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NEW YORK — Serena Williams moved another step closer to a record-tying 24th career Grand Slam title with a comfortable 6-3 6-2 victory over Czech Karolina Muchova on Friday to reach the last 16 at the U.S. Open.

NEW YORK — After slow starts in his last two U.S. Open matches, Roger Federer took his game up a notch on Friday as he walloped Briton Dan Evans 6-2 6-2 6-1 to reach the last 16.

NEW YORK — Roger Federer overcame his second consecutive sluggish start to defeat Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 3-6 6-2 6-3 6-4 on Wednesday and advance to the U.S. Open third round.

SEATTLE -- These past four weeks have undoubtedly provided one of the best offensive stretches of Kyle Seager's career. But, to simply say the Seattle Mariners' veteran third baseman is having a pretty nice August drew an emphatic response from manager Scott Servais last week.

NEW YORK — Rafa Nadal was forced out of the U.S. Open last year in the semi-finals with a knee injury but the in-form Spaniard on Friday declared himself fit and ready for the punishing hardcourts at Flushing Meadows.

Two of the biggest names in women’s tennis — Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova — will face off in the first round of the US Open, their first-ever meeting in the tournament.