Anderson, C-Busta Into Unlikely US Open Semifinals; Rafa, Federer-Del Potro Wednesday
by Staff | September 6th, 2017, 2:35 am
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The run for American men’s tennis ended on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the US Open when No. 28-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa upset No. 17 Sam Querrey 7-6(5), 6-7(11), 6-3, 7-6(7).


Querrey blew a large lead in the first-set tiebreaker that would come back to haunt him as Anderson took advantage of a weak bottom section of the men’s draw to advance to his first Grand Slam semifinal.

“To play in one of the most famous courts in the world at night and get through, it feels fantastic,” the former University of Illinois product said afterwards.

In the unlikely semifinal he will meet No. 12 seed Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain, who in his quarterfinal defeating No. 29 Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

“It is something that I always dreamed,” Carreno Busta said upon reaching his first Grand Slam final.

The Spaniard took the advantage by stepping into the court during rallies, while Schwartzman was frequently caught well behind the baseline.

The 26-year-old beat four straight qualifiers going into the quarters, and has yet to drop a set.

The semifinals will be completed on Wednesday when (1) Rafael Nadal meets unseeded Russian riser Andrey Rublev, and (3) Roger Federer faces (24) Juan Martin del Potro.


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243 Comments for Anderson, C-Busta Into Unlikely US Open Semifinals; Rafa, Federer-Del Potro Wednesday

FedExpress Says:

Cant imagine Anderson/Busta as GS winners. Would be fluke like Gaudios or Johannsons GS victory.

And I cant see them beating Rafa/Fed in a final. Only chanche when they face Rublev/Delpo.

But the schedule favours them and Nadal.


skeezer Says:

“The 26-year-old beat four straight qualifiers going into the quarters, and has yet to drop a set.”
That’s all ya need to know.


Daniel Says:

Yeah, this semis feels like a Masters R32. But anyhting can happen.

If Fedal battle for 4 hours in five sets on Friday night. They may have a shot. Specially Anderson who has a big serve.

We’ll know more soon. The 2 big questions is if DelPo is spent or have anything left to challenge Federer and if Rublev can win a set?

Fedal NYC seems meant to be this time! Hope it happens. National Holiday tomorrow in Brazil and I am already in big weekend off mood.


Tony N Says:

The conventional wisdom is that Juan Martin Del Potro will surely be feeling the physical consequences of his magnificent match against Thiem. That over-hyped five set match lasted only 280 points and 3 hours 35 min (Del Potro ran 11,604 feet, which was similar to Federer’s 10,941 ft against Mikhail Youzhny in his second consecutive five-set match). Del Potro had won his first three matches in straight sets each. Depending on the nature and progress of his illness , it’s quite possible that he has recovered sufficiently from that illness.

Don’t underestimate del Potro’s fitness or his will to compete.

At the 2012 London Olympics, Federer and then 23-year old del Potro played the longest 3-set match in the Open Era (since 1968): their 3-set match between two relatively quick players (who do not waste time between points) lasted 4.5 hours, 58 games and 366 points! Much longer than what Delpo did against Thiem. In comparison, the so-called epic Djokovic-Nadal 2012 Australian Open final 5-set match was 55 games and 369 points. It was so agonizingly slowly played that it gave Djokovic and Nadal much more time to recover between points than the quicker-played Federer-Delpo match.

In the Olympic bronze medal match two days later, del Porto beat Djokovic 7-5 6-4 in a 133-point 1 hour 48 minute match. To me it seemed that Djokovic was more interested in saving himself for the Canadian Open with more ranking points (which he won the following week) than he was in winning the lower-points Olympic gold – as Djokovic was desperate to regain the World No. 1 ranking from Federer. Regardless, del Potro recovered from an exhausting match and accomplished a win over Djokovic in his prime.

If Delpo gets off to a fast start and can win one or both of the first two sets…


t4t Says:

So Fed’s luck holds. Now he is playing someone in the QF who should actually be in the hospital! Hope Delpo doesn’t withdraw!
Fedfans always hype every Fed match although most of the matches are against the disabled and the oldies.


Humble Rafa Says:

Fedfans always hype every Fed match although most of the matches are against the disabled and the oldies

not to mention mental disabilities.


SG1 Says:

I was pretty sure Querrey was going to make the final. Let’s hope this loss doesn’t set him back. I wonder if the match against Zverev was too easy and he let up a little bit mentally.

Careno Busta is a solid player but I can’t see him stopping Anderson.


SG1 Says:

DelPo is playing with house money and he’s already won this tournament before against a prime Federer. Lot’s of good karma for DelPo.

If Federer can take away JMDP’s forehand, the match will be straightforward. If he can’t, this match will get complicated (assuming of course that JMDP is over the virus). Their ’09 final was incredible.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Skeeze picked the key point up.

So far, PCB is not a regular slam semifinalist who has proven his mettle against the best, even if its just a streak. PCB is actually the equivalent of a qualifying tourney winner. He has not beaten a legit top 100 player, exhausted qualifiers who had played three matches more than him.

Maybe he has what it takes, but we really have no proof yet. What we know is, this is the lowest ranked semifinal at a Slam in recent history. Can anyone name the last slam with a semi like this?

On the other side, Rafa has again proven all the doubters wrong. Many of our posters here gave him no chance at the start of the tourney (hasn’t won a hardcourt title in three years, always fades at this time of year, playing too far back, etc). And here he is again. Guys, I keep telling you, when you want to write Rafa off, just… don’t. That said, I’ve never seen his opponent play, and hope he turns out to be a legit new contender for the next year and beyond.

Its exciting to see the changing of the guard, the turmoil, but at the end of the day, Rog and Raf are still there, and IF Novak and Andy return at full strength (big if, but very possible) we could see a return to Big 4 semis all next year.

Really looking forward to tonights match between two of my favourites, and two of the tours most electrifying shotmakers. I’m rooting for Fed but will be happy if JMDP wins as well.
I’m gonna guess that that QF draws more viewers than the Anderson/ PCB semis…

Enjoy the tennis!


BBB Says:

Did anyone ever answer my question about why Rafa’s hardcourt game hasn’t rebounded the same as his clay court game? I thought I heard some TV folk say that he’s not hitting his serve as hard, but I wasn’t paying 100% attention.

This is further to TV’s point not to write Rafa off. If he’s back to form on clay, and there’s no mechanical reason he hasn’t done the same on hardcourts, then it seems to me he’s very dangerous.


gonzalowski Says:

Rafa playing well. Rublev two double f. already


FedExpress Says:

You cant bend over more than Rublev is. Basically a walkover win for Rafa.


gonzalowski Says:

not so sure, Fedexpress, Rublev hits like hell!
2 aces for Rafa by now


Daniel Says:

Checking scores and Rublev unable to hold serve two times, even qhen 40-30 up. At least he breaks once but if he can’t hold serve this match qill go quick in three easy sets. Thought maybe I will get the end of it as I will leave work earlier today, bit doesn’t look so.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

BBB, Rafa was the 2nd best hardcourt player in the early season (Oz, Miami, Indian Wells). Roger stopped him in all three- if not for Roger’s resurgence, Rafa might be having one of the greatest seasons of all time – imagine had he won those three tourneys, and then then that clay run…


Daniel Says:

He won 6 put of 19 pointa on serve, ridiculous. He is overwhelmed by the pcasion of playing one of his idols (together with Safin).

There is a picture of hik dressed as Nadal when he was 11 and anothe photo of him and Rafa when he was 15. Too much for him.

Hoep Fed gets through quicky and qe have Fedal


gonzalowski Says:

22 min, 6-1
Rafa has said ‘hello’ to him, but let’s see if Fedexpress is right about walkover


BBB Says:

Thanks TV. I hadn’t thought of it that way.

I was surprised Rafa lost to Federer at the AO (especially in 5 sets), but maybe I’m thinking Rafa was more dominant over Federer on hards than he really was when they were both at their peak.


FedExpress Says:

Federers draw at AO and Wim>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Rafas draw at French and USO

At any day and at any night.


FedExpress Says:

@BBB

Mentally Federer lost the most matches before he even stepped on the court.


gonzalowski Says:

false Fedexpress


BBB Says:

FedEx, I don’t think I understand what you mean. Are you saying that Fed lost to Rafa back in the day because Rafa was in his head?


gonzalowski Says:

Uma Thurman!!!!!

Rafa : 22 Gasquet – 15 Berdych – 7 Dimitrov (+ Fognini, Goffin)

Fed: Feliciano 31 – Kyrgios 14 – Thiem 6 (+ Delpo, Roberto Bautista)

pretty similar draws, no?


FedExpress Says:

Yep, BBB.

The many clay court seasons got into his at some point and it tranfered on other surfaces where he was superior than Nadal.

AO 2009 perfect example. Even the Wim 2008. He led 4-1 in the 2nd set. But blew it.


Daniel Says:

Rafas was in his head before due to clay wins. Now Federer doesn’t play on clay anumore for Nadal to build momentum so all matches willbe playhd on Fed’s terms from now on. Off course, he couldn’t foresse a back injury, but at hos age it would be naive to expect him to play all year unharmed.

The diffenrece should they meet on friday and Fed doesn’t battle DelPo too much today is that ed hasn’t faced the Nadal afer the clay swing when he won so much.

All the match they played this year Nadal was also making a comeback and has still that no HC title in more than three year thing. Fed new BH and playing freely got him the wins.

But ahould they meet on friday I expect a much closer match, not due to form, because we can jufge how Nadal’s form avrually is because he wouldn’t lose any of those matches in this easy run.

And we have Fed back as well.


skeezer Says:

Re: Draw
Rafa is taking an unseeded young one to task already. Fed faces a former USO winner.
Imho IF fed wins over Selpo and it goes long Rafa has it in the bag. If Fed wins in 3 or 4, game on!’


Mjj288 Says:

Jeebus. Not another comparison of the draw vs draw after Murray left vs actual played matches.


gonzalowski Says:

but guys, the difficulty of draws must be valorated, before the tournament, not now beacuase Dimitrov, Thiem or Kyrgios lost


Daniel Says:

gonzalowski,

This is draw on paper, not it played out. The matches / players they actually play is not even a comaprison. Just by the QF.
Aformer champion to a teen.

Unless DelPo hasn’t anything left in the tank (which os hard to see after they way he fought Thiem).

Thiem gives a lot of time, Fed will take time away from DelPo, and mix things up to not give him rhytim.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Come on Skeeze, I’m waiting for the ‘TV was right (again)! Rafa has a shot at the trophy.’…

Right now, Rafa looking awesome. Just as he has most of this season.


gonzalowski Says:

Ok quarters could be easier for Rafa as the tourn. has developed, but not the draw itself


gonzalowski Says:

Rafa should close the now he can


gonzalowski Says:

the set


Daniel Says:

TV,

Nadal has a shot at the title since the draw qas oit. Once Berdy and Dimi lost he became the favorite. Soecially after Federer played 2 back to back 5 setters

Actuallly Rafa is THE favorite now.


FedExpress Says:

Rublev just take your next flight. Embarassing. UEs galore. Nadal doing nothing.

Why delpo and fed cant play after this? Its fairer.

And to be the 2nd night match. Jeez. The organiziers are dumb persons and money oriented.


FedExpress Says:

Most NID bending overs this year.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Daniel, as of now, yes, especially since he is now a stage ahead and we don’t even know if Fed will make it to the semis. But even if he wins tonight, if he looks hurt at all, OR if Del Potro makes him work more than 2, 2 1/2 hours, Rafa will be the favourite.

If Fed dispatches Del Potro quickly, I would say they are pretty even.


Okiegal Says:

I am gonna have my cupcake now, even though it’s probably 50 plus smart points on my Weight Watchers diet! I want to give Rublev a whole big cake…..that kid is skinny!!


Okiegal Says:

One hr and 37 minutes for a Rafa 3 setter….he’s getting there!! Lol


skeezer Says:

‘TV was right (again)! Rafa has a shot at the trophy.’…
Damn TV! ;)
—-
@Daniel re: 3:32
Yep.
This was very expected from Rafa, the way a BETTER player should perform when you play against consecutive unseeded players….


skeezer Says:

For those who pay attention:

Nadal’s opponents:

Name Current Ranking Top Ranking Seed at USO

Lajovic 85 Nada
Daneil 121 Zippo
Mayer 59 21 Nada
Dolgo 64 13 Zippo
Rublev 53 Nada

No opponent in the top 50 to the Semi – finals

Federer opponents:

Name Current Ranking Top Ranking Seed at USO

Tiafoe 70 Nope
Youzhny 101 8 Not quite
Lopez 35 12 31
Kohls 37 16 33
Delpo 28 4 24


Tony N Says:

Humble Rafa: “Fedfans always hype every Fed match although most of the matches are against… not to mention mental disabilities.”
Take it easy, Fed’s match with you can be only in the semifinal. You shouldn’t look too far ahead, even if you had string of cupcake opponents before that. Players ranked worse than 52, especially teenagers, are easily distracted by your symptoms.
http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/06/rafael-nadal-ritual-tic-pick-water-bottles
http://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/doctor-warns-against-trivialising-rafael-nadals-oncourt-routines-20140121-316w8.html

t4t: “So Fed’s luck holds. Now he is playing someone in the QF who should actually be in the hospital… most of the matches are against the disabled and the oldies.”
NO, Fed did not play against himself! (Fed is the second oldest player and his disability required an MTO and withdrawal from a Masters tournament)

If t4t goes to hospital with flu symptoms, the doctor and nurses will laugh, pat his head, give him a lollipop and send him home :)


J-Kath Says:

So-called fake news is prevalent in the USA – the US Open beginning to follow the trend (ps: Current players exempt – they can only face – and defeat – the player across the net).

My choice at start of tournament was Nadal – pleased to see his progress).


Humble Rafa Says:

Fed’s match with you can be only in the semifinal. You shouldn’t look too far ahead, even if you had string of cupcake opponents before that.

I just whacked some clueless guy to make the semis. Sir, can I talk now?


rognadfan Says:

Humble Rafa just ‘whacked’ some clueless guy. Hope he doesn’t get ‘smacked’ in the semis, aka repetition of IW and Miami.


Okiegal.... Says:

@J-Kath……You can only beat who you face across the net! I was just getting ready to post the same….my feelings exactly! ENOUGH ALREADY!! I can’t believe that some feel the need to blog on about this………IT IS WHAT IT IS!! It’s a tournament…..there are upsets…..there are withdrawals……injuries, some able to play through them, some not able to! Redundant comments…….over and over……seeded…..unseeded…..doping…..the egg…..the gluten…..the magic potions…. legit MTOs ……..fake
MTOs………Did I forget anything??? 🤔🤔🤔


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Okie gal – weak era?


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Skeeze, respect! Enjoy the match tonight!


James Says:

Nadal is the best clay court player of all time. He will certainly with the USO this year – with the slow gritty courts and all. I don’t see Fed with his hobbled back beating him. And then Busta or Anderson? that’s a joke.

Nadal might beat Sampras’s record of facing the weakest field to a title (2002, never faced a top 5 player). Nadal might end up facing the No. 3 player – but a hobbled 36 year at that.

19-16. Lets end the surprising 2017 at that.


Daniel Says:

Game on!


Daniel Says:

Awesome point to close the game, drop with skill.


FedExpress Says:

This will be a long night.


Daniel Says:

Agree FedEx, Delpo is playing well, missing a few FH, but definitely in the match. And Fed is not holding easy, second game that went 30-30.


FedExpress Says:

Federer stubborn as always. Expose the backhand man.


Daniel Says:

Can’t miss this shot Federer!!! 0-30, than DelPo with 3 greta serves, he made the return and overhit in his first FH. Make him play.


FedExpress Says:

Fucckkk that.

0-30

Gets all first serves in.


Daniel Says:

Oki, forgot about time violations! ;-)


FedExpress Says:

Delpo shows no signs of fatigue.


jatin Says:

4-3 fed.


FedExpress Says:

Delpos first serves are troubling Fed so dar


FedExpress Says:

4-4

Fed cabt take the small oppourtunities to break or even get to BPs.

one 0-30 and one 15-30 opening but didnt won a point after that


t4t Says:

If Fed wins, he is the GOAT. If he loses, he has a bad back! Delpo’s health or form is irrelevant.


Daniel Says:

Fed had 0-30 and 15-30 last two DelPo’s game, let’s see if he makes it better next game. DelPo will serve under pressure down 4-5. Any mistakes and Fed closes the set and start serving the second.


FedExpress Says:

TBs and that with Delpo. No good memories.


jatin Says:

Fed is playing decent so far.


Daniel Says:

No, Delpo’s best game to love. 5-5


FedExpress Says:

Lol

Delpo hitting only first serves or what i feel


Daniel Says:

DelPo’s first missile


FedExpress Says:

whaaattt thhee fuuuuxxkkk


el_matador Says:

vamos delpo!!!!break..


Daniel Says:

Bad volley, he made everything right but didn’t close with the volley, flat too much. DelPo breaks and will serve for the set.

Fed hasn’t even a deuce game on DelPo’s serve. Maybe Fed is already thinking on Nadal.

Has to be careful. This match could go the distance.


FedExpress Says:

I have given up hope.

This doesnt look good at all. Federer stubborn and Delpos serve working.


Daniel Says:

Fed is not able to find DelPo’s BH. But that is credit to DelPo’s 78% first serves in. He is dictating with FH.


FedExpress Says:

One has to explain the magic healing of Delpo.

Early break in the next ser delpo will be the end for Federer. Returning like garbage today.


Daniel Says:

DelPo spoiled a Fedal in 2009 and looks like he wants tol do it again. Takes first set.

If he keeps serving like these not much anyone can do.

Only positive for Fed is he won 4 out of 7 second serves, so if DelPo’s serve percentage drop Federer can create more chances.

Set decided in details, Fed made a DF at 30-30 and than didn’t kill the volley. 2 bad points made the difference.


t4t Says:

Fed’s back must be acting up! Anyway, between the two, I think Fed is in better health.


FedExpress Says:

And those bad points will be in his mind

He needs a quick break.

Delpo has the license to shoot now.


jatin Says:

Delpo is serving like crazy.
Fed in trouble :(


jatin Says:

Delpo is serving like crazy.
Fed in trouble :(


Daniel Says:

Calm down FedEx, DelPo won’t keep that serving much longer, no one keeps a 78% during best of 5.

Fed just can afford another bad game.


FedExpress Says:

Delpo playing like 500% all of a sudden.

He was dead and buried vs Thiem. Thought of retiring and now this.


FedExpress Says:

Why 2nd serve into Delpos FH. for the love god stop thism


FedExpress Says:

This will be a long night and will all chances to even compete against nadal (if either wins)


Daniel Says:

See, DelPo is bad in second serves, 3 out of 8. BP


Daniel Says:

FEd is not returning great, 2 second serves return he left short.


t4t Says:

Delpo depending heavily on his first serve.


Daniel Says:

Fed keeps hitting to DelPo’s FH. Stupid today.


FedExpress Says:

Insane stuff


FedExpress Says:

This game alone tells me that even when Delpo has a lapse Fed wont take advantage.


t4t Says:

Fed would have made mincemeat of Thiem. Fed has more variety, so many weapons to fall back on. If he is stubborn, he can win.


FedExpress Says:

You can be that stubborn. And you havent fot to be Einstein to not hit to Delpos FH


FedExpress Says:

I cant. i just xant.

Federers tennis IQ sunk in this match dramatically


jatin Says:

Fed couldn’t take advantage. He had all the chances


Daniel Says:

Wow, Federer held the missile on his knees and fist. 0-30


Humble Rafa Says:

If you haven’t ordered your ambulance or taken your pills, there is still time.


FedExpress Says:

What was that?


Daniel Says:

This game he still drive the BH second serve return, I think he should chip low to DelPo’s BH, nit much he can do.


Daniel Says:

Well, seems he listened to me;-) Chip and won the break.

The minute delPo’s first serve drop to 43% in second set DelPo faced BP’s in both his games.


FedExpress Says:

I have this will kickstart something. please no lapses.


jatin Says:

Great
Its 4-1 fed now


FedExpress Says:

I dont trust Federer having a break leas nowadays. Especially not vs Delpo.

This is the play he has to make the next 2 1/2 sets. And save Energy.


t4t Says:

Delpo depends too much on first serve and forehand. So as I said earlier, if Fed is persistent, he can win.


jatin Says:

This is how I would like fed to play all match.


FedExpress Says:

The first set loss has complicated things.

A 5 setter will be a realitic possibilty even if delpo goes 1-2 down.


FedExpress Says:

Serving out sets (and matches) has been not his stength this season.


FedExpress Says:

And Delpo suddelny peaking out of nowhere wouldnt surprise me tbhm


jatin Says:

Please fed, maintain this flashy form in this set as well.


Humble Rafa Says:

Time to take a break to get bottoms squeezed.


FedExpress Says:

Match already 1 1/4 hours old.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

I like the look of Fed’s BH. Bodes well if he makes it to the Rafa match – that BH was the difference maker in their winter matches this year.


FedExpress Says:

UEs are back


Daniel Says:

Well, If Fed keeps gifting games with DF he won’t win it.


t4t Says:

Doesn’t look as if Fed has a bad back. Useful though to claim he has so he can take a MTO at an opportune moment!
The 3rd set is critical.


FedExpress Says:

wtf is he doing


jatin Says:

This set is gone I think


FedExpress Says:

I think the match also jatin.

these mental brainfarts happen too often. He had all the momentum and he just gave it away.


Daniel Says:

Finally, saving BP.


Madmax Says:

Wow. Fedexpress you are killing me.


Daniel Says:

Just one break, and he saved a BP now, which always gives moral boost. Delpo can have another bad game, Fed had 2 to him 1.


FedExpress Says:

i cant understand what happened from set 2 to set 3.


Daniel Says:

DelPo serving big again this set.


Daniel Says:

Great point by DelPo


Madmax Says:

Great match so far with all its ups and downs. Delpo won’t go down wirhout a fight. Remember 2009? Yes different players now but I can see the Delpo of old. This feels like it’s going to be a long night somehow.

Come on federer, bring on the magic.


FedExpress Says:

And even if he wins somehow today he will have nothing left for the semis.

Partily his fault, partly the organnizers for the garbagr scheduling


FedExpress Says:

i am off. need some sleep. cant watch it through.


Daniel Says:

DelPo made magic this game. This return was insane and DelPo made it back in the corner. Game Fed could have broken but delPo made 2 great shots.

Fed has to hold, 2 more chances to break.


jatin Says:

He has to hold and break now somehow..


Madmax Says:

T4t stop talking about injuries all the time. It’s only you bringing this up.

Annoying at the best of times. We all know the injuries our athletes carry and if you don’t then where have you been these last 10 years?


Madmax Says:

Fedexpress great idea!

Reminiscent of 2009, Oh My. Feels like a 5 setter in the making.

Come on Fed!


Daniel Says:

Again going for FH.


Okiegal.... Says:

@Daniel…..I did forget about the time violations……MY BAD!! Lol😎😎😎


Daniel Says:

Now he learned, to go to DelPo’s FH has to make him run, in the corner, preferably touch the lines.
BP. Crucial point.


Madmax Says:

Jatin I hope that somewhere in Fed’s plan tonight he works on mindset of winning this match with heart fits and talent because Delpo has a plan!

I fully expect federer to give everything he has got but he’s not making it easy.

Insane.


Daniel Says:

Break! I am touching my Yoda action figure to got Fed the force and DelPo made a DF LOL

Back on serve.


Madmax Says:

Exruciatingly close. Heart is pounding.


jatin Says:

HE IS BACK


Madmax Says:

Loving your posts Daniel!


Daniel Says:

He missed because he was going to his FH, he needs some Nadal mindset, BH, BH, BH , BH, BH


Madmax Says:

Jatin keep up the great positive vibe!


jatin Says:

Madmax
Absolutely right.
My heart is pounding too much


Madmax Says:

Come on fed! Come on!


Daniel Says:

Now Fed serving under pressure. This set deserve a tiebreak, more drama.


FedExpress Says:

cant sleep

now see him getting broken to lose the set lmfao


Daniel Says:

5-5. Crucial moments of this set. If Fed wins, think he wraps in fourth, if DelPo, than we can go the distance.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Daniel, right on. I hate to say it, but Rafa is a better court tactician than Federer, even with a smaller menu of options. Roger can be so stubborn and dumb sometimes. Still think Rog is going to win, but if DelPo does, you will see a much different gameplan from Rafa.


jatin Says:

Its 5-5…….. Comon fed… Time to break


Daniel Says:

Well, DelPo guarantee tiebreak. Fed has to hold, wins tiebreak and start serving first fourth set.

At least he is serving better.


FedExpress Says:

Winner of this set wins the match.


FedExpress Says:

Why wasnt this unexpected?


Daniel Says:

Yeah, awesome FH on the run cross court winner. 2-0


Daniel Says:

first serve deserting him. lost mini break, 2-1


Daniel Says:

Yeah, punishing BH. 3-1


Daniel Says:

Now go on and serve big Fed, 3-2 and 2 serves.


FedExpress Says:

Create a gap ffs Fed. Keep him on distance


Daniel Says:

lost mini break again. Needs 1 of the next DelPo’s point.


FedExpress Says:

Fed choking hard


Daniel Says:

2 serves to close.


FedExpress Says:

Game, set and match Delpo I suppose


FedExpress Says:

can holf 2 serves in a row ffs


Daniel Says:

Set point! Could you please make an unreturnable serve?!


Daniel Says:

DelPo lucky return on the baseline. Damm


FedExpress Says:

What a joke.


Daniel Says:

Jess DelPo, another magic shot.


FedExpress Says:

destiny on delpos side

crushed federer self belief surely


FedExpress Says:

all effort for nothing in the end.
losing the set 1-6 would have been better after seeing him squansering so many chances.


Daniel Says:

Crazy Fed, wasn’t time for serve and volley. New it that DelPo would close in his first set point after saving 4. But credit to him, he made 3 amazing shots down set point.

That return on the line Fed couldn’t believe.


FedExpress Says:

Game over. What a choke that was.

No way back. Absolute pathetic.


kjb Says:

This version of Fed has zero chance versus Nadal anyway……


jatin Says:

Great play delpo..
Lost all hope now.


Daniel Says:

Fed couldn’t win 2 straight points on his serve.

Only chance if Delpo will start feeling fitness, more than 2 hours already.

Focus on this opening game.


Van orten Says:

Only fed can produce such drama . Lucky return by delpo . That’s how it goes . Now win the fourth roger .


Daniel Says:

Nadal is a whole different game. his serve is nowhere near as good as DelPo and Fed would put a lot of returns in. The thing is, Fed seems has a better shot than DelPo, because if this match goes to five and DelPo wins, he would have 2 straight 5 sets and a flu against Nadal, almost zero chance.

Fed seems more fit and ready. But who knows, DelPo likes to play zombi on court as well.


FedExpress Says:

End this Delpo as quickly and save yourself for Rafa.

Federer was one point away to go 0-4 down.

Levels back to force a TB, has mutliple advatanges, wastes SPs like there is no tomorrow. And in Delpos first SP he brainfarts.


FedExpress Says:

Mentally federer must feel like shiit.


Daniel Says:

Also, this set will go quick. It’s a normal letdown by both in intensity after such a tense set. They will hold quickly or one makes a bad game.


Daniel Says:

Don’t think so FedEx, DelPo played amazing in all those set points. Fed made only one bad point which was the set pint down.But attacking the net was a good variation, but DelPo again, played a really cross court BH, he usually was going more in the middle and Federer was able to volley. It was kore to do with DelPo than Fed. And he made the first serves in 2 of those set points.


FedExpress Says:

Daniel, seriously, are you expecting Federer to win this after that mental shattering.

Against soderling athe french in 2010 when he convert a SP he lost.

vs gulbis at the french in 2014 where he couldnt convert SPs to lead 2-0.

And other examples vs Nole.

He hasnt come back well to put the things behind when they went uglym


Daniel Says:

15-40, this is it for Federer. He has to serve big.


FedExpress Says:

*couldnt convert vs Soderling


FedExpress Says:

Was expected.jahahahajaj


Daniel Says:

FedEx, just saved 2 BP’s. This moments turn the match


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Del Potro mashing some backhands now! That’s a huge development, beyond this match.


FedExpress Says:

it turns shit if he has problems with hs serve.

was the same case in 2009


Daniel Says:

KKKKand missed a smash. DelPo is finding the timing on BH return. Fed’s serve is not bothering DelPO unless is an ace. Match over I think, unless Fed can break right back.


FedExpress Says:

daniel, it is over.


Van orten Says:

It seems it is not meant to be fed nadal at us open . Don’t be too harsh on roger . Sometimes it’s too close . He needed one ace . He lost it never recovered! Good luck delpo . Rafa will be a tough nut !!


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

The score tonight accurately reflects which is the better player on this evening.


Daniel Says:

Fedal in NY is not meant to be: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and now 2017 they were one match away but it didn’t happen. Probably will never happen.


Daniel Says:

Second serve ACE?! Are kidding me DelPo…


Yoda Says:

Nadal will it him. His natural shot Forehand goes to Delpo weakness.
Same for nole. But for Roger he has to run around to set that up.
If he is not playing well like today its easy to lose.


Van orten Says:

And please if delpo wins don’t say he will be tired va nadal please don’t


Daniel Says:

Beautiful shot!


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Tonight is all about timing for Roger. In the first and second rounds his timing was uncharacteristicly abysmal. Seemed to recover in the next 2 rounds. In this match it has fluctuated with good and bad patches but unreliable.


Daniel Says:

DelPo a;ready focusing on his games, which is dangerous. If he doesn’t serve well and Fed fire 2 or 3 great points he can be in trouble.

Even so, match on his racquet now. 2 more holds and he wins.

Could this be the cinderella story to close the Slam season after Fedal resurgence, DelPo winning another major after all he went through?!

If he wins in 4, he would definitely be in versus Nadal. He will have a day rest and more off the flu (his nose still too reddish and he was toweling a lot his nose). His return made all the difference today.


Van orten Says:

The problem for delpo is nadal will return much better than fed tonight . its ok he loses tonight the fourth is not even hurting right now . Lost the match in the breaker


Daniel Says:

Un F$%$$ believable! GOL


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Deploy looks great tonight. He is serving big, returning well, moving well, forehand of course, backhand good as well. I hope he can be in good form for the Nadal semi


Daniel Says:

What a BH DTL

DelPo to serve fr the match next! Let’s see if he’ll serve like last game or feel some pressure.

Fed saved a 0-30 game with 4 straight points. Mini moral.


Raj Says:

Amazing Delpo.. Finally someone is beating this guy in a slam this year..Lucky run is over for fedex


Humble Rafa Says:

Hope nobody got injured in the process of watching this match on tv.


Daniel Says:

What was that Fed did to set BP!

Great catch by DelPO, amazing. Jus hope he is able to challenge Nadal. Damm Thiem, 2 MP wasted and now this. Them would be a much easier opponent today;-)

Fed Slam runs end this year, and was great while it lasted. Nadal secure number for a few more weeks now and could almost cement the year end #1 if wins this tournament.

DelPois a ginat, how many time he was in the middle of bIg 4. Imagine what he could have done had he not had all those surveys and 2 years off.

Cherring for him all the way, the comeback year, Federer, Nadal and maybe DelPo winning Slams after all their injury issues.


t4t Says:

I like Delpo but I was hoping for Fedal. Delpo has a HUGE heart. He never gives up. But for his wrist problem he would have won multiple slams. This maybe his slam, who knows. Minnows and a not peak Nadal stand in his way!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Sick match from DelPo. Just got better and better as the match went on.

Should be a great match against Rafa- in the last set, that BH wasn’t looking so weak at all. The way Rafa bounces the ball high will be a very different thing for DelPo’s left wrist, may be less problematic for him.

Congrats JMDP! Sorry Roger couldn’t complete his dream season with a third slam, but he will be very proud of his year. So great to see JMDP back at the very top of the game, we’ve waited 7 years for this!


Humble Rafa Says:

It’s amazing how people tell the truth when they are stressed – choker, loser, can’t convert BPs, weak backhand etc. But tomorrow is another day, get some sleep and defend your boy.

I look forward to the semis and continue being number 1.


Van orten Says:

A little bit of everything tonight. Choking and brilliant play decided the breaker . It could have gone either way as always . Of course I hope delpo can win it all now . His style is very watchable . Pity that damn breaker ruined fedal but that’s the sport !


Markus Says:

Wow! Incredible back to back matches by Del Potro. I’m happy for him considering all the heartbreaks he’s had from his wrist problems. I can only imagine how much success he could have achieved by now without the wrist problem.

There goes the Federer-Nadal match. It’s never going to happen, ever.


RZ Says:

Wow DelPo! Well done. I’m still a little mad at him for taking out Thiem in such a heartbreaking fashion, but I hope he wins the tournament now.


kjb Says:

Great match for Delpo. Fed just couldn’t get his groove going this tourney, not much for preperation. Rafa is the big favorite. Love to see Delpo bring it to him the next match. Should be a good one.


Van orten Says:

If fed would have won the breaker delpo would be the choker now ! He df at 6:6 . But it wasn’t meant to be . Now keep enjoying rest of the season . After the us open is before Australian open .


madmax Says:

Congratulations to Delpo, the man that everyone has a soft spot for .

Fed played his best, he did what he could. The result is not surprising.

Semis will be interesting I think, but no more than that.

Good luck to both players in the semis.

Just one bridge too far for Federer.

FedEx, you need to work on your mindset more. There is nothing more negative than watching, before your eyes, a match where a federer fan gives up and throws their toys out of the pram.


madmax Says:

Daniel Says:
What a BH DTL

DelPo to serve fr the match next! Let’s see if he’ll serve like last game or feel some pressure.

Fed saved a 0-30 game with 4 straight points. Mini moral.

September 6th, 2017 at 11:44 pm

Daniel,

Great posting this morning. A pleasure to see and to read you here!


madmax Says:

Federer’s interview will be telling.


el_matador Says:

injured,back,injured again,back again,no bh,slice bh..still u keep fighting and give these extraordinary moments once in a while..love u delpo /m\


Daniel Says:

The number of messed up shot Fed made was enormous. The second smash after he saved 2 BP’s in fourth set 40-40 the game he was broken. Bizarre.

Than this volley on 30-30 to set BP on final game. FH volley and he threw the shot away. At least he would made DelP have to win 3 more points minimum to close.

Plus the huge return DelPo made all match. Didn’t ever so nobody read Fed’s serve so well apart from Djoko. There was a point DelPo’s BH return was crossing deep and preparing the point for him.

In the end, he play most of the important point better apart fro the DF he gave the break up in third set and another DF on tiebreak. Other than those 2 tie away points, he won all the important ones.


Navdeep Says:

Delpo is such an awesome shotmaker. It’s always a treat to watch him play especially when he is in this never giving up mode. Congrats man you deserved to win this match.
And one thing is certain, fedal match at us open – never gonno happen


Daniel Says:

In Nadal match, Nadal will return better than Roger but his serve is also more attackable by DelPo. And DelPo’s BH will retarget with more power due to Nadal’s FH coming cross court, different shots than Fed was hitting today.

DelPo will need to keep his 65+% first serves in to have any chance.


Daniel Says:

Thanks Madmax.

I wanted Fed to win more too see a Fedal here, but love DelPos game as well. So, very happy for him. Could not believe some shots he made.


Van orten Says:

Just rewatched set point at 7:6 . Almost a no brainer for Feds standards but incredible tough to play. he did his best he could at that moment but it was not enough.


el_matador Says:

and these argentine supporters..they create an electric party atmosphere like football and yet respect the situation too..they only cheer for their guy..roger having to face a 50-50 crowd in us open when the opponent isn’t even from us..vamos albecileste!!!!


Ronn Says:

FINALLY the fed cultists can SHUT UP about Federer having such an abysmal record against Rafa because Rafa always lost early at AO or USO before Roger could beat him in the SF or F. Today is a perfect example. Roger knew he was facing a good ol’ fashioned A-whipping if he somehow beat the “Big Easy” and as was to be expected, he mentally caved in. He was unbelievably lucky to have beaten Rafa the last 4 times they played when Rafa was still struggling to get back into peak form but with Rafa back close to 100% Roger knew his chances to beat Rafa were basically 0%. He even skipped the entire clay court season so Rafa couldn’t build up any momentum against him which clearly shows he’s still terrified of his alpha male boyfriend Rafa…


skeezer Says:

2009 all over again. Fed gave his all, a great showing, but when Delpo plays like this, he beats anyone.
Keys to match was all on Delpo’s racket (except Feds blunder @set point in the 3rd ). Serve, and a BH revival. You knew his FH would be there. Never seen Juan hit his BH like that since prior wrist problems.
Congrats to him, well deserved. If he plays ANYTHING like this against Rafa it will be over quickly.
Fed has had a fantastic year, no complaints from this fan. It’s all gravy baby!

Prediction; the final will get done in 3 sets . Book it.


Ronn Says:

The “Big Easy” is back. Couldn’t happen to a better person. Either Rafa bags #16 or the “Big Easy” bags #2 at USO. It’s a win-win situation.


madmax Says:

Ronn Says:
FINALLY the fed cultists can SHUT UP about Federer having such an abysmal record

Ronn,

You are a disgrace. An absolute disgrace. Crawl back from where you came from.


madmax Says:

I don’t think there is anyone who is anti-delpo. No one. Fully deserved this win, fought his heart out did our beloved Federer, but today, Delpo’s heart was bigger, stronger and well done to him after all his depressing injuries which could have forced him out of tennis a few years ago. He didn’t give up.

Heart of a lion.


madmax Says:

Daniel,

Perhaps.

Perhaps Delpo plays with the fire and the self-belief he played today.

I think though, as is usually the case, the flame will flicker rather than burn. I though believe in a rafa/roger SF or Final, ONE MORE TIME, there is next year, after all!


jatin Says:

Kind of heartbroken. Wanted to watch fed vs rafa so so bad :(
Congrts to delpo though, great champion.


skeezer Says:

Nice to see the Fed fans giving kudos to Delpo.👍


skeezer Says:

You won’t see Rafa fans dishing out compliments.


Markus Says:

It’s a magnificent win by Del Potro. The match between him and Nadal promises to be an interesting match where whoever wins will surely attain further glory and a huge chance to take home the US Open crown. Too bad that there are fans like Ronn who sullies up this great event with his bitter and illogical rantings.


Wog Boy Says:

First decent (and legally seeded) opponent at USO who btw was on life support last two days and 36 year old is out.
Agree with Ronn (both posts), 36 year old was shitting himself with a thought of having to play this Rafa.


Wog Boy Says:

Anyway, 36 year old ended up with consolation prize, he won legends tour two days ago.


Okiegal.... Says:

@Skeezer……I dished out congratulations to DelPo on another thread….but I wanted to see a semi final with R&R…..disappointing.


Margot Says:

el matador @ 12am: Brilliant post! Sums it up so well.
Big congrats to JMDP, but how naughty of him to “ruin the US Open.”


Wog Boy Says:

I thought it was Andy who ruined USO?;)


Okiegal Says:

@Margot 1:17………I’m so glad you said that about JMD ruining the U.S. Open! I really did laugh out loud!!
😂😂😂


Margot Says:

Tee hee OKiegal …….happy to oblige :)
Wog Boy: silly, silly me, of course ;)


J-Kath Says:

Madmax:

You are mistaken.


J-Kath Says:

Okiegal @ 6.24pm
SAYS: “Did I forget anything???”

I THINK YOU GLORIOUSLY SAID EVERYTHING.

EXCEPT: VAMOS RAFA!


James Says:

Nadal might end up setting a record – he reached the semi without facing a top 50 player (don’t think that has ever happened in a slam), he might win without ever facing a top 20 player (I am positive that has never happened before, even Sampras 2002 USO was not this weak). Delpo is ranked 28, Anderson 32, Busta 19.

Wow, that’s some luck for Nadal.

I hope Delpo wins it again.


Okiegal Says:

@J-Kath……I was informed that I forgot MTOs and weak era. LOL

Yessss…….VAMOS RAFA!! 🐂🐂🐂🐂


RZ Says:

@madmax – agree. It’s hard to dislike DelPo. Even after the guy ruined my bracket with his last 2 wins over 2 of my favorites, I’m still rooting for him.


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