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Novak Djokovic Receives US Open Walkover When Jiri Vesely Withdraws

Posted by Staff on August 31st, 2016 @ 3:02 pm

Novak Djokovic will have an extra few days to recover from any ailments he may have this week at the US Open. The Serb was scheduled to play today on Arthur Ashe but his opponent, Jiri Vesely, withdrew with a left forearm injury.

Thanks to the walkover, Djokovic will await the Guido Pella-Mikhail Youzhny winner on Friday. And the 23-year-old Vesely beat Djokovic in their only meeting earlier this year in …

Serena Fast Starter at US Open; Woz vs. Kuzy on Wednesday

Posted by Staff on August 31st, 2016 @ 12:12 am

A right shoulder injury that contributed to a Rio Olympics loss nor a tough first-round opponent bothered world No. 1 Serena Williams on Tuesday as she moved safely into the second round at the US Open, defeating Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-3.

“I got off to a fast start, because I knew she was a really tough opponent,” Serena said of the former world No. 8 and Rio Olympics gold medal …

Murray Dominates Rosol At US Open, Karlovic Sets Ace Record; Djokovic, Nadal Return Wednesday

Posted by Staff on August 30th, 2016 @ 11:54 pm

Andy Murray opened his US Open in near perfect form blasting past Lukas Rosol 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

2014 finalist Kei Nishikori needed four set to put away Benjamin Becker 6-1, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Nishikori and Murray could meet in the quarterfinals.

Former champion Juan Martin del Potro had no trouble beating countryman Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(3). It was del Potro’s first match back at the US Open since 2013.

“I am so …

Novak Djokovic Pays Tribute To Phil Collins After US Open Win [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 30th, 2016 @ 3:50 pm

After a 4-set win over Jerzy Janowicz last night at the US Open, Novak Djokovic broke out into song and dance in tribute to opening ceremony act Phil Collins.

Djokovic’s rendition of Genesis’s “I Can’t Dance” may have been the highlight of the night for the 2-time US Open who again struggled with all types of issues.

Boris Becker: Novak Djokovic Had A Bad Wrist At Wimbledon

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 30th, 2016 @ 3:48 pm

In a column for the Gulf News, Boris Becker revealed that Novak Djokovic’s had a wrist problem at Wimbledon.

“He has now admitted to be carrying a wrist strain at Wimbledon,” Becker wrote Sunday. “He was unwilling to bring it up since he was beaten fair and square there, but the wrist did trouble him there and is still a problem for him. However, he is the favorite and the …

Kerber, Muguruza Opening Day Winners At US Open; Serena, Venus, Halep Tuesday

Posted by Staff on August 30th, 2016 @ 1:04 am

Top favorites and 2016 Grand Slam champions Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza both advanced into the second round of the US Open on Monday.

Kerber, who won the last hardcourt Slam in Australia, won the first seven games of her match against Polona Hercog before Slovenian retired because she wasn’t feeling well in the heat.

“It’s never the way I would like to finish the match, but I went out there to …

Flat Djokovic Wins In 4 At US Open; Nadal, Cilic Strong; Murray, Del Potro Open Play Tuesday

Posted by Staff on August 30th, 2016 @ 12:47 am

Playing his first match in three weeks, Novak Djokovic labored through a lethargic 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 win over Jerzy Janowicz in the first round of the US Open Monday night.

“Each day presents us some kind of challenges that we need to overcome, accept and overcome,” Djokovic said. “It wasn’t easy today playing against Jerzy for the first time. He’s a very, you know, potent player, powerful serve, big forehands. …

Djokovic, Nadal, Kerber Kick Things Off On Day 1 At The US Open

Posted by Staff on August 28th, 2016 @ 11:27 pm

The US Open gets underway with former champions Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal opening play Monday.

Djokovic has been out with a left wrist injury since his Rio loss earlier this month, and had limited practice while in New York. But the 2-time champion says he’ll be ready for his first round night match against Jerzy Janowicz, a former Top 15 player and Wimbledon semifinalist.

Nadal, who had his own left wrist …

US Open Women’s Preview: Is Serena Too Old To Win? Can Kerber Claim No. 1?

Posted by Sean Randall on August 28th, 2016 @ 6:06 pm

Serena Williams embarks on her quest for a 7th US Open title Tuesday night. But there are questions for the best female tennis player on the planet. She’s got a shoulder issue, she’s 34 going on 35 and she’s on the edge of losing her No. 1 ranking to the on-coming Angelique Kerber. Yet, Serena is still the clear favorite having won the US Open three of the last four …

Carreno Busta Edges Bautista Agut To Claim First ATP Title In Winston-Salem

Posted by Staff on August 27th, 2016 @ 11:59 pm

Falling behind a set and a break was no issue for Pablo Carreno Busta who fought back to beat countryman Roberta Bautista Agut 6-7(6), 7-6(1), 6-4 to win his first career title at the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina on Sunday.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” the 25-year-old Carreno Busta said. “I worked very hard to be here and now I have to enjoy this moment… To [beat] Roberto you have to …

Agnieszka Radwanska Beats Elina Svitolina To Win New Haven And US Open Series

Posted by Staff on August 27th, 2016 @ 11:49 pm

Agnieszka Radwanska captured her 19th career title beating Elina Svitolina 6-1, 7-6(3) to win the New Haven title Sunday.

The last wildcard entrant blasted Petra Kvitova in the semifinals Saturday 6-1, 6-1 and then roared out to a similar scoreline in the first set of the final before the Ukrainian mounted a late surge.

“A great week for me,” Radwanska told the Hartford Courant. “Great preparation. A couple of great matches. …

Angelique Kerber: If The Day Comes When I Reach No. 1, That Will Be Amazing

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 27th, 2016 @ 11:45 am

After a missed opportunity last week in Cincinnati where she was two sets from the No. 1 ranking, Angelique Kerber remains hopeful of grabbing the top spot either at the US Open or down the road. But she continues to deemphasize the chase.

“I will not put too much pressuring on this,” Kerber said during the US Open media day. “If the day will come I will reach No. 1, would …

Rafael Nadal: The Big 4 Won’t Be Here Forever!

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 27th, 2016 @ 11:23 am

In shocking news, Rafael Nadal admitted the Big 4 won’t rule tennis forever. There will be new generations at the top of tennis for many years to come. But right now, the same guys are still on top.

“The big four, “ Nadal said Friday at the US Open. “Are getting older. Is normal that there is new generation that tries to be in that positions, no? But still Novak is …

Andy Murray: I’ll Be Lucky To Be Playing At This Level In 3 Years

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 27th, 2016 @ 11:10 am

Now 29, Andy Murray is realistic about his tennis future. He knows the time is now to build on his resume and that’s what he’s been doing.

Made the US Open favorite by some, Murray has won 22 of his last 23 matches with three titles since the clay season including a second Wimbledon and a second gold. Now he’s after a second US Open.

But Murray admits, that one day …

Novak Djokovic Admits A Personal (Marital?) Issue Derailed His Wimbledon

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 27th, 2016 @ 11:07 am

During his pre-tournament presser Friday at the US Open. Novak Djokovic revealed he was dealing with a personal issue during his loss to Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon third round.

“It’s tough to go back now and talk about that,” Djokovic said. “It was nothing physical. It’s not an injury. It was some other things that I was going through privately.

“We all have private issues and things that are more …