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Roger Federer: Del Potro Has A Better Chance Of Beating Rafa Than Me In SFs Anyway

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 7th, 2017 @ 9:59 am

Roger Federer admitted after his 4-set loss to Juan Martin del Potro last night that he felt he wasn’t playing well enough to beat rival Rafael Nadal in the Friday semifinals. Rather, it was good that del Potro won because he would have a better chance against the Spaniard.

“Of course it is a pity, but, you know, Juan Martin deserves it more,” del Potro said. “I feel I have no …

Roger Federer Says He’s Still Stick To His Fall Schedule Which Includes 5 Events

Posted by Staff on September 7th, 2017 @ 1:50 am

Roger Federer missed a chance this week to return to No. 1 after losing tonight to Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals at the US Open.

The Swiss, though, confirmed his upcoming schedule which he hopes to be 100% for.

“Now I have Laver Cup, Shanghai, Basel, Paris, and London,” Federer said. “That’s my schedule, and it won’t change. I hope I’m fully recovered and 100% fit when Laver Cup comes …

Del Potro Ruins Federer-Nadal SF Party at US Open

Posted by Staff on September 7th, 2017 @ 12:44 am

Juan Martin del Potro ruined the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal party on Wednesday at the US Open when the former champion defeated the five-time winning Swiss 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(8) 6-4.

“I played my best match of the tournament,” said Del Potro, who saved four set points in the third-set tiebreak. “I served well and hit my forehand as hard as I can. We played a great match and I think I …

Rafael Nadal: I Don’t Want To Look Like I’m Going To Be Roger Federer’s Boyfriend

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 6th, 2017 @ 11:03 pm

Rafael Nadal cruised past Andrey Rublev losing just five games to reach a sixth US Open semifinal. After the easy win over the Russian 19-year-old, the focus was of course on his potential match-up with Roger Federer on Friday, which would be their first at the US Open. When asked of his admiration for the Swiss, Rafa had some fun.

“I don’t want to look like I gonna be his boyfriend, …

Garbine Muguruza Is New WTA No. 1 Ranked Player In The World!

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 6th, 2017 @ 9:51 pm

After Karolina Pliskova lost to CoCo Vandeweghe Wednesday in the US Open quarterfinals, Garbine Muguruza will officially overtake the Czech for the top spot on Monday.

Muguruza becomes the 24th different player to rank No. 1 and the fourth to hold the top spot already this year after Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber and Pliskova.

She’s also the second Spaniard to reach No. 1 after Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario. And if Rafael Nadal can hold …

Vandeweghe, Keys Complete All-American Semifinals at US Open

Posted by Staff on September 6th, 2017 @ 9:27 pm

A U.S. women’s winner became guaranteed at the US Open on Wednesday when CoCo Vandeweghe and Madison Keys completed an all-American semifinals at the US Open.

Keys was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over unseeded Kaia Kanepi, while Vandeweghe beat world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova 7-6(4), 6-3.

It will be the first all-American women’s semifinals since 1981.

Keys saved all three break points she faced, and had a workwoman-like 23 winners to 21 unforced …

Andy Murray Withdraws From Asian Swing, Likely Done For Season

Posted by Staff on September 6th, 2017 @ 9:12 am

Andy Murray is likely to join the list of top players who have shut it down for 2017. Already done for the year are Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Serena Williams. Now Murray says his ongoing hip issues will likely end his season.

His note today on Facebook:
“Just wanted to update you all on my injury and the rest of my season.

“Unfortunately, I won’t be able to compete in …

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

Posted by Staff on September 6th, 2017 @ 2:35 am

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 …

Venus, Stephens Set Up Half of Potential All-American Semifinals at US Open

Posted by Staff on September 6th, 2017 @ 2:16 am

Americans Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens set up an all-American semifinal on Tuesday at the US Open after dramatic victories in New York.

Williams moved into her third Grand Slam semifinal of the year after defeating Petra Kvitova 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(2) in a battle of Grand Slam champs.

“This match meant a lot to me, obviously, playing at home and of course it being a major,” Venus said. “It …

Rafael Nadal: I Don’t Want To Get Older, I Haven’t Found A Way To Stop Aging

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 5th, 2017 @ 3:32 pm

Would you believe, hard courts are easier on your knee than grass? That’s how Rafael Nadal feels. After reaching his 12th US Open quarterfinal Monday, Nadal talked about the difference hard courts are vs grass courts on his knees. But overall, it’s more damaging to the body.

“For me is a little bit easy to play here than on grass. But at the same time, being honest with you, I feel …

Roger Federer: What I Like About Del Potro’s Forehand Is He Doesn’t Hold Back!

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 5th, 2017 @ 3:18 pm

Ahead of his showdown Wednesday night against Juan Martin del Potro, Roger Federer talked about the Argentine’s lethal forehand.

“What I like about it, he doesn’t really hold back,” Federer said Monday. “He doesn’t care if he misfires a few times. He keeps doing it until he finds his range and his rhythm.

“It seems like a huge takeback, so you always feel like he’s going to be late on it. At …

Juan Martin Del Potro Says It Will Be A Pleasure To Play The GOAT Roger Federer Wednesday

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 5th, 2017 @ 3:08 pm

Juan Martin del Potro is luck to still be in the US Open. Fighting a virus, the Argentine was out of strength early on in his encounter yesterday with Dominic Theim in the fourth round. But the crowd pulled him through, helped him save two match points and take a 5-set comeback win.

The fans were so loud even Roger Federer heard the noise from Ashe Stadium,

“We could even hear …

Pliskova Powers Into US Open QFs, CoCo, Keys Advance; Venus-Kvitova Tuesday

Posted by Staff on September 4th, 2017 @ 11:48 pm

Karolina Pliskova finally played like her world No. 1 ranking by destroying Jennifer Brady 6-1, 6-0 in just 46 in the opening fourth round match on Arthur Ashe Stadium today at the US Open.

Pliskova, who saved a match point in a tough win over Shuai Zhang, only lost two points on first serve the whole match today.

“My first good match, actually. I think one of the best, even this year,” …

Del Potro Wins Thriller Over Thiem, Sets Up Federer Showdown At US Open; Nadal Rolls

Posted by Staff on September 4th, 2017 @ 11:25 pm

Juan Martin del Potro looked down and out in his fourth round match today against Dominic Thiem. Fighting an illness and an in-form No. 6 seed Dominic Thiem, a listless, ill and wilting del Potro quickly found himself behind two sets.

But somehow the Argentine picked himself up off the mat and started to climb his way back.

Thiem, who was in complete control, lost some form in the third as the …

Querrey Coasts, Shapovalov’s US Open Run Ends; Former Champs Federer, Nadal, Del Potro Monday

Posted by Staff on September 3rd, 2017 @ 11:59 pm

The bottom half of the men’s draw at the US Open played out in underdog fashion Sunday as Diego Schwartzman, Kevin Anderson and Pablo Carreno Busta moved into the quarterfinals.

The No. 30-seeded Schwartzman Beat No. 16 seed Lucas Pouille 7-6(3), 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

“All the matches, [the crowd is] helping me a lot,” the 25-year-old Schwartzman said. “In the first round and second round …