwartzman, ranked No. 33 in the world, will next face 16th seed Lucas Pouille, a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victor over Russia's Mikhail Kukushkin.

Shapovalov is nearly exactly 14 years younger than Tsonga, a Frenchman who was the runner-up at the 2008 Australian Open.

Shapovalov was one of two teenagers through to the third round along with Russia's Andrey Rublev, who takes on Damir Dzumhur on Saturday.

"It's never great to win this way", Shapovalov said. "And you have a lot of youngsters coming up that are playing better". It's kind of a transition time. "After everything that I have been through, it is a very happy moment for me". I was up a break in one game, I think it was probably 40-15, I just miss a backhand.

Shapovalov was ahead 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 1-0 when the British player retired and goes onto face Spain's 12th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta on Sunday for a spot in the quarter-finals of a side of the draw that is wide open with none of the eight players in it having ever reached a grand slam final before.