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Nadal dispatches Pospisil to reach US Open third round

Rafael Nadal was in ominous form as he dispatched Vasek Pospisil to set up a third-round clash with Karen Khachanov at the US Ope Credit: PA

Rafael Nadal was in ominous form as he dispatched Vasek Pospisil to set up a third-round clash with Karen Khachanov at the US Open.

The defending champion took exactly two hours to clinch a 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory under the lights on Arthur Ashe Stadium, with the only moment of alarm coming in the second set when he dropped serve to trail 4-2.

But Nadal broke straight back and a run of four games in a row gave him the second set, with the third largely one-way traffic.

Nadal has played both his matches so far at night, when there is some respite from the searingly-hot conditions, although the humidity means temperatures have still been pushing 30C.

The world number one expects the level of tennis on show to go up as the temperature goes down, saying: "The good thing is I think things are going to improve the next couple of days.

"We'll be able to see, I think, better tennis than we saw the first couple of days of the US Open because playing under those conditions is, first thing, not healthy and, second thing, is not good for anybody: not good for the fans, not good for the players.

"The show is a little bit worse under these conditions."

Edmund earns quarter-final spot at Winston-Salem Open

Edmund was a straight-sets winner over Spain's Carballes. Credit: PA

Third seed Kyle Edmund continued his preparations for next week's US Open by reaching the quarter-finals of the Winston-Salem Open.

Great Britain's Edmund, ranked 16 in the world, was a straight-sets winner over Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena in North Carolina.

Edmund edged a tight first set by breaking Carballes Baena for 6-5 before serving it out.

The 23-year-old had three break points early in the second set but was unable to convert.

However, at 5-5 Edmund repeated the trick from the opening set and went on to wrap up a 7-5 7-5 victory in one hour and 31 minutes.

Nicolas Jarry, the 14th seed from Chile, is also in the last eight after beating German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2 6-2.

Gilles Simon, the French 12th seed, pulled out of his delayed second-round match with Ryan Harrison of the United States due to a back injury.

Harrison then faced Filip Krajinovic, overcoming the Serbian in a clinical first set 6-3 and prevailing in a second-set tie-break 7-6 (7/4) to book his quarter-final place against Daniil Medvedev.

Pablo Carreno Busta, who played two matches in one day, first bypassed Franko Skugor before saving five break points to overcome number 16 seed Peter Gojowczyk 6-3 7-6 (7/5).

He will now face Hyeon Chung in the last eight after the South Korean defeated Italian Matteo Berrettini 6-3 3-6 6-3. Number eight seed Steve Johnson beat Spaniard Jaume Munar 6-4 6-4 to face Edmund on Thursday.

In the biggest upset of the day, Taro Daniel knocked out second seed Sam Querrey, then progressed through the third round after beating lucky loser Dominik Koepfer 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/3).

Dustin Johnson regains world number one spot ahead of US Open with St Jude win

Dustin Johnson has returned to the top of golf's rankings ahead of the US Open Credit: PA

Dustin Johnson has regained the world number one spot by winning the St Jude Classic in Memphis.

The 33-year-old climbed back to the top of the world rankings for the first time since May 13, courtesy of his tournament-winning 19 under par score.

Johnson's second tournament win of the season tees up the American nicely for the US Open, which starts on June 14.

He won the 2016 edition of the US Open at Oakmont in 2016, and will carry extra momentum into this year's major at Shinnecock Hills in New York.

Johnson entered the final day in a share of the lead with Andrew Putnam but was quickly handed the initiative when his fellow American made a double-bogey on the first.

He maintained his two-shot lead at the turn and then made birdies on the 13th and 16th before spectacularly holing out from 171 yards on the par-four last for an eagle and a six-shot victory.

JB Holmes finished third at nine under, a shot clear of 2009 Open champion Stewart Cink and Richy Werenski.

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