Nadal, Roddick, Young Advance Friday at US Open
by Staff | September 3rd, 2011, 12:38 am
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A former world No. 1 had a light day while another young American made a breakthrough on the men’s side.


No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal led Nicolas Mahut 6-2, 6-2 when the Frenchman retired due to a stomach strain.

Donald Young continued his boy-to-man transformation of the summer of 2011, ousting No. 14 seed Stan Wawrinka 7-6(1) in the fifth set.

“I would like to think I’m a pretty tough person deep down,” Young said. “Just had to grow up a little bit.”

Also on the upset tip were Russian Igor Kunitsyn defeating No. 17 Jurgen Melzer 7-6(5) in the fifth, and Argentine David Nalbandian beating No. 30 Ivan Ljubicic in four.

Other Top 10-seeded winners were No. 4 Andy Murray coming from two sets down to defeat Dutchman Robin Haase, and No. 5 David Ferrer beating American James Blake in straights.

“My legs were not getting me around the court like they normally do and I was out of position for a lot of balls,” said Murray, who will next face Spaniard Feliciano Lopez. “Once I really just forced myself to get to as many balls as possible, kind of hustled a few points and got the break in the third set, I kind of started playing better. That’s really a big part of my game, so I think it was down to that.”

Notable lower-seeded winners were former US Open champ and No. 18 seed Juan Martin del Potro, former US Opem champ and No. 21 seed Andy Roddick, and No. 28 seed John Isner.

Roddick gave American junior star Jack Sock a straight-set welcome to the pros, but Sock showed impressive court coverage and power in a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 loss. Roddick little resembled the power player that claimed the US Open eight years ago, failing to hit a forehand winner until the 13th game of the opening set.

Isner said he was pleased with his performance, downing fellow American Robby Ginepri.

“I knew going in I’d have to serve my best because he’s such a good returner,” Isner said. “That’s what I did. When I had my chances I capitalized, so it was a very, very good match on my part, I thought. I was very pleased with how I played.”

Matches to look for Saturday include (3) Roger Federer vs. (27) Marin Cilic, (1) Novak Djokovic vs. unseeded Nikolay Davydenko, (9) Tomas Berdych vs. (20) Janko Tipsarevic, unseeded South African Kevin Anderson vs. (8) Mardy Fish, an all-unseeded in Juan Monaco vs. former world No. 2 Tommy Haas, (11) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. (19) Fernando Verdasco, the all-Spanish (31) Marcel Granollers vs. former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, and (22) Alexandr Dolgopolov vs. Ivo Karlovic.

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 AM Start Time
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[1] v. Vania King (USA)
Roger Federer (SUI)[3] v. Marin Cilic (CRO)[27]
Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[4] v. Serena Williams (USA)[28]

Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00 PM Start Time
Sloane Stephens (USA) v. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[16]
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] v. Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 AM Start Time
Tomas Berdych (CZE)[9] v. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)[20]
Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[11] v. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)[17]
Kevin Anderson (RSA) v. Mardy Fish (USA)[8]
Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) v. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[15]

Grandstand 11:00 AM Start Time
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) v. Francesca Schiavone (ITA)[7]
Andrea Petkovic (GER)[10] v. Roberta Vinci (ITA)[18]
Juan Monaco (ARG) v. Tommy Haas (GER)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[11] v. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)[19]


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315 Comments for Nadal, Roddick, Young Advance Friday at US Open

Humble Rafa Says:

Donald Young’s ego went up so much, it couldn’t stay in his head.


El Flaco Says:

Berdych has earned a new nickname.

Tomas “No Más” Berdych


jane Says:

I am surprised about Berdy: he rolled through in his last match. However, he retired in Cincy with a shoulder problem so it may’ve come back.


tennisfansince76 Says:

for all the talks of the court speed they now appear to be playing at about the speed they normally do.


jane Says:

Fed’s beating Cilic handily so far.

So I read at the USO site that they’ve had a record breaking 18 retirements. Ten so far on the men’s side at Granollers just retired versus JCF.

Maybe the tour is just too much. Soooooo many injuries and illnesses leading into this event and over the season.


Emily Says:

Crazy about the amount of retirements, but as sorry as i am for Granollers, JCF needs the break after 2 five setters in a row. Should be an interesting one against Tipsarevic.
Watching the coverage, i sometimes wish McEnroe wouldn’t beat up on of the players and leave the other alone. Maybe i biased b/c i’m a big Cilic fan and while a lot of what McEnroe says is true, Marin is a really sweet guy and when he’s on like he was against Harrison, he’s great. I think he can only go up, but he isn’t playing his best right now.
P.S. That comment about Tommy Haas going through a metal detector was a low blow for a guy that’s had so many injuries


steve-o Says:

The Federer Cilic match is quite close, Cilic is looking very good from the baseline.

Federer had to play very well to win the first set, he is 10 for 10 when coming to the net.


Kimmi Says:

Tough match indeed steve-o. federer was luck to be broken on the 4th game second set.

C’mon fed


jane Says:

Cilic is at 48% first serves and 17 UEs to Fed’s 7 UEs. Fed is serving really well by comparison.


Kimmi Says:

federer that backhand is leaking errors.


Kimmi Says:

important game coming up for fed


Kimmi Says:

Cilic with set point..the FH is giving fed problems


jane Says:

Fed is 14 of 18 at net, good as steve-o pointed out, whereas Cilic is 9 of 18 at net. However, Cilic’s forehand looks VERY good, and when he gets a first serve in it really allows him to dictate with it. And when he gets into rallies, he can win the point with it.


Kimmi Says:

oh lord! what a rally!


Kimmi Says:

CILIC!! takes the second..is pumped up!

can fed get out of this????


jane Says:

A couple of second serves really helped Marin get the break and hence the set. Fed’s first serve percentage dropped dramatically from 68% to now 59%. I remember in Montreal Marin was all over Nole’s second serves. When he plays patiently, and waits for his chances, Marin can be tough.


Kimmi Says:

hmmm everyone wants to beat federer in GS for their carrier to change.

I think cilic can win this…


Kimmi Says:

wow, what a dropper!


jane Says:

Lots of errors now from Cilic.


Kimmi Says:

Mixing shots fed, causing an error from cilic.

C’mon..wake up please!


Kimmi Says:

OH NO! WHAT A RETURN.

HOLD Please!


Kimmi Says:

DF, he is giving this game away..c’mo fed


Kimmi Says:

bad approach shot! 0-40 oh well!


Kimmi Says:

WWWWOW!


jane Says:

23 UEs by Marin to 10 for Fed, so Fed is playing cleaner tennis overall. But Imagine what Cilic could do if he could just cut down on errors! And kept his first serve firing. That has been the case with his errors for several years now.

But oops! Love-40. I notice Fed grunting a little on serve. I wonder if his back is an issue. Have no idea, because he was serving really well in the first set. But it has been something he has dealt with before.

Cilic breaks. Now down love-30. Break again?


Kimmi Says:

ah! to the net! not good


Kimmi Says:

hmm cilic is playing well. very well actually! i have a bad feeling!


jane Says:

Kimmi, I think you’re right that mixing it up works better versus Cilic because when Fed hits it hard, Cilic hits it back harder.


Kimmi Says:

2 bad mishit! c’mon fed


jane Says:

Another douboe fault from Fed? Hmmm. Strange.


Kimmi Says:

DF! oh lord! federer is breaking down.

Lucky there..


jane Says:

Ha ha ha!


Kimmi Says:

PheW!!! now every federer game is a difficult hold!

great point!


van orten Says:

Last 16 serves only two in…no wonderr he is in trouble


Kimmi Says:

15-30 c’moon fed


huh Says:

Fed may lose it, i m also feeling sick at the moment. ominous signs for a fed fan :(


van orten Says:

Awful First serves% at the Moment


jane Says:

Fed at 54% first serves; Cilic at 48%. Neither getting in many serves and both having a tough time holding. It doesn’t look too windy so it isn’t that. But supposedly hot and humid.


Kimmi Says:

that was bad miss, now cilic to hold


van orten Says:

Has to wake up now!!!!


Kimmi Says:

huh – i feel the same. federer losing in the third round. sick in my stomach!


Kimmi Says:

Cilic is attacking. federer answered with BH winner.

c’mooon fed! serve well pleeeease!


jane Says:

He has lost only one set!


Kimmi Says:

wow! fed dropper! that was good.

Easy hold for a change!

Huh – feeling sicker and sicker. fed needs to win this set.


huh Says:

Unfortunately fed’s just most vulnerabl of all the top guys. :(


Kimmi Says:

jane – it is the way this match is going. Cilic is looking better and better. and federer is looking..well…like the federer of these days..


jane Says:

Now, both hold easily in their respective service games. Back on track?


jane Says:

I understand, Kimmi, I am the biggest worrier. But actually Fed’s stats are as good if not better than Cilic’s. He is hitting less winners, but also less errors. His first serve percentage is a little higher than Marin’s. And he has won more points in the match. So. It is pretty even steven, really. If Cilic wins this set then it gets diceyer. I know stats don’t tell the whole story, but look at how easily Fed is holding now. That is a good sign.


van orten Says:

Cilic playing Very good..as always when they face fed..


van orten Says:

Wow what an easy error


huh Says:

Yes kimmi, if fed loses dis 3rd set, he’d lose d match, i realy feel :(
and if he loses in 3rd round (GOD FORBID), he would be devastatd, i kno i would be! :(
anyway, best of luck to fed.

mrs.jane, fed has already lost 1 set, dats how i would describ d situation, n is about to lose perhaps d 2nd set! :(


van orten Says:

Come in fed!!!!


jane Says:

I don’t often say this, but I agree with Carillo. If Cilic had a better serve and got more first serves in, he would be in the top ten for sure. He moves well. His groundstrokes are great, etc. But he is getting in barely 50% firsts and they aren’t as fast as Ivo’s or ISner’s so more returnable. He is playing well, but it is his serve that is, surprisingly, the weak point.


Kimmi Says:

break here ged and then serve for the set pleaaaaase!


van orten Says:

Vamos fed!!!!!!!


jane Says:

Double fault by Cilic. Yep, the serve is the key for him. His coach should help him make it into more of a weapon.


Kimmi Says:

DF…when was the time i cheered for a DF? ah! hope fed can serve well to hold here


huh Says:

Kimmi, al i can think of doin now is to HOPE FOR THE BEST for fed…


Kimmi Says:

huh – fed needs to hold here. really!! Holding here is like soooooo important huh.


jane Says:

They warned Cilic for taking too much time, and then he double faulted for the break. As JMac said, tough timing for the warning.


huh Says:

c’mon dear fed, pleas hold your serv n win d set n match!


Kimmi Says:

SHIT :(


van orten Says:

Vamos roger!!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

wow, the big serve in the middle. exactly what he needed. and another..

huh – i am happy but….not over till its over!


huh Says:

Dont care how bad cilic plays or how unlucky he gets here, but i want fed win n only fed win! of cours none of these two should get any injury whil dis match. othr than that, just c’mon fed!


van orten Says:

Kimmy love ur suffering…i am too!!!


jane Says:

I think Fed should be able to take it, being two sets up, and serving better. Depends on how Cilic regroups after that sudden ending to the third set.


huh Says:

Same here kimmi, not over til its over..


Kimmi Says:

lol van orten, its tough to be a roger fan nowadays


tennisfansince76 Says:

i am impressed w/ Cilic’s ball striking today. sometimes he tends to be a bit spinny. today it seems like he is hitting the harder flatter ball. for most of the 2nd and 3rd sets Cilic has looked like the younger better player. then its 4-4 and he blinked. i agree w/ everyone. Cilic should retool his serve. his serve is a real liability for a 6-6 player especially considering how good the rest of his game is.


Kimmi Says:

jane – i dont know. the only thing i dont want to see is a situation like tsonga match at wimbledon. who saw that coming? being up 2 sets!

c’mon fed!


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Jane thats why tennis needs a clock. it would take the personal element out of it. 1r5 seconds to serve and thats it.


Kimmi Says:

Fish break..this fish is very tough nowadays


madmax Says:

Hi Kimmi, Huh, Jane.

Am watching the match over the pond, but try not to worry. Federer can be up and down these days as we know, but you just have to stick with it.

One day he will lose in the third round, but not today.

Federer will be up and ready. Don’t worry. It’s important that he focuses. This is the key. He has much more variety than Cilic, even though the big man has big shots, his movement is not as good. Fed just has to want to win this. Everyone predicting it may go five.

Hoping it will be a four!

It’s important for him but also for the fans!

As Jane says, the stats are in Fed’s favour, but the serve has to be ‘on’. Two great serves to wrap up the third set by fed.

He can do this. Does he want it badly enough though?

Come on Fed!

Let’s hope for an attacking style, and more at the net. That seems to be successful for Fed.


van orten Says:

His serve motion Pools like breaking His back


van orten Says:

I meant looks like


huh Says:

being a fed fan these days is such roler-coastr afair, wheres boardin nole/rafa freight train coulda givn me a supr smooth ride.
but a fed fan wil tel u dat its imposibl to lov anyone els mor dan fed, no matter even if it givs us fits these days!


jane Says:

Tfs76, i see what you mean re: the clock. Cilic could be top ten with a better first serve methinks.

Kimmi, yeah, didn’t see that coming at Wimbledon for sure.


Humble Rafa Says:

Kimmy love ur suffering…i am too!!!

Me too. After seeing Roger win the third set, my heart broke. Xisca is consoling me right now. But there is hope. It is Roger after all, I am sure he will find a way to shank or lose serve at key moments.

Good to be Rafa!


madmax Says:

Come on fed. Focussssssssssssssss!

Focus.

Huh, it is a rollar coaster, yes, but come on! What a ride it’s been and it ain’t over yet. Just keep believing. Federer believes and so should we.

Federer is moving well. His form is bound to dip a bit in the third set, as he has played so well with an early start, he should be better on break points as well.

He’s got to take those chances though.

Come on Fed!


Kimmi Says:

poor returns from fed..cilic just fish with big FH


madmax Says:

break points lost.

But the shots were tricky to return.

Come on Fed, try to break.

I really wish these commentators would stop coming out with such trash sometimes! They aren’t playing the match!

Come on Roger, 3rd Break point!

Let’s take it!

Focussssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


van orten Says:

Come on rog!!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

break! phew!

c’mon fed, dont get broken back please.


madmax Says:

Right. Okay, he takes it. Now, it’s important that Fed holds on to this. He simply cannot afford to lose focus.

I don’t mind him having a good workout, it’s not like I want this to be an easy match for him.

Cilic is an under rated player, but this is Federer!

Stay focussed throughout the rest of the match please Federer!


Humble Rafa Says:

Kimmi! Don’t hold your breath. History is your guide!


Kimmi Says:

humble rafa lol


van orten Says:

Haha humble rafa…how are your fingers???


madmax Says:

wrap it up quick now fed.

It’s within your reach. Just keep the focus.


Kimmi Says:

I dont know, but fed seem to be in control. I hope this does not change.

C’mon fed


Humble Rafa Says:

They are still sore. I need them (the fingers) in case I lose.


Aravind Says:

Phew.. Federer consolidates the break in the fourth set. Cilic is a dangerous player.. Still remember him beating Andy Murray 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 two years ago.. Federer needs to avoid mental lapses..
Both men doing very well on first serves..


huh Says:

I lov u humble rafa!!! :D


madmax Says:

New balls now. Fly fast in the air and work them to your advantage Fed!


madmax Says:

Jane,

I don’t think that it’s safe to say Fed is safe. He is going to have to work for this. It’s not easy and he can’t afford to give points away, something he has been good at these days – too often.

No more gifts. It’s just not consistent enough.


madmax Says:

This is important now. Can’t watch. Kimmi, hold the fort and huh too.


van orten Says:

Wowwww


jane Says:

Humble Rafa, you really are a card, lol! :)


van orten Says:

Lol tweener by fed


Kimmi Says:

fed just saved a break point. still there is time to panic here


Aravind Says:

Federer erases a breakpoint with a big serve and goes on to hold with two more good first serves.. Phew!! Federer has clearly lost half a step, and his serve is still keeping him competitive..


madmax Says:

Yep. Well done.

Would be good if Roger came forward a bit more and not wait for the ball to reach him. Take it earlier.


Kimmi Says:

i missed a tweeeener..

fed just needs to win this please


huh Says:

Cilic is a seriosly talentd guy, i lik his game mor dan soda/gasquet/gulbis/berdy! cilic at his best is not wat fed needs to progres!


jane Says:

I think JMac is right – Cilic was rattled at the end of the third, spirit broken to start the fourth? Fed seems to have control, now. It is just one break of course, but just basing that on their demeanours and serves.


Kimmi Says:

break here and serve form it. cilic seem to be losing the energy maybe?


jane Says:

Now another break point for Fed. Cilic is slouchy at the moment. No fire. No luck with net chords. Looking good for Fed to serve it out?

Ball way out, not called, saves Marin, lol. Risky Challenge there.


madmax Says:

Commentators be quiet! Stop saying almost match point! game by game!


van orten Says:

Gotta go folks…expect fed to win this..vamos roger


Kimmi Says:

aaaaahhhhhh!

break points come and go!


jane Says:

Good rally!


Kimmi Says:

wow! fed of old there a little


Humble Rafa Says:

GOAT has the worst break point conversion ratio known to man.


jane Says:

Very good play by Fed with the slice. It was the smart way to go at that point. Clever.


Kimmi Says:

YAY! those slices worked this time..

Now I can relax huh! dont you think?


Aravind Says:

Some incredible slices from Federer give him the break after 4 breakpoints.. Phew.. This is a very close match.. Come on Federer.. Serve it out now!!


madmax Says:

Kimmi, huh, van orten, lets just say that if Roge doesn’t focus here, then I think it will just be too much. Serving now for the match.

Come on Roge!

Focusss Roge!


jane Says:

Kimmi, put your feet up, :)


tennisfansince76 Says:

two breaks up. coffee is for closers so Roger gets to enjoy a cup of Java after the match. Funny Cilic is the one wilting physically and mentally after losing the 3rd set. he couldn’t maintain the intensity. compare him to JDMP. he went down 2-1 in sets to Fed in the 2009 final and just came out and played 2 good sets.


jane Says:

Kimmi, Aravind and I – jinx on the “slice” posts. ;)


madmax Says:

match point.

Fed. come on!


jane Says:

Congrats to Fed. Sets 2 & 3 were close, but the “old man” was the stronger one in the end.


Kimmi Says:

YES ROG! good match. Hope this will make him sharper for matches to come.

Sorry cilic, but there is only one winner unfortunately


Humble Rafa Says:

Tommy Haas is ranked almost 500. WOW. How did he get in? Wild Card?


tennisfansince76 Says:

i just checked Cilic is only 22. good luck in getting him to change his serve motion. most players are very habitual about their strokes even when the stroke is a liability. I think Fed’s 4th round won’t be that hard. the qtr should be interesting.


huh Says:

Cilic at his screamin best can match or even beter Muzza. the only guys who are truly better dan cilic r fed, rafa, nole n jmdp. fat dave n baghdatis r d othr two who also hav mor raw n sublim talent dan cilic. barrin these aformentiond guys, a A+ cilic has imo d ability to blast off any othr player on his best day. muzza is also j great playr wid sublim kinda talent, yet cilic’s power game can handl him. muzza is artistic yet d simplistic cilic is capabl of muzza assault.
too bad, two playrs like fed n cilic had 2 clash with each other so early.


Aravind Says:

Good match for Roger.. Cilic has been in very poor form in the grand slams this year. But he is a dangerous upcoming player.. I think he has a slam or two in him at some point.. I think his next match will be definitely easier than this!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Go Fed! Old men can still work it.

Humble Rafa, a worthy addition to tennis X. U da man.


jane Says:

If Fed plays Tommy Haas, he will be the baby. Tee hee, ;)

Fed, you should be “pleased with your work.”

Fish doing well versus Anderson. I hope we get to see Tsonga versus Mardy; that could be an awesome match.


Humble Rafa Says:

Gentle Reminder! Juan Monaco has defeated Fed before.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Huh if Cilic retooled his serve so he could hit 55 to 70% big first serves in i agree he would be a contender for slams. w/ his current serve he is a dangerous floater but not likely to make a full run thru a whole slam. did anybody see yesterday’s Muzza match. I missed it. i heard it was a sickening chokefest.


Kimmi Says:

serena vs azarenka should be good..


jane Says:

Nalby pllays Rafa next I think; I wonder if he can get a set? Haven’t seen Nalby play here at all. No coverage.

Yeah, too bad Cilic ran into Fed so early.


Kimmi Says:

ferrero to the 4th round. more old guys are kicking butt


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Jane according to the atp website the H2H is 2-0 Fed. 1 on clay one on hard. i don’t think he can trouble Fed at the USO


tennisfansince76 Says:

sorry that was supposed to be a response to Humble Rafa


jane Says:

Tfs76, I saw only the first two sets of Muzza’s match and Hasse was playing well. Don’t know about choking,

Agree with you – totally! – about Cilic’s serve. He could also play a slightly more reigned in game at times, as he tends to always have very high error counts in his matches, so those two things. Otherwise, he has so much going for him.

Kimmi, do you think Vika can keep it close?!!


Kimmi Says:

i dont think it will be a blow out. vika is a tp 10 player.


jane Says:

Did you see all of Muzza’s match Kimmi? Was there choking? I didn’t hear that until tennisfansince76′s post.


huh Says:

Wat a relief kimmi, to see fed finaly comin thro, phew!
congrats kimmi, van orten n othr fed fans, now we can relax a litl bit


Ben Pronin Says:

Nice to see Cilic playing well again. Too bad the umpire screwed him over in the third set. Could be a blessing in disguise for Federer, having to fight hard so early in the event. But the next match might as well be a walkover (if Haas wins it probably will be).


Kimmi Says:

No i didnt see any of it. but I was following BBC commentary, the first set tie break seem like choking, muzza was up 4-1 he went on to lose 5 straight points..horrible it was!

what happened to haase in the 3rd and 4th set…crazy!


tennisfansince76 Says:

I just read about it. teh article said Murray was spinning in wimpy puff serves late in the 5th set. both players playing not to lose.

@Jane yes the top players seem to have very accurate snap judgments about what balls to lay wood to and when to reset the pt. Cilic went for it from some awkward positions today and made errors.


scoreboard66 Says:

Great win for Roger today. Hope he can continue on a roll and get to the SFs. C’mon Rog, show ‘em that you’ve still got what it takes to win another GS.

I’m finally beginning to enjoy watching Donald Young play. donald said he spent some time with Pete Sampras who told him that he’s expecting great things from him which got him thinking. Good for Pete to encourage Donald. Perhaps, it was just what he needed to hear the reassurance from a great champion that he has confidence in his abilities, to motivate him to take him to the next step or phase of his career.

Here’s wishing Serena will win this match and then another GS title.


huh Says:

d tenis-x coments r so vital considerin d fact dat its late nite wid mom-dad sleepin in tv room n thus i cant tune in to live telecast ;)


jane Says:

Kimmi, I didn’t see the last 3 sets so don’t know. Hasse did play well early on though, and Murray was a little too slow off the mark. He said he needed to start really chasing down balls to get his legs working.


Nina Says:

Both Nadal and Federer are playing really well this tournament. Muzza not so much. Nole is cruising. Interesting so far…


jane Says:

Oh, tfs76. Sometimes Muzza’s serve is a liability. Phew, lucky he came through. I guess he plays F-Lo next so he should come through that okay. Then the winner of Donald Young versus Chela. I was happy Young upset Wawa. But I don’t think he can beat Muzza over five, although he has beaten him in best of three.

Kimmi, I think Vika will get a few games.But I will be surprised if she keeps it tight.


scoreboard66 Says:

I believe Haase ran out of steam in the 3rd, 4th and the beginning of the 5th set. Then Murray began fading in the middle of the 5th and was just rolling in his serves, which is why Haase was able to even it up. Unfortiunately, the tiredness caught up with Haase again, giving Murray the win.

Murray will have to play at a higher level, especially with his serving, in his next match, but who knows he ight get a retirement also. Nadal and Djokovic each got retirements, next will be Murray’s time.

Thus far, Novak has played all night matches, but not so for the other top 4 guys.


Kimmi Says:

serena serve is firing…jane maybe there will be no contest


Kimmi Says:

“Thus far, Novak has played all night matches, but not so for the other top 4 guys.”

novak first round match was day i think scoreboard66


Little Wing Says:

WTF?! Rafa-Nably 1st match on Ashe @ 11am?!? And Roddick gets the 2nd match @ 1:30. Who the hell is doing the scheduling, that’s ridiculous!


scoreboard66 Says:

kimmi, I thought it was a night match, but I stand corrected if I’m wrong. He’s played all night matches since then, and will do so again tonight, yes?

It appeared to be hot today, coz, Rog was not his usual cool, as in no perspiration, self.


jane Says:

If the ball moves quicker in the day I am guessing but Fed might even prefer day? Not sure though of course.

Kimmi I knew it would be a rout. It was in Canada too but not even *this* bad.


Kimmi Says:

serena is playing better now than she has for a while. even 2009 USO she wasnt this good.


jane Says:

Agree Kimmi. No chance for anyone else, if feels like. Have looked at the draw a couple times and really cannot fatthom anyone beating her!


Kimmi Says:

scoreboard66 – attached is the schedule of play day 1. he payed the second match after 1pm start.

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/schedule/schedule8.html


jane Says:

I don’t see why they have to keep showing clips of Serena’s lineswoman incident. It was bad, for sure, but the players are human, they make mistakes – let them move on from them!


jane Says:

Muzza hasn’t had a night match yet, I don’t think (?), so that’s probably why Little Wing. I see Delpo is in the day on grandstand and Young is on in the night.

Kimmi, Aza seems to be playing a little better. But I can’t see her breaking Serena, her serve is just toooooo gooood


Kimmi Says:

yap! better match now. aza is pumping herself up. she wants to win this.


jane Says:

Nice to see Vika at least hanging in there and trying to go toe-to-toe with Serena. But she makes a lot of errors.


scoreboard66 Says:

Thanks Kimmi, I stand corrected, but since then it’s been all nikght matches. poor old Fed has to duke it out in the hot sun.


jane Says:

One teensy chink in the armour that Vika has shown: when she hits her grounstrokes hard into the middle of the court, Serena often steps in and hits it long. But it is risky.

If Serena breaks here, this is over.


Kimmi Says:

i think day matches suits fed scoreboard. it is a little faster. semi and finals are played during the day, so better get used to the sun.


Kimmi Says:

serena with errors now


Kimmi Says:

ha ha ha serena always animated


Kimmi Says:

break! i think that’s it!


scoreboard66 Says:

Kimmi, yes, with the courts being so much slower, I agree Fed will do better in the day, as the heat makes the court faster, but it’s still not fair.

I have a problem with the whining of some who complain about the scheduling, but yet don’t see the unfairness to the other players. Why hasn’t Murray gotten one night match this week, and why is Fish playing today during the day?


jane Says:

Kimmi, break but Aza was hanging with her for half the set. i think it was a similar scoreline in Canada.


Kimmi Says:

personally i dont care, as long as is a good match. during the week i only get to watch night matches live. fed match at night will be good.

Novak matches were great too.


jane Says:

I think Fish likes day: he may (?) even request it. He has said a number of times he likes playing in the heat. He is a sun lover. I am happy for Fish, such a great guy. Come on Mardy, break back! I want to see him and Tsonga play. Could be a cracker.

Serena – triple MP. She is the terminator! In a pretty way. :) I love her hair and dress, ha ha.


Kimmi Says:

azarenka is serving at 29%. no way you want to serve that poor when playing serena.

here is 3 matchpoints


jane Says:

Ha, Aza making Serena break a sweat, running her around, giving her “a run for her money” so to speak.


jane Says:

Had no idea Aza was serving that low. At least she makes Serena serve it out.


Kimmi Says:

why azarenka did not play like this from the beginning..she is capable of pushing serena.


jane Says:

True Kimmi and if she got more first serves in she could do even better. Good effort this second set.


jane Says:

Fourth MP and Aza comes to net. Brave! But ouch, Serena fell.


scoreboard66 Says:

@Kimmi, I only get to watch night matches also, well from 4:30 pm, onwards, but did you actually enjoy the djokovic/berloq match? The poor guy seemed to be in shock on Center Court. It’s funny how people talk about Serena beating up on the other players, who are top 20/30 players, but no one talks about Novak beating up on the hapless qualis and lower-ranked players. ha ha


Duro Says:

Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave, ha ha ha ha…


Kimmi Says:

BREAK! wow..azarenka!


jane Says:

Holy Moly!!! Kimmi do you believe it?


Kimmi Says:

yeah, i know jane!! azarenka is fighting. good to see.


jane Says:

Yay, Fish broke back.


Kimmi Says:

vika holds..this set deserves the tie breaker


Kimmi Says:

tense tie break! azarenka hanging on


jane Says:

Minibreak again to Serena.


Kimmi Says:

what a volley from aza


jane Says:

Wow, Aza is playing so bravely. i am impressed. I was wrong about this match. After watching Canada, and the first set here, i didn’t give Aza a chance to get even a set. She still may not, but she has certainly be in with a shot. What a great set of women’s tennis this has been. First class from both ladies!


jane Says:

MP# 5 and Serena gets it. Congrats to her, but major kudos to Azarenka – great effort!


Kimmi Says:

error to finish the match.

congrats to serena. yes, I agree jane. azarenka played very well. She needs to win these kind of matches to have a shot at winning a major.


Duro Says:

Is anyone watching Haas-Monaco? Pay attention to Haas’s t-shirt. Surreal…


Duro Says:

Damn, he changed it in a meanwhile…

You lost a priceless site, people.


Kimberly Says:

it kind of blows that us open didn’t do something about the seeding-Azarenka was really worthy of a quarter final or semi final showing. Bad luck for her and whoever faces williams earlier than they should from here on out. She is certainly a “dangeorus floater”


Kimmi Says:

scoreboard99 – let hope the novak match is interesting tonight.

davydenko is not what he used to be but he can hit some crazy winners.


Kimmi Says:

so, monaco is the next federer opponent before he face another tough one from tsonga or fish.


scoreboard66 Says:

Kimmi, hope so for your enjoyment. I have dinner plans with my GF which trumps tennis.She’d be pretty mad if I were to watch tennis instead of going to dinner with her.


Kimmi Says:

OK, let me cheer for hotsauce, since tsonga is a federer killer he will not get any love from me. ha ha as if he cares.

Lets go hot sauce


jane Says:

Kimmi, Tsonga has to beat Hotsauce first. ;) They’ve played only once and Hotsauce won but it was in 2009 at the AO when Fernando was playing out of this world! So I think the favorite is Tsonga based on present form.

Agree with you re: Davy: he can hit crazy winners; he was blasting Nole off the court, up a double break in set one, in Montreal. We’ll see. If Nole wins, he faces Dolgo, who is a super fun player to watch and could trouble Nole with all his pace changes and so on, plus they’ve never played. His match versus Muzza at the AO was a closely contested from what I recall. Love Dolgo’s serve: so unique.


Kimmi Says:

hmmm, hot sauce already broken. tsonga on fire.

The best thing that happened to tsonga is to part with his long time coach. now he seem to relax and doing so well. good for him.


jane Says:

^ Yes, so true. It has really turned things around for him.


jane Says:

What do you think about Sloane versus Ana, Kimmi?


Kimmi Says:

I think ana will win but stephens has done so well so far…lets see.

Tsonga 4-1 up..booo hotsauce


Kimmi Says:

I think ana will win but stephens has done so well so far…lets see.

Tsonga 4-1 up..booo hotsauce


Kimmi Says:

break back..c’mon stephens! cheers for the underdog


Kimberly Says:

sloane v. ana, hmmm. Does it really matter who is going to lose to Serena?


Kimmi Says:

this is going to be quick i think. ana is too aggressive for sloane


mat4 Says:

JWT second looks good.


mat4 Says:

Sorry, I meant: JWT games looks good.


mat4 Says:

Then, re-sorry: JWT game looks good.


jane Says:

mat4, lol, I wish there was an “edit” button for posts on this site.

Kimmi, Ivano is good so far, but she has Serena next if she gets through.

Sometimes Hotsauce starts slow, takes a while to get hot, so maybe he’ll come back around.


Kimmi Says:

mat4 – yes, Jo is very good recently. he had beaten federer twice now, he gotta be good.


mat4 Says:

@Kimmi:

Jo has more ego than Djoko. He believes that he can beat anybody, and, in fact, he has manage to win against almost anybody, except Murray, I think.

I watched parts of his match against Roger at Montreal, didn’t see the end, and I must admit that I thought Roger will close the third set easily.

BTW, he has a “history” with Rafa, and they are not fond of each other. Would like to see their next match.


Kimberly Says:

Is it just me or does it look like Ivanovic lost weight and not just a little. I think she’s too skinny for peak performance as an athlete. Even Azarenka and SHarapova not that thin, Or is it just my tv?


Kimmi Says:

kimberly – she looks thin but to me she is ok. not too thin.


jane Says:

I noticed that last match Kimberly. I find Aza quite slim too, though. Ivano’s grandpa just passed away and she was nearly in tears in her last match because she had just heard the news.


Kimberly Says:

I guess Azarenka’s arms seem more substantial. I remember Ivanovic used to be bigger, much bigger. SHe seems to be moving great though.


mat4 Says:

Ana’s ball toss is horrible.

She seems to take more care about her fitness. She looks good to me.


mat4 Says:

Her backhand seems to be vulnerable to changes of pace.


Kimmi Says:

pressuree from sloane, ana starts to falter a little


mat4 Says:

Her forhand… sorry. I am tired.


mat4 Says:

There was nothing to be sorry. Her backhand too.


Kimmi Says:

sloane playing much better…are we going to get three sets


Kimmi Says:

hotsauce hanging in there is the second set. go hotsauce!!


mat4 Says:

Stevens has just made her 15th challenge…


mat4 Says:

Will Ana break Maria’s double faults record?


Kimmi Says:

5-5 go hot sauce


Kimmi Says:

hotsauce broken! hmm..its all over now


mat4 Says:

I just remembered that in WTA, the player returning has an advantage.


Kimberly Says:

mat4 Says:
Will Ana break Maria’s double faults record?

No way, in 2009 v. Melanie Oudin, Maria made so many double faults that I calculated that she double faulted away an entire set. Somewhere in the 20′s,


Kimberly Says:

mat4 Says:
I just remembered that in WTA, the player returning has an advantage.

Unless Serena is serving, then atp rules apply


mat4 Says:

Kimberly: :-)


Kimmi Says:

Congrats ana. serena awaits.


mat4 Says:

Ana still has his great forhand. She just lacks serve, backhand, return.


Kimmi Says:

serena with a break in the third set but looks to be broken right back


jane Says:

Ana through. Serena next. Best of luck to her. Good run for Sloane.


Kimmi Says:

i meant *hot sauce* not serena..


mat4 Says:

FV just can’t sustain the tension. He just gave away this last point.


jane Says:

^ I was wondering Kimmi – lol. Thought maybe Serena came back to the court for more tonight. ;)

mat4, how do you see things shaping up for Nole – Davy tonight, then Dolgo? What are your thoughts?


Kimmi Says:

lindsay davenport, good to see her. never seen her on TV before. she looks good.


Kimmi Says:

davydenko vs djokovic – ha ha davy prefers court 4.

less mistake davy, that us the way to go


Kimmi Says:

Tsonga on his way to meet fish. up a break in the 3rd


mat4 Says:

@Jane:

Davy is not a good match up for Nole when he plays well. Nole also refuses sometimes to switch on his brain when he plays Davy and to play a little bit down the middle, to give a bit of initiative.

I watched Davy in Cincy. He looked out of form. If he plays like this, it will be a three setter.

About Dolgo: Nole never played against him. He doesn’t give much rhythm, it seems to me that he has a good slice. I could be a delicate match for Nole, but I think the will eventually wear down Dolgo with his returns and defence. Don’t think that Dolgo can hit big many times in a row.

But tonight we will see Nole’s level. He doesn’t serve well. He plays to far from the baseline. He didn’t look to dominant to me. But I could be wrong.


jane Says:

Now it’s my turn to be nervous Kimmi. The match hasn’t even begun.


jane Says:

mat4 thanks for your answer. Who is the “He” in this comment: “He doesn’t serve well. He plays to far from the baseline. He didn’t look to dominant to me. But I could be wrong.”


jane Says:

Do you mean “if” he doesn’t do these things, or do you mean in his last matches? Sorry if I misunderstood.


mat4 Says:

Of course, it is relative. I compared him to his level in Australia, or Paris.


mat4 Says:

@Jane:

His serve speed has dropped 4 mph av compared to Australia. His number of aces dropped too.

But for now, he has a good depth, just waiting for his BH down the line to click.


jane Says:

I agree that his level isn’t as quite high as it was earlier in the year, especially in terms of his serve. I also noticed sometimes he has stood too far behind the baseline in more recent matches. If Dolgo is drop-shoting lots court positioning could be a key factor. Nole and Davy both like to plant themselves on the baseline.


Kimberly Says:

mat4—how much more dominant can he look, he almost triple bageled a guy the other night—it was frightening


mat4 Says:

@Kimberly: Playing like this, he is going to lose against Roger or Tsonga.

@Jane: Nole just found the easy pattern of play against Davy. I am less nervous now.


mat4 Says:

Yesss! Down the middle, with changes of height and pace!


Kimmi Says:

what r u guys talking about? nole is the man to beat at the USO. like kimberly, the guy has lost only 4 games in two round sand you say he is not dominant.


mat4 Says:

@Kimmi:

We are just worried Nole fans.


jane Says:

Kimberly, i mentioned the other night that part of the reason for Nole looking so dominant was that he was facing a lower ranked opponent (well, #74 in the world, so not super low) who was perhaps a little nervous at first. From here on out, it gets more difficult. Remember, Fish had Nole on the ropes in Canada, and so did Monfils and Berdy (first set he was up a break) in Cincy. So I don’t think he is all that dominant. Not like Fed used to be or anything.


jane Says:

mat4′s probably right too. “Just worried Nole fans.”


Duro Says:

Jane and mat, do I have to come here every time to cheer you up? Worried??? You are incurably pessimistic!


jane Says:

Break back point for Davy. Hold Nole.


jane Says:

Nope, Nole is broken on Davy’s first try. I keep remember that blitz by Davy early on in Canada.


mat4 Says:

@Duro:

Nole has to change rhythm, to accelerate from time to time. He is definitely not playing well.

Hopefully, maybe WTA rules apply here.


mat4 Says:

This point is precisely what Nole can’t afford to do.


mat4 Says:

(Relief…)


Duro Says:

Infidels… :-)


jane Says:

ooo Nice forehand Nole!! I like. More of those please. Also finished with an excellent service game. One thing about Nole now, we don’t have to worry quite as much when he is broken as his return game is so good and his serve is not the best, but it is better and much much more reliable. Not a weapon, like Fed’s. But steadier.


Kimmi Says:

very fast match


mat4 Says:

Davy can’t make them on the run the way he did it.


jane Says:

Davy plays soooo fast, takes the ball soooo early.


jane Says:

Oh-oh Nole down love-30. No first serves??


jane Says:

Wow, two loooong service games. Both guys had to fight hard to hold.


Milos Says:

Ah, 1-1 at last …


mat4 Says:

@Jane:

Better make a cup of coffee. It is not good for health, those kind of matches.


jane Says:

mat4, Is coffee good for health?


mat4 Says:

@Jane:

Of course. Cigarettes are not bad neither. Anyway, health is overestimated.


mat4 Says:

@Jane:

Life is overestimated.


jane Says:

^ mat4, you’re worrying me. ;) “Life is play,” someone told me today.


mat4 Says:

@Jane:

I will probably change opinion if Nole makes a break.


mat4 Says:

Nope. Seems I really meant it.


mat4 Says:

@Jane:

I am just feeling like inspector Morse.


mat4 Says:

Sorry: I just feel…


jane Says:

Okay, mat4, time to change your opinion. Although we need him to hold with authority. Some stats updates:

Player — Nole — Davy

1st serve –60% — 73%
aces —–2 ——0
d.f’s ——0——2
UE’s —– 16—–17
1st wins—72% —-55%
2nd wins–63% —-50%
winners — 7 ——12
rev won —46% —-31%
bp con —2/9!!! —–1/2
net —– 2/3 ——3/4
fast serve–127—-126


jane Says:

Nole has been poor at converting break points tonight, but that’s partly due to Davy who is a quality opponent. Still, you’d like to see him take a couple more of his chances. Also Nole is not hitting a lot of winners tonight. Playing more cautiously.


jane Says:

I didn’t know of “inspector Morse” – had to look it up. So how/why do you feel like him? Enlighten me.


mat4 Says:

@Jane:

I had those stats right in front of me.

It seems easier now, when Nole leads 2-0.

Anyway, he held easily. He missed a lot of opportunities to break, though.

But I still like my coffee.


jane Says:

Oh sorry. Sometimes when people are watching TV they don’t check stats. I am the type who likes to keep track. Sorry if it’s annoying.


mat4 Says:

@Jane:

There is a british serial with John Thaw acting as inspector Morse. John Thaw had that kind of “I hate life” humour.


mat4 Says:

I like to read stats too, don’t worry.


mat4 Says:

Nole needs to flatten his FH a bit. Obviously, he doesn’t feel the ball well.


jane Says:

Gotcha mat4. I don’t know why, because I know stats don’t tell the whole story, etc, but it’s just good to know what’s working and what’s not. Weirdly, I am not the least mathematically inclined, but in tennis I like numbers. Couldn’t do taxes to save my life (well, maybe for that); thank goodness for accountants!


jane Says:

Davy had made a lot of errors too. He has been inconsistent this match. Some excellent patches and others not so much.


jane Says:

Davy’s first serve percentage is still excellent – 75% but his errors are at 30 compared to Nole’s 19.


mat4 Says:

Nole has recovered his dangerous kick serve on the advantage side.

@Jane:

I would like to see the number of service winners, the number of forced errors too. I think that those stats are very important.


jane Says:

Yes: is it difficult to decide “forced” errors?


mat4 Says:

It is done when you decide UE. I think that very often, FE are treated as UE.


jane Says:

grendel (who has not been around this slam – (maybe he and conty are off somewhere together? ;) – just kidding obviously but missed them both, and where is dari?) anyhow, grendel has mentioned the same mat4, about thinking FEs are UEs.


jane Says:

Davy began well, played good through the second set, but in the third, he faded.


mat4 Says:

@Jane:

It looked quite difficult, but a key stats: total points won: Nole 95, Davy 66.

I think that this match could be good for Nole. It wasn’t too long, but he had to work hard. An excellent workout.


Duro Says:

Good night.


mat4 Says:

Good night, Duro.


jane Says:

Aww, Nole – dancing. Love it. :) :)

mat4, thanks for spending time with me during the match. Nice to have you to chat with.


jane Says:

Night Duro!


mat4 Says:

Nole’s FH didn’t work well. Though, he played with much spin all the match. It is not easy to play Kolya: he excels playing winners on the run and finding angles. You can’t push him to much.

Then, Nole tried to get a bit mph more from his serve in the second set, and it didn’t work. He has to improve. Rafa is serving again 133 mph. Last year, the serve made the difference in the final.


mat4 Says:

@Jane:

I like to chat with you too. You are a very nice correspondent.

But, then, there is always the question: poetry or grammar? This night, it was grammar all the way.


jane Says:

Hoping for poetry next time mat4. Great metaphor by the way. :) Night. Am off to watch the last Harry Potter movie. More battles.


mat4 Says:

Good night.


Jean Says:

Fffffffffffff


margot Says:

scoreboard66 @4.32. Andy didn’t “fade” in last set. Suddenly Haase decided he had nothing to lose and hit the most exciting form. As comms said he was “unplayable” for a time. A bit rich as two minutes prior he had been having a back massage on court, he had a few, while Andy was twitching on the baseline waiting to play. I was actually really impressed with Andy who stayed calm and outplayed him when it mattered. It was a most exciting, dramatic set, even if you aren’t a fan of either.
mat4: Inspector Morse, wonderful, lachrymose character. Quite like “Lewis” but plots aren’t nearly so good.
jane: thought Potter film owed much to “Rings Trilogy” and not in a good way.
18 retirements so far! Is this a record? Andy’s turn for one..;) also Andy’s turn for a night match…hey ho.


jane Says:

margot, still haven’t seen the Ring trilogy! Will watch Deathly Hallows part 2 tmrw. Maybe once son has read Tolkien will watch those films, also Hobbit being made now – yay Bilbo Baggins. Love Peter Jackson, early things like “Heavenly Creatures” and over-the-top funny gore horror, even. :) Good Muzza will be under the lights for F-Lo match.


Nims Says:

I believe match between Rog vs Cilic was hanging even in the middle of 3rd set. I believe that’s where Roger hit another level. It started with a wonderful angled backhand winner after a long baseline exchange and that was the first comfortable service game he had. After that the result never looked in doubt.


scoreboard66 Says:

margot, to reiterate, Murray definitely plyed better in the 3rd, 4th and up to the middle of the 5th set, but to me he faded a bit allowing Haase back into the match. I don’t know if it was due to Murray being distracted by what was going one with Haase, or it was just that Haase was playing to good, which iks the reason i felt that Murray’s form dipped somewhat. Anyway, in the end Murray righted the ship and for me that’s all that matters. It was a very exciting 5th set.

As I mentioned previously, Murray should have been scheduled for at least one night match this past week, and it’s unfortunate that he had to play all of his matches in the hot sun. I think the scheduling could do with some tweaking, which will afford the top 4 to take turns and play at least one night match in the first week of play. Also, it’s time for Murray to run into a patch of goodluck and have an easy match, a retirement or a walkover, but not all things are equal, and no one said life was fair.


margot Says:

scoreboard66: I’ll drink to that :) To me Andy looks vulnerable and has talked about how much pressure he feels as only Brit etc Not good, I feel :(
jane: enjoyed first and last “Ring” but second is awful, endless computer generated fighting, and thought too much of that in Potter. Like the magic the best :)


margot Says:

Nims, I think Cilic had a very badly timed, time warning which completely put him off his serve and thus he lost the set. All credit to him, not a murmur of complaint. I can think of many players who would’ve exploded!


scoreboard66 Says:

margot, The Tennis channel showed a part of his press conference today. While watching it, I was suddenly struck by his relaxed demeanor here at the USO toward the reporters and how he answered their questions, as opposed to when he’s in London at Wimby, where he seems to be in an invisible straight jacket. That’s what pressure does to people.


huh Says:

DEAR MAXI:
I am always wid Federer, I can assur u that! btw congrats on our guy beatin a tough cilic n reachin the 4th round. not bad! ;)


Nims Says:

margot, I do not think that one point alone changed the complexion of the match. Definitely Roger had the upper hand at the end of 3rd set, though he was shaky at the begining of the set. I believe he would have broken Cilic even without the DF. Infact his approach in returns changed completely in the later part of 3rd set, that could explain why Cilic DF at the breakpoint.

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