Verdasco Too Hot For Murray At US Open, Rafa Rolls; Federer, Djokovc Set To Return
by Staff | August 29th, 2018, 11:45 pm
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Andy Murray’s comeback to Grand Slam tennis can to an end today at the US Open. The 2012 tournament champion fell to Fernando Verdasco in four tough sets 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the second round in blazing hot conditions.

Verdasco was 1-13 against the Scot losing the last eight since the 2009 Australian Open. But the Spaniard had the upper hand most of the night against Murray who was playing just his second 5-set match in over a year.

Both players took a break after the third set, and Verdasco didn’t miss a beat, though had to save five break chances when he served it out at 5-4 in the fourth.

“I was really positive the whole match,” said Verdasco. “Obviously happy to go through because it was a super tough match for me against him, not being seeded. Like I said before the match two days ago, one of the toughest that you can play in first round or second round.”

It’s Verdasco first US Open third round since 2012 and his first win over Murray in nine years.

Next for Verdasco will be a very in-form Juan Martin del Potro. The 2009 champion drilled American Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 to set up a showdown with the lefty.

“It’s important to win in three sets, to keep my body in good shape,” said del Potro. “Now I’ve been doing recovery so I will be fine after tomorrow. I was doing a good preparation mentally to try to deal with this kind of forecast. And I did well.

“Fernando is a really good player. I don’t like to play against a lefty because they can mix it up all the time. They play different angles of the game. They make variations all the time. It’s not going to be easy for me.”

Former champion Stan Wawrinka also advanced outlasting French qualifier Ugo Humbert 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

“It was a battle to play a player that I never played before,” said Wawrinka. “He’s a young player. He’s been playing really well this summer, recently: qualifier, won a match. He’s a lefty, doesn’t give you a lot of rhythm and plays a great game.

“I think I went down a bit after being a set and a break up. Lost a little bit my focus on the right things. I wasn’t feeling great all the match. I wasn’t feeling the ball the best. I would have loved to. But I think it was important to stay mentally there, to stay trying to play a lot of balls, trying to play aggressive. As I say it was tough conditions for both players, so I just wanted to stay there.”

Wawrinka will take a 4-1 lead into the third round against the Canadian Milos Raonic who cruised past Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

“It’s going to be good,” Raonic said of the Swiss. “I watched him play two matches in Cincinnati. I watched him play a little bit of his match against Grigor on Monday. He’s playing well again. He’s moving well. He’s doing his things. He’s stepping up. He’s playing well in those big points. He’s hitting the ball hard, as he knows. He’s effective with his backhand. It’s going to be tough. I’m going to have to play well.”

Roanic’s higher-ranked countryman Denis Shapovalov picked up his first career 5-set win in a Grand Slam rallying to beat Andrea Seppi 6-4, 4-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-4. The teen now meets 2017 finalist Kevin Anderson after the big South African rolled past Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.

Big men John Isner also went five sets late in the day outlasting 22-year-old Chilean Nicolas Jarry 6-7(7), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4. Isner will be pleased with his draw as up next is Serb Dusan Lajovic.

Isner’s countryman Jack Sock was ousted later in four sets by Georgian Nikolaz Basilishvili. Sock has lost 9 of his last 10 matches.

For the Americans, Steve Johnson lost in five sets to Dominic Thiem but Taylor Fritz moved on after hard-luck Australian Jason Kubler badly turned his ankle in the third forcing him to retire just two points into the fourth set.

Rafael Nadal thumped Vasek Pospisil in the nightcap with a two hour 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory to up his US Open win streak to nine and reach his 12th US Open third round. Nadal will meet Karen Khachanov of Friday. He leads the Russian 4-0 having never lost a set.

On tap Thursday, Roger Federer is on in the day against oddball Benoit Paire. Novak Djokovic wish of playing in the evening was granted. The Serb will take on Australian Open quarterfinalist Tennys Sandgren. Marin Cilic, Alexander Zverev, Richard Gasquet and Fabio Fognini are also on court. And 20-year-old Frances Tiafoe tests the 19-year-old from Australian Alex De Minaur.

THURSDAY US OPEN SCHEDULE
ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM 12:00 PM
J. Larsson (SWE) vs. A. Kerber (GER) [4]
B. Paire (FRA) vs. R. Federer (SUI) [2]

7:00 PM
N. Djokovic (SRB) [6] vs. T. Sandgren (USA)
M. Sharapova (RUS) [22] vs. S. Cirstea (ROU)

LOUIS ARMSTRONG STADIUM 11:00 AM
P. Kvitova (CZE) [5] vs. Y. Wang (CHN)
N. Mahut (FRA) vs. A. Zverev (GER) [4]
M. Keys (USA) [14] vs. B. Pera (USA)
7:00 PM
G. Monfils (FRA) vs. K. Nishikori (JPN) [21]
L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs. C. Wozniacki (DEN) [2]


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66 Comments for Verdasco Too Hot For Murray At US Open, Rafa Rolls; Federer, Djokovc Set To Return

FedExpress Says:

Nole and Fed will have one day session out of their way.

Wonder when Rafa will get the “chance”


Margot Says:

Gave up after the third set when it was clear Andy would lose. Some reasons to be cheerful, some of the magic was there and the desire to win. Missed shots he used to make in his sleep and some very poor shot choices. Hope that’s merely down to rust. His serve was dire tho., think that prime reason he lost the match, and hope that’s down to rust too and not injury issues.


Colin Says:

If Verdasco “had the upper hand most of the night”, why did he lose a set? Andy will obviously be disappointed to have lost, but considering how long he’s been sidelined with the hip problem, he did very well. Two positives are that he never stopped fighting, and that he was aggressive, coming forward more than he has done in the past.


Margot Says:

Colin: Agree. And “staff” is this site’s equivalent to Andrew Castle.


j-kath Says:

tps://metro.co.uk/2018/08/30/andy-murray-takes-parting-shot-at-liar-fernando-verdasco-after-us-open-heat-break-row-7895816/

Let’s see if my cut and paste is working today.


j-kath Says:

No – it’s not working.


Van Persie Says:

J-K,

Just trying to help:

https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/30/fernando-verdasco-hits-back-at-andy-murray-over-claim-he-broke-us-open-heat-break-rule-7895368/

I am having a laugh about the ice baths…mentioned by Nole the other day, now Nando tells something about this.
Those ice baths are like the romans “thermae” in ATP :)


Van Persie Says:

Yep, II also do not think Andy would exaggerate on this one.


Wog Boy Says:

Nole said that him and Hungarian dud were naked sitting in the same ice bath next to each other and Hungarian dude is pretty good looking one, I mean if I am a woman I would go for him;)


Wog Boy Says:

On second thought, the “things” in the ice get bit smaller;)


Van Persie Says:

naah, I am not so much into Marton :)

That was funny, told by Nando:

‘I was in the ice bath with [Marcos] Baghdatis and his coach. The guy from the court with the time behind me just because I was asking him, “Please tell me the time so I don’t get late”.

Sounds like a lot of fun in there :)Can’t stop laughing

Just asking myself if Nole and Roger would share an ice bath under those circumstances :)


Mystic - Willow Says:

Gutted about Andy but Dasco can be a dangerous player on the day, Rafa fans know this only too well when he took out Rafa at the AO a couple of years ago in the opening round, and i think he also choked having MPs against Novak somewhere some years ago at some tourney ….


Mystic - Willow Says:

As for the coaching, Dascos far from been the only player that does this, and it needs to stop ….


Humble Rafa Says:

The Egg Lover should keep quiet. No need to share bath time stories with the world. I am glad my night time expeditions have not leaked out.


Humble Rafa Says:

In another unrelated matter, Humble would like to express support to the women who would like to change attireon court. It’s their right to change – whether it’s shirts, shorts, hygiene equipment, etc.


RZ Says:

Question about this whole coaching during the 10 minutes heat rule issue: Why is any coach using the bathroom in the locker room? If the coach isn’t allowed to talk to or interact with the player, then the coach doesn’t need to be in the locker room at all. There are plenty of other toilets on the grounds he could be using.


Margot Says:

A good point RZ. Bit of a coincidence, isn’t it?


j-kath Says:

Thanks Wog Boy and Van Persie for help with the articles. Also agree with RZ re. use of locker room bathroom. PS: Re Nole in the tub, he was on UK TV and he had a real good chuckle when he emphasised he did not SHARE his bath with his opponent. Also agree with VP that Andy wouldn’t lie about it.


RZ Says:

Margot – also a loophole in the rules


Giles Says:

Maybe Andy was being a tad touchy? He does get like that when he’s losing.


BBB Says:

Andy catches a lot of flak for telling the truth, so I doubt he’d lie.

JK, when you cut and paste links, for some reason you’re not capturing the full “https://”.


Giles Says:

^^ I did not say he was lying. I said touchy. Childish even!


Margot Says:

OMG! OMG! Just heard Layani got down from his chair and gave Nick a pep talk when he was trailing something like 5-1 in the 3rd.
Talk about coaching! Makes chatting in the loo look a bit tame. That simply cannot be allowed. Chair umpires are meant to be neutral.
Bye, bye Mo!


Daniel Says:

Kirgies was down 2-5 second set, Thought he was goin down. But he broke back when Herbet serve for a 2-0 lead and got third set also. Now in control a break up in 4th. Fognini out. Fed’s draw almost open up today had Kyrgios lost. But even so, this Kyrgios with more than 12 DF won’t be that dangers, unless he reverts to the Kyrgios that usually play Federer.


Margot Says:

Did you see the incident Daniel. I didn’t, was watching ANGEEEE!Who won in the end.


Truth Says:

People watched Verdasco closely. He bathed at the same time as Baghdatis, after Baghdatis asked if anyone else was taking a short bath.

Murray said he didn’t want to bathe. He saw nothing from Verdasco & his coach.
The coach went to the toilet. There was no chatting between Verdasco and coach.
Murray is a liar. He even tweeted a snide remark about hallucinating. He became a vile loser.


Daniel Says:

Did not Margot. My TV was showing Zverev. Was following his score.


j-kath Says:

Thanks BBB: The fact that I’ve been successful (mostly) in the past has made me question the need for up-date to Firefox….but, yes, I’ll have a look at what I’m doing/or not doing tomorrow – inshallah again.
PS: Andy doesn’t make false accusations but perhaps he should have contained himself on this occasion….and been a bit more subtle.


FedExpress Says:

Kyrgios should be through

What a choker Herbert. Up a set and served for the 2nd and choked.

Federer started.

Fognini out.


Daniel Says:

Zverev 2 rounds and no sets lost. Lendl effect. This Slam could be his breakthrough

Fed serving a break up with great constructed point to break.


Daniel Says:

Tense set for Federer. His serve is not quite there and Paire is reading it well. Will serve 6-5 now, hope he clean this game and get the 1st set lead.

Temperatures expected to decrease and rain tomorrow and Saturday.


FedExpress Says:

First set Federer after being under pressure.

And Lahyani could be in trouble. He gave a pep talk to Kyrgios when it seemed that Kyrgios isnt trying. As an official umpire you dont do that.


FedExpress Says:

Lahyani should be removed with immediate effect.


Margot Says:

I agree with you FedExpress. It’s on court coaching, not allowed. The end.


FedExpress Says:

If Kyrgios was tanking then warn him. Even if he was to motivate him. Hubert got robbed there.


FedExpress Says:

But Kyrgios wont tank on saturday if he faces Federer. Thats for sure.


Daniel Says:

Bizarre, and Layani is considered by many one of top 3 umpires in circuit.


FedExpress Says:

Federer serving for thr match

15-15


Daniel Says:

Second blockbuster match set: Fed x Kyrgios R3 after Dimi x Wawa.


FedExpress Says:

GSM Federer

but he has to improve every aspect of his game in order to beat Kyrgios.

Mental rollercoasters.


FedExpress Says:

Daniel, Kyrgiod will be up for it Can see him winning it. He lives for such matches and to shut peoples mouth


Daniel Says:

Kyrgios relies heavily on his serve and not making many DF. The 2 matches he played several tiebreaks with Fed he serve almost above his own standards.

Fed in 4 if not three. If Kyrgios is a bit off or making too many DF trying to force too much.

Also match will have quicker points and night match, best for Federer


RZ Says:

Lahyani is going to get into trouble over this. It’s one thing to say something like “you should start trying otherwise I will need to issue you a code violation,” quite another to give a peptalk.


Daniel Says:

Hum, USO issue a communication but hearing Kyrgios in his interview its clear was not what happened.

Huge Mess.

Also my commenters said Vencic said in twitter that she did know umpire could coach and Kyrgios replied something like: “speaking for someone who is already out of tourney”, than he deleted it.


Daniel Says:

^she didn’t know…”


BBB Says:

What the what. I don’t say this often, but Federer is 100% correct. Poor PHH. Mental fortitude is part of the game. It’s the equivalent of moving Goffin in from the baseline on serve against Isner.


BBB Says:

McEnroe defending Layhani!


RZ Says:

PHH put out a statement saying he doesn’t blame Nick but felt that Nick’s behavior/composure changed immediately after the conversation. He saw the video and is angry at the ump and the USTA for their statement.


Humble Rafa Says:

I look forward to playing Jennifer tomorrow. He/she is so mellow and adorable.


BBB Says:

Good statement by Herbert.

Poor Monfils.


ChrisFord1 Says:

The 5’4″ Serb Alex Krunic is back and reminds me of 5’3″ Cibulkova – fast, very fast and a nightmare to play when things are clicking. Made the QFs in 2014.


AndyMira Says:

Ermm…..I want to see this things on another side…For me,PHH shouldn’t crumbled like that…Bad things happen all the time in tennis & sports in general…They’re having it all the time….Bad judgements from officials,bad crowds,bad opponents,bad weather etc…They as the professional players should deal with it professionally too…Forget about it & move on with your game…

If u can’t do that,u can’t blame others for being mentally weak…


Daniel Says:

Djoko should have wrapped in three. But it was clear Sandgreen didn’t have the legs for the upset, he was just playing for broke in tiebreak smacking everything.

Djoko still not in that dominant mode he was in 2011 or 2015 but getting things done, and he knows he cn raise his level when playing top players. Cilic, Federer, Zverev, Nadal.

Its clear to me one of Fed / Djoko / Zverev or Cillic will be finalist from bottom half and top half 80% Nadal and 20 % DelPo.


Django Says:

Poor Mo. crazy what he did.


Margot Says:

AM: The issue is not whether PHH tanked or not. The issue is that Mo has broken ITF rules which clearly state umpires have to be “impartial.” Plain to see Mo wasn’t. I hope he gets suspended or at least banned from umpiring any more of Nick’s matches. Imagine how another player might feel if he comes on court and sees he’s facing Nick and Mo! Jeepers he might feel he’s lost already.
chofer: have you seen “Pretty Boy” play? Saw him beat Mahut. Are you sitting down? ;) He was COMING FORWARD and whacking that ball with some excellent volleys. His time is coming, probably not in 2018, but soon.
And Dom and Steph need to come off their default position, 6 feet behind the baseline, too.


j-kath Says:

It was cause and effect and Mo was the instigator. He should be replaced from the balance of the tournament – as doubts about his impartiality spread. Any player in Nick’s half – irespective of whether they face Nick – may feel uneasy.


AndyMira Says:

M…Yeah!…I’m aware all of that & i understand what you’re saying….It’s just that everybody already talk about this bizarre incident today…So,I thought i just want to ‘touch’ another side story that i think also interesting but got swamped by bigger issues…The collapsed of PHH….


BBB Says:

I don’t think it’s unreasonable to collapse when an umpire engages in unprecedented, partial behavior.


Margot Says:

But….but….AM if you thought Mo was gunning for you, bet you’d collapse too…;)


Margot Says:

BBB: great minds…;)


BBB Says:

Right?

If I appeared before a judge who was partial to the other side, I cannot tell you I would retain my composure, and I tend to be extremely composed.

Layhani should be prohibited from umping any more of Nick’s matches, full stop.

And Nick should take a lesson here, and realize Layhani’s extraordinary actions reflect a broader frustration with his bratty, self-indulgent attitude. Nobody is forcing Nick to play tennis, so if he’s going to play, he needs to abide by the commitment to give full effort.

Whatever punishment Layhani receives, Nick should honor by getting his act together.


skeezer Says:

At a broader level this incident proves the rule enforcers of the Tennis tour are out of control, or, better yer, have no control. The system needs a complete, re audit of accountability and responsibility.
They have too much discretion, have no balls, and don’t know how to handle or enforce rules. Therefore you get chaos.
Imo they overall fault is this; who wants to default a player from a match(especially a entertaining or top player) that the fans are there paying to watch? I mean that is the heart of the problem no? The end game? There are only two people in a match, you default one, the whole thing is over. In other team sports, not a problem, just throw in another player, match continues.


Daniel Says:

“I don’t think it’s unreasonable to collapse when an umpire engages in unprecedented, partial behavior.”

Specially if the player turns around and became a totally different player. It affects the dynamcis completly.

Kerber had a similar collpase in set 2 once her opponent stop missing with a nothing to lose attitued down 2-5 second set, and she didn’t know waht to do.

This time the catalyst was not losing or injury, but the interference of chair umpire. Unprecedent!


Truth Says:

Who wishes for Nick to tank the match and give Fed a free ride with another slow poke with no big weapons?
Weak draw was grotesque in 2005. No one wants this stupidity again in 2018.


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