Rain that washed away most of Day 2 made for an electric Day 3 at the 2017 US Open – and an upset-filled one as well.
In all, 87 singles matches were contested on the first Wednesday of this year’s Open, stacked five and six deep on most courts. When the ball fuzz settled, the tournament was back on schedule, with the players in the bottom halves of the men’s and women’s draws having advanced into the third round. Not among them: No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev (lost to Borna Coric), No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki (fell to Ekaterina Makarova) and No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (downed by Denis Shapovalov).
Those upsets, coupled with No. 2 seed Andy Murray’s withdrawal prior to the tournament, meant that No. 5 Marin Cilic and No. 10 John Isner were the only Top 10 seeds remaining in the bottom half of the men’s draw after three days of play – and Cilic was the only contestant from that group who was either (a) ranked in the Top 10 or (b) had previously advanced to a Grand Slam final.
The unsettled Day 3 also paved the way for Diego Schwartzman to make his Grand Slam quarterfinal debut later in the tournament, and for Pablo Carreno Busta and Kevin Anderson to make their first forays into a major semifinal.