Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored twice each as La Liga champions Barcelona turned on the style to hammer Huesca 8-2 on Sunday while Real Betis ended a 12-year wait for a home victory over local rivals Sevilla by winning the local derby 1-0.
Sao Paulo lost Diego Souza to a red card in the first half and conceded an own goal early in the second but the Brazilian league leaders battled back to salvage a 1-1 draw at home to Fluminense on Sunday.
Top seed Rafael Nadal set up an intriguing U.S. Open quarter-final showdown with Dominic Thiem after snuffing out a comeback attempt by Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili with a 6-3 6-3 6-7(6) 6-4 win on Sunday.
Ninth seed Dominic Thiem stepped up his bid for a first Grand Slam title on Sunday, toppling last year's runner-up Kevin Anderson 7-5 6-2 7-6(2) to reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals for the first time.
It has taken just one week for the newly renovated Louis Armstrong Stadium to earn a spooky reputation as the U.S. Open graveyard after four of the five top women seeds saw their Grand Slam hopes buried under the blue hardcourt.