World No. 2 Andy Murray will drop down the rankings after a dispirited 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 loss on Tuesday to No. 16 seed Marin Cilic at the US Open.
Murray said he was disappointed in his lack of ability to grind his way back into the match against the big-hitting Croat.
“That’s why I’m disappointed,” Murray said. “You know, I just didn’t — you know, I didn’t find a way to get myself into the match. There was very few long rallies after the first set, and normally, you know, I’m able to get myself into rallies. But, you know, I guess on the return, you know, every time I had a chance, you know, he would hit a big serve or I would hit a poor return, especially on the second serve. You know, just a lot allowed him to dictate the play.”
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“I plan on playing just now,” Murray said. “See what I, you know, do from here. You know, go and obviously take a few days off. You know, been over in the States now, you know, a good sort of six and a half, seven weeks. You know, so I will go home and rest and, you know, make sure I do all the right things and, you know, hopefully be okay.”
Now you know.
No. 11 seed Fernando Gonzalez was another winner Tuesday, using his experience in outdueling No. 7 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-4 in a big-hitting contest.
“I didn’t have a great performance, because I was one set, 2-0 down,” Gonzalez said. “I didn’t know his game too good, so he surprised me a lot with his second serve especially. I know he have a big serve, I didn’t realize how big was his second serve. He bounce it really high. It was a little bit uncomfortable when I was returning. But third set was really important, no breaks, but I play really good tiebreak.”
In the semis Gonzo will play Rafael Nadal, who came back from a break down in the first set and an uncomfortable stomach muscle injury to defeat French mental midget Gael Monfils 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 in the final night match.
No. 6-seeded Argentina Juan Martin Del Potro was another winner, downing No. 24 seed and former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.
On the slate for Wednesday is (1) Bryan brothers vs. (4) Lukas Dlouhy/Leander Paes, (4) Novak Djokovic vs. (10) Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, and in the nighttime finale, (1) Roger Federer vs. (12) Robin Soderling.
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HELFANT SURFACES — New ATP CEO Adam Helfant has been pretty much invisible in his new job, but on Tuesday he emerged at the US open to announce that player injuries are not an issue (surprise!) even in the face of ever-rising occurences, and that in 2010 the ATP will hold a made-for-TV “All Star” event prior to Indian Wells in March. Yay. “We’re looking at it as a way to extend our reach, to reach more casual sports fans and tennis fans,” Helfant told The Associated Press. “It seems to work in other sports. We’ll see if it works here. Our players think it will work.” Too bad that, referencing past efforts of what you think is cool/relevent, you guys will screw it up…
JUMP AROUND — America’s new pastime: go to the US Open, stand in the plaza behind the ESPN outdoor studio while they’re on-air, call your friend/family on the cell phone, and ask if they can see you while you jump around and wave your arms like an asshole. It’s fun!…
ESPN’s Mary Jo Fernandez interview Flavia Pennetta before she went on court Tuesday night: “You’re the first female woman to rank in the Top 10 from Italy…” — Let’s see some pics of those other women that weren’t females to rank in the Top 10!…
China’s repressed Na Li on Andre Agassi being her favorite player (Agassi circa late ’80s): “No, I mean, you can saw picture before. He was long hair, and he can do whatever he want. And then I just feel like — yeah, I just think maybe some day I was like him, like I can do whatever I want.”…
Svetlana Kuznetsova after losing to Caroline Wozniacki, pontificating on Wozniacki’s chances against Melanie Oudin: “I don’t know. I really don’t care.”…
Andy Murray said “you know” 81 times in his post-match loss at the US Open…
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