At 5 feet 7, Diego Schwartzman of Argentina is often much shorter than his opponent. He slayed a giant on Friday when he upset 6-foot-6
Schwartzman, the No. 29 seed, enjoys being an inspiration for athletes of small stature. "I hope maybe they can understand tennis is for everyone. Is not just for the tall guys," he said.
A showdown between up-and-comers Denis Shapovalov of Canada and Kyle Edmund of Great Britain fizzled when Edmund's back locked up and he retired, giving Shapovalov a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 1-0 victory. Shapovalov, 18, is the youngest man to reach the fourth round of the U.S. Open since Michael Chang did so at 17 in 1989. "It's unfortunate what happened," Shapovalov said of Edmund's injury. He also said he's not tired after having played three qualifying matches to reach the main draw. "Luckily I have had short matches," said Shapovalov, who will next face No. 12 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.
Floridian Sloane Stephens continued a strong comeback from foot surgery and an 11-month absence with a 6-2, 6-4 third-round victory over Australian Ashleigh Barty. Stephens said her time away gave her a healthier perspective on life. "Now I'm kind of, like, I do this for fun. I love tennis," she said. "I think I have it pretty good."