Djokovic, Murray Close In On US Open Final; Men’s SF Picks And Pans
by Sean Randall | September 7th, 2012
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There is no Roger Federer. There is no Rafael Nadal. But the show must go on! For the first time since the days of Gaston Gaudio winning majors, neither Federer nor Nadal are alive on the final weekend of a Grand Slam.

Former US Open champion Nadal of course completely missed the summer hardcourt season with that darn knee of his, and the rest of 2012 is in serious doubt.

Five-time winner Federer came in riding a hot summer streak but couldn’t muster the “goods” against a better Tomas Berdych Wednesday night.

With the main attractions watching from home the second and third tier stars will share the spotlight all to themselves this weekend. World No. 2 Novak Djokovic hasn’t dropped a set in his first US Open title defense. Andy Murray continues to bear the burden of decades of British male futility in Grand Slam play. At 30 David Ferrer is having his best season as a pro and the powerful, burly Berdych is the semifinal X-Factor.

On to the matchups.

Andy Murray v. Tomas Berdych
Murray apparently turned the corner when he handed Federer one of his worst career losses in the Olympic gold medal match last month. But will that one, single win really change Andy’s fortune? It’s hard say, but we’ll know a lot more this weekend.

With Federer and Nadal out of the way the pressure and expectation only mount for Murray to finally grab that first Grand Slam title. Coach Ivan Lendl lost his first four and his protege has done the same.

Instead of facing Federer, Murray will have to deal with Berdych. And Berdych has beaten Murray in four of six meetings and in straight sets in their only prior Slam meeting at the 2010 French.

Murray is a better, more aggressive player now, however had Marin Cilic not choked a 5-1 lead in the second set Wednesday, the Scot may also be watching from the sidelines.

What further gives me pause is of he’s having trouble against Cilic – albeit on an Armstrong court that he claims to have trouble on – how is he going to handle a hot handed Berdych who very comfortably dispatched Federer the other night?

“Even if you want to dictate points and be aggressive, he can take that away from you because he’s such a powerful guy,” Murray said. “You need to be smart against him. You need to use good variation and try not and give him the same ball over and over, because he likes that.”

So based on form I have to give the edge to Berdych and the head-to-head really factors in. Tomas looked very composed, confident and showed rare belief against Federer, and he’ll have that belief again having beaten Murray four times before.

For Murray, he’s expected to win tomorrow against a very dangerous player. And more often than not in big matches in which he’s favored that’s when things go badly for Andy. And I think feeling that weight, against coach Ivan Lendl’s wishes Murray will reverts back to that defensive posture and if the offensive Berdych is on song and serving well, it’s Czech mate.
The pick: Berdych in four

Novak Djokovic v. David Ferrer
You have to admire the effort and the attitude of Ferrer. He doesn’t have the greatest of stroke weaponry but between the ears and in the body he’s just so tough. Yesterday the Spaniard showcased that tenacity outlasting Djokovic’s countryman Janko Tipsarevic 7-4 in a fifth set tiebreak during an epic four-and-a-half hour marathon.

Tipsarevic was just points from a 5-1 lead and certain victory in the fifth before Ferrer roared back to steal the match. Unfortunately, I don’t think Novak will extend the same courtesy Janko.

Djokovic’s has been on a tear all summer. Apart from a curious collapse to Federer in the Cincinnati final, Djokovic has only lost one set and he’s hardly dropping serve. Last night a very game Juan Martin Del Potro threw everything he could at Djokovic and it still wasn’t even enough to scrape a set. That’s how stingy, how sharp Djokovic’s been of late.

And against Ferrer, who may be feeling it in the legs after such a long quarterfinal, he should be able to find a good rhythm and really dominate David like he did at the start of the year in Australia.

“David is a fighter,” Djokovic said. “He’s one of the biggest competitors we have in the game. People do not, I think, talk too much. They overlook him. But he has been one of the most consistent players on the tour. He plays great on every surface. You need to earn your points against him.”

Ferrer has won five of their 12 meetings but three of those victories were on clay and the other two came at the end of the year at the ATP Finals. On outdoor hardcourts, however, Djokovic is a commanding 7-0 winning all 17 sets. And with his firepower, determination and success at the US Open, that streak will continue on Saturday.

There’s no one stopping Nole this weekend.
The pick: Djokovic in three

With the possibility of rain later in the day. CBS will have live coverage of the semifinals starting an hour earlier at 11am ET.

SUPER SATURDAY US OPEN SCHEDULE
Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 AM Start Time
Tomas Berdych (CZE)[6] v. Andy Murray (GBR)[3]
David Ferrer (ESP)[4] v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[2]

Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00 PM Start Time
Women’s Singles – Finals


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270 Comments for Djokovic, Murray Close In On US Open Final; Men’s SF Picks And Pans

harry Says:

Berdych in four? That’s a tough call… True, Berdych was impressive against Fed. If he brings that form, Muzz will have a tough task. But can Tomas do 6 good best-of-five matches in a row to reach a GS final? Hasnt he done that just once before (Wimby 2010)? But Andy has done it four times already… True, past is no absolute predictor of future, but still I would give the edge (perhaps a bit more than an edge) to Murray.

Either way, it will be great fun to watch. Both really good players with contrasting styles :)


jane Says:

I think Murray will come through. He will return & defend well; plus, he’s very, very fast so I think he will send more balls back to Tomas. But he has to be sure to serve well too. Andy won this title as a junior. He likes the court/atmosphere.


Krishna Says:

I think Berdych will be satisfied with beating Fed and reaching the SFs..he will lose in straights tomorrow I think..lets see though..should be a great day of tennis..! :) ..


Brando Says:

I want muzza to kick t bird butt badly- he needs to. Not only to getto the final, but also to boost his confidence and give nole something to think about. I hope he makes a statement tomorrow.


harry Says:

Nice post by Tignor (http://tinyurl.com/8vhsbsu) on the Nole-DelBoy match; couple of factual errors though…


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Berdych had lost to Nadal and Novak when he is in top form. For past 2 years he had made some good runs but stopped by these 2 players. The balance of the match depends on Murray’s serve. It would be great if he can use all court game against Berd. Berdych has a great return game and fantastic serve. If they are on, it’s difficult to beat him unless you are Rafa or Novak. Let’s see if Murray can get to that league.

This match will show a lot about Murray. If he can get through in form Berd playing good tennis, then it would be 50-50 in the finals even if it’s against Novak.


Dave C Says:

all 4 men have played good and hard to get to sf and watching all their last games has been enjoyable – could go any way but you would think Andy and Novak – with Novak winner – but any of these guys deserve to win with all the heart they have shown – good luck to all


Michael Says:

I have to go with Sean picks although Murray cannot be written off. If Murray has to have any chance of beating Berdych then his first serves need to click and Berdych too should not have a good serving day. Other than this, I do not see how Murray can beat Berdych who is oozing with confidence especially after beating Roger and also knows that Murray doesn’t have special weapons that can hurt him. As regards the Novak Vs Ferrer match, the good run of the latter is going to end and I see Novak winning this one with ease. He is in such menacing form.


trufan Says:

Berdych will lose to Murray. He hates Federer, which really helps him amp it up everytime he plays him. He’s got to be a bit drained after that match. And Murray has looked rock solid – other than the first hour against Cilic! Moreover, this is not a slam final – so Murray won’t choke, YET.

Djoke should easily dispatch a tired Ferrer.

Djoke Murray final? I think Djoke takes this one. Murray will extend his record of most slam finals lost without winning any (0-4 so far).

If that happens, Fed has a tough task ahead of him keeping the No. 1 ranking. THough I doubt he cares much now. He has pretty much every record that matters – and with Nadal pretty much done with his knees, his 17 slams should last a lifetime.

Still, I give the old man (Fed) a lot of credit. At 31, he is still No 1 in ranking, and currently holds one slam, 4 masters, and the YEC titles. Nobody holds that many right now… So not only is he the No. 1 ranking player, he holds the maximum big titles. And did I mention he is 31 years old?? I think he dials down his career from here on. Perhaps another Wimbledon??? May be.

As for Nadal, Perhaps another French title? Most likely. Hardcourt slams? Unlikely. Wimbledon? No, not happening again. He is a shadow of his 2010 form now. And missing 7 months of tennis (I don’t think he plays till the AUS open now) at his age (26+) may mean he never gets that touch again.


Skeezer Says:

NK posts….
scroll down……


Daniel Says:

Berdy is now part of a select group of players who have beaten Fed more than one in Slam, along with Nadal and Djoko.

So far, almost all of them had a bad match in this tourney with exception of Djoko. Hope he doesn’t decide to have a bad match at the very end.

Murray is way different from the Murray who lost to Berdy before. He will play more smart than Fed did, change the rhythm, pace and his first serve when on is very strong. He seems to be handling big serves better than Fed this days. He has no problems, with Isner, Raonic,…

Djoko-Murray final!


Ben Pronin Says:

Berdych > Isner, Raonic (despite the Winston-Salem choke job, of course).


Margot Says:

To call Nole “second tier” is disrespectful, surely?
Andy has beaten Big Bird on hard this year so I am hopeful, but nervous of course.
Depends, as usual, how Andy serves. If his serve keeps level with Berd, then game on! Also, does NOT need the disastrous start he produced against Cilic. Needs his Raonic game!
Let’s Go Andy! Let’s Go!


Wog boy Says:

Daniel,

Novak had bad match or to be more precise, not up to his standards. I watched Wawrinka match and what results show is not what I saw. It could be weather because none of them felt confortably on the court and Stan had to retire due to dizziness. They were both red in the faces like they fell asleep on the beach day before. Nole wasn’t moving Really well.


Wog boy Says:

Stupid question:

What does “second tier” really means?
I don’t mind if you are loughing at me as long as you tell me, there is nobody else around to ask.


Wog boy Says:

After reading Sean’s article again I think I know the meaning of “second tier.”


harry Says:

@Margot –

“To call Nole ‘second tier’ is disrespectful, surely?”

Yes.


Gannu Says:

Its s boring without feddy bear… Guess i love him more than the game;-) Thas why i dont vn feellike folowing these semi final matces…if feddy bear was playing there was something to look forward to …so damn boring ;-((((


Tz Says:

Actually, I think nole has this slam ALMOST in his pocket. He has got that lethal backhand, very good forehand and a very improved serve. He has a solid defence and can turn it to offence. Also he can produce short angled crosscourt winners from both wings. Who’s going to stop him? Ferrer? He may push nole to 4 sets, but i don’t see him winning. Berdych? Unlikely. Murray? Err….. I hope that somehow he manages to win his 1st slam. It’ll be great :)


Tz Says:

@ gannu,
yeah, i agree with u. tennis is a bit boring for us without fed :(


Borg Says:

The GOAT could not even beat a Berd ? Give this Berdy to my man Rafa. He will slaughter him on the court and that is the reason Berdy respects Rafa even more than Federer.


Borg Says:

Gannu,

You find Tennis boring with Fed, but I thought it became lack lustre once Rafa left the scene. Without Rafa Tennis loses its glamour.


Borg Says:

I think Andy can take better care of the Berd than Federer.


Tz Says:

@borg,
when did berdych tell u that he respects rafa more than fed? Is he a friend of yours? I guess he is :)


Cruise Says:

This slam is novak’s to lose. If he loses to lady forehand or berdych or ferrer, he has got only himself to blame.

6GS to novak and only 5 more to equal rafa. Win 2 more wimbledons and novak would have more slams than rafa at all slams except french open.

Once Federer lost, it was just a formality for djokovic to complete his 2nd USopen. You heard it 1st here. novak = 2012 USopen champ.


Cruise Says:

Yes, berdych respects rafa more. That’s why he asked him to STFU in front of his own countrymen in madrid.

Let’s also not forget how much soderling loves him. He made an a$$ out of rafa, at wimbledon 2007 imitating his butt-picking. you should have seen the stupid look on rafa that day when he realised he messed with the wrong guy.

Go check djokovic’s imitation of the same disgusting thing. It’s priceless – done in front of a full house on ashe stadium.

yes, they all love rafa!


Cruise Says:

murray better hope he plays berdych better than federer did.

he has to. he doesn’t have 17 slams and almost 300weeks at number 1 to fall back on. if he loses this slam, he will most probably end his career slamless.

once rafa comes back, you might not even find murray in a slam final. this might be last chance saloon for murray!


Borg Says:

TZ-Thrashing speaks and brings out sportsmanship. The Rafa thrashing of Berdych which is special earned respect for him from his opponent.


Cruise Says:

No wonder rafa has utmost respect for a lot of players on the tour.

Is rafa the only in the top 4 to be bageled by the other 3? Federer has bageled him on all surfaces to boot. grass,clay and hardcourt.

Of all the top 4, rosol must be most respected by rafa, going by this joker’s logic!


Cruise Says:

following this logic, rafa must have a lot of respect for most players because when they end their careers they would be atleast leading a healthy normal life rather than being in a wheel chair like a cripple, which is how most probably rafa is going to spend his post tennis life, given the way his body is right now.


Tz Says:

@ borg,
lol, is that so?? Nice knowing it :)


Brando Says:

Lol, there is NOTHING second tier about novak at all. Tennis all about the here and now- and right now, most would say IF there is a top tier, novak’s name would be seen at the top.


Brando Says:

I do think people are somewhat overrating berdych here. IMO he beat a fed who’s game was all over the place for a good set and a half due to the walkover. Some unbelievable FH shanks. Had fed not had the walkover, I think he would haw beat berdych. Andy, despite the h2h, has a game that perfectly matches upto berdych. Tomas likes opponents who wish to play fire with fire- as he knows his power pretty much is more than most. Andy though is a crafty, inventive player who shall give him alot of different types of shots to deal with. Add in his retrieving and returning skills, like rafa and nole, then he is just the type berdych hates. I hope andy proves me right!


Giles Says:

Go Muzz! Win the USO. Am sure Rafa will be rooting for you should you reach the final!


Huh Says:

”Borg Says:
The GOAT could not even beat a Berd ?”

dude, i did not know you’re so ignorant that tyou don’t even know that Berd is 6th seed at USO! And Berd has been known as a dangerous player since 8 years! But the real unknown and unseeded guy, a journeyman in true sense, was Rosol, to whom rafa lost! that was some butt-whooping, but oh, you’ve always a readymade excuse on rafa @$$ whopping, no? lol! ;)


jane Says:

Margot, harry – nice – and I would add that calling any of them 2nd or 3rd tier is not really necessary. All of them are top ten and elite talent.

There was a tornado warning issued for NYC. Hopefully this rain stays away. But when I looked at weather.com it says “strong storms” for tonight. :( Being on second, if Nole/David play really late due to delays I’m a little concerned about the winner bouncing back for a Sunday final; hopefully organizers will do what they need to do, moving a match or moving the final (again!) if needed.


Huh Says:

Cruise,

your post on September 8th, 2012 at 8:13 am was PERFECT! :D


Dan Martin Says:

http://tennisabides.com/2012/09/08/us-open-super-saturday-match-previews-and-picks/ Here are my picks – also a women’s final preview and pick – slightly different than Sean’s


Huh Says:

I’ve hardly, if ever, seen a guy winning slam without playing really well and consistent from first to last. In this slam, only Novak has done it. So, as much as I would love to see muzz winning, it’s beyond any doubt that NOLE IS WINNING THIS WHOLE THING! HE SURELY WILL, AND NOBODY’S STOPPING HIM…


Huh Says:

One must wish that muzz doesn’t lose another final here. I’d rather have him lose in semi than infinal, coz if muzz this time loses a final, I’m well and truly afraid and ALMOST SURE that muzz never will win a slamfinal ever again.

hope something miraculous happens though and muzz wins it all, even if that means nole being put at real disadvantage in semi! coz one more loss of muzz in final here IS THE END FOR HIM…


Huh Says:

If anybody even slightly likes muzz, then he must want that either muzz loses in semi or he wins the final…


Huh Says:

BTW, if muzz wants to win some important matches against the best, he ought to be aggressive all the way, and at the same time not allowing his defense to be compromised, but the most important thing is TO BELIEVE THAT HE SHOULD WIN!

Belief and Dtermination are much more vital than any other thing in any sport or any task!


Tz Says:

the wind is playing as well….


Brando Says:

Incredibly windy conditions here!

And pretty empty stadium- reminds me of rafa v nole SF FO 2008, empty on a big match!

Hardly super saturday for the tourny atm is it?


Tz Says:

@brando,
really? Rafa vs nole 2008 FO sf had an empty stadium?! I did not know that! :O


Brando Says:

does anyone else here thinks after fed andy has the best SLICE SHOTS?

he plays them really well!


Brando Says:

TZ:

it wasn’t empty- but like today for set 1 and 2 at least (from what i remember)there were ALOT of empty seats- pretty much the majority were empty!


jane Says:

Brando agree about the slice, and it’s partly why I think Andy will be (or at least could be) the next great grass-courter after Fed.


racquet Says:

Think this is going to be the first of several breaks of serve. Brutal wind. Fortunately, Andy seems to be handling it better, for now.


Colin Says:

That was quick. Murray breaks to lead 2-1.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

‘and it’s partly why I think Andy will be (or at least could be) the next great grass-courter after Fed.’

completely agree- after fed muzza is the most naturally talented grass courter playing atm!

tsonga seems like a natural also.


Eric Says:

Oh my god…what a pile of crap that was.


Tz Says:

@brando,
i didn’t watch FO2008. But its surprising to know that 2 gs winners having an almost empty stadium on a gs semi! I think the spectator did make good of that match at this years FO final on monday! ;)
I agree with u that murrays slice is 2nd best after fed’s. But i think that murrays FH slice is a better version of federer’s. And his slices tend to stay low even on HC


Brando Says:

man do i dislike berdych- for a second i thought andy was going to thump him one in that little argument. He’s just got a prickly demeanour about him that can annoy a person!

hope he kicks his butt now- go andy!


Brando Says:

hope andy keeps his focus- seems annoyed at berdych for that point!


Tz Says:

33 minutes of play, but its only 3-2 on the board


Rahul Says:

I think the point becomes an automatic let if something falls on the court, but berdych showed poor sportsmanship to lie to Andy like that.


racquet Says:

At least Andy can smile about it. Nice attitude.


racquet Says:

That was low of Berdy, I agree.


scineram Says:

What did Tomas do?


jane Says:

Well they’ve officially moved the ladies’ final to Sunday, so I assume we’ll likely have another Monday primetime final for the men?


Brando Says:

excellent point by muzza!


Eric Says:

Anyone want to place a bet that this set will be longer than the women’s final? ;)


Brando Says:

@Eric:

LOL eric- why bet on a certainty? :-)


Brando Says:

hate to say it, but so far birdsh!t looks more composed in these conditions.


Eric Says:

Agreed. Berdy is playing well — also getting all the good luck out on court. (Still think he’s a POS though.) Murray down 0-30…


jane Says:

5 all. Very close so far!

Kind of wish they’d just put the other semi on Armstrong: rain in forecast for later and throughout evening which is presumably why they’ve already moved the ladies final.


Eric Says:

I’ve been impressed at how composed Andy’s been despite the frustrating turn of the match so far and everything, but he’s starting to let it show now!


Brando Says:

1H 10 min long set so far, still TBC.

I bet if serena’s watching she’s thinking ‘ man i could win a match in that time, as well as give a speech on what’s beautiful on the inside’! :-)


Eric Says:

Berdy pretty lucky to get the set IMO, but we’ll see how the rest of the match goes.


racquet Says:

That was a lottery of a first set, Berdy holding it together better. Almost unplayable conditions.


Tz Says:

What a point! C’mon Murray!


racquet Says:

Fantastic point by Muzzah. He breaks, but can he hold. The wind helped in that game.


Brando Says:

WOW- what a FH by andy!


harry Says:

Awesome level of play by both; but brutal conditions…


harry Says:

wow, that ace by Muzz at 2-1 going on to 15-0… How did Murray do it ;)?


Brando Says:

Passed on watching ‘Ted’ at the cinema with friends for muzza…. make me feel like i made the right choice andy!

encouraging 2nd set set tennis by andy……


racquet Says:

The wind is a joke! How do Nole and David handle the wind, I wonder?


harry Says:

Berd is playing very well; but Andy… is he putting together a little piece of magic in this set?


harry Says:

What an ace by the BigBerd at 3-1 30-40? the confidence to go for it in these conditions… hmm.


racquet Says:

Double break to Andy. This isn’t entertaining but there have been moments.


harry Says:

It is all happening! Muzz with a double break despite great play by Berd in these conditions…


harry Says:

0-30 on Andy’s serve and he comes up with a lovely backhand pass…


jane Says:

Andy definitely has the momentum secure now. Should level the match here and now.


harry Says:

What a lovely drop-lob combo :) that is why i watch tennis :)


Brando Says:

Man when andy is feeling comfortable on court he plays some delightful tennis!

He doesn’t play it as often as he should, but IMHO when he goes for the BH DTL, it is as good as nole’s for me!


racquet Says:

Better rallies in this set.


harry Says:

wow! Berdy once again went for a massive serve in these conditions…


jane Says:

Berd now with 5 double faults and 28 UEs. Andy playing much cleaner, with more aces and only 15 UEs.


racquet Says:

OMG, first time I’ve ever seen that! Both chairs blow over.


harry Says:

ha ha! a bunch of stuff including racquet bag was blown on to the court :) hilariously windy conditions…


Eric Says:

Windy…


Eric Says:

HOW did Berdych get those?? CRAZY


jane Says:

Ridiculous!


jane Says:

^ I meant the wind.


Eric Says:

Apparently there’s a tornado watch in NY now.

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/watch/ww0635.html


racquet Says:

Andy takes the 2nd set. Impossible to tell who’s going to win. Whoever does deserves a special merit badge.


harry Says:

s e c o n d s e t t o a n d y!


Eric Says:

If the Ferrer-Djokovic match actually takes place, any thoughts on who these windy conditions would favor?


harry Says:

^ didnt come out well: i was trying to show “windiness” through that ;)


jane Says:

racquet, yes, it’s crazy. I think Andy will win as he seems to be adjusting better and playing cleaner. Berd’s game is too high risk for these conditions.

Eric, that’s why I can’t understand why they haven’t put the other semi on Armstrong; rain is forecast to come in a couple hours.


Brando Says:

@Eric:

This match is 2 hours old- with just 2 sets played!

Certainly another sets to go, at least an 1h 30m play.

The women’s final got cancelled- very early, so they must be certain that bad weather is coming.

Add in the awful wind at present- i personally doubt that match will play for long today, if at all!


racquet Says:

Now it’s Berdy’s turn to lose his cool.


racquet Says:

…and his serve.


Daniel Says:

Murray is Playing smart with the wind. Berdy serve is neutralized by the wind and Murray is removing the pace out. His match now


Brando Says:

excellent first serve in % for andy in set 2- 71%!

very impressive in tough conditions.


jane Says:

The boys final will be between Canadian Peliwo (think this is his fourth slam final in a row?!!) and Brit Broady!


Eric Says:

Well that set was only 44 minutes and Andy is already up a break in the third. Unless his hat flies off his head after hitting a sublime drop shot winner and is forced to replay the point on BP, it’s probably pretty safe that he won’t get broken twice in this set too, so maybe it’ll be less than an hour as well…

Anyway, they’ll have to do something eventually. It’s probably a safety and liability issue if there’s really a tornado watch. (At least it’s not a tornado warning!)


racquet Says:

jane, yes Andy does (surprisingly) seem to be dealing better. Thomas also has an added problem because his ball toss is so high.


jane Says:

Agree Daniel: in this case NOT playing aggressive is the right tactic by Andy.

Brando, you never know what will happen with the schedule – at the USO in particular.


jane Says:

Eric it was a Tornado Warning earlier. I think that expired at 11:30 am for this area.


Skeezer Says:

Birdsh!t is not a wind player. Wish Fed him on a day like today. Dang!


racquet Says:

The slice is underrated. Andy used it to perfection to get the 2nd break.


Daniel Says:

Wow, 3 slices in a row moving Berdy side to side. Someimes Murray oozes talent, Federer like.

Hope he keeps playing like this in the future more constantly.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

true re schedule.

Is it correct that the junior you mentioned has reached 4 GS finals in a row?

if so, then wow- what a possible talent!


Eric Says:

Jane, ah! The USO is just debuting a new format. Tired of the mere Super Saturday – Final Sunday monstrosity, the organizers have decided to test “EXTREME TENNIS” semifinals. As the match progresses, the increasingly-windy conditions will be joined by dead ravens falling from the sky, gunshots echoing from the press room, and – in the fifth set, if needed – the chair umpire will just start randomly stopping play and forcing each player to use the other’s racquet. It’s all for the good of the audience, you understand.

For real, this is more like what I expected this match to be like under these conditions. Andy is playing more cagily and “tactically” than in the first set.


jane Says:

Yes, Brando, and he won Wimbledon, so it’s nice to see a Canadian junior on the horizon with this talent/potential. However, as we know, that doesn’t always translate to the pros – see Monfils, for example, who won a few slams as a junior.

Re: schedule, just hoping Nole and David can play today or if not winner will play back to back, would be second time for Nole. Fingers crossed.

Andy, pedal to the metal!


jane Says:

Eric, lol, “extreme tennis” added to X-Games format. Maybe throw in some lions too? ;)


harry Says:

Shouldnt a win here count as two ;) ?


Nina Says:

Thats what i call a beating! Damn Murray looks strong!

By the way who wrote this article? Saying Nole is second-tier is not only false and disrestpectful, its absurd.


Eric Says:

Berdych just isn’t playing that well anymore, conditions or no: what’s happened to his return? Is Andy really serving that much better than in the first 2 hours?


harry Says:

lol Eric & jane … lions? ha ha…


Brando Says:

@Jane:

Wow- i am impressed. Will follow his progress- could be my future post- rafa fav :-)

Re schedule- considering how andy is doing atm, i am sure they will play today.

Will they finish today- tough to say.

Either way, i am pretty confident that the final will on monday now.


racquet Says:

Their bodies are going to ache tonight, so many last second adjustments.


marrisv Says:

murray driving the bird crazy with the slices and his superior movement


racquet Says:

hehe…Andy is spinning his web. Takes the 3rd set. Double fopcus needed now. He is the more composed and seems to have a plan, Berdy doesn’t seem to know what to do.


jane Says:

Agree with you Nina – Andy looking very strong.

I think yes, Eric, Andy is really serving this well. When his first serve is firing it’s one of the hardest to return.


Eric Says:

This is like women’s tennis – zero aces that set, just 2 total in set 2 – serve isn’t that big of a weapon in these conditions, I suppose (?), so everything is coming down to rallies, and Murray is maybe 5 or 10% better, which is translating to lopsided set scores.


racquet Says:

I hope Nole and David are practicing their slices – they’re going to need them.


Tennisfan Says:

And Berdych slinks backndown to his non competitive level again after rising up for one match. This guy is never going to win a major.


jane Says:

racquet, that, or finish points at net I think.


Huh Says:

”Someimes Murray oozes talent, Federer like.”

SO TRUE!

And the Muzz DTL BH is actually more classical, aesthetic, spontaneous, smoother than Djoko! Djoko hits it like baked bread, while muzz hits it like butterscotch!

muzz has the yummiest BH apart from Nalbandian! Both’re SUPER-TALENTS!


Huh Says:

F##K BERD!!!

C’MON MUZZA!!!


racquet Says:

True Jane. Berdy looks like a broken man – literally and figuratively.


Huh Says:

please muzz, just win it already!


Eric Says:

Murray has mentally improved SO much this year. I can’t believe how tenacious and composed he’s become. I hope he wins his first major here – where he reached his first final.


Huh Says:

c’mon muzz, kick butt, don’t be deceived by the crocodile disheartened look of berd, the guy is a crook and can bounce any time back! so no let up plz muzza, kick butt, yeah!


Huh Says:

Eric

yes yes, I also hope muzz wins, can’t see more losses of him in finals any more, i’ve already seen more than i ever wished!

now please some miracle and some generosity from the unyielding nole to hand muzz his 1st slam!(i already assume nole in finals)


Kimberly Says:

glad murray is winning but sort of a dissapointing match IMO for super saturday.


Huh Says:

berdych is probably showin crocodile like demeanour, to catch muzz unaware!

murray shouldn’t yield an inch!


Eric Says:

Best point Berdych has played in an hour at least?


Huh Says:

f### berd!


Mila Says:

Why didn’t they moved second semi to another court?
Anyone…


Huh Says:

can anybody tell wats happenin??


Huh Says:

i must quit followin tennis, too tense on my nerves damn!


Mila Says:

@huh

Follow Serena’s matches if you don’t like tension.


El Flaco Says:

If Murray doesn’t win this set they might not finish the 5th set before rain. The storm is at the NJ border right now.


Huh Says:

mila

i hope i could stick purely to your good suggestion, but men’s tennis is like my oxygen! ;(


Huh Says:

i just hate darth berd! screw him somebody!


Huh Says:

muzz would do well to put me out of this misery n ordeal by clinchin the match in this 4th set itself. c’mon muzz!


Huh Says:

where all you guys’re???!!!

keep commenting!!!


racquet Says:

6-5, I hope Andy breaks here and spares me the agony of a tiebreak.


racquet Says:

TB, ugh


Eric Says:

uh oh…


Kimmi Says:

wow! crunch time tennis.


Kimmi Says:

match point


Kimmi Says:

muzaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! another final. hope you win this time. good luck!


Eric Says:

finally… it looked like it was going to be another 6-2 set, then Berdych turned it around. Murray solid as a rock in the second half of that breaker!


Brando Says:

Well done andy- go get the title now!


Colin Says:

Not for the first time, Mr Randall gets the winning margin right, but choses the wrong player!
I was impressed with Murray’s ability to deal with the wind and even take advantage of it, because he used to hate windy conditions.


Mila Says:

Fascinating how Murray made this into 4 set match with 2 tight sets.

Based on talent, shot variety and the fact that serving power advantage has been erased by wind, this should have been easy 6-1.6-2, 6-3 victory, or something similar.

However, good old Andy made it hard for both himself and his fans…


racquet Says:

Whew…if I’m completely honest, Andy had a little luck today with the wind throwing Berdy off his game. However, he deserves credit for keeping it together and managing the situation better. He has one of the best TB records for a reason.

Now what are we in for with the next match? I wonder if Nole will be spooked by these conditions.


Brando Says:

Regardless of what happens in the final we should note that post RG and clay season, the 3 BIG PRIZES are: Wimby, Olympics and USO. Andy results have been:

1- Wimby: RU- his best performance there and also in a slam final. POSITIVE

2- Olympics: WIN- got the gold after comprehensively beating fed and novak.

3- USO: ATLEAST RU.

So this is CLEARLY andy’s best period in his career, and SHOULD he win then it could be argued that he is the man of the moment and playing the best tennis on the planet atm.

GO ON ANDY, WIN YOUR 1ST SLAM AND CHANGE THE GAME AT THE TOP!


jane Says:

Congrats Andy!

Now I hope Nole/Daveed can get through… before the rains.


racquet Says:

haha…Andy in his interview with Mary Jo “It was brutal. It’s some of the hardest conditions I’ve played in for sure. I come from Scotland so that’s saying something.”


Giles Says:

Come on Muzz! Lift the trophy tomorrow!


jane Says:

Does Andy overtake Rafa at #3 now? What’s the points difference?


racquet Says:

jane, he does become #3. It’s being tweeted everywhere, don’t know the point diff.


Eric Says:

Jane, yes, by a thin-ish margin (or a thick one, should Andy win!). 200-something.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

Yes- rafa was going to drop down to no.4 REGARDLESS of what andy’s result was today as he was losing 1,200 points after this tourny.

Oh well…


Huh Says:

whoever is cheering for muzz, CHEERS!!!

ANDY MURRAY ALL THE WAY, WIN OR LOSE!

GO ANDY, WIN USO!!!

ALL THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!

ALLEZ!!!!!!!


Eric Says:

Brando, that’s not true. Andy would still have been no. 4 had he lost today.


jane Says:

Thanks racquet/Eric, yes I thought so: congrats to Andy for #3 then.


racquet Says:

According to the weather reports, something bad is coming around 5:30. So maybe they’ll get a good hour in.


Eric Says:

hey, did everyone already know that Andy M and Kim apparently got engaged? I missed that piece of tennis gossip…


Huh Says:

Though honestly I don’t see anyone beatin novak, still IF AT ALL muzz gets lucky and brave and wins USO, then he can surely be regarded as
THE BEST PLAYER OF THE WORLD at least ONCE!

Mind says= djokovic

Heart says= muzza

BTW where’re you Mrs. Margot???
cheers for andy! :D


Eric Says:

vamos Ferrer!!!


Brando Says:

@Eric:

Really? even with rafa losing a massive 1,200 points?

Guess it doesn’t matter now- the maths are clear:

andy is new world number 3 REGARDLESS of final result!

But i don’t think he came to USO for no.3 rank, he wants more!


Eric Says:

Brando, yes, Rafa would have been at 8715-1200 = 7515, Andy still at 7290: a 225 point lead. Now it’s 255 the other way. (or, obviously, 1055 if Andy wins.)


Huh Says:

the atmosphere here is just electric with such unconditional and fierce support for andy by so many rocking posters, cheers!


racquet Says:

Berdy in his presser: Berdych: “The wind blew it away from me.” Asked if he talked with officials about not playing this match due to the wind, Berdych says: “Nobody cares.”


Margot Says:

Phew! That tie break was sooo tense. But hey
Come on Andy! Well done in brutal conditions. Actually thought Berd would’ve coped better, hitting ball flatter and harder?
eric @2.28 love that post. Seemed like “ravens falling from the sky” indeedy.
Not sure ’bout Kim and Andy. Think it’s idle goss.
racquet @ 4.31 such a brilliant comment about awful weather and he should know, “coming from Scotland” Dontya just love him?


Huh Says:

who cares about muzz’s rank if he grabs the trophy! :D

m joining the barmy murray e-army! ;)


Margot Says:

Thank you Huh :) *waves*


Huh Says:

let’s form mrs. margot andy brigade now! :D


racquet Says:

Margot, yes indeed :) Meanwhile, it looks like Ferrer has adapted more quickly to the conditions. Up a break. They’re actually having quite a few rallies already in this match.


Huh Says:

mrs. margot

and high fives, fist-pumps, screams, roars and yells too!
:D


Huh Says:

i never supported ferrer more than i’m gonna support him now!

VAMOS FERRER!!!


Huh Says:

MUZZ-KIM the best couple on earth! :D

And now comin to tennis, ferrer has never played a more important role than he could at this moment, by simply makin life as difficult for nole as possible! in fact ferrer has the biggest say in deciding the outcome of final even without reachin it, if he stretches novak to the limit here(though completely unlikely)


Huh Says:

the longr this 2nd semi gets, the better i’d feel, even though with the current novak form, i feel he can bounce back on adrenalin alone in the final to defeat muzz.


Eric Says:

huh, not completely unlikely. Ferrer is playing the best tennis of his life, he’s beaten Novak plenty of times, and at the minimum this is going to be a pretty long match. Try looking at the score at the moment.


Eric Says:

(Here’s a hint: Ferrer is up 2 breaks.)


Huh Says:

the way ferrer plays, only if he had a few shots in his arsenal, he’d have been a great player and won at least one slam.

VAMOS DAVID!


Huh Says:

all hail ferrer and thank you so much eric for giving good news about 2 breaks! i hope he takes at least 2 sets from novak! but for that he gotta take this set first. with nole thse days, he can bounce break from double break deficits even against rafa on clay, what to speak of ferrer!

never mess with balkan spirit!

that said, GO FERRER, TAKE THIS SET!


racquet Says:

My word, Ferrer up 5-1. Nole is rattled, not happy with the conditions.


jane Says:

racquet, yes Ferru playing way better so far. Returning better and hitting considerably less errors. First set is over. Janko said Ferrer has improved both his first serve AND his returns (and he was already a great returner). He’s got set one in the bag. I am off to the annual block party, always on Super Saturday.

Enjoy all. This is looking like Andy’s slam to win at the moment.

Cheers Margot, and uber congrats to you – but also racquet, Colin and the DA.


Eric Says:

Why do people always try to drop shot Ferrer? Do they think they’re playing someone who can’t get there in time? He messed that one up, but it’s a losing strategy in general…


Huh Says:

eric

hopefully you also want this to be a long long match for djokovic!


Huh Says:

c’mon ferrer, take this set!


Huh Says:

now how bad it will be if ferrer can’t win the 1st set! but damn my thinkin, hopefuly ferrer wins this set!


racquet Says:

I can’t believe it – officials have come onto the court. Are they going to suspend the match? That would be so unfair.


Eric Says:

I’d like to see Ferrer win this match. He’s always been so underrated – there’s a rather silly pat story about how he has no tennis talent, just lots of hard work, which was always untrue and is just stupid if you actually watch his tennis – and maybe a slam final would cure that. Plus, Murray is more likely to beat him in the final, no? ;)


Huh Says:

this slam is still novak’s to lose. just two breaks doesn’t mean murray’s walkin away with title.


Eric Says:

Play suspended…


racquet Says:

Ah, apparently they’ve got to evacuate because of the tornado warning. Berdy will be spitting nails if it’s just because of the wind.


Milos Says:

Play is suspended! Hope that there will be no wind tommorow (Novak fan here ;))


Huh Says:

damn the officials, let ferrer win this set first!


Eric Says:

“Due to tonight’s weather forecast, the Djokovic-Ferrer match has been postponed and will be completed Sunday at 11 am ET. The women’s final will take place Sunday at 4:30 pm ET.”


racquet Says:

So, the match will be resumed tomorrow at 11:00am. The women’s final goes on at 4:30pm. Men’s final on Monday. This sucks!


jane Says:

Oh just saw that. Oh no. Players -and all -stay safe! Hunker down.


Huh Says:

weather helps novak. :(

eric

i want a ferrer win even more bad! nothin against nole, he’s a great guy n great champ, but muzza’s one of my sentimental faves. can’t see him losin another final. :(


racquet Says:

An official says they never considered having the other SF on Armstrong. WTF? It’s the worst run slam. Nole & David must be livid. Andy gets a whole day’s rest (mind you that’s just karma after the 2008 nonsense).


Skeezer Says:

Birdsh!t earned this loss. Well done.


Eric Says:

They probably couldn’t have them simultaneously without paying millions back to CBS. Do any of the slams ever hold the semis at the same time – not overlapping a bit, but almost entirely? I don’t think so.


jane Says:

Definitely racquet, they could’ve, should’ve started on Armstrong and likely they would’ve finished both semis. Apparently there is a tornado warning so they have to evacuate. But this was in the forecast ALL day!!! Crazy.


Huh Says:

weather’s also a strange f@@@@@@ beast! sometimes helps my guys, sometimes helps their rivals! ;(

i think it helped muzz but now it’s helpin nole!

anyway, all stay safe!

BYE BYE ALL


racquet Says:

I’m reading tweets that Sean Connery just gatecrashed Andy’s presser :)


Huh Says:

I dunno if that extra day’s rest can save him from novak. :[


Tennis Fan Says:

Djokovic was getting his ass kicked by a player better able to handle adverse weather … Pathetic … would have loved to see the Djoker slammed.

But too embarrassing to see the Worlds #2 lose to a little guy .. SAD SAD Day.


autoFilter Says:

I feel so bad for David Ferrer right about now.


Huh Says:

i sure hope there’s wind even sunday ;)


jimmy Says:

Nadal got saved by bad weather at the French.


Huh Says:

same here autofilter :(

completly agree tennis fan


andrea Says:

i knew berdych couldn’t hold it together for another win. story of his career. i had never seen wind like that today. missed the ferrer/novak set but sounds just as bad re: conditions.


Huh Says:

”jimmy Says:
Nadal got saved by bad weather at the French.”

actually nole was saved from being straight-setted and not nadal


Huh Says:

thank god and thank eric for your link


rogerafa Says:

Really unfortunate for David. The first underdog(Tomas) just did not have a chance in such strong wind but the second underdog(Ferrer)seemed to have a chance only in the wind. This is quite literally a big break for Novak. Expect him to cream David tomorrow as the weather is gonna be much much better. The blockbuster Andy-Novak final will now be played on Monday. I do not know why the second semi final was not played on Armstrong when they knew the tornado was coming.


Margot Says:

Huh, high fives, fist pumps and lots of :) back to you.
BTW thanx Sean for yet another jinx.
What weather wow. But what a way to run a slam. This was forecast all day.
Stay safe everyone.


Huh Says:

hell with berdych, he deserved to lose


racquet Says:

Jane, did you see pseudofed’s tweet during Andy’s match?


Huh Says:

i hope serena wins the title


rogerafa Says:

@andrea

I think the us open has seen such conditions before. I recall a Roger-Andre match(probably in 2004) in which the wind was worse.


Huh Says:

poor ferrer and poor me :(


rogerafa Says:

I actually thought they did some sensible scheduling tweaks in the second week this year but obviously the overall strategy left much to be desired considering how poor the forecast was.


jimmy Says:

Actually Novak was up a break in the 4th when the French final was suspended.

How can the US Open put the top half of the draw match on first when they know there is a good chance the second match won’t finish? Murray and Berdych hadn’t played since Wednesday.


jane Says:

racquet, no I didn’t – what was it?

I can see how the break helped Nole, although we don’t know for sure until the match continues. Maybe Ferrer was just playing lights out or maybe Nole would’ve adjusted in time. However, the weather delay also hurts whoever the finalist is from this side. It would’ve been better for them to finish their match today. If they started earlier on Armstrong, they might have finished.


Brando Says:

Good decision. Hopefully ferru will win 1st set tomorrow on resumption.

Either way, things looking good for andy. :-)


jimmy Says:

The USTA is inept, at the least, corrupt at the worst.


Huh Says:

”jimmy Says:
Actually Novak was up a break in the 4th when the French final was suspended.”

well, that was only the 2nd break you’re talkin about, talk of the first break. if it were not for the 1st rain break in FO 12 final, nole wouldn’t have won that 3rd set in the 1st place! so where’d have arisen the question of the 4th set at all, umm??


Huh Says:

brando

so long as andy has to face novak, nothin’s good really for andy.


racquet Says:

jane, it was: “Throwing Lindt wrappers on the court #shh”.


jimmy Says:

Nadal was the one who got saved by the bell. (And Rafa looked pretty pathetic pleading for the match to be stopped because he was starting to lose).


Eric Says:

Andy’s maybe not the favorite against Novak, but it’s hardly a foregone conclusion he’d lose… he was one of the few people to beat Novak last year, their AO match this year was very close, and Andy has almost inarguably playing better tennis the last few months. Not to mention he’s beaten Djokovic in straights twice this year already.


jimmy Says:

If Murray plays like he did in the AO I think he wins here.


Brando Says:

Djokovic is the UNDISPUTED fav- NO ONE with any sense in questioning that. However, things are looking good for andy IMHO. He played really well today, giving the type of performance I wanted. He’ll have an extra days rest in comparison to his potentially tired opponent, and he’s got nothing to lose as most consider it to be novak’s title to lose. Bottomline, things look much better for andy now than at the start of today! :-)


jimmy Says:

Maybe the USTA can require Nole to run a marathon before the final on Monday.


jimmy Says:

In 2005 Aggassi requested the first semi-final and they gave it to him.


Eric Says:

Well for now we’re penciling in a guy who’ll lose his first set tomorrow 6-2, so I’m not even going to comment on why I think Novak is not “indisputably” the favorite.


jane Says:

Lol, @6:28 jimmy. They’d better not! ;)


Huh Says:

jimmy

you can’t change the truth that the first rain break aided nole to get back into the match at french final. and to add to the veracity of this fact, nadal proved by beating nole in 4 sets despite not playin anythin mor than his 70-80% in that match that it could’ve been a straight set loss for nole, no matter how anyone spins it


Huh Says:

” can see how the break helped Nole, although we don’t know for sure until the match continues. Maybe Ferrer was just playing lights out or maybe Nole would’ve adjusted in time. However, the weather delay also hurts whoever the finalist is from this side.”

fair enough…


jimmy Says:

I agree the first rain break helped Nole, but I do think he would have won the match had it been finished that day.

Would you agree, huh?


jamie Says:

My gut feeling is telling me Murray will win the USO this year.

We’ll see.


Tennis Fan Says:

mickey mouse tournament … stop play when it looks like your #1 card may be going down the tubes? … why should officiating determine an ultimate winner?


verta Says:

am i crazy or just imaging things?
federer almost without reason give away the match to berdych.
now ferrer is beating djokovic at least in the first set when the match was stoped.
its like nadal would not bother, federer just show up to follow his quaterfinals streak and had not interest in fight murray, now if djokovic lose to ferrer, is this not clearing the path for murray?
i dont know… maybe tennis matches are not bet fixed, but i think they are fixed.
i remember when in 2007 after stoping nadal at wimbledon, (they stop each other that year, also in 2006 both in french and wimbledon) someone ask federer “would you not trade a wimbledon for a french?” he laugh and say “yeah will talk about that”
suddenly next year nadal won wimbledon and the next year federer won the french, in that time they played almost zero times, i remember that 1 year past without the number 1 and 2 play each other, seems like each one give free path to the other
2009 was a federer year just like 2010 was a nadal year, each one stayed out of the way of the other in grand slams, they polite trade the australian open each year so neither get the grand slam year.
2011 djokovic year put him in the deal table, so the other two had and extra guy to share glory, it was a no brainer, 2012 will be australian open to djokovic, nadal will get his french and federer wimbledon, and neither will win the us, lucky murray (maybe he even was in the deal table)
and those are gentleman of words, remember when nadal was break up at final set in australian and suddenly lost, strange at the very least, remember djokovic obliterating nadal in the french with that run of games just to lose after that, or federer resurrecting after murray had the upper hand, maybe in that rain delay federer summon a deal table emergency met “ok murray you let me keep this one and i stay away from you in the us open, you can ask the other 2, we are man of words”
is it sci fiction, coincidence, thougths from trouble mind, conspiracy paranoid, just 4 guys banding together to rule the tennis world, just imagination.
what the hel is it ? lol lol lol


Huh Says:

yeah jimmy, to that i can agree


jimmy Says:

Anyway, Djokovic better be thinking about David Ferrer.


lazlo Says:

Isn’t Miss Jane a Novak fan anymore?


Brando Says:

Come on guys let’s just keep a Good perspective on things. Ferrer should win the 1st set tomorrow, but still everyone fancies novak to win the next 3- ultimately the match in 4. He’ll have to face andy the next day but so what I say. Yes, andy has more time to rest, but there’s nothing novak can do about this anyhow. Bottomline is he/ others knew that the SF and finals is back to back days and that’s how it shall be for him. In that sense, it ain’t all bad news for him. Push come to shove most people still back him for the title!


Alok Says:

LOL, laslo, it’s funny how things shift around here. After reading the resume I was given, I can only come to one conclusion that faves are changed and additional faves are ushered in, but one thing is constant, that Fed is the enemy.


harry Says:

Impressive match by Muzza. Congratulations Murray fans!


skeezer Says:

Is anybody really honestly enjoying this tournament? The way it has been run the last few years has been horrendous. Such a great venue but Butt Ugly scheduling. Wimby with all its rain issues is Angelic compared to this nightmare. Brian Early.


Alok Says:

I’m a New Yorker and it’s probably why the weather shifts don’t seem to bother me as much as it does with others. This is the time of year that there are dramatic shifts in the weather patterns and we just take things as they come. If you think New York is bad, then just visit Canada and you’ll think New York is paradise. Just go with the flow is all I can say.

I’m not enjoying the tournament much now because my fave got derailed by the big Bird, who I think should have gone on to win for doing the hard work.

Brian Early will become Brian Lately if he doesn’t clean up his act of scheduiling rearrangement.


Skeezer Says:

Alok
Thanks for explaining things from a New Yorker. Respect. Wonderful city and people, except if they love Rafa, hehe. But the scheduling , ugh.


Cruise Says:

dont get your hopes too high murray fans. this is not olympics. djokovic will not let murray win this one.

murray will be the sole possessor of the number of GS finals lost before winning the 1st. [it is another matter if there is going to be a 1st].

let’s go nole


lazlo Says:

Alok
Do you mean in a cunning way?


Alok Says:

@skeezer, you’re welcome. Come visit the Big apple.

@laslo, plz, don’t get me into trouble. Did you see that rant I had to deal with from that kid? Now I’m the most hated one.


Ben Pronin Says:

I’m in New York, too, and I officially hate the US Open. It all starts with the stupid 3-day first round and it culminates with this mess. When Fernandez asked that one tournament official if they considered playing both semis at once he looked embarrassed for being so dumb. The way this tournament is run is pathetic. We’ve seen the weather wreak havoc on all of the slams this year and only the French actually had to postpone the finally just barely. But the US Open is on its way to a Tuesday final with the way things are going. Pathetic.


Huh Says:

Alok

you’re also a kid! ;)

time to grow up and stop hatin all, hahaha!

just stayin in new york doesn’t mean you’ve outgrown the big apple, lol! ;)

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