Pouille Powers Past Nadal In US Open Epic; Djokovic Romps, Murray, Del Potro Monday
by Staff | September 5th, 2016, 1:06 am
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Lucas Pouille pulled off the upset of the men’s draw thus far shocking 2-time champion Rafael Nadal 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(6) in the US Open. The win was Pouille’s third straight 5-set victory and it put him into the quarterfinals with fellow countryman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils, an Open Era record for French success in Slams.

“My first match on Ashe against Rafa: I couldn’t dream better than this,” Pouille said.

“I’m stronger than before,” added Pouille. “I can play many matches. I can play three match in five sets in a row. It’s long. But, yeah, I did it pretty good. I think because mentally I’m stronger, physically I’m stronger, gave me a lot of confident before the match. I knew if I wanted to win that, it’s not going to be like three sets, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. It would be long.

“So I was ready for it. I think I was 100% before the match.”

Pouile overcame a 2-0 deficit in the fifth and in his first career match on Ashe, handed Nadal his first loss ever in a fifth set tiebreak.

“I think he played a good match,” Nadal said. “He started so strong. I fight until the end with. There were things I could do better. Had the right attitude. I fighted right up to the last ball. But I need something else, I need something more that was not there today. I going to keep working to try to find.

“Was a very, very close match that anything could happen. Just congratulate the opponent that probably he played with better decision than me the last couple of points.”

Nadal hasn’t reached Slam quarterfinal since the 2015 French Open and this year marks marks the first since 2004 that he hasn’t reached a Slam final eight.

“Mental or physical doesn’t matter,” he said. ‘I am out of the tournament. Physical, for sure no. I fight till the end. Of course was not a physical thing. Was not a mental thing. Was a terms of sport, and in sport you lose or you win. The opponent want to win the same like you.

“When the opponent beat you, is not the time to find excuses is mental or physical. Doesn’t matter. The opponent was a little better than you. That’s it. You have to congratulate the opponent, go to the next tournament, the next practice, and try to be ready.”

In the late match, Novak Djokovic came from a break down in the third to blast past Brit Kyle Edmund 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. It was Djokovic first full completed match in almost a week, and it didn’t amount to much.

Djokovic will now meet Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsongo who ended the run of Jack Sock in four sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-2.

“Don’t give him too many free points,” Tsonga said of Djokovic. “That’s the most important for me. I will play my game. I will be aggressive, as always.

“Most important for me is stay focused on what I have to do and play the right shot.”

Sock was the last American left in the draw so Andy Roddick back in 2003 US Open remains the last American man to win a Slam.

“I take pride in being the last one here. Obviously [I] wanted to go out there and keep it going not only for myself but for the U.S. as a whole,” Sock said. “Unfortunately couldn’t do that today. But I think as everyone knows, I love everything in this country and playing for them. Hopefully in the future I can keep playing these second weeks, representing the best I can.”

And next for Pouille is a date with countryman Gael Monfils. The 30-year-old Monfils hasn’t dropped a set – though has enjoyed a great draw! – after taking out Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to reach his third US Open quarterfinal.

“I think I my approach my slam like I approach my season. It was in a good way,” Monfils said. “So I still in the good way; I’m good track.”

On tap Monday, Juan Martin del Potro battles Dominic Thiem. Andy Murray meets Grigor Dimitrov, Stan Wawrinka takes on Ilya Marchenko and Kei Nishikori collides with Ivo Karlovic.

US OPEN MONDAY SCHEDULE
Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 AM Start
Dominic Thiem (AUT)[8] vs. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)
Not Before: 12:30 PM
Karolina Pliskova (CZE)[10] vs. Venus Williams (USA)[6]
Serena Williams (USA)[1] vs. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)

Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00 PM Start
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)[22] vs. Andy Murray (GBR)[2]
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[4] vs. Ana Konjuh (CRO)

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 AM Start
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)[11] vs. Simona Halep (ROU)[5]
Illya Marchenko (UKR) vs. Stan Wawrinka (SUI)[3]
Not Before: 3:00 PM
3. Men’s Singles – R4
Kei Nishikori (JPN)[6] vs. Ivo Karlovic (CRO)[21]


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95 Comments for Pouille Powers Past Nadal In US Open Epic; Djokovic Romps, Murray, Del Potro Monday

Margot Says:

Congrats to the French players are called for I think. Shame gorgeous Gael is meeting promising Pouille. Should be a good match.
Saw Gael jump all over Baggy, in further shocking news he looked serious. Baggy had the right game plan but couldn’t execute it and Gael just hunted down the numerous drop shots. How slow this court is. Some of those rallies seem endless. In Andy’s last match also.


Van Persie Says:

I am still very, very impressed about Pouille….The 5 set had something from last set of Djoko-Rafa macth AO 2012. Lucas managed to find his last energy resources. Wow!


chrisford1 Says:

Djokovic making the QF puts him into a tie tor 3rd in most Slam QFs ever made at 37. 4 behind Connors, 11 behind Fed.


Felipe Says:

This Nadal is a shade of his former self…he is not able to inflict any damage with his grounstrkes other than when the oponent left some short ball….he is not confident….he has lost his “swagger”….Pouille is a talented frenchman, but the difference with the gasquets, chardys, paires, monfilses, is that the kid have some guts, plays smart tennis and is mentally strong.
Nadal cannot chase down balls like in the past, he cannot inflect fear with his famous on the run passing shots (either backhand or forehand)…beacause he no longer is accurate with said shot. His service has not improved, and the most important, the younger guys are not afraid of him…they are as fast as him, as strong as him but, 6 to 8 years younger.


Wog Boy Says:

“…and the most important, the younger guys are not afraid of him…they are as fast as him, as strong as him but, 6 to 8 years younger.”

Exactly right, he lost the aura of invincibility, everybody is having crack at him.

Just watching the replay of his match, they are playing with lot of top spin and Frenchie is returning from way behind base line, Rafa way, uncle Toni is about to have heart attack,

BTW, anybody heard from Vamos Giles? Somebody should check up on him/her.


AndyMira Says:

M…There’s Andy pic in there..

WB,VP…Not sure you guys already see this vintage Novak’s before..check this out guys..http://crotchgroin.info/gallery.php?id=76&page=1


Van Persie Says:

Lol AM,

Nole looks so funny in that Christmas picture, with Ana Ivanovic. Reminds me on Joe Pesci’s outfits in Scorsese’s movies :))


AndyMira Says:

Yeah VP,ha ha ha..i agree with you!Look at his feet..His trousers resembled the bell bottom fashion in 70′s i think..but a little bit smaller than the original..


Wog Boy Says:

I have to complain about some of your reports during Rafa match today. I am into fourth set atm and so far Poulle looks fresher of two. Reading your comments during the match I had a feeling that Frenchie is about to collapse.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

Wait for the end of set 4 and beginning of set 5.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

I will, Rafa just broke for 4:2 in fourth set, Frenchie double faulted.


Wog Boy Says:

One thing I noticed, Rafa’s father aged enormously.


BBB Says:

AM, those pictures of Safin are distracting….


Wog Boy Says:

Ok VP, it is 4:4 in fifth and Pouille maybe had crisis or lost a focus, or both, at the beginning of fifth, but he is definitely fresher of two.


AndyMira Says:

Andy as well BBB..I’m not sure i’m still alive after Margot see those picture!Ha ha ha..


Van Persie Says:

Well WB,

I was also tired at that hour…have seen the match with ‘other eyes’.:D And it was tense. You know now the result, it is easier to assess perhaps.


Wog Boy Says:

Of course it is VP, that’s why I have to watch reply of every Nole’s match to see how he played:)


Wog Boy Says:

^^ replay


chrisford1 Says:

Those are fun pics of Nole , Rafa, and Andy in WTF??? attire early in their careers. Thanks Andy Mira! And there are a lot more. Like Djokovic showing up at a Miami bash dressed in jeans and a navy blue sports jacket with fluorescent pink and pale green palm trees all over it.
Andy and Nole still seem in the fashionista dog house – even though Nole looks the best of the Big 4 in a tux, and Andy is quite presentable when shaved and degrunged. All those fashion faux pas reside in fashionista memories like a shocking natural disaster with dead bodies everywhere does to us regular folk.
Rafa escaped the dog house via his sleeveless “pirate costume”, along with his awesome young long haired latin lover looks that had the gay contingent and quite a few women of the fashion world swooning.


chrisford1 Says:

OOoooo! In moderation. Is WTF a verboten phrase? I wish there was a list of things not to say when posting on TX.


chrisford1 Says:

degrunged fashonista


chrisford1 Says:

OK, now I know the verboten word. It used to mean merry, now it refers to homosexual matters.


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/jjvallejoa/status/772653484424437760
ROFL at these comments about joker’s celebration these days. I wonder if he realises what a total fool he looks. His fans and team should tell him ” Stop Already”.


AndyMira Says:

CF1…You’re most welcome..But did you think that Rafa’s pyjama short deserve to be put in museum like stan’s?It’s similar right?


Van Persie Says:

Agree with BBB. Safin is the big daddy there :)


Khb Says:

Djoker can remain #1 and play legendary tennis with injury.
Fed dodged the media insults and avoided months of tennis as Nadal did.
Fed hides from deep questions by the press. Look who’s the real faker & joke!
The horrid trash talker Fed gets wimpy whenever he’s bullied in return.


Daniel Says:

DelPo dominating Thiem so far. Of he keeps winning in straight sets he may have a shot.

Let’s see how Murray will fare today.


chrisford1 Says:

Andy Mira – If it was up to me, I’d put Rafa’s brown diamond checked shorts right alongside Stans in that museum display case. They made me shudder!


RZ Says:

Thiem is injured? Well that likely cost me my lead in the bracket, though I only have myself to blame. Should have picked DelPo.


chrisford1 Says:

Giles, if you knew anything, that is a gesture his sponsor UniQlo is promoting in various countries. Offer love, or some similar but slightly different Japanese gesture. He is also part of UniQlo’s “Mickey says” campaign, hence the Mickey Mouse shirts.
Novak has been a complete boon to UniQlo given his global recognition, champion ways, and his habit of wearing sponsor gear as much as possible and displaying it perfectly for media to see. His contract is up for renewal and he should top Nishikori’s 25 million deal. Would be even sweeter if he had medalled at the Olympics like Kei did.


Margot Says:

OMG JMDP’s outfit is a crime against fashion! My eyes! My eyes! Probably Thiem was blinded, that’s why he retired. Should’ve worn sun glasses…..


Khb Says:

Del po still is playing the uso while nadal had to beg for double faults to win 4th set. Nadal needed a lot of luck to reach 5th set & go up a break against a non contender.
It proves how djoker badly choked in 2013 final.


RZ Says:

@Margot – LOL. Lots of the outfits at this US Open remind me of this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SO7ZM0E?psc=1


Margot Says:

Good spot RZ! Lovely to see these men embracing their day glo side isn’t it…;)


kriket Says:

Yeah, even as a Novak fan, I have to agree that those endmatch celebrations of his are utterly ridiculous, I feel embarrassed just looking at it. But I read in that Giles’ twitter convo that it’s some Uniqlo marketing campaign and that he does it for the money at least lol. Djoker was always a bit of a tryhard with the crowds, I would’ve thought he’d realise that by now and just behave normally, like minding his own business, not trying to please the crowds by behaving ridiculously. But no, I guess nobody’s perfect in the end. You don’t have to love Novak, but you have to respect him.


Khb Says:

The crowd clearly love him. Unlike blind Fed fanatics.
Nothing is more satisfying than redemption & comeuppance at trash talkers on tv.

Fed rolled on the ground and bended backwards like he had a soap opera scene during Slam finals with Roddick (lmao).
That was truly embarrassing.
Novak had no hope for Slams in 2009. He is playing for historical respect.
He isn’t a spoiled American that gets unconditional love by the media, especially espn didn’t give him. You bet he’s smart enough to enjoy his life.
He’s not a smug prick like the silver spoon brats.


Daniel Says:

DelPo back at a Slam QF again, hope he can gets one step closer and reach semis. He definitly has a shot against Wawa, who is a bit vulnerable lately.


Van Persie Says:

Delpo looked like a fire fly on the court…he should also start doing the heart celebration.


Van Persie Says:

Am glad for DelPo. Did not expect him to go that far ag this US Open


Giles Says:

Cf1. It’s not just me but the media are getting really embarrassed for him. Stupid Uniqlo for introducing that bizarre gesture.


J-Kath Says:

Tennis tonight…is it the qualifying rounds?


Wog Boy Says:

Good to see that Giles is ok, but instead of quoting that clown Roger Rasheed and worrying for Nole’s celebrations he should be worrying for Rafa’s no celebrations, there is nothing to celebrate about his tennis except past results, the man is shadow of his former self, in every sense and even disturbed, angry and upset uncle Toni’s blatant illegal coaching doesn’t help anymore.


Markus Says:

I respect Novak even though he does not have an ounce of class. He is trying so hard to be universally loved like Federer and Nadal but insisting on being a buffon won’t do it. He’s number one, the best tennis player right now so he should stop being a clown. Class and Djokovic don’t go together, I suppose.


Wog Boy Says:

Talking about clown and no class, check this one:

http://nymag.com/thecut/2009/06/brits_miffed_by_roger_federers.html


Danica Says:

I guess tossing water bottles behind one’s back so that poor ball kids have to pick them up is the embodiment of classy behavior.


AndyMira Says:

CF1 12:40pm..I understand your sentiment,but if it’s up to me..it’s more suitable to be my curtains rather than go to museum!He he


AndyMira Says:

Great 1 set from Andy..All the negativity from 2 days ago is not there anymore,which is good to generate another routine win..C’MON ANDY!


Daniel Says:

Seems Murray got his act together and is schooling Dimi, although 0-30 now after the break. Easy straight sets this will be woth no set going beyond 6-4.

Great line up for Quarters this bottom half: DelPo x Wawa and Murray x Kei.

Top half Djoko against 3 French men, no way he doesn’t reach finals. Pouille will be spent and Monfils will be happy just to be in semis. Tosnga doesn’t have a B game and of he is not serving above 70% with his FH worling all match he can’t hurt Djoko in best of 5 anymore.


RZ Says:

@Daniel – I read on Twitter than Murray hit a serve over 141mph. Did you see it? Wondering how reliable the radar guns are because that seems high for Andy. (But if he really did serve that fast, awesome!)


AndyMira Says:

@RZ,,Not sure about 141mph but 138mph..yeah..


Wog Boy Says:

This USO is Andy’s to lose.


Daniel Says:

RZ,

He just hit another powerful serve to close the game 2-0 third set. This os one of those dats a player is in the zone, he made some winner from the back of the courr that you could not see it coming. Plus his defense is the best he can do. Total domain of his technique today.

Tennis lesson for the price of a cable tv


Daniel Says:

Don’t know still WB,

Djoko has tow realtive easy on paper matches and once he is in finals and see Murray oj the other side he can produce his best. Even with Murray flyign high, some recent mental demons can rise.

It still depends on how (if) they win next two matches. But I would be very surprised of they don’t male yet another final. With Djoko still recovering everything is align for Murray but I get the sense Djoko is getting better and better each round.


RZ Says:

Thanks Daniel and AndyMira. I like the idea of a high-speed serving Andy (even if it is 138 and not 141)


AndyMira Says:

Another great routine win from Andy..M,you must be delighted to see the scores and Andy’s brilliant perfomance today..Incredible passing winners,amazing defense as usual,winners on the run..It was delightful to see..And he also not spend too much time on court today,just 2 hours and i would say you torture yourself for nothing ma’am!

PS..Credit to Dimi for fighting till the end..

#GOTOFINALANDY!


AndyMira Says:

RZ..Did you hear that?Andy just confirmed to Darren cahill that he’s serves 141mph today..It’s official now!


Daniel Says:

Hoping for a Djokox Monfils and Mureay x DelPo semis. Any of these four winning I would be extremely happy. More so for DelPo but I think he is not there yet. Monfils would have to playthe match of his life against his own mind.

Djoko has the experienceand recent HxH agaisnt all, except he probably doesn’t want to play DelPo anytime soon. Unless DelPo beast Murray in five. Hard to see, Murray is a bad match up for DelPo.

Kei can win a set over Murray but without a big serve and the way Murray is returning don’t thinkhe can win.
There is atill Stan but I think Delpo os favoritr jn that one.

Great match ups next few days.


Wog Boy Says:

Daniel,
I am more worried about Tsonga than Monfils.


skeezer Says:

“Talking about clown and no class, check this one:”
Trying to blame RF for your favs being called a clown and a buffoon? FAIL. RF has so much class he can pull that off. He would never wear Uni Glo as an example, that is all on Novak.
RF has so much class in Tennis Accessories the companies like Nike and Wilson have him help in the designs of there products.
LOL…jealousy continues.


Daniel Says:

The only positive for Tsonga is that he is second on holding serve this Open, so he is serving great. But until he faces the best returner ever, than things change.


Humble Rafa Says:

RF has so much class in Tennis Accessories the companies like Nike and Wilson have him help in the designs of there products.

Hate to break it to you. For a native English speaker, that’s some terrible English.

At least, English is my second language and I can make mistakes, no?


Wog Boy Says:

mat4,

If you are reading this, after watching match last night I still thinnk that old Rafa would beat Lucas Pouille of yesterday with no problems whatsoever. Rafa is slower, doesn’t chase the balls the way he used to, he is more agitated, his FH is not working and surprisingly his BH passing shot (BHDTL or crosscourt) failed him too yesterday, the shot that killed Roger’s net play and he gave too many short balls that Lucas killed him with.


skeezer Says:

^HR
Am amazed you can blog from a fishing boat. Amazing. And now studying English? Wow. Your future career is callin you.


RZ Says:

This tweet about how well Murray played against Dmitrov cracked me up.
https://twitter.com/bbctennis/status/772959657006620672


AndyMira Says:

Ana Konjuh play really well atm..maybe upsets in the making..


AndyMira Says:

Yep…Congrats to Ana..i like Agnes very much but excited for Ana for her 1st QF..Hope she can continue this amazing perfomance vs Pliskova..

PS..Why everyone who’s name Ana beautiful?


chrisford1 Says:

Skeeze – Uniqlo and it’s parent company Fast retailing are rated by Forbes as one of the most innovative and best managed companies globally. 14.4 billion in sales. Which is less than Nike, much more than Wilson.

While it takes little effort to smile beatifically upon his adoring sheep, yes, Fed is basically a nice guy. Arrogant, but nice.
Djokovic is a fairly complex individual. Very bright, very well spoken, with many interests and passions. And it stands to reason that some of the stuff he does on the side is going to be less adept than his tennis, but he will go out there into the public arena with those interests and passions. And accept his efforts will have miscues, lame moments – but the only path to self improvement is, to paraphrase Stan, to fail, but fail better each time. Like Rafa, there has never been a player like Novak. Unique. An original.


Wog Boy Says:

I’ll rather wear Hydrogen outfit than Nike, any European brand over Nike, anythime. Smartest thing Nole did is not joining Nike, they are out touch fashion wise.


AndyMira Says:

CF1..I always like your comments..to me it’s always fair and not condemning..Btw..i hope you’re not going to suffer too much when DelPo and wawa were set to meet later..A lemon and a strawberry!Ooh i like,i like!


Wog Boy Says:

Actually this is proper brand writing …HYDR💀GEN…


skeezer Says:

Uni Glo has an American version. Its called Mervyns. Ugly fashions, gazillion different colors of the same t shirt or blouse. Yes, very forward in fashion yuk yuk……
I’ll stick with the leaders, Fila, Nike, Addidas…fashion LEADERs in Tennis.


skeezer Says:

CF1,
14.4 billion? Not in tennis, do your homework.


Van Persie Says:

It is a shame that Marmot or North face are not on “tennis market” and they have mainly mountaneering gear. I prefer their T shirts over Nike’s or Adidas. Do not like last mentioned brands anymore


Wog Boy Says:

Somebody is out of touch with brands, Fila stopped being of any big importans in fashion (tennis ar other) since it was sold to Koreans and headquarters moved to Seul. Italians have nothing to do with Fila anymore. No wonder it’s still (maybe) popular in America, I mean Korea is their backyard, they own almost everything of any importance overthere, you name it.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

Don’t worry, it’s pure jealousy;)


skeezer Says:

Now we are nit picking Fila, not Nike or Addidas? Ok…This is the Church in full effect.lol.
Venus just lost to a Fila wearer, and hot lookin in it she was( uh…NOT American).
The latest Fila? Ask Isner…
Someone doesn’t KNOW brands.
#jealousyatwork


Wog Boy Says:

All top players wear Fila haha…


skeezer Says:

All top players wear uni glo…..hahaha


Wog Boy Says:

Try occasionally to get out of yur village and widen horizons, fashion ones too…Fila..haha


skeezer Says:

VP,
Your off track sweetheart, we are talking tennis, not mountain climbing, rofl.
Try REI. The Target of outdoor “gear”. You maybe happier.
WB,
Please ask Novak to help with Uni Glo tennis design. Please pick more than 1 or 2 solid basic colors. Maybe then other top players will try them. Thank you.


skeezer Says:

WB,
Ask Cilic about Fila fashion, he can help educate you.


Wog Boy Says:

Fila…haha


Van Persie Says:

Skeez, I mentioned the word T-shirts :D. Read my post again, pumpkin ;)


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

As HR noticed, he has got problem with English:)

Sorry, I can’t stop loughing…Fila…haha


Margot Says:

Yay! Andy Murray! Come on you beauty!!
RZ and AM: Yep 141. Andy’s fastest serve ever! Loved that tweet RZ> Brilliant.
BTW Hate the word “class.” Purely subjective and meaningless because it merely means YOU don’t like the way a player behaves. Thought America was meant to be a “classless” society anyway.


AndyMira Says:

M…Ha ha ha..I knew you’re going to squealed like a little girl as soon as you woke up M!But as long as it can make you happy…squealed away M..Btw..in my opinion,Andy can heard you when you’re grumbled about him the other day and set his mind to set you straight with his amazing perfomance today..And i think,when he was about to meet with wawa or DelPo in semis[i bet on DelPo]..you have to post another comment here and grumble about how poorly he played against Kei..[i bet andy will win in 3 or 4,most likely 3]..How’s that M?


AndyMira Says:

Btw M…What do you think about Andy’s pic in the link that i gave it to you up there?Don’t need smelling salt?


Margot Says:

Deal AM! Re that picture, lol it’s Andy’s <b/tennis I love.


Margot Says:

Try again tennis


Giles Says:

It is very plain that Nike didn’t choose to sponsor joker. They could have when there was talk of joker’s contract with Sergio coming to an end. But they didn’t. So he was snapped up by Jap cr@p. Lol. Most boring line of clothing with their drab colours.


Humble Rafa Says:

It is Uniqlo (not Uni Glo), as informed people would know.


RZ Says:

@Skeezer – Mervyn’s closed all of their stores about 8 years ago.
I actually think of Uniqlo of being similar to H&M, although they have much better tennis clothes for their pros.


RZ Says:

@Margot – I agree that I never liked the word “class” in the connotation of how one performs at a sport or other activity. However, there is no way the U.S. is a classless society. Too much difference in what the top tier makes and what the bottom tier makes.


Humble Rafa Says:

UNIQLO is the title sponsor of the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

#notbad

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