Jordan Thompson has advanced to the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in his career after blitzing Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin in straight sets.
Thompson secured the 7-5 6-4 6-1 victory off the back of an impressive serving performance, hitting 11 aces and just 2 double faults as he landed 65% of his first serves.
The 26-year-old got off to a slow start, with the Kukushkin showing no sign of fatigue after his five-set thriller in round two as he broke the Australian in the fifth game.
However, Thomspon would maintain his composure, getting the break back before securing the first set 7-5 in 52 minutes.
The second set was a tight affair as both players traded breaks in the opening two games of the second game.
Eventually, Thompson would regain the ascendency, capitalising on a poor service game by the world number 90 to rake the second set 6-4.
From here, it was all Thompson as he claimed the first five games of the third set.
Whilst Kukushkin would save one match point on his serve, Thomspon would eventually serve it out to book his place in the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in his career.
Career highs continue for Jordan Thompson at the #USOpen
— TennisAustralia (@TennisAustralia) September 4, 2020
Jordan Thompson is through to the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time!
Defeats Kukushin in a scrappy but dominant performance, 7-5 6-4 6-1.
— Lachlan McKirdy (@LMcKirdy7) September 4, 2020
Thompson’s victory earned the 26-year-old Sydneysider at least a $US250,000 cheque, putting him inside the top 55.
He will look to become the second Australian to make the quarter-finals of the Men’s singles when he faces either Greek fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas or Croatian Borna Coric on Monday.
Australian No.1 Alex de Minaur has the chance to join Thompson in the fourth round on Sunday when he takes on towering Russian 11th seed Karen Khachanov.