Wozniacki Ousts Sharapova At US Open; Federer, Dimitrov Start Slow, Tsonga-Murray Monday
by Sean Randall | September 1st, 2014, 12:47 am
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Caroline Wozniacki continued her hot run of late toppling former champion Maria Sharapova in three tough sets in the hot, sticky conditions at the US Open Monday.

In the third set Wozniacki jumped out to a 3-1 lead and never gave back the break, clinching the match and moving into the quarters of a Slam for the first time in her last 11 Slam appearances.

“Maria is obviously a tough competitor,” Wozniacki said. “She’s won here before. She won the French Open this year. It was a really good win for me. Beating her here at the US Open is a tough task — I’m really happy to be through and have another chance to play in the next round.”

And I really see no reason – not even Serena – for her not win this title next Sunday.

In the quarters Wozniacki, a finalist in 2009, will face Italian Sara Errani, who wore down and ended the comeback run of Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-3, 2-6, 6-0.

“I like to run. I love running,” said Errani, will again need to put in some miles against Wozniacki. “I try to be consistent to run and be in every point. I want to fight. The other players have bigger strokes than me, but I try to stay in the match that way. It was a tough match, I felt good mentally.”

The other quarter from the bottom half will pit new Swiss star Belinda Bencic against Peng Shaui. The 17-year-old Bencic stunned Jelena Jankovic 7-6(6), 6-3 thumping an emphatic backhand winner on matchpoint. Bencic spoke afterward about how Martina Hingis is helping with her game.

“She told me to hold the rallies,” Bencic said. “I have to be aggressive. I had to pay attention to her backhand down the line. So I really knew she was doing that a lot. Her backhand is just amazing, so I tried to push it to her forehand.”

Turning to the men’s draw.

Gilles Simon and Marin Cilic set up a fourth round clash with wins on Sunday prior to the rains. Simon performed the unthinkable, wearing down Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the heat.

“I feel it was one of the hardest days for me on the court because it was hot and it was so humid,” said Simon. “I never sweated like this in the past ten years! To play David in these conditions is really demanding physically. At one point I was really tired. I felt it would be difficult. But then I had more energy and I felt he was in trouble. It’s not very often that he and I are tired like this after just two hours.”

Ferrer was not forthcoming except to confirm the difficult conditions.

“There is a lot of humidity, very sun, and it was not easy for me,” the Spaniard said. “I was not good with my fitness. Nothing else, no? He was better.”

Simon is that good of player – and he’s better than his ranking – but that was a surprising result to me.

Cilic moved into the fourth round with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Kevin Anderson in the battle of big servers. Cilic is 0-4 career against the backboard-like game of Simon.

In the evening, Roger Federer got a well-timed 2-hour rain delay after falling behind early to Marcel Granollers before roaring back for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 victory. Federer was down 5-3 in the first and looked pretty bad against a very hot Granollers before the skies opened up. When they returned the Spaniard took the opening set but managed just three more games thereafter.

“Today conditions were much more humid so you could feel a little flat out there, but that wasn’t the case,” Federer said. “I was able to power through that. I’m happy I wake up every day and I’m ready to go. It’s also great to see Robredo fit as a fiddle at the end last night. I thought that was impressive, too. He’s my age, too. I think when you keep yourself in shape and train the right way, that’s how you do it.”

Federer now faces another Spaniard, Roberto Bautista-Agut, Tuesday night. Agut, who’s been a decent player on the year, handily knocked out Adrian Mannarino.

Federer’s prodigy, Grigor Dimitrov, had a similar match. Dimitrov lost the opening set 6-0 before finding his footing to win going away 0-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1.

Goffin’s had a heck of a summer winning something like 27 of his last 28 matches, but the majority of them came on his favorite clay surface. On hardcourt Grigor’s the better player these two 23-year-olds and it showed today.

“His game was just too good in the first set,” Dimitrov said. “It was just mind over matter a little bit at the beginning – especially at the beginning of the second set. But after that, after taking that second set, I knew eventually I was playing my game. I knew he pushed back a little bit, so he started struggling I think also with his footwork. His shots were not as accurate. I took charge of the game.”

In other matches, could this be the event for Gael Monfils? The acrobatic Frenchman appeared to be all business tonight in an easy 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over 2013 US Open semifinalist and countryman Richard Gasquet.

Monfils, who next meets Dimitrov in what should be quite the “highlight reel” match, hasn’t lost a set in three matches.

“Well, it’s going to be a tough one,” Monfils said looking ahead. “He’s definitely the favorite. It’s the first time we switched. He’s the favorite; top 10. I think he’s very talented. He can hit every shot. But, you know, I think he have a great defense. It’s going to be interesting for me. But try play my game, be aggressive, and we’ll see how it’s going to be.”

I think he can beat Dimitrov. And beat Federer. And beat…well, let’s not get too far ahead. Anyway, with his talent, the guy is “due” for another Slam final weekend appearance. And he turns 28 on Monday.

Tomas Berdych was a winner after the rain as well. He’ll now face the lone unseeded player left in the men’s draw, Dominic Thiem. The 20-year-old Austrian who I think is the class of the next generation blew out Feliciano Lopez in straights.

“He’s a great player,” Thiem said of Berdych. “It’s going to be the first time for me when I play against him. Of course I know him from television and everything, but very tough match. I’m looking forward.”

As for thoughts on tomorrow, I like Djokovic and that’s about it. The rest you can flip a coin.

JW Tsonga v Andy Murray
Murray leads in this one 9-2 but he hasn’t beaten a Top 10 player since his Wimbledon title run and I think right now Tsonga is just the better, hotter player. The courts are fast and it’s expected to be warm again – and we saw what happened to Murray last week. Murray’s a former champion but I have to lean Tsonga here.
The pick: Tsonga in five

Milos Raonic v Kei Nishikori
If Nishikori was 100% healthy I’d take him. But I just don’t know and I don’t think even he knows if his body is okay. Does he trust it? Fact is, Kei’s simply a better tennis player than Raonic but the Canadian has the bigger weapon, namely that serve. And having that kind of a serve can take you places and win you majors. (Just ask Goran Ivanisevic, Richard Krajicek or Andy Roddick. Hell, Greg Rusedski made a US Open final!)

And Raonic’s has been in form this summer while Kei missed time due to a toe injury. So in a tight one…
The pick: Raonic in four

Stan Warwinka v Tommy Robredo
Another tough fourth round matchup. Robredo leads 6-2 but Stan beat him earlier this year en route to his Australian Open title run. And Stan also made the semifinals at the US Open last year. But I’m not convinced he’s playing confident tennis whereas Robredo, who beat Federer last year in this round, just looks like the sharper, more balanced of the two.
The pick: Robredo in 5

CBS will have live coverage during the day. ESPN will have the two night matches. Happy Labor Day!

MONDAY US OPEN SCHEDULE
Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00am Start Time
Flavia Pennetta (ITA)[11] vs. Casey Dellacqua (AUS)[29]
Serena Williams (USA)[1] vs. Kaia Kanepi (EST)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[9] vs. Andy Murray (GBR)[8]
Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00pm Start Time
Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) vs. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[16]
Kei Nishikori (JPN)[10] vs. Milos Raonic (CAN)[5]

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00am Start Time
Bob Bryan (USA)[1] vs. Bradley Klahn (USA)
Mike Bryan (USA)[1] Tim Smyczek (USA)
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)[22]
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)[17] vs. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)[7]
Stan Wawrinka (SUI)[3] vs. Tommy Robredo (ESP)[16]


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173 Comments for Wozniacki Ousts Sharapova At US Open; Federer, Dimitrov Start Slow, Tsonga-Murray Monday

Gordon Says:

Going into today’s action there are only 2 of the top 8 seeds – Williams and Bouchard – left, though the argument can easily be made that Azarenka and Wozniacki (who are still alive) belong in the top eight.

However, in the men’s draw only the 4th seed – Ferrer – is gone from the top 8. In face, in the top half (Djokovic’s) of the draw P.Kohlschreiber is the only non-top 16 ranked guy in that half. 7 out of 8 according to seedlings made it.

At least in the men’s game, there seems to be something to be said for the points system employed, no?


Gordon Says:

Darn automated spellcheck! That 2nd paragraph should read fact, not face, and seedings, not seedlings. 😝


Michael Says:

Andy Vs Tsonga is going to be tough to predict. Past H2H would suggest that Andy is home and safe, but Tsonga has recently beaten him at Montreal and has the confidence and momentum with him after becoming a Masters Champion. So, it should be a close affair and may be, I would just stiff my neck out and predict that Andy would win.

As regards Robredo Vs Wawarinka, surprisingly the former leads 6-2 and considering his wonderful exhibiton against Nick, you have to consider him as the favourite to win this one.


jane Says:

popsicle and sock lost tamely today; too bad.


contador Says:

Omg …nnnervous seconds there while Nole fought off a PK set point. Phew!

Hi jane ; )


Polo Says:

I find Novak’s pumping up the crowd rather obnoxious. He gets a minus one for that in my likability meter.


contador Says:

Now, just like that, Djokovic has set points…

Kohls is fighting but I think the wind went out of his sail when he lost his chance for the 2nd set.

Nole gets the 2nd set.


contador Says:

I don’t mind Nole’s fist pumping. Other fist pumpers and over celebrations though…depends on who is doing it, how often it is done, ect…

; ) all a matter of opinion


contador Says:

Feels like Nole will just cruise through this 3ed set without much resistance from Kohls.

Unless Nole loses concentration.


jane Says:

his contador. i liked nole’s fist pumping. that was an amazing passing shot to save set point and he was just trying to get the crowd into it. they are pretty quiet this match. hope nole can stay focused. he retreated behind the baseline too much in set 2. he needs to keep his lead. kohls is not an easy player to beat. lots of talent.


jane Says:

^ “hi” not his


contador Says:

Hi there…

Was watching Nole and suddenly the coverage switched to Murray and Tsonga. Had to find where the Nole match went. It is never over until its over, as they say.


jane Says:

yes, agree contador. nole just needs to hold once more. fingers crossed.


Wog boy Says:

What a BH to finish the match!! I am glad it’s finished, I didn’t like the look on Nole’s face.


contador Says:

There it is. Nole made it. Not that I thought he would lose, but really didn’t want to see him spend more time than he had to …Kohls can be tough indeed. jane.


jane Says:

22 slam quarterfinals straight: not one missed. Proud of Nole! :)


mat4 Says:

Hi Jane, Conty, WB!

Unfortunately, I slept most of the match. Guess I will get a piece of Murray against Tsonga instead.


FedExpress Says:

What a pusher nole is

still the fact that he reached five us open finals, and four of those in a row and only won one of them on his fav surface will play into his mind if he reached the final. since his AO 12 win he won only two more majors and lost five finals


FedExpress Says:

@jane

but he retired in quite handful of majors

French open 08, AO 09 for example


jane Says:

nole is awesome fed express. nothing you can say will change my mind about that. :)


FedExpress Says:

and murrays GS performance is not that bad this year

AO QF, FO SF, WIM QF, US 4th round now

but didnt beat one single top 10 player all year


contador Says:

I could hardly watch the Gasquet vs Monfils wet t shirt match yesterday….not that either look bad in a wet t shirt, but knowing that it was continual perspiration wore me out and I felt bad for Richard he looked so miserable. Doesn’t appear quite as humid today but who knows.


jane Says:

conty i know! gasquet was sweating so much. it was awful. these guys have to play in some extreme heat in humidity right now and i think this weather is supposed to hold throughout the week.


Wog boy Says:

jane, I think it is about time for Nole to have some night matches, he played three day matches out of four.


contador Says:

Well, the job is not without a downside or two but I would not mind coming back in my next incarnation as a top ten pro tennis player :D


FedExpress Says:

Murray would give nole a proper fight than tsonga i feel


jane Says:

fed express, just to clarify, nole did not retire at the FO in 08. he made the semis and lost to rafa (he was the only player that year to nearly take a set from rafa) he retired at the FO when he was a teen, in 2006. since he’s won a slam, he retired only once at the slams, which was australian 09.


contador Says:

Meanwhile, jumping to the other match, Andy took the 1st set

7-5


mat4 Says:

Hi Jane, Conty, WB!

Unfortunately, I slept most of the match. Guess I will get a piece of Murray against Tsonga instead.

While this message is moderated (I used another e-mail; I’ve just written it a second time), I looked at the stats. The difference was made by Kolhy low first serve percentage, and by Novak’s efficiency on second serves. They served 85 times each (but Novak served 15 times, Kohlschreiber 14), but Novak won 22 of 41 Philipp’s second serves points. Three double faults didn’t help.

Then, Novak’s ratio of winners/UE looks good too: 34/19. I watch from 2:1 in the third, and it was obvious that Novak was trying to hit a lot of winners, playing a bit risky.

Now, Tsonga vs Murray. Don’t have a favourite, so I’ll enjoy tennis for once without blood pressure problems.


jane Says:

murray breaks. i think tsonga lacks a return. if andy is serving well, jo can’t hurt him.

am very curious if bouchard can win her match with makarova.


FedExpress Says:

jane u are right, he retired also at wimbledon 07

but that puts federers efforts in perspective


jane Says:

hi mat4! nice to read you.


jane Says:

for andy i think a lot depends on how he serves. we know he can usually break because of his strong return of serves.


jane Says:

oops just repeated myself. sorry. and bouchard already broken. at love.


Wog boy Says:

Hi mat4:)

Andy is taking this one in three.


contador Says:

Cheers, mat4! happy to read you here.


FedExpress Says:

lol

the schedule for tomorrow

4th night match in a row for fed

wth???????????


FedExpress Says:

monfils and dimitrov would have been a far better choice


Wog boy Says:

I think Roger had one day match.


mat4 Says:

Murray probably has the best return in the game. There are interesting stats on SecondSerb, in the serie Myths against Maths.

Anyway, I think that for Novak, the best thing that can happen is Tsonga’s victory in five. The key is that Murray makes a little bit more of his serve, and Novak just isn’t always able to hit through Andy’s defence.


FedExpress Says:

only 3 day matches for fed since toronto


FedExpress Says:

@wog boy

u cant count yesterdays match as a day match though they played 20 min in day light and fed didnt wear his darth federer clothes


contador Says:

Feds last match was supposed to be a day match, it started that way, anyway – but was suspended by rain.


Wog boy Says:

Tsonga is the fittest I have ever seen him, he lost a fair bit of weight.


FedExpress Says:

his QF and SF will be day matches, and there is where the competition really begins

they tourney only wants to makes money from populartiy as long as he plays


Wog boy Says:

FE, Contador, you are right I forgot about rain delay.


FedExpress Says:

would have been nice if he had expericned the day heat till now but it is how it is


FedExpress Says:

sky sports comms are a bit biased

to call murray a genius????????


Wog boy Says:

Does it really matter for Roger, I mean look at who is he playing in QF.


Wog boy Says:

^^ R4 and not QF


FedExpress Says:

Dimitro pushed both nole and nadal nearly to five sets (and to be fair they should have been five sets if it werent for dimis epic chokes)

so i wont say it will be easy


skeezer Says:

Interesting stat they just put on the tele,

Avg speed (mph)betweemn 1rst & 2nd serves;

Nole 19
Fed. 19
Rafa. 22
Wawa 23
Murray 30

Agree with the commies Murray’s technique has him slicing the 2nd rather than brushing up and over, so he is unable to hit the 2nd as hard and fast as he could have….


contador Says:

Roger has to get by Bautista-Agut first. You never know. -O-

Dimitrov has to survive Lamonf and Lamonf took his match very seriously yesterday. Lamonf in a serious mood and up for playing another show boat? I think the game is on.


FedExpress Says:

hhahaha

how much come ons from murray for winning one point


mat4 Says:

Great match so far. Exceptional tennis.


FedExpress Says:

hahahhaa

murray is come oning on every point now

full of adrenaline i suppose


FedExpress Says:

fed would have been proud of that tsongas backhand


jane Says:

interesting stat skeezer.


mat4 Says:

That’s Murray’s main, and, watching him play aggressive tennis, his only weakness tennis wise. Unfortunately for Jo, he just doesn’t make enough long returns — enough returns at all — on second serves.


mat4 Says:

The stats shows that the second set is crucial in five setters.


FedExpress Says:

murray doing a la monf with his shoelaces


FedExpress Says:

he is pretending to be injured all the time i see him play

2-0 sets for murray

if murray can play that aggresively against nole and serve well i think he can win


mat4 Says:

This match is virtually over. Jo let his chances slip. He was tense on key points, when his first serve deserved him. He missed the occasions to put some pressure on Andy’s second serve, trying to often to go for big, FH returns without a lot of success. I am disappointed, I admit.


jane Says:

what do you mean a “la monf with his shoelaces”?

of course andy can win. he’s a grand slam champion twice over. and his form, while he has struggled, hasn’t been as bad as people say. it’s just been more mental than physical, and each of his wins give him more confidence.

nole struggles vs murray as mat4 already pointed out.


mat4 Says:

Meanwhile, Andy is playing great tennis. He moves very well in the heat, he defend well, and his FH is devastating. His shot selection looks good too, revealing Jo’s weaknesses.


mat4 Says:

BTW, watching Andy on Sky… “outrageously brilliant”…


mat4 Says:

Meanwhile, Andy doesn’t look like himself…


Andrea Says:

Genie looks like a ghost.


contador Says:

Genie Bouchard is being attended by the trainer…getting her BP taken, ect.

Murray and Tsonga both appear to be suffering in the conditions. Seems Andy should be more adapted to the humidity since he trains in Miami. The longer the match wears on, the worse it is, of course, for getting cramps and suffering. They are all sweating profusely by this point. It’s pretty bad.


van orten Says:

Pushers galore


mat4 Says:

That’s tennis. Five minutes ago, Jo let slip his chances for a double break. Now, Andy is in the driver seat again, and Jo suddenly tense again.

If Tsonga manages to win this match, it would be a miracle.

Tough match for Novak in the quarter. I don’t really see how he can win against an opponent, who chases everything thrown at him. But, I was so often wrong (most of the time), so, who knows?


FedExpress Says:

why doesnt murray attack and zip his FH more often?

if he connects with his forehand it is way better than noles and does lot of damage

dont buy that his FH is his weak shot, just to passive to use it for attack


jane Says:

mat4, yes, it will be tough for nole. but you never know.

conty, tough conditions indeed.


FedExpress Says:

wtf

bouchard out

only one top 10 woman in the quarters

first top 10 for murray against a guy who is back into the top10 a couple of weeks ago hheheh


RZ Says:

Yay for Murray! (Hopefully Margot will forgive make for watching the match). :-)


Colin Says:

Why the laugh, FedExpress? Are you playing the well-known sport of putting asterisks against Murray wins?


RZ Says:

@FedExpress – 2 women in the top 10 (Woz is #10)


van orten Says:

Come On and go get with me i wanna hype andy murray…
Come on come on come over take it of your shoulder.
Come on and pull me over we gotta hype the pushers
Sliding it off your shoulders as we,re falling over. …love that new strokes song:)))


mat4 Says:

Jo just crumbled under the pressure. He was broken three times when he served to stay in the set. He couldn’t find a first serve in those moments, made double faults. In the second and third set he lead by a break, and immediately his level dropped, something that was most obvious with his return and his serve.

Andy is clearly playing extremely well. What are Novak chances? His return will give him a lot of opportunities to pressure Andy. But the key will probably be his serve (he didn’t serve well so far in the tournament) and the nerves of both players.

About jane’s comment that Novak struggles against Andy: let’s add that everybody struggles against Andy when he is on a good day.


RZ Says:

I’m guessing that Novak vs. Andy will be a night match, which would help Andy. He was struggling a little with the heat and humidity today as he did in his first match. Novak didn’t seem to have any issues with the weather today.


Margot Says:

Yay! Straight sets win in brutal conditions. “There’s only one Andy Murray,”
Andy is back!
@RZ
Well…….just this once then,,,;)


SG1 Says:

Glad Murray and Wozniacki won today. Hopefully Stan can now punch his ticket.


jane Says:

it would help nole too rz. he was definitely feeling the heat and humidity today and he’s just had 1 night match so far, and andy none. so they are due! as tignor said, it was “painfully humid”.

mat4, yes, agree. andy can trouble anyone when he’s playing well. perhaps rafa the least, though.

whenever nole faces one of his chief rivals – rafa, fed, or andy – i always look at it as 50-50 chances. it’s most realistic. because anyone of them on a given day can win.

nole has actually served pretty well. but andy has been the top returner at the event so far (based on event statistics) and that’s what could sway things in his favour imo.


mat4 Says:

Just checked the stats. While the overall impression was that the match was at a very high level, the stats reveal a different story. Jo’s first serve percentage: 59%, Andy’s:49%. Tsonga: 43UE. Jo’s return was awful: he won 29/99, and, knowing Andy’s second serve weakness: only 21/50. This was crucial for the match.


Wog boy Says:

RZ, I think you are wrong about Nole. He took a WC break after second set and looked pretty dizzy in the third, particulary first 4-5 games. He was playing short points on purpose.


Margot Says:

@mat4
Andy’s first serve % in the first set was very high. Fleming was purring. It went off true. I guess the conditions didn’t help.


Margot Says:

PS mat
I think Andy has tweaked his second serve somehow. It was very noticeable that Kuznetzov had more problems with it than Andy’s first.
Shocking!


RZ Says:

@Jane and Wong Boy – thanks. I only saw a little of Nole’s match and he seemed fine so I didn’t know about the heat affecting him. Well they’d both be helped then, but now that I think about it, with both of them being from Europe, my guess is that they’d play the marquee day match instead so that the European audience could watch from home.


mat4 Says:

@jane:

In their last matches on hard Andy didn’t make a lot against Novak’s serve, especially since Novak started serving more on Andy’s FH and serving wide in general. But he usually serves 5 mph faster in New York in average. Is this average lower because he didn’t have to hit too hard? Who knows. We will see in a few days. Anyway, if Andy serves at 50%, it will be difficult for him too.

And yes, you are right about the 50%. Anyway, I think that it is Novak’s percentage right now against the big four (three).


jane Says:

^ yes margot both guys dropped off

first set: tsonga 63% / andy 63%
second set: tsonga 57% / andy 42%
third set: tsonga 58% / andy 47%

nole stayed even and kohls dipped in the second, best in the 3rd:

first set: nole 64% / kohl 53%
second: nole 63% / kohl 48%
third: nole 64% / kohl 57%


mat4 Says:

Now, prepare for the first big surprise of the tournament: Robredo in four.


jane Says:

rz, being from europe shouldn’t matter. fed’s from europe but his matches have been at night. i really think nole/andy will be night. they will draw in a big audience, both being former champs here.


the DA Says:

@Jane – Andy had a night match against Bachinger. I agree the night conditions will be equally favorable to both. If it’s a humid night, slight edge to Andy.

This was the best match I’ve seen Andy play since the Rafa match in Rome. This time he didn’t get into a funk after going down a break (twice) and stayed focused in very challenging conditions. It’s very promising but I still think Nole will have the edge in the QF. We’ll see. That’s the wonderful thing about tennis – sometimes you think you know what’s going to happen and then you’re surprised.

@Margot – It’s a good feeling isn’t it? Long time coming. And what about that running FH passing shot off of Tsonga’s smash? Got to be one of the shots of the tournament. Can’t stop watching the vine of it.


Polo Says:

Tsonga is out! I’m now at peace at whoever wins this Open, preferably Roger, of course, then Andy. After them, any of the remaining players are OK with me.


jane Says:

the da, oh, i forgot about that one. so they;ve both had one night match then. but still, this seems like an ideal primetime arthur ashe match.


Margot Says:

@the DA
It’s wonderful :)
Andy was so calm and confident I thought we were back to the Ivan days. I also felt he was moving so well his damn back might actually be better now.
And oh that shot! *faints with joy* but there were loads of others.
@CDP
Stop cooking/eating crow pie and come cack and join the roller coaster!


Margot Says:

“Come cack” lol no, but “COME BACK please”


the DA Says:

“Come cack”

I don’t know why but that made me laugh an inordinate amount.


RZ Says:

@Jane – it has to do with the BBC. They get a big audience for televised matches, while Switzerland doesn’t get as many people watching. But it doesn’t always work that way. I guess we’ll find out tomorrow when Wednesday’s schedule comes out.


Rishi Says:

So far, Robredo has looked better then Wawrinka. Looks like only a matter of time until he breaks.


Margot Says:

@ the DA
Well I snorted with laughter myself, because indeedy it has a rude meaning.


the DA Says:

I think Robredo should get more credit than he does. He’s very good on hard courts and feels right at home. Stan is in for a real battle. As I type this Wawa DFs to give Tommy the break.


FedExpress Says:

Tsonga was incredibly consistent at the majors.rechaed the 4th round in all of them

Lost twice to nole. Once to fed and murray

so no shames


Rishi Says:

Tsonga has made the QF or better at all 4 slams. Only at the US, he has not been past the QF. He just ran into Andy who was clearly better at the critical moments today.


the DA Says:

Well that lead deteriorated quickly. Stan fought back to take the first set. Vamos Tommy.


Rishi Says:

Pleasantly surprised at Stan’s turnaround in the last 3 games of the 1st set. Two more to go.


Rishi Says:

Fortunately, the weather tomorrow does not have any forecast of rain. Hopefully Federer’s match is not delayed or postponed.


mat4 Says:

Krunic just won the first set against Azarenka. Will that tennis David beat another Goliath?


contador Says:

Alexsandra Krunic. Are you watching the match, mat4?

She is really something!


mat4 Says:

Yes I am. I like the comments too. The little girl is very brave.


the DA Says:

@ Margot – “because indeedy it has a rude meaning”

That what I thought. It’s a distant memory from my years in the UK.

So Tommy had 2 SPs and a late charge from Stan turned it around. He now leads 2 sets to 1 and is up a break in the 4th. Stan’s habit of pointing to his head every time his hits a good shot is kind of irritating. I was so sure this was going 5. Still early I guess.


mat4 Says:

Has Krunic found finally his serve? Azarenka doesn’t play well, obviously, but it is interesting to note that both Keys and Kvitova didn’t play well against Krunic too. The little girl just make them miss, although I don’t see how right now.


contador Says:

She looks wise beyond her years, mat4. She keeps that poker face whether she wins or loses a point, too. Really like watching Krunic play tennis.


contador Says:

Yes, exactly…she has a lot of shots and keeps them guessing! Gymnastic, spectacular, really. hahaha, love her!


jane Says:

Krunic was SO impressive at the end of the first set, how she held it together.

Looks like Stan’s got the better of Robredo now, which makes sense. He’s the hard court player. He’s beaten Nole, Andy and Rafa. He’s due a win over Fed at a slam, but he has a more difficult versus Fed, might be mental, i.e., due to their friendship?

Stan looks in ominous form at the moment.


mat4 Says:

Krunic definitely has to work on her shot selection. That’s where you see her inexperience. On the other side, she has a variety of shots at her disposition.


Wog boy Says:

contador,
I like her too. You were right, it is hard not not to like her, very brave girl. Btw, it is Aleksandra, we don’t have letter “x”.


contador Says:

Stan is sweating buckets….

We will see if he can close and serve it out.

Yep….Stan is the Man!

_________

Vika has been playing better tennis each match this tournament, mat4. She was a solid #2 in the WTA ranking before she was injured at the Australian Open. I expected Vika to win and she may still win…we shall see.


jane Says:

wawa through; not a very nice handshake from robredo methinks. was like the drive-by version, lol.


contador Says:

Oh, thanks, Wog boy…Aleksandra, it is. ; )

Hope she can outlast Vika here but I dunno. Seems too good to be true?


Wog boy Says:

“Drive-by version” , good one:)


mat4 Says:

Conty:

I watched Azarenka play, of course. You forget to mention that she was ranked no 1, too. And yes, she will probably win, but nonetheless, what Krunic does is admirable.


Polo Says:

I hope the new crop of female players are not the screaming kind.


the DA Says:

Robredo, you had one job to do. Now Kei better not let me down. (*tactical rooting*)


Wog boy Says:

I don’t belive she can win, but she plays without fear of losing.


Wog boy Says:

the Da, Andy still has to beat Nole or it’”s a done deal?:)


contador Says:

I am not a fan of Vika Azarenka, mat4. You probably know more about her than I do. She has just happened to be playing some players I like lately.

Well, I like watching Aleksandra too much to stop watching at this point, anyway. :D


jane Says:

vika with the second set, and all pumped. experience may win out, but certainly krunic is promising!


the DA Says:

@Wog boy – I certainly haven’t claimed it’s a done deal, and never would. I don’t think Andy will – possibly depending on conditions. I would still have wanted Robredo and Kei to win even if Andy had been knocked out. ;) I have players from the other side who I’d like to win or be knocked out.


Wog boy Says:

the Da, it is 50/50, Andy is playing really well, he was twice break down and he played like he was break up and he is bad match up for Nole, even Nole is ahead in H 2 H.


contador Says:

Come on, Krunic!


Polo Says:

Azarenka has some really bizarre but funny body language.


jane Says:

one too many drop shots for krunic?


contador Says:

Boo : / My girl, Krunic is going down. But it was fun watching her, jane. yeah, Vika is onto that drop shot by now.


jane Says:

the crowd is behind aleks / krunic (me too) , but it looks like vika will win. she’s had a couple of net cords help her along.


jane Says:

yes, agree conty. aleks is a “little tiger” as one of my friends put it. :)


jane Says:

god, another drop shot. come on young lady! stop with those. :/


jane Says:

the little tiger loses by a millimetre.
well, let’s see what vika can do next round.
feels to me like no one is beating serena, but maybe vika and/or woz have a slight chance?


Polo Says:

Interesting match. Very good tournament for Krunic but I wonder if we’ll hear from her again. She’s more in the mold of Radwanska and Wozniacki. Speedy, mentally adequate but lacking in power.


the DA Says:

Interesting thing about the power: Krunic was hitting 117mph serves while Vika only managed 103mph. She’s small but maybe it’s the technique?


jane Says:

yeah, i thought she showed some power in her serving. but she mixed things up nicely with slices, droppers (too many), groundies (with such breathtaking depth at times).


Wog boy Says:

“god, another drop shot. come on young lady! stop with those. :/”
jane, I think she ran out of juice, she didn’t have a choice but to try to shorten the points using drop shots. She should be proud of herself, she gave everything she had but better player won.


the DA Says:

In case anyone missed it, here’s Andy’s incredible passing shot off a Tsonga smash from earlier today:

https://vine.co/v/OBPhn2pejnr

That’s when I thought ‘he’s back’.


jane Says:

nice one the da! nole hit a great running passing shot to save set point today; it wasn’t off a smash but off a stab volley. tignor said it could’ve been the shot to turn the match. i’d say it more or less stabilized nole. going more than straight sets in today’s heat and humidity is something none of them wanted to do, i am sure!


the DA Says:

jane – I saw that. It was one of those acutely angled running BH passes that Nole and Andy specialize in. And the match did turn afterwards.


Humble Rafa Says:

Why do Swiss players have no class? Did you gentleman Tommy, the Doormat, get treated so badly by the neutral country dude?

I can vouch for the gentleman’s integrity. Sir Doormat is a diplomat and philosopher.


jane Says:

yep they both have great passing shots. did you see that list the NYTs did of best shots in the game? nole and andy were both in expected places like backhand and passing shot. here it is in case:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/sports/tennis/us-open-2014-novak-djokovic-roger-federer-and-john-isner-among-best-tennis-strokes.html?_r=1

kei was down 1-4 but he’s gotten back on serve. he does hold a 1 match advantage in their h2h too.


jane Says:

^ for the DA…


the DA Says:

Yes I read that. Very interesting piece. Nole and Andy ranked high in all the expected categories. If I remember correctly they didn’t rank slices – which really surprised me.


Humble Rafa Says:

That interesting piece also shows why Humble Highness attained GOAT-hood at such a young age.


jane Says:

they could’ve done the slice, the drop shot and maybe even approach shot? maybe over strangest shot, although for general readers and even tennis fans, it’s kind of interesting to see what they picked.


andrea Says:

now that genie is out of the open, i’m backing caroline. would be great for her to make it all the way.


jane Says:

^ yeah, i’d love to see that andrea.

everytime kei gets a lead, he loses it.


Michael Says:

My hunch was that Andy would win and he did went on to win proving my prophesy right. It is some of the few times we call it right just like Astrology and we can derive some satisfaction out of it. But the easy manner he won over Tsonga did surprise me considering that the later was flying high with confidence and was playing some of his best Tennis at the US Open. But all credit to Andy, he stuck to his task and played his best hard court tennis that he hasn’t played for some time that caught Tsonga unawares. Now this sets up a blockbuster match against Novak who was also looking in fine fettle against Kohlschrieber, another dangerous player, who can bring down the best on his day. But Novak was equal to the task and he did just blast him off the court with his precision Tennis.


Michael Says:

Now coming to this blockbuster match between Novak Vs Andy which should be in all respects an entertaining one with two best of the hard courters slugging it out against one another and showing fine form in their earlier matches and that should set up a crackling match in right earnest with all fire works in display on the court. It is ofcourse a real shame that the two best hard courters are meeting at the quarters, but that is how some time it plays out and we need to accept that as a harsh fact of life. It should be an even match in my opinion with the edge to Novak. But Andy is a hard nut to crack and especially against Novak, he produces his best Tennis as he matches up with well and that should give some frightening moments to the former. The result of this match could boil down always as to who plays best on that particular day and even a net cord in an important moment of the match could change the whole complexion of the match upside down when things are going even. So, it would be difficult to predict who would win. Again, let me be bold and predict that Novak would win this encounter in four tough sets.


skeezer Says:

@jane, that link was interesting, sort of. It was wrong on some strokes, my imo. Ex; best one handed BH and movement. But it was an opinion, so whatevers…..
Also, is best endurance, best mental, and best match for your life “strokes”?
Good that someone made an attempt to compile the strokes thingy though……


jane Says:

yes skeezer they had some unconventional categories. if you look at the bottom of the article it gives the people who voted/chose.


jane Says:

amazing how late this is for the players in new york! raonic and nishikori are still playing at 1:30 AM!!!!


jane Says:

1:43 a.m., and milos and kei are playing a 5th set. phew.


Okiegal Says:

Does anyone know what the little tiff was between Wa Wa and Tom Tom?? Enquiring minds want to know??


Okiegal Says:

Wow, a 4 hr match……..w/o Joker and Rafa!! Now that’s a change of pace!


jane Says:

was there a tiff okie?


Thangs Says:

Jinx perfectly worked. Good job Sean!


jane Says:

oops wrong thread. congrats to kei for reaching the quarterfinals!

bad day for canada at the us open: popsicle, bouchard and raonic all lost. interestingly all did better on grass, and in milos’ case even clay.


Okiegal Says:

@Jane

Yes there was…..Stan was serving and they were jawing back and forth before Stan actually served. The commentators tried their best to try figure out the problem, but to no avail. We will read about it in the pressors…a nosy reporter will get to the bottom of it…..we can count on that!! Lol


jane Says:

okie, i noticed the handshake was rather cold, but i must’ve missed that! hmmm, intriguing.

wawa hit 75 winners! to robredo’s 19…

i googled and this is what i found okie;

“Things turned testy early in the fourth as Wawrinka and Robredo exchanged words, although neither player cared to discuss the moment later. “It’s something that can happen in a match,” Robredo said. “I think he did something not nice, and I just told him if he had a problem today.” Wawrinka, too, said it was just a matter of two players trying to win. “It’s always the same when you play a tough match,” he said. “He did few things that I did not like it, but at the end of the day it’s a tennis match.”


Okiegal Says:

Thanks, Jane……might be more on the matter later today. If Pam Shriver had been working the match, she would have known the full story…..She doesn’t miss a thing and is not shy when trying to find out. It will probably come to light sooner or later!!


Margot Says:

@jane
Interesting what you posted but Andy has said IHO Ferrer is the best returner in the game.
Hey, what do “pundits” know anyway?…;)
@ the DA
Andy has defended his US points and has nothing to defend till AO. Whatever happens tomorrow, it’s all good!
And Kei won! Yay!


Honfleuraise Says:

Many people were assuming Tsonga would win – based on the fact Andy had not beaten a top 10 guy this season. Had a hunch he would get the better of Tsonga and went against the trend by calling it in 5. Thrilled he did it in 3 :-)

Mauresmo is clearly having a calming effect on him.

Somewhat anxious he is struggling in the humidity however. Hope it is just that and not any kind of injury.

Now for the next challenge. Fingers crossed.


Honfleuraise Says:

@Jane and RZ

The BBC don’t cover the USO. It’s with SKY Sports who will want the biggest audience which is not the UK.


Polo Says:

How much of a chance does Federer really have on winning the US Open? I still think Novak is an overwheling favorite. Had Federer been at least two years younger, it would have been equal. Nole vs Andy, that would be interesting but the former looks like he’s in better form physically and mentally.


Margot Says:

@Honfleuraise
Hey! Good to see u girl :) Our boy done good, yes?
Agree about Maresmo’s calming influence. Andy looked steely and determined, I thought. I think she’s influencing his game in a positive way too, since I feel he’s playing with more flair these day and definitely using his volley more. His net stats have been fab in the last two matches. His 2nd serve seems tweaked to me too…*faints with joy*…;)
Courier, yes I know, can be a bit of a twerp…. but… was saying, at this stage of his career, Andy should train less hard and start trusting his talent more.
Amen to that.


Hippy Chic Says:

Margot our boy done good indeed,i dont know how he will fair against Nole,but i hope its a great match and he gives it his best shot,if he plays like he did against Tsonga then one has to give him a legitamate shot,it will be physical and both will make each other run alot,Andy and Novak match up well,and Andy when at his best has the game to troube Novak too,fingers crossed….


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