Williams Sisters Book QF Meeting at US Open; Federer v Isner Monday
by Staff | September 7th, 2015, 12:21 am
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World No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 23 seed Venus Williams won in straight sets on Sunday to book a blockbuster quarterfinal meeting on Tuesday.


Serena served past fellow American and No. 19 seed Madison Keys 6-3, 6-3, while Venus dominated Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 6-1.

Venus with the win returned to the quarterfinal round for the first time in five years at the US Open.

“I’ve played some tough matches so far, and I feel like that helped me get a rhythm today,” Williams said. “I played so well in the last match, so I was able to stay comfortable. But I think experience helped a lot, and I was able to play in the moment.”

Serena and Keys played at a high level throughout most of the match, with Keys ending the contest with a double fault. Keys throughout demonstrated her ability as the hardest-hitting player on the WTA tour, but at times struggling to control her backhand strikes.

“It was really important,” said Serena of not falling behind early as in previous matches. “Playing Madison, she’s such a good player and powerful player, so my only chance was to have a fast start. I stayed in there and didn’t feel the pressure. I was just relaxed.”

Unseeded Italian Roberta Vinci moved into the quarters when No. 25 seed Eugenie Bouchard was unable to play their match after sustaining a concussion in a fall in the women’s locker room at the US Open.

“Following the competition yesterday evening, Ms. Bouchard slipped and fell in the locker room and sustained a head injury,” US Open Tournament Director David Brewer said in a statement. “The severity of the injury was and continues to be assessed by the on-site medical personnel at the US Open.”

Vinci in the quarters will meet the winner between Kristina Mladenovic and No. 13 seed Ekaterina Makarova which went well past midnight.

In the late men’s match world No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat No. 23 seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Djokovic will next meet No. 18 seed Feliciano Lopez, who stopped the run of the Nadal-killing No. 32 seed Fabio Fognini 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-1.

Lopez said he was in awe coming into the match of Fognini’s performance against Nadal.

“How many winners [Fognini] was able to hit on that fifth set [against Nadal]. Yeah, I was thinking about him playing this way against me. I was scared,” Lopez said. “But obviously tennis is always different. Every match is completely different. My game is another game. I think I played a great match here today, no? I was very aggressive. My serve was working. Every time I come in, I find a way to win the point.”

Defending champion and No. 9 seed Marin Cilic and No. 19 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga set up a quarterfinal clash when the Croatian beat French No. 27 seed Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-1, and Tsonga beat fellow Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

Tsonga hasn’t dropped a set, or his serve, through four matches.

“I had a [injury] at the end of last year, the beginning of this year,” Tsonga said. “But I’m coming back at a great level.”

Cilic said he will be ready for a slugfest.

“To play Tsonga is always very challenging,” Cilic said. “Especially in Grand Slams always plays great. I’m going to have to definitely prepare. But maybe psychologically will be easier for me to get into this match rather than for him as in last couple of matches. I won two or three in our meetings, the last ones, so I guess that’s going to be better preparation for me.”

On court Monday in Flushing Meadows is a tennis buffet with (20) Victoria Azarenka vs. Varvara Lepchenko, (5) Stan Wawrinka vs. Donald Young, (22) Samantha Stosur vs. (26) Flavia Pennetta, (5) Petra Kvitova vs. Johanna Konta, (2) Roger Federer vs. (13) John Isner, (2) Simona Halep vs. (24) Sabine Lisicki, (3) Andy Murray vs. (15) Kevin Anderson, and (6) Tomas Berdych vs. (12) Richard Gasquet.


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237 Comments for Williams Sisters Book QF Meeting at US Open; Federer v Isner Monday

Humble Rafa Says:

I understand there is a tennis tournament still going on.


skeezer Says:

^yes, hope you enjoy it from your fishing boat.


Okiegal Says:

Good line-up tomorrow…..labor day, the last hoorah of summer!! Boating, skiing, camping usually ends on this holiday!! But I will settle in front of my TV where it’s cool to watch tennis. Hopefully I’ll see some exciting matches…..


Michael Says:

I was just surprised that Agut managed to extract a set from Novak and he showed some gritty fighting qualities in this match. But Novak although disappointed about losing a set, just managed to regroup, reinvigorate and reinvent himself in the third and fourth sets as he normally peaks during the later stages of a match and it was then tough times for Agut.

I think Cilic is a dark horse in this tournament. He won last year and now he is in the second week and is in Novak’s section of draw. That is going to be really tricky if Cilic manages to reach the semi finals.

As regards, Roger Vs Isner, I strongly feel that based on the form exhibited so far in this tournament, Roger should be easily through. But stranger things have happened in Tennis and caution should be the watch word. Yet, I strongly tip Roger reaching another quarters in his illustrious career which has few parallels.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Michael, I agree. I gave Cilic no shot before the tournament, but I sure wouldn’t want to face him now.

However, he’s not faced much quality. Can anyone comment on his form?

Interesting but sad that Williams have to meet in quarters. Venus now has to stop Williams from a monumental achievement: calenday year grand slam, holding 5 at once, and tying Steffi Graf for most of all time.

Serena has to stop Venus from her most promising grand slam run in years, and maybe the last she’ll EVER have.

Nerves and emotions might make this some great drama and terrible tennis, as it usually did early in their career.


Wog Boy Says:

Does anybody really believes that Venus will even try to stop Serena, I can’t believe that some people are so naive.

As for “tying Steffi Graf for most of all time”, sorry but Steffie is not the one that that holds the record of “most of all the time” as much as most of the fans conveniently forget that, you either have a record or you don’t and Steffie doesn’t.


Margot Says:

Venus v Serena just doesn’t have the same competitive edge it used to. Probably down to Venus being older and having had a horrible illness, and grass is her favoured surface anyway.


jalep Says:

Wog Boy
No I don’t for a minute think Venus will sincerely try to stop Serena even if she could. Can’t even imagine how that would play out within the sisters’ and family relationship, never-mind in the media. It will be, possibly, some theater. Maybe in the first decade of their careers when they met it was interesting but at this point

The last 2 matches were great yesterday and the others sorta meh. Congrats to Mladenovic!

Could be a couple upsets, on the men’s side. Can Donald Young with his buoyed confidence and home support beat Stan? John Isner with his improved ground game beat Federer? Looking forward to some good tennis.


brando Says:

BREAKING NEWS: Rafael nadals grandfather passes away. RIP and condolences to rafael and his family. Not a good time at all for rafa off court or on.


jalep Says:

It’s amusing this clash of Jim Courier v Jon Wertheim on the Tennis Channel morning show. Maybe it’s staged but actually thinking it’s real. Wertheim thinks Bouchard should sue for damages, Courier says that’s like someone spilling coffee on themselves at McDonalds and suing – ridiculous. Martina Navratilova has to shut them up.

The Wertheim vs Courier fight goes on about 5 set matches at GS’s — Wertheim thinks it’s too hard on the men, Courier calls BS on that, Martina has to shut them up. They have them sitting as far apart as possible.


jalep Says:

Oh, sorry to hear about Rafa’s grandpa — condolences to Rafa and family.


Wog Boy Says:

jalep,
Thanks for the reply and yes, Kristina Mladenovic improved a lot in the last year or so, I tried to watch a match this morning (after 4am local time) but it was too much of the ask after Nole/Agut match.


Wog Boy Says:

Sorry to hear about Rafa’s grandfather.


FedExpress Says:

Venus will the lose the match.if she wins there will be some family issues.come on, how can venus serena from winning.
She has the game to stop but family issues make it tough and as the elder one even tougher


Giles Says:

Jonathan Scott
@Jonscott9
This is the first year since 2004 that Bryan brothers and Nadal don’t win any majors. #USOpen


chris ford1 Says:

Yep,poor Venus. Struggling on, possibly past the point where she could have retired as a champ vs. a faded one – finally connects with a possible March to Glory after so many years. But to win it and reaffirm she still belongs playing pro tennis and isn’t washed up – she has to deny Serena “The Holy Grand Slam!”.
Which people claim is unthinkable for Venus to want to “ruin” , being family and all, even though Serena already has the “Holy Serena Slam” which is somehow less Holy because it didn’t start with the Holy AO.
So I hope if Venus thinks she actually has a shot, she owes it to herself to play her best and prove she still belongs on Tour and still has the talent to win a big event, after so many years of nothing.
Not hold back.


jalep Says:

Young serving for the 2nd set!


Daniel Says:

Wawa and Young with some bad blood.See, that’s why I said in Kyrgios incident, Wawa tends to over celebrate points and needs this “in your face”attitude in points and match. Kind of irritating opponent. No wonder he hd that think with Federer in London last year.

But hei if it is what he needs to be competitive and fight hard, so be it. But he will have to take the slash from his opponents as well. Not that Kyrgios behavior was acceptable, but he will have to take it like a man.


FedExpress Says:

this is why wawrinka is a two times GS champ. no fluke whatsoever. earned it.


Margot Says:

And now losing 4-0 in 3rd. Stan’s not playing that well but Don is prone to be WILD!
Watching Halep and Lisiki now. Very close. 7-6 for Lisiki in first


Daniel Says:

Unless that is some under the table bad blood between this two that we don’t know about.
It worked for Stan because he is now leading 5-0 third set and should wrap this up in 4.


FedExpress Says:

wow. the possibilty that nole reaches all four GS finals is so real. last one was fed in 2009 (some cheerfull and painful moments in one year for me)


Daniel Says:

Stan and the empire in an endless chat LOL


Daniel Says:

FedExpress, you can’t have everything you want right, look at Nadal’s year;-)


Margot Says:

Halep has the trainer out and heavy strapping on hrt thigh. Looks like old injury has flared up. Errani playing very aggressively and punishing Halep’s second serve.
@Daniel
Agree about Stan’s over celebration. Can’t stand those roars.


jalep Says:

Yes and Simona getting a long MTO. Margot, I doubt either one, Sabine or Simona can beat Vika. Vika’s looking stronger by the match. (She’s my pick to the final to face Serena) Petra v Serena could be good too – just didn’t pick Petra past the quarterfinals because she has not been completely healthy this summer. Looking forward to Petra v Konta!


Giles Says:

C’mon Lisiki!!


jalep Says:

It’s a low quality tennis match – Simona and Sabine. Might be the heat. I guess it’s hot enough to let them have a 10 minute heat break if this goes to 3 sets. 13 breaks of serve and rising – Simona bending over in pain after nearly every point.


Jock-KatH Says:

I’m a bit weary of seeing the headline of most features/strands headed by Federer – please let’s have a tiny bit of balance….?


jane Says:

i think that was the first set stan lost today? so i guess it’s fed’s turn now eh? ;P


Margot Says:

I want Halep match to last hours so it’s cooler for Andy! Tho way past us Brits’ bedtimes soon…ah those sacrifices again Kat!


Jeez Says:

Struggling as of now against Lisicki,

Halep may not play her MIXED DOUBLES Quaters with Horia Tecau
against Hingis-Paes scheduled next on Grandstand after the Men’s Doubles in progress now!!!


Giles Says:

Some people are ever so considerate and unselfish! NOT!


brando Says:

Wawrinka looking deadly. 1 set dropped to QF. He’s got his eye in now and I expect he’s going to unload the arsenal now. Definitely a contender at the least.


jalep Says:

The Murray fans are lined up outside Louis Armstrong for miles, Margot and KatH. Stadium will be jam packed.

Congrats to Donald Young making it to the 4th round, well played!


Jock-KatH Says:

Right now Jane, I’m so “fed down” by the “Lord of the Rings” that I’d love to see him lose more than one set today – OK – now prepared for the hate mail – don’t give a monkey’s cuss what anyone says….(except possibly not his fault – the fault of the fawning press)…..


Felipe Says:

Wawrinka has reached at leat QF in his las 6 Slams and 8 of the last 9 (2 Wins / 2 Semis / 4 Quarters). In the last 3 years, his consistency at the Slams is on par with Federers and his succes is on par with Djokovic, and only a superb performance will take him out (Djokovic USOPEN 2013 and AUS 2015, Nishikori USOPEN 2014 and Gasquet Wimbledon 2015 needed 5 sets to take him down). I really hope tha Murray gets trough so we can have an amazing quarter final called “the batle for being the 4th most succesfull player of this generation”


the DA Says:

“Wawrinka looking deadly”

He had 46 UFEs though. Against Young it’s fine but it won’t be vs the top guys. And he didn’t seem that pleased after winning the match. There are issues and he’s not at his best, yet. Maybe he’s playing himself into form.


the DA Says:

“the batle for being the 4th most succesfull player of this generation”

There’s a long road ahead for Wawa, unless of course people only judge careers on slams alone.


Margot Says:

Saw some of Stan match, wasn’t too impressed. Young was doing the usual- unplayable shot, error, unplayable shot, error etc etc


Margot Says:

@The DA
Oh here we go again…..how long was Andy top 4, how long Stan? just for starters.


jalep Says:

+1 DA about Stan.

Margot getting your wish – this match is going on and on, it seems. Both have had their physical issues – cramping for Lisicki. 66 unforced errors for Lisicki and 32 UE’s for Halep.


Jock-KatH Says:

Ah Jalep Thanks – that sounds wonderful – hope you are right that all these people are keen to see the Murray v Anderson match.

And Margo – we settle down to do our duty – Land of Hope and Glory / Flowers of Scotland –hopefully not Auld Lang Syne -not YET……


Margot Says:

Lol jalep, now worried about possible lateness of the hour. Almost time to make cocoa..;)


Jock-KatH Says:

Margot – Time for another glass of wine – and where did I put my crystals?


Markus Says:

The women players are all C level players. Serena stands alone in the A group. B level is empty.


Margot Says:

So Halep did it! Wow! Triumph of mind over matter.
Kat…eek where ARE those pesky crystals? I’ve got “behind the sofa” nice and prepared.
Come on Andeeeeeeeee!


jane Says:

“the “Lord of the Rings”” – i am not getting this reference jock-h. can you clarify?

as for stan, well he has been fairly consistent now at the slams really since 2013 which was the same year he began working with magnus norman.

magnus should be credited with much of stan’s late success.

remember, he’s the same guy that finally coached out some of soda pop’s best tennis too.

personally i see stan as a threat at every slam now.

and i wonder if maybe he and magnus decided to devote themselves to success at the slams, because stan doesn’t seem to care are much or compete at quite as high of a level at the masters or other events. their focus seems to be mainly on winning the big titles and/or going deep at majors.


Humble Rafa Says:

Thanks for the kind words about my grandfather. He was truly a great man who inspired Humbles and Humblesses.


chris ford1 Says:

FedExpress Says:
“wow. the possibilty that nole reaches all four GS finals is so real. last one was fed in 2009 (some cheerfull and painful moments in one year for me)”

===============
The odds are still significantly against Nole accomplishing THIS streak, but he is 2 events away from making the Finals in every major event he entered in a 365 day period. ATP 500 and above – which started in Bercy last year. Making the Final at the USO and Shanghai would get him there.

As Djokovic’s career progresses, the nature of his success is becoming more like Federer’s. His “stats” are piling up, putting him in the Top 10 of the most important feats, with several more years to go where he could be a championship level player. His career may last as long as Feds. What he has in common with Fed is more than what is different (genius vs. driven world class athlete, one hand vs. 2 hand BH, etc.).
Both are consistently excellent across all surfaces over many years. Both have avoided injury. Both are nice guys away from the courts and mostly all times on it. Both have maintained a serious commitment to training and conditioning and preserving their bodies for the long haul. So both have big streaks, both will close out their careers with lots of wins, winning % on all surfaces, weeks at #1. Credit to Connors, Borg, and Lendl for similar career arcs of sustained excellence. And Sampras for his excellence everywhere else overriding his “clay struggles”, much as Lendl’s problems on infrequent grass forays does not impact Lendl’s rep as a winning monster in the sport.

BTW – Fed’s 2009 should not be bittersweet. While Rafa thumped him at the AO and the listless underperforming Fed wept, luck changed when Nole and Rafa messed each other up in Madrid. He beat a hobbled and exhausted Rafa in that Final for one of his only 2 clay wins over Nadal. (the other was a Hamburg win years before).
Then besides Madrid, Rafa’s injury got worse, contributing to his Soderling loss, missing Wimbledon. And not a force until his 2010 regrouping. Nole was even more messed up by Madrid.
But Fed still had to beat Soderling and an on fire Delpo to get RG. And then beat an inspired Roddick at Wimbledon. And the USO may be his only real time where he felt he squandered a big Final that year..(though del Potro said he played well enough to beat Fed not at his best, but still Fed). 2 Slams and two Masters. Not a bad year for any Fed fan, or Fed himself…


jane Says:

“In the last 3 years, his consistency at the Slams is on par with Federers and his succes is on par with Djokovic”

this is a bit of an overstatement no?

in the last 3 years (2013, 14, 15) novak has won 4 slams. stan has won half that. the part about being as consistent at the slams as fed is closer to the mark since he’s been reaching later rounds, but also they’ve both had some early round losses.

but note that it’s at slams especially. i think – don’t know for sure – fed’s been more consistent overall, winning more masters titles during that timeframe?


Jock-KatH Says:

Jane – it was a loose thought connected to the way the press treats the Fed. e.g. as if he is “The Lord” and the “Rings” being the Courts….pretty awful I know – excuse me – it was a rant, frustrated at the constant information the press seeks to provide us with on every aspect of Fed. etc. etc. – need to stop now….while I still can……


Emily Says:

Re Stan’s results outside of slams, I think both he and Magnus are frustrated. He seems to prefer playing the top guys in high stakes matches. This was the 1st match so far where he was really engaged and hitting those amazing winners. In all of the slams this year, he has rolled through the first few rounds, and then ups his game by the 4th round. He looked completely average in Paris, before he demolished Simon in the 4th round.

He also likes the best of 5 format, and as of right now, has the best slam results this year after Novak. When he plays lower seeded players, he seems to know that the match is on his racquet, and then he gets sloppy. His tennis can be so high risk and he needs to be patient, b/c he can break himself. Maybe then he’ll win more titles outside of the slams.

Also, some people were mentioning that they don’t like Stan saying “come on” to psych himself up. I prefer that to yelling at yourself or your box, and it means he is mentally in the match. I don’t think it is an attempt to antagonize his opponent, b/c then half the tour could be accused of that.

However, he was very restrained during the FO final, which I think contributed to his composure when he was down or facing break points, even when he should have been really nervous. Interesting to see how he’ll be if he plays Murray as they haven’t played each other in a while.


Jock-KatH Says:

Come On Andy, do it your way!!!!!!!!!!!!!


jane Says:

thanks for clarifying jock-h. i think he’s definitely a favourite of a lot of pundits and writers, for sure.


Margot Says:

Oh bum Anderson takes the first set.
Kat-crystals!
Very unfair of umpire tho., Andy should’ve got another first serve then :(


Jock-KatH Says:

Margo – I couldn’t get the shiny pale pink that the crystals can take – (during the tie-break) – when I looked up it was over…lordie, lordie…..
Andy handled Kevin so well at Queens – Can he do it?

K


chris ford1 Says:

Flavia Pennetta – QFs. Well done to the hot looking, accomplished, Serena-aged Italian.
Has a shot at the semis, though her likely foe -Kvitova, at her best. is far superior to Pennetta – Kvitova is famously erratic.
3 good or at least interesting on paper matches are coming up for the WTA – Pennetta vs. whoever, Vika-Simona, and Venus-Serena.
If I was there and had time and money for one of the 3 promising WTA matches, I would chose the one between Halep and Azarenka.


brando Says:

I’m checking out. Hope Andy pulls through but 4 sets and numerous extra hours on court v the mannarino, Anderson and kyrgios of the world is not championship form. A top tier player like him should always cut through these lower than tier players like a knife through butter since its wasted energy slugging it out with these guys when you know the bigger challenges lie ahead. He should pull through (I hope) this one today but: wawrinka, Federer and Djokovic: DAMN. On your greatest form that’s brutal for anyone but in this form its a unbelievable ask. Andy: cut through the crap and get aggressive. You MUST take the play to these guys since they are emptying your tank for sure with your willingness to engage in extended play. Naivety for sure.


Margot Says:

Looking ominous Kat. Think I might check out soon like Brando. :(


Jock-KatH Says:

Margot – Andy must roar back in like a lion – don’t go to bed yet, unless you feel even more worn out than I do….


skeezer Says:

You all checking out too soon. C’mon, where is your cheering spirit? This is a 5 set match, they haven’t even finished the 2nd set!


Margot Says:

@Skeeze
Andy hates Armstrong and it’s showing. He’s not playing very well either, too passive and AWFUL tie br8. Very difficult to return serve bombs on that court too.
@Kat
Still here…just.


skeezer Says:

Andy has more mental balls than Anderson. We’ll see how this plays out….even if Anderson gets the 2nd I am not convinced yet…
margot don’t you go hiding behind the couch!


Emily Says:

There is less room on Armstrong so it might be tougher to return those serves. I remember a few years ago they put Andy in Armstrong against Cilic and he didn’t seem to like it at all. Nearly lost the match


jane Says:

yes that’s true; anderson is quite a bit smaller and maybe a bit faster?


Jock-KatH Says:

Andy hates Anderson or vice versa? Thought they were reasonably matey. It’s me who will hate Anderson if he beats Andy (just joking).


Margot Says:

Kat:
Andy hates ARMSTRONG not Anderson, lol!
Looking very ominous now :(


steve-o Says:

Geez, is everyone forgetting that Anderson led Djokovic by two sets to love at Wimbledon and ended up losing?

Chances are Anderson will let Murray back into this one.


jane Says:

oops, lol. i mean “armstrong” is smaller. not anderson.
obviously anderson is TALLER. :)

this reminds me of the anderson vs novak match at wimbledon. same round i think…


van orten Says:

Anderchoke ? Anyone ?


FlyingDoctor Says:

Everyone saying with the roof Arthur ash is more likely an indoor court and this is andys first match in Armstrong.i think It effects his game


steve-o Says:

If Anderson loses this game at 5-1, Murray is winning this set 7-5.


Daniel Says:

Damm, double break for Anderson in set 2. He almost took Novak out in Wibledon, will he do it here?! Or will Andy get back from 2-0 and win the title just like Djoko did in Wimbledon.


brando Says:

This is some annoying BS! WTF Andy: rafa has been crap all year and even he straight setted Anderson in his first tournament back from injury at AO. This is some BS passive play. Damn. All that progress, elevated level of play, zenith of career as a performer and what there’s to show at grand slam as best result: a fu–ing meltdown I’m Melbourne. This sh-t so annoying with Andy. Muzza has it all but what he does lack, always has and struggles to lock in: that ruthless killer instinct. Fed, rafa in their heyday. Novak today: they don’t f–k with these lower tier players. They thump. Whup their butt and reinforce their fears: that fedal, nole are untouchable. Andy though just always seems to engage in these drawn out matches even when he’s on his A game. It could be because fed, rafa have a beastly forehand to dictate matches and Novak is supreme in basic consistency. But this is just f-:king annoying. The years a failure for me: such a high level of play at slams, this year: ZERO majors on table for 2 years in a row. Fu-k! Out!


sienna Says:

obviously Murphy makes no UE so he is pushing the ball around.

im not even watching the match and know whats wrong.


Margot Says:

Lol skeeze, behind the sofa? Are you mad? I am in the shed at the bottom of the garden, peering at the TV by torchlight.
Ah, Andy has taken his hat off and means business at last and EVEN manages to br8 servebot’s serve. Might give him a bit of confidence.


Margot Says:

Brando: who are you referring to in your last sentence cos Andy just won a Masters 1,000. Not to be sneezed at.


FlyingDoctor Says:

Andy hit his first fh winner in the end of the second set


van orten Says:

The return of the choker Part 354?


sienna Says:

thats better. I want Federer to take another semi against Murphy.


brando Says:

Damn, 2-0 down. I’m go to sleep. Even IF Andy wins here (I doubt it tbh) damage is done: 2 set matches, 1 4 set match and many hours logged in the heat. All before wawrinka, federer and Novak. Its game over.


Daniel Says:

Anderson is much more dangerous than Mannarino. Murray has to be extra careful otherwise he coul lose. Anderson only needs one more set and USO has tiebreak fifth set. But his last gane he already showed tense and he will feel even more pressure close to the finish line.


Margot Says:

Night everyone. Dunno if Andy can do it but hope so, more positive signs towards the end of that, but who knows? Keep cheering please Andy fans.
Hugs to Kat!


brando Says:

@Margot: each to their own. For me when it comes to talent like Andy who is a major player of this era, winning a couple of master series in his prime years (looking at last season, this season) as your biggest win is just a failure. He should be winning majors since he’s that good. That’s the benchmark for a guy like him. Especially when a guy out of nowhere waltz in claims 2 slams (wawrinka). Rafa is my favourite. He could win Shanghai and Paris but this year is a failure since he did nada at the slams. The big time players get judged on what they do in the big time. Novak won a slam and many MS in 2013. Called it a letdown since he knew he should have won more slams. That’s a big time mentality. Andy is bigtim BS master series trophies is not what he busts his butt for nor should it satisfy him. He should be winning a slam in 2015 considering his level and IF he doesn’t for me: failed year. Big time players: big time benchmark to judge them by. A dimitrov could be very happy with a master series. NOT Andy Murray. It’s slams or nothing for guys of his level.


Emily Says:

Why have they spent the past ten minutes discussing bathroom breaks? Do they really think it’s over for Andy?


jalep Says:

oh no…
have not been able to watch –just checked scores.
Andy?! oh lord. Don’t lose! Has he just been too passive or what?

unbelievable.


Jock-KatH Says:

Andy should not be losing to Anderson full stop.
Goodness knows – he’s behaving like a spoilt brat – he thought he could do this easy, as did I, – good night Margot – I’ll be asking Okiegal to send him a 100 lines tomorrow – more if he carries on mucking about

Seeyah guys — no idea who is going to win USO – luck to all your favourites.


Emily Says:

So would this be an even worse Anderchoke than the one in Wimbledon?


Jock-KatH Says:

This would be the worst choke, Emily, Andy virtually owned Kevin.

Margo, Yes, sorry, I know Andy asked if he could play on another court as he doesn’ t like Armstrong – my excuse, is it is getting deep into my tomorrow!!! – as it is with you…


Jock-KatH Says:

Somebody has said something nice about Andy essentially, you can pick at his attitude but ultimately he is one of the top players out there (to paraphrase) – I’m trying to give myself some comfort, so forgive unnecessary commentary – PS well after midnight here in UK


Tennisfan Says:

Really hope Andy can pull through, but its looking more and more impossible at the moment. Wish Anderson could at least help him by choking a bit more.
I really feel bad for Isner and Roger who will be starting their match super late- hopefully theirs will be a quick one.


Emily Says:

It’s Gasquet and Berdych who’ll start late, Roger/Isner won’t be affected


Tennisfan Says:

Oh my bad, well poor Berdych/Gasquet in that case.


Tennisfan Says:

Or maybe Anderson will make it a straight sets win :(. Andy’s best shot is not to let it go to a tiebreak for this one


jalep Says:

Isner and Federer match was supposed to be at least an hour ago, initially per the schedule It’s now scheduled to start at 10:15 pm EDT.

Come on Murray! win the tb, puhleese. $#!+ Anderson too good…uhg.

Kvitova and Konta on Arthur Ashe stadium tied at 4-4 1st set at the moment.

My worst nightmare for tennis is Isner or Anderson winning US Open. These super tall guys need a league of their own with higher nets. It’s logical.


Margot Says:

Couldn’t get to sleep. Checked score. Tie break. Eek! But street fighter has woken up and takes 3rd!
Come on Andy!


Brando Says:

‘These super tall guys need a league of their own with higher nets. It’s logical.’:

LMFAO, and prejudiced, but seconded nonethless!

It’s 1 am here now and even I can’t cheat my sleep no more. Glad Andy bagged the set and the positive for him is the match is long. It’s 3 hour plus clear now so Anderson should be tiring for sure now and really feeling it.

PS: Props to New York for the Pro Andy chant and support!


Jock-KatH Says:

Margot – If you are still peeping at the screen – they became bright shiny pink – when I looked up Hallelujah!!!! – Not sure what happens next – but at least Andy didn’t go down 3-0.

Ciao, Ciao!!!!


jalep Says:

Come on Andy! right with you, Margot, KatH…Andy fans…

He has to win the next 2 sets! Go Andy, Go!


jalep Says:

Come on Andy! right with you, Margot, KatH…Andy fans…

He has to win the next 2 sets! Go Andy, Go!


jalep Says:

oooh double posting. too much cabernet…


Margot Says:

Lol Kat absolutely knackered now, but Andy started returning those bloody bombs in the tie, so everything crossed!
If I was still drinking I’d raise a glass to shiny pink crystals ;)
Anderson playing out of his scull isn’t he?


Margot Says:

Can’t watch one match leave alone two…but looks as if Konta’s holding her own against Kvitova.
Come on Jo/Andy!


Jock-KatH Says:

Brando – What is it about Andy that produces the support he gets in New York?


Tennisfan Says:

I can’t see the match but its still so close based on the scoreline! No one has noticeably improved their level of play or declined it either. But at least Andy pushed it to a fourth!


Daniel Says:

Anderson had a FH to break but the arm got heavy and he netted. Andy saved a crucial game and hold, 2-2. Guess Fed x Isner will start before this match is over, which already is at 3:42 hs.


FedExpress Says:

Are they better chokers than anderson and troicki out there (wta excluded)


Daniel Says:

If Andy forces a fifth he takes it. Anderson’s legs will ge the better of him and he won’t be able to serve as good. Andy also seems a bit tired but he is way fitter.


jalep Says:

Vai, Forzaaaaaa, Bella Flavia Panetta! Fabs better half. Dictated play vs Stosur. Nothing against Stosur but love Flavia. In fact she beat my pick, Stosur. Dang it.

Anderson even good at net …sheesh. just hold serve and win another tb, Andy.

Federer match now moved to 11 pm.

Kvitova up a set on Konta. On serve in the 2nd set 2-2.


Daniel Says:

Anderson is spanking Andy’s second. He should put first in and remove some power.


jalep Says:

You make perfect sense, Daniel. Keep saying it. Murray might hear you ;)


Daniel Says:

Anderson 1 game away from his biggest win. At least 1 more game to force a tiebreak.

And he has a good record agaisnt Wawrinka so, this match means a lot for him.

Andy to serve and stay alive.


FedExpress Says:

Skys said murray is fighting an illness?which one?


Daniel Says:

Murray hold to love with two aces, 5-5


Daniel Says:

Damm, Murray will have to win another tiebreak if he wants to force a fifth.

This fourth set tiebreak could de tense if it goes the distance: set point, match point, set point, march pont


Rishi Says:

Jalep….can you tell me why the Fed match is moved to 11 pm?

Kvitova just won, and I thought the next match would start in like 30 minutes.


Daniel Says:

He had a flu.


Daniel Says:

OMG, 30-30 Anderson 2 points away. Murray has to hold and test Anderson’s nerves


Daniel Says:

Nice point by Andy. 40-30. One more serve.


jalep Says:

yes Rishi …actually, I misread it (not surprising) lol…

Federer-Isner match now scheduled for 9:10 pm Eastern Daylight Time. I’m on MDT – 2 hours behind NYC.

http://www.flashscore.com/tennis/

Flashscore is quite reliable as to match time for their betting subcribers.


Daniel Says:

Minivreao Anderson. Murray, put the first serve IN


Daniel Says:

Wow, Anderosn just won the match in this return winner, 3-0 and 2 serves. Match on hos racquet now.

Let’s see if he chokes.


Daniel Says:

Murray missed a ball he couldn’t miss, 4-0. If Anderson makes 5-0 match is over for Andy.


Daniel Says:

Ace, 5-0. That is it. murray will lose. He has to at least make hos two serves to force Anderson serve ot out


Daniel Says:

6-0. 6 MP’s. Wow.

Andy is out!! Fed’s draw open up if Anderson beats Wawa which is very possible


Tennisfan Says:

Murray’s out :(


Ben Pronin Says:

Anderson just turned Anderchoke on his head. Tiebreaker of his career. Simply well deserved.


jalep Says:

oh &#$% so disappointing.

I’m seriously bummed. Anderson wins.


Rishi Says:

Thanks Jalep.

Commiserations to all Andy fans. Anderson just played a very good 4th set tiebreak.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wow. What a performance from Anderson.
I feel bad for Murray, and Murray fans here. I had been looking forward to Murray/Wawrinka from draw day. But as it went on, I found myself cheering for the underdog. By the end, it was hard not to.
Sorry to Murray fans. He has still had a great year, after many people had serious doubts that he could last year.


Daniel Says:

And he got the win. First Quarters in Slam.

Murray wasn’t play great all tourney losing sets along the way.

Bad year for him. Kind of regressed after AO final, semis, semis and Round of 16.

Anderson and Wawribka is a toss up bit I don’t think Anderson can go all the way to finals. Right now Fed x Wawa would be a good quarters.

Andy need AO next year, 9 Majors after his Wimby 2013 win went by and no titles. He needs to step it up next year. He will turn 29 and clock is ticking.


jane Says:

anderson went all out in that breaker, wow.
his returns were outrageous.
commies to andy fans, esp margot. : /
he rushed at the end there a little.
went through a lot of that emotion during the novak/kevin match at wimbledon. he’s turned a corner, anderson has. did he get a new coach i wonder?


Daniel Says:

Imagine if Fed loses today and Wawa not makes the final, Djoko would be smiling like the Joker😜

Seems a Djoko x Fed final almost assured now.


van orten Says:

Well played mr. Anderson . Well done. Makin all tall guys proud tonight. What a Performance. Around 80 winners!!!


FedExpress Says:

Boah

i wont start dreaming. We saw what happened last year. But god feds draw is good. If gasquet takes berdych out wow. And anderson has wawas numbers lately


jane Says:

“Right now Fed x Wawa would be a good quarters.”

wouldnt that be semis?
fed has to beat isner tonight and then winner of gasquet/berdych right?


Skeezer Says:

margi, DA, JK and the rest of the Murray faithful, commiserations ;(.
Andy didn’t bring his best game today but thought he would eventually figure Kevin out. Anderson just turned out to be the better player this match. Now the critics will come, did he properly schedule up to USO?


Rishi Says:

Well…since both the men’s remaining R16 matches start around the same time, it’s a fair advantage to the winners when they play Wednesday.


Daniel Says:

This was Anderson’s best year and he was due for a big win.

USOpen indeed rewatds the tall big hitters, more so than Wimbledon as there requeres more leg and footwork.


Skeezer Says:

margi=margo sorry. He fought hard though!


FedExpress Says:

Federer doesnt miss overheads….he does


FedExpress Says:

Game with barely first serves in


Josh Says:

Federer cannot possibly lose another match by using this new, never seen before tatic called SABR. It’s incredible, he actually moves forward as his opponent is serving, what a genius.


Tennisfan Says:

C’mon Fed, get the break!


Daniel Says:

Federer with a magic shot and Isner returns with a crazy in and out volley spin. Nice


FedExpress Says:

That ball which bounced back over the net and that on bp. Not bad isner


Daniel Says:

Yes Jane, Fed x Wawa semis.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wow, Fed is looking good, but John is bringing it on his serves.


Okiegal Says:

I’m so sorry for the Andy fans out there. I just knew he would battle back and win it. I guess the pressure in the tiebreaker got the best of him. He’s a fighter. I’m still in a state of shock. Margot, hang in the there. I can relate to the loss…..I know exactly how you feel. We just have to look forward to 2016, maybe the best of our guys is yet to come!!! I hope so anyway. But we still have some tournaments to go in 2015…..I guess I shouldn’t get ahead of myself…….


FedExpress Says:

I am amazed that fed hasnt hurt his wrist by returning such bullets


jane Says:

“this new, never seen before tatic called SABR. It’s incredible, he actually moves forward as his opponent is serving, what a genius.”

i think this is a technique that’s been around for a while? didnt edberg do this?

this instructional video recommends “taking the net” on first serves to pressure an opponent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUGnqLpmSa4


jatin Says:

Tiebreaker time


Daniel Says:

Federer low first serve percentage today, 44%. Good is Isner the other side beacuse anybody else could cause him more trouble on return.

Fed with minibreak, 2-0


Daniel Says:

Wow, DTL BH winner for a 3-0 lead and 2 serves. Just hold his own and wrap this breaker.


jatin Says:

Wonderful backhand down the line by Fed


Tennisfan Says:

Nice TB by Fed!


jatin Says:

Amazing tiebreaker by Fed.. Playing superb. 1st set in the bag


Daniel Says:

6-0 Federer. What’s up with todays breaker. Last for Anderson was 7-0 and now Fed could close 7-0 as well?!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Fed’s return stance on Isner’s second serves is extremely aggressive. He had said he probably wouldn’t use the SABR as John’s serve was too strong, and Fed would probably hope to prolong points into rallies, but he is coming a few feet inside the baseline with very good results in the tie break.


FedExpress Says:

Gasquet had only one job


Daniel Says:

Berdych taking first set over Gasquet.


jatin Says:

Didn’t realized Murray shot. Anderson must have played lights out. That guy was so close to take out Novak at wimbledon. Always have the game to trouble the big 4.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Its a great time to be a Fed fan. I’m thrilled still to see him in the second week, and never have any nerves because everything is just a happy encore-act to his career, which I would have expected (when Fed started) to be long over by now.


jatin Says:

I mean Lost


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Not the most exciting match here. Serve fest. Feels like an Ivanisevic/Sampras match.


Markus Says:

Regardless of who he plays against, Isner has the abilty to drag the match into a most excruciatingly dull event. I’m switching over to the Berdych/Gasquet match before I kill myself.


Skeezer Says:

TV re; 10:04 post.
Exactly how I feel. Its all gravy baby from here on out, but the gravy is a tasting real good ;)


jatin Says:

What a tight game by John. He is very very difficult to break.
2-2


Daniel Says:

Isner with triple BP, Fed saves 2. One more to go.


Tennisfan Says:

That was a close call, but Fed holds


jatin Says:

Isner leads. 3-2


FedExpress Says:

Wtf is gasquet doing


chris ford1 Says:

Servebots are dangerous. Not just to Novak.
(Ey, Andy laddie??)


jatin Says:

Isner is unbreakable
Leads 4-3


jatin Says:

Roger must hold now


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Yes, Skeeze, I was really directing that comment to you! We are watching from the same POV


Rishi Says:

If we compare Rafa and Andy’s matches, some similarities stand our for themselves: both winning opponents were aggressive, and went for their shots even though they made a lot of unforced errors in the process. The tactics worked in both cases, which helped see them through. In addition, both matches were night matches where typically it is difficult to hit through the opponent. Andy had difficulties defending well due to the size of the court, while Rafa did not strategize his returns according to the court position of Fabio, and kept hitting to his sweet spot.

In all, I guess it won’t be too difficult for the tall players to cause an upset in this open. If expectations hold through, we will be watching Fed play Bird-man, who has defeated him before in a night match in the QF.


FedExpress Says:

Jeez, the last two points were painful to watch


Daniel Says:

Fed missing 2 BH longs, he had shots.Now will have to hold for another tiebreak.

Fed 1st serves still below 60%. Hope he can string some good points in the breaker and break Isner spirit. If he open 2-0 Isner mental fortitude will decrease and maybe Fed can break third set to have a more calm victory.

Already 0-15.


jatin Says:

Tie breaker again


Daniel Says:

Another tiebreak. C’mon Fed, win it and start serving first third set.


Daniel Says:

Minibreak Isner after a great return.Now Fed needs a miss by Isner


Daniel Says:

Yeah, got the mini break back with a calm passing shot after blocking serve. Now put the first serves in Fed.


Daniel Says:

Inner missing a missile FH wide. 5-5


Daniel Says:

6-5 Fed, set point. Magic return now Fed and wrap this up


jatin Says:

Fed just returned a 140 MPH serve. WOW


Daniel Says:

Wow, what a FH winner to have set point on serve.Down the T


jatin Says:

FED come up with two amazing returns.. one was 140 MPH and the other one was 128 Mph and followed it up with unbelievable Backhand down the line winner to win the set…. Loving this .


Rishi Says:

What a shot to win the breaker!!!!


Daniel Says:

Damm, 2 amazing DTL shots to close the set, BH DTL winner to close it out.

Now Isner may feel a bit as deep down he knows he won’t last 5 sets. One bad game from Isner is all Fed needs to get a straight set win.

Gasquet and Berdy 1 set all, on serve third set.


steve-o Says:

Incredible DTL backhand to seal the set for Federer! Isner challenged but the shot was well on the line.


Skeezer Says:

How do u explain the last 2 return winners off the best server of the game?
U can’t.
GOAT!!


FedExpress Says:

Why did isner tipp feds shoulder when he left court?

These commentators on sky are so…..american. i can feel from voice that he is afro american ( no offense)


Bob Lewis Says:

Federer with some clutch play in these tiebreaks. But it must be demoralizing for Isner that this U.S. crowd is much more pro-Fed.


FedExpress Says:

Feliciano lopez has to be a fed fan.just tweeted:

Thanks for playing tennis Sir @rogerfederer 🎾😍


Skeezer Says:

Anyone notice Feds chair sitting area @crossover?
Bottled water knocked over, towel placements allover the place, raqcuet leaning on chair; it’s a mess! Lol…Such a style icon :)
Rafa would be in in a twit seeing this. Not acceptable!


Purcell Says:

Doesn’t Isner realise some of us have to get to bed AND who the heck are these American Sky commentators?


Skeezer Says:

Tell em Purcell! Work tomorrow!


Skeezer Says:

He must have had to go #1, #2, AND #3?


FedExpress Says:

Richi come on


Daniel Says:

Gasquet 2 set to 1 and saving 3 BP’s to open fourth set. Guess my pick in bracket challenge could be right:-)


Rishi Says:

Gasquet seems to be more steady tonight, and just saved 3 BP in the 1st game of the 4th set.


Daniel Says:

FedExpress, He said to Fed that he was going to the toilet/locker room


FedExpress Says:

Okay daniel.

I hate fist pumps from isner for every meaningless point


Daniel Says:

3 BP’s for Fed at 3-4 Isner serving, virtual MP.

Gasquet also got a break up in foruth set.


Daniel Says:

Damm Fed, this slice had to pass the net. 40-40


FedExpress Says:

Berdych WAS a tennis player once upon a time


Rishi Says:

Must be a record of sorts….first time a Men’s match started after Fed’s match and is going to end before his.


Jeez Says:

Pecan Federer break Isner to take the MATCH??


FedExpress Says:

I miss nole like DFs from isner


Jeez Says:

Can Federer break Isner to take the MATCH??


Bob Lewis Says:

On the most part, Isner has stuck to the game plan. Execution hasn’t always been there, but he’s out there battling.


Jeez Says:

0-30

AGAIN!!


Jeez Says:

3

MATCH POINTS!!!!


Daniel Says:

Gasquet close it out, Fed with triple MP now. Just one good return in and deep.


Jeez Says:

It’s DONE!!!

7-6,7-6,7-5


Daniel Says:

Another return, BH combo from Fed and he breaks.

Gasquet next, he couldn’t ask for better. And maybe a nervous and first time Slam semis if Anderson keeps the trend of troubling Wawa.

By I feel a Fed x Wawa semis would be better and solidify Stan as a big match player with another deep run in Slams.


Jeez Says:

Federer BP convertion 1/10 @ MATCH POINT!!


skeezer Says:

46th career Grand Slam Qtr Final? How can that be?
GOAT.


skeezer Says:

BG is idiot.


Markus Says:

Saw Gasquet demolish Berdych then caught Federer match with his 3 match points then win. Happy for Gasquet. Happy for Federer. Happy for Anderson but not happy for Murray. Berdych I always expect to lose in a match that matters. Always happy when Isner gets booted off any tournament. Good night!


FedExpress Says:

Espn comms have no brain it seems

sky commentator way better


Purcell Says:

Who’s BG?


Tennisfan Says:

Yay Fed is through to quarters!


Jeez Says:

And Isner served 17 ACES to Federer’s 15

!!!! ???


Rishi Says:

Purcell….Brad Gilbert


Markus Says:

and let me add, skeezer, BG is a buffoon.


Rishi Says:

I guess that’s what he’s being paid for….

:D


Jeez Says:

WINNERS – UNFORCED ERRORS

ISNER 53-34

FEDERER 55-16


Daniel Says:

Can’t see Lopez beating Djoko nor Gasket (still plying far behind) bothering Fed. Tsonga and Cilic feel Cilic gets through and Wawa x Anderson depending on which Wawa comes up


FedExpress Says:

Right now i am going for

nole tsonga ( he has beaten nole, cilic hasnt i think so would be more competitive)
Fed wawa ( hope fed revenges his FO loss)


Angel Says:

Anderson has beaten Wawa the last 4 times they’ve played so I think this is the toughest quaterfinal to predict the outcome. It’s really a toss up (50-50). Then Cilic and Tsonga is a tough one too due to the level of play shown by the french(he hasn’t lost his serve in four matches) and I’m not very impressed by the level of the defending champion so I guess there is a slight ege for Tsonga (60-40). And the last two quaterfinals are the easiest to predict, Djokovic and Federer are going to win(unless they get hurt or the end of the world comes sooner). No need for odds in these ones.


Felipe Says:

Anderson with a big chance to advance to his first slam semi. Stan HATES playing him…and i think he has a 5 match losing streak going on. But…best of 5 its a different animal, and Wawrinka is a different animal at slams.

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