2022 US Open: Petra Kvitova edges Garbine Muguruza in three-set thriller
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21st seed Petra Kvitova and ninth seed Garbine Muguruza played the best match of the 2022 US Open with the Czech coming out on top 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (10) in their third-round encounter.

Kvitova hit 43 winners to Muguruza's 21 with the Spaniard winning 67 percent of her first serve points to the Czech's 65 in their two-hour, 38 minute battle,

A fourth-round clash with eighth seed Jessica Pegula awaits Kvitova where a win against the American, who she's 2-0 against, would equal her best result at Flushing Meadows.

Story of the match

After five routine holds to start the match, Kvitova broke following a couple of erratic shots by Muguruza and the Czech fired a winner into the open court to take a 4-2 lead.

The Spaniard broke back thanks to Kvitova double-faulting and a hold brought her level at 4-4. Another double fault by the 21st seed a few games later put Muguruza in front 6-5.

She was able to serve out the set and on set point, Kvitova found the net with a backhand to put Muguruza up a set.

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The second set started much like the first with both players comfortably holding until Kvitova broke in the sixth game and consolidated her lead to extend her advantage to 5-2.

A two-time quarterfinalist in New York, Kvitova served out the set, firing an ace to wrap it up and force a third and deciding set in this power-hitting thriller.

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Muguruza broke in the sixth game following a forehand error by the Czech to take control of the deciding set by a 4-2 scoreline and a hold made it 5-2, the ninth seed a game away from victory.

Two games later, the Spaniard stepped up to serve for the match, but started with a double fault, was lured into error by Kvitova's sudden strategic use of the slice, and was broken on a forehand shank.

Muguruza had two match points at 6-5, but Kvitova saved the first with an ace and the second when the Spaniard netted a forehand and she eventually held in a ten-minute game.

A ten-point tiebreaker would decide this epic and minibreaks were exchanged midway through. Kvitova took control, winning four of the next five points to go in front 8-5.

Muguruza fought back and staved off three match points, but Kvitova hit a spectacular running forehand to set up a fourth to make the score 11-10 and a point later, one final forehand error by the Spaniard ended an instant classic.

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