Wawrinka Saves A Match Point, Muray Fights At US Open; Nadal, Djokovic Continue Toward SF Showdown
by Staff | September 4th, 2016, 12:33 am
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Stan Wawrinka stayed alive at the US Open by the skin of his teeth saving a match point in a tough win over Briton dan Evans in five sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-7(6), 7-6(8), 6-2.

Evans, who was trying to join countryman Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund in the fourth round, held a match point at 6-5 in the fourth set breaker.

“I was frustrated, for sure, to be down two sets to one because I wasn’t playing my best tennis. But I still had a chance. So I was trying to find the right way, how to keep fighting; how to stay in the match,” Wawrinka said. “He was often coming to the net to try to finish the point. I had to play better, to be a little bit more aggressive.”

Wawrinka will meet Ukranian Illya Marchenko who advanced when 14 seed Nick Kyrgios retired down 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 due to a hip injury.

No. 2 seed Andy Murray has breezed in his first two rounds and after such a strong summer, hopes are high for a big NYC run. Or were high because Saturday the Scot struggled against the very lightly-regarded Paolo Lorenzi in a 4-set win.

Lorenzo had never before won a match against a Top 10 player and never been this deep in a Grand Slam. And after playing for nearly five hours in a win over Gilles Simon late Thursday, there was speculation he might not even be physically able to take the court.

But with Murray far from his best form the Italian took it to World No. 2 for a good part of the match.
Lorenzi served for the first but blew it then served for the second and blew that as well. He didn’t win the breaker but had little to offer after that.

“I expected a tough match,” said Murray. “I expected long rallies. I’m just disappointed with the amount of errors I made. I was quite impatient at times. That cost me in the first and second sets. I worked it out, won, got through, and I didn’t play well. So I’m happy with that.”

Murray moves on to face Grigor Dimitrov who was a winner over Joao Sousa.

“Obviously it’s going to be a great match,” Dimitrov said. “I’m excited to be in the second week. That’s just a good start for me. And, yeah, I mean, I always like my chances when I get to stages like that in a tournament, especially having to play, like, tough matches early on and feeling good and confident. Physically I’m good.”

Juan Martin del Potro continued his summer resurgence easing past 2-time semifinalist Davis Ferrer in three sets.

“I got stronger mentally after the first set. Against David you never know when the match is going to finish. He never gives up,” del Potro said. “It’s a pleasure to play against him because he puts me under pressure all the time. I needed to play my best tennis today.”

Del Potro will meet Dominic Thiem in the next round on Monday. He crushed the Austrian earlier this on the clay.

“He could be the favorite, for sure,” del Potro said. “But all depends on my physically, on my body, on my game. If I play like this today, I will maybe have chance to do a great match against him. But he’s playing really well. He’s very dangerous. His backhand is so good. His movements are really fast. Will be interesting match for me.”

2014 finalist Kei Nishikori overcame a sloppy first set to beat Nicolas Mahut in four sets. And Ivo Karlovic ended the hopes of 19-year-old Jared Donaldson.

On Sunday, Rafael Nadal tests Frenchman Lucas Pouille while in the evening it’s Novak Djokovic against Brit Edmund. Djokovic has played just six games since his opening night 4-set win over Jerzy Janowicz.

Remnants of tropical storm Hermine could also be a factor for those matches not in the confines on Ashe. Jack Sock continues his best Slam against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils meets former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis.

US OPEN SUNDAY SCHEDULE
Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 AM Start
Johanna Konta (GBR)[13] vs. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)
Madison Keys (USA)[8] vs. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[4] vs. Lucas Pouille (FRA)[24]

Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00 PM Start
Petra Kvitova (CZE)[14] vs. Angelique Kerber (GER)[2]
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] vs. Kyle Edmund (GBR)

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 AM Start
Roberta Vinci (ITA)[7] vs. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[9] vs. Jack Sock (USA)[26]


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82 Comments for Wawrinka Saves A Match Point, Muray Fights At US Open; Nadal, Djokovic Continue Toward SF Showdown

AndyMira Says:

I love Wawa’s PINK outfit..Not only that,his watch also PINK!!Ha ha ha…Besides,a man who dared to enveloped themselves with pink colour from head to toe is deserved to be respected!


Margot Says:

Oh Dan, Dan, almost the man….:(
Thought Andy played “tired tennis.” Cincy costing him dear, I think. Not too hopeful now that he’ll go any further. His serve has been rubbish and his touch is off.


chrisford1 Says:

No one is going to nominate Stan on the list of best dressed tennis stars. He’s not to be respected for his clothing choices – he’s driving other players to wear sunglasses to tone down the garish glare,


J-Kath Says:

Agree, Margot.
PS: Dan showed some grit. Great that Smith is beginning to be spoilt for choices for Davis Cup.


AndyMira Says:

@CF1..I understand if you don’t like Stan’s outfit but what about other’s?Almost all men wears a very very bright,colourful,neon coloured outfit..DelPo going out on court for his 1st match glowing like a flourescent lamp with his head to toe yellow/light green neon outfit..in fact all Nike’s men wears the same…Adidas with Alexander Zverev has bright pink shorts,pink headband,pink shoe’s,pink and yellow shirt,NB with their star Milos with bright pink shoe’s,RBA with bright orange shoe’s..Only Uniqlo with their stars Novak and kei neutralize this ‘fun party’..But,i like them all..bring cheerfulness for the USO this year..despite Skeezer claimed that it’s the most boring tourney in history!


AndyMira Says:

Oopps!Forgot to add ‘darling Andy’ with his always sensible outfit white shirt and blue shorts Under Armour..in fact Andy never wears a bright colours in his clothing..always with conservative colours..


Margot Says:

Tsk! Tsk! You forgot “darling Andy?” WTH? Good job it’s you AM or dunno what I might have said? Love his “conservative” outfit BTW. Cannot ever see him in pink!
They all look like lemons to me, but where are the oranges? Next year perhaps?


AndyMira Says:

@M…Sorry,sorry My Queen..I promised never made this stupid mistake again!Err..when you mentioned him in pink..Hmm..now i imagine him with pink shoes,pink hat,pink socks,pink striped with white wrist sweatbands,striped pink/white shirts..That’s it!And now he’s like cotton candy!He he he..


Margot Says:

Eek! Eek! AM, he did wear a lemon wrist band once! The little trendsetter.


Michael Says:

I am not sure whether the way Novak has breezed into the fourth round with retirements and walk overs will help his cause. On the positive side, he has been nursing a wrist injury and in his opening match he had some problems with his serving arm which he got treated with a medical time out. So, the fact is that he has managed to achieve sufficient rest protecting those arms and wrist. But on the negative side, he lacks sufficient match practice and this might go against him in future matches where he would face greater competition.

I think the anticipated semi-final encounter between Rafa and Novak would be very interesting and an equal battle unlike their earlier ones on account of this fact that Novak is not looking that much confident and physically right with lack of match practice adding to this discomfiture.


AndyMira Says:

Oh M..He’s sooooo cool with it!Like jack Sock said”It’s totally cool”!And if i remember correctly,when he’s still with Adidas,he once wear a bright green shirt which is very suitable with him who’s got a pale skin..Honestly M,i’m dying to see him in coloured outfit..red,yellow,orange,purple,all the fluorescent colour is okay as well..I guess i just have to send my message through Telepathy to him and Under Armour soon..don’t be surprised if he wears a purple shoes and shirt M!!Keh!Keh!Keh!


Ocean view Says:

I thought that purpose of the Open kits was to inspire sales for the public? The Nike extreme yellows are terrible unless you are playing at night without lights. Poor Delpo was the worst since he is so tall. Uniglo is probably a big hit in Japan, but they are closing stores in NYC. I am not the biggest Sharapova fan, but she had some great outfits at the Open. I still remember her Audrey Hepburn dress.


J-Kath Says:

Goodbye Johanna Konta. You did well, but….


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

I went down the tennis rabbit hole yesterday. A day off and a full day of tennis coincided and the there went the day. I love the watchESPN app as I can watch the matches I want rather than what the tv people decide.


chrisford1 Says:

Andy, sarcasm.
But that said, Stan’s shorts from the 2015 French Open are now in some museum.


chrisford1 Says:

Andy, sarcasm.
But that said, Stan’s shorts from the 2015 French Open are now in some museum.


J-Kath Says:

Well done Jo. You fought well.

Rafa: What are you up to?


Daniel Says:

Pouille playing great. Whenever he is under attack he smartly uses a lot of top spin and hitting denfense shots deep.

Nadal’s volley are great today, he is finishing a lot of points at the net. So far 4-3 Pouille a break up in third set. let’s see if he can close this set and go up 2-1.

Other Frenchmem won today, Monfils and Tsonga.


AndyMira Says:

@CF1..He he..Just to teased you..But really..a world of sports[not only tennis]has gone through revolution right now..like football..When a macho Messi wears a pink boots and the great Ronaldo wears a bright green,yellow boots..and the ball also not in just conservative white only,they’re also produced in bright light green and red as well…so,whether we like it or not[which is i like it very much]we have to accept this change because it will keep on changing from time to time me thinks..


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Rafa is getting overpowered today. Police is hitting a heavier more effective ball on most rallies. The key stat is that Poille is winning about 60% against Rafa’s 2nd serve vs about 30% for Rafa. That is a clear indication of ground game superiority. IMHO the only thing keeping Rafa in this match is that he has served reasonably well, mid sixties versus Poille under 50%.


AndyMira Says:

Another Olympic gang has been testing to the fullest atm..If Rafa lucky..he will get out from this[in 5 sets that is]..If not..Let’s go fishing HR!


mat4 Says:

Pouille looks tired right now. If he wants to win this match, he has to do it in four, and I don’t quite see how he can do it.

Go, Lucas !


Van Persie Says:

Hi mat4,

Congrats for Jo and La Monf!

Agree, if Lucas does’nt take this set, do not see uim winning the 5th.


mat4 Says:

Hi, Sarah. Yannick is in New York, so there’s no fooling around… They all played well so far, even Nico Mahut. Gasquet was injured, though.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@mat4 it is his match to win. He has been the better player.,nadal has to be tired too.


mat4 Says:

Nadal broke. I think it’s over. Pouille looks just too tired.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Donation. Unnecessary.


Van Persie Says:

Not yet over


Van Persie Says:

Pouille really looks tired.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Poille fading.


Van Persie Says:

Wow. Cannot believe it. Lucas broke back.


Wog Boy Says:

Is it good mach? Can’t watch it.


Van Persie Says:

The best from this UO so far, my pov


J-Kath Says:

Golly jeepers…Nadal & Poille’s match now 3.40 mins. Both guys will need a week’s holiday for whoever wins.


Daniel Says:

Great match!!


Wog Boy Says:

Better than legend tour?;)


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@wog boy very entertaining match. Poille has been slugging it out with Rafa.


Daniel Says:

Pouille has toclose this 5-4 game, deuce. Of Nadal breaks him again will serve for the match and hard to see him giving the advantage.

Adv Pouille


Daniel Says:

serve and volley, smart move, well placed serve with less speed


Van Persie Says:

WB,

6:57: good one :D


AndyMira Says:

Oh Rafa seems don’t want to win!He he..Keeps sending the ball into net..


Van Persie Says:

AM,

He’s affraid of succes ;)


Van Persie Says:

^^ not anymore


AndyMira Says:

VP my darling..You’re absolutely right!Ha ha ha..


Daniel Says:

6-5 Pouille, Nadal to serve to force a breaker. Tense!!


Daniel Says:

Tiebreak it is!


Daniel Says:

6-3 Pouille. His DTL shots are makingthe difference today, from both wings. Potential future #1


Daniel Says:

Nadal waiting on Pouille to miss and he did MP on serve 6-5. 6-6. Guess Nadal will win now. Experience counts and Pouille is super nervous


skeezer Says:

Finally some watchable tennis. The people from France are enjoying this victory over the Spainard for sure.
Nighty night Nadal! Time to go home and do more line bottle practice …… And clutch forehands.


Daniel Says:

Brave boy, what a point to close. Another QF in Slams. Promisse.


Van Persie Says:

Congrats Mat4 :)
Amazing match, amazing fight.

Sorry for Rafans


skeezer Says:

Rafa givin autographs after the match after that.
#respect


Wog Boy Says:

Ajde Francuz:))


RZ Says:

Wow Pouille! Generation next is finally coming together.
Shame for Rafa though. He had been playing so well this tournament.


AndyMira Says:

WELL..GO FISHING IT IS!!..Full credit to Lucas for his superb perfomance!


Van Persie Says:

Hope now, Kyle will mot take example from this :D

Nole idemo!


Wog Boy Says:

Commiserations Rafa fans, to almost all of you..


Daniel Says:

Nadal’s decline specially on HC is unseniable now. Last Slam QF was RG 2015 andalst Slam final in RG 2014. He is in tge Federer zone now, 30+ and 10 Slams gone since hos last win. Hard to see him winning another ever again. Maybe only on French, but HC and grass is gone for him.

Djoko’s path mentally easier now to finals: Edmund, than Tsonga than Monfils pr Pouille (who most likelly will lose to Monfils after several 5 setters).

This is starting to look like another Djoko tourney, specially if the lates walkiver helped his recovery.

If he wins #13 and third this year, sure to tie #14 next year and beyond doubt go above Sanpras and Nadal (together with the #1 rankings) and only Federer abve him, within reaching distance.

Only Murray can stop him now I think, and that is a big IF.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Wow that was quite a match. I can’t believe Rafa netted that mid court forehand at 6-6min the tiebreak. Poille was nervous. That ball was short and weak right in Rafa’s strike zone yet he flubbed it.


skeezer Says:

AM,
Rafa is getting there, barring anymore injuries this year, he should be back competing for the top soon. He still seems inconsistent at what he does best, but he is not far off, not far off at all.

All credit to the Frenchman. Novaks fans are standing with the French today smiling.

Su su Sudio.


AndyMira Says:

Well,Thank you WB,VP..I’m sure Okie and willow will appreciate it as well..


AndyMira Says:

And thanks to you too Skeezer..really appreciate it..


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

It is disappointing in a way. I was looking forward to a djokovic nadal semi. It was no fluke though. Poille looks like he belongs in the top 10 possibly higher. He has weapons. He looks strong and athletic. For a lot of the match he had the advantage over Rafa on the ground and won despite serving poorly and making some questionable shot selections at times due to nerves and inexperience.


J-Kath Says:

TO ALL RAFA FANS – It’s nearly 1.00am my time so please excuse me for not listing all your names….and there are many.

Just to say: You should all be proud of him.

Both players deserved to win. Rafa has come a long way you and you guys should celebrate how close to his greatness he was tonight. What a battle, what a warrior.


AndyMira Says:

Mats Wilander said,rafa’s too negative out there..only playing just too win it and nothing else..and that is not enough nowadays..it was successful once but not in this era where there were a bunch of unafraid youngsters who only has one thing in their mind..BROKE THEM AND WIN!Stan and Andy barely survived yesterday but Rafa with his ‘old fashioned tennis’ didn’t..Rafa clearly has to changed his game a little bit to match with this new generation of attacking tennis,if not..well..i think Mats right..let’s see what’s in store for Rafa in the coming months..

PS..Thanks JK for a nice words..

PS2..M..Thanks for the tissue the other day..1 box is not enough!

PS3..Now,i just wish to all the candidates,Andy,Novak,DelPo or others all the best for the rest of the tournament..i will be cheering for them like i will be if Rafa win..GOOD LUCK TO THEM!


mat4 Says:

J-Kath:

Especially Giles.

For my part, I will be proud of Jo, Gael et Lucas — who just beat Rafa, btw, just to mention it.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Tennis is such a funny sport sometimes. Rafa was up a break early in set 5 and had a break point to go up a double break. Had he cashed that break point in he would have been up a double break and almost certainly would have won the match going away. Interesting also is that the final point total was 156-156.


Humble Rafa Says:

Thanks guys. It was a tough day but lot of positives.


Travis Bickle Says:

Great match!

Both guys were amazing and, at the end, the better player on the day won, as it should be.

Of course not as interesting as Laver Cup will be, as skeezer will tell you ;-)

Giles, once you stop weeping and come back to your senses, link us few twitter post praising Rafa or trashing Novak, that’ll cheer you up kid!


skeezer Says:

“Of course not as interesting as Laver Cup will be, as skeezer will tell you ;-)”
So far this USO the worlds #1 is as entertaining as watching Ducks swim in a pond a a rainy day.
I will take the Laver Cup over that any day.


BBB Says:

Condolences Rafa fans. He’s such a classy guy, signing autographs even in a disappointing loss.


AndyMira Says:

Thanks BBB for a great words..


Okiegal Says:

To those of you who sent condolences to almost all of the Rafa fans, appreciate it. This is the first Rafa match I have missed in a long long time. It was a gut wrenching loss but I am just thrilled he is able to play. Now if Fed can get well, the gangs all here! I left NewOrleans this morning and we are spending the night in Montgomery Alabama, leave in the morning for Savannah Georgia for two nights. It is a fun trip!


skeezer Says:

At least Rafa is not losing to 100+ ranked players and in the early rds. There is hope, this Frenchman was ranked 24, a major upgrade.


AndyMira Says:

Despite Rafa’s loss..make it up with your vacation Okie..Enjoy it!


Okiegal Says:

To add to my last post….the comments regarding Rafa today……very classy……you know who you are….much appreciated! Okie


Okiegal Says:

Thank you Mira! Having a great time…..getting a bit tired…the old grey mare ain’t what she used to be!!

Btw, our guy is looking better. I think his fighting warrior like ways have returned. I know he is kicking himself regarding his errors today, but you can’t win them all! Very proud of him…..


Danica Says:

Wow, did no expect this. Condolences to Rafans, he played great, really good, the score shows it all. The difference was a point here and there. I am not happy he is not in the tournament. Was looking forward to a potential clash with Novak.

After the 4th set I thought, “Rafa’s a champ, he’s not losing this now”. I left the house with the 4:2 score in 5th and was utterly surprised with the outcome.


AndyMira Says:

Thanks Dani,for your nice words…yeah,Rafa didn’t took his chance when it was given to him and paid for it..

PS..Novak play like crazy today..so so good..while Kyle,unfortunately still not deliver his promise yet..but no doubt he’s the promising young star in the making..

Okie..take it easy with your activity okay?Don’t over do it..


Margot Says:

Condolences to Rafa fans especially AM, Ok And Willow. Well done Pouille for fighting till the last ball.
Darling AM, am sending a battalion of pigeons with truckloads of tissues. Big virtual hugs.
Of course may needs some back later….depends if Andy finds his serve, gone missing again :( He’s getting so forgetful.


J-Kath Says:

Margot:

“:( He’s getting so forgetful.”

He was having trouble getting into 5th gear so it was sent for an emergency MOT. It will be returned by a Drone in time for the match – unless one of your pigeons gets in its way.

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