Coco Gauff dominated fellow American Madison Keys 6-2 6-3 and advanced to the fourth round of the US Open for the first time.
After dropping serve at the very start of the match, the fast and furious Gauff quickly took charge, won four games in a row and never allowed Keys to get comfortable. Playing in the third round at her home major for the seventh time, Keys saved two break/set points at 5-2 down, but the more experienced American simply avoided the inevitable as Gauff grabbed the deserved prize on her third set point.
There were powerful groundstrokes on both sides, as if we were watching a men’s tennis match. What made the difference was that Gauff moved better and looked laser-focused on victory, like a predator running towards prey. The 18-year-old Gauff, feeling confident in her signature New Balance shoes, raced to a 4-1 lead in the second set and it didn’t seem like Keys would get a chance to turn things around.
However, Keys readily used Gauff’s moments of weakness, and served to level the second set to 4-4. This flame of the 20th seed’s possible resurgence was quickly put out by Gauff, as the teenager retained her absolute dominance.
If she keeps this level, Gauff is DANGEROUS! In the previous round, the 12th seed struck third-fastest serve in tournament history.