US Open 2021: Second Round summary sees Gauff exit and the rain enter despite a roof. Plus my picks of the 3rd round.

As the title suggests, the almost inexplicable scenario of rain delays on a show court packing as roof was the main water cooler moment of the second round at Flushing Meadows.

In the frustratingly inconsistent Casper Ruud and Hubert Hurkacz’s exits we saw only a handful of bigger names fall. Grigor Dimitrov’s retirement too was unfortunate, but the brutal reality remains for all of his swashbuckling style and flair, his best days are over.

Sloane Stephens continued her rich vein of form with another impressive win. Coco Gauff has so far largely lived up to the immense hype that surrounds her worldwide but one feels especially at home. She just needs to stay patient and build on her game, she is still so young.

Speaking of hype, young Raducanu is providing some welcome column inches to the British Press. You just get the feeling that another long baron period is right around the corner so this is justified excitement, but let’s not get carried away.

Round 3 Match Picks

Djokovic Vs Nishikori

Monfils Vs Sinner

Rublev Vs Tiafoe

Bautista Agut Vs Auger-Aliassime

Kontaveit Vs Swiatek

Kvitova Vs Sakkari

Rybakina Vs Halep

Stephens vs Kerber

Azarenka Vs Muguruza

Mertens Vs Jabeur

Collins Vs Sabalenka


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