Update on the latest in sports:
Federer can be oldest male Slam semifinalist since Connors
NEW YORK (AP) – Roger Federer resumes his bid for his first U.S. Open title in 11 years with a quarterfinal under the lights at night against unseeded Grigor Dimitrov.
The 38-year-old Federer is trying to become the oldest male Grand Slam semifinalist since Jimmy Connors was 39 during his 1991 run at the U.S. Open.
Federer’s potential path to the final no longer includes nemesis Novak Djokovic – or anyone else who ever has beaten him on a hard court, for that matter.
That’s because Federer is a combined 26-0 on that surface against the players left on his half of the bracket. He is 6-0 on hard courts against Dimitrov, 17-0 against Stan Wawrinka and 3-0 against Daniil Medvedev.
Wawrinka, the 2016 champion in New York, takes on the fifth-seeded Medvedev in the afternoon Tuesday.
Serena Williams will test her right ankle after rolling it and tries to return to the semifinals when she plays Wang Qiang. Elina Svitolina meets Johanna Konta in another women’s quarterfinal.
DeGrom against Scherzer in DC
UNDATED (AP) – It’s a marquee matchup when Jacob deGrom starts for the Mets against Max Scherzer at Nationals Park. Washington leads the NL wild-card race, New York is chasing. DeGrom is 1-0 with a 0.53 ERA in three games vs. the Nationals this season. Scherzer has a 3.24 ERA in 8 1/3 innings over two starts since returning from the injured list last month. Mets catcher Wilson Ramos owns a 25-game hitting streak, the longest active string in the majors.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Edwin Encarnacion is set to rejoin the Yankees after missing a month because of a broken right wrist. He’s hit 30 home runs this year, including nine in 36 games since being acquired from Seattle in mid-June. The slugger returns to the Yankees to take on Texas, a day after they lost 7-0 to Mike Minor and the Rangers – that ended New York’s streak of 220 games without being shut out.
– The threat of Hurricane Dorian caused Wednesday’s scheduled game between Tampa Bay and Baltimore to be moved up a day. The teams will now play a doubleheader, only the third twinbill for the Rays in 22 seasons at Tropicana Field.
– Minnesota rookie Randy Dobnak makes his first start in the majors, facing the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The 24-year-old righty has a 0.00 ERA in eight innings over three relief appearances since making his big league debut this month. Dobnak was signed in 2017 out of a Detroit-based independent league. He’ll be opposed by former Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello.
– The Chicago Cubs face Mariners righty Felix Hernandez at Wrigley Field. Jon Lester starts for Chicago in a matchup of former Cy Young Award winners. Cubs star shortstop Javier Baez was sidelined for a game after injuring his left thumb sliding into second base on Sunday. He might miss another day.
– The Atlanta Braves, winners of five in a row, finish a two-game interleague series at home against the Toronto Blue Jays, losers of 11 of their last 14. The Braves are a season-high 31 games over .500 and lead the N-L East by six and a-half games.
– Zack Greinke is on the mound for the Astros as they wrap up a two-game series in Milwaukee against the Brewers. Milwaukee is starting righthander Jordan Lyles.
– Indians righthander Mike Clevinger has a nine-game winning streak over 11 starts heading into tonight’s matchup against the Chicago White Sox.
– Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Julio Urias makes his first start since being reinstated from the restricted list after being suspended 20 games by MLB for a domestic violence incident. He’ll be limited to three innings and 45 pitches against the Rockies.
– In other National League action, the Reds host the Phillies, the Marlins are at Pittsburgh, the Cards host the Giants in St. Louis and the San Diego Padres play the Diamondbacks in Arizona. In the American League, the Angels are at Oakland and the Detroit Tigers visit the Royals in K-C.