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Juan Martin Del Potro: I’m Very Sad For Losing The US Open Title, But Novak Deserved It

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 10th, 2018 @ 11:09 am

For the first time in his career, Juan Martin del Potro tasted defeat in a Grand Slam final. Of course, Del Potro was playing in just his second Slam final – his first in nine years – yesterday falling to Novak Djokovic in straight sets at the US Open, but it still was a painful defeat.

After four wrist surgeries, near retirement, other injuries, coaching changes, Del Potro should be proud …

Novak Djokovic: Winning The US Open, Tying Pete Sampras, It’s A Dream Come True

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 10th, 2018 @ 11:02 am

From near rock-bottom in March, to now on top of the tennis world, it’s been quite a year for Novak Djokovic. Yesterday, the Serb claimed his third US Open title beating 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro. It was Djokovic’s 14th career Grand Slam title, tying him with his idol Pete Sampras.

Djokovic, who won his last 16 sets at the event, talked about what the win means, tying Pete Sampras …

Djokovic Dumps Del Potro For 3rd US Open Title, 14th Grand Slam

Posted by Sean Randall on September 10th, 2018 @ 12:50 am

Novak Djokovic cruised to his second straight Grand Slam title Sunday night in New York, taking a third US Open crown with a convincing 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-3 victory over former champion Juan Martin Del Potro.

Ever since that Roger Federer match in the Cincinnati final, Djokovic has been on another dimension, and it was no different tonight, and other than those matches in the heat, he’s been awesomely good.

The Serb dominated …

Novak Djokovic v Juan Martin Del Potro For The US Open Title, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on September 9th, 2018 @ 12:49 am

One more match to put a cap on a bizarre US Open. Maybe one event that for some can’t end soon enough.

We had the heat at the start of weeks one and two. The Mohammed Lahyani incident. Roger Federer’s issue with the humidity and air inside Ashe. Crazy late night finishes. Players excessively leaving the court – sometimes in the middle of sets. A make-it-up-as-you-go heat rule …

Serena Williams: For Me To Say ‘Thief’ And The Umpire To Then Take A Game From Me Felt Sexist

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 8th, 2018 @ 11:38 pm

It started as a shocking one-sided US open women’s final Saturday as the 20-year-old upstart Naomi Osaka was having her way with Serena Williams, leading by a set 62. Then in the third game thigs escalated quickly after Serena as called for a coaching violation. Then losing a break lead she smashed her racquet prompting a second code violation which now brought with it a point penalty.

It all went to …

Naomi Osaka: When I Hugged Serena At The Net I Felt Like A Little Kid Again

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 8th, 2018 @ 11:21 pm

Naomi Osaka made history Saturday at the US Open, beating Serena Williams in a controversial final 62, 64 to become the first Japanese man or woman to ever win a Grand Slam event.

The 20-year-old Osaka, who had never won a title 12 months ago, becomes the youngest US Open champion since 19-year-old Maria Sharapova in 2006.

With her power game and solid groundstrokes, Osaka lost just one set all tournament. After …

Another Serena US Open Blow-up Mars Osaka Win in Final

Posted by Jeremy Davis on September 8th, 2018 @ 9:54 pm

It was going to be a historic night for Serena Williams Saturday at the US Open. And it was.

Not unlike past US Open blow-ups, Serena Williams lost her cool, and combined with her coach Patrick Mouratoglou to lose the final.

Let’s unpack this.

Naomi Osaka came out swinging and took the first set 6-2. Then in the second game of the second set, chair umpire Carlos Ramos gave Williams a warning as …

Nadal Retires Due To Knee Putting Del Potro Into US Open Final Against Djokovic

Posted by Staff on September 7th, 2018 @ 11:40 pm

For the second time this year Rafael Nadal couldn’t finish a hard court Grand Slam. The Spaniard was resuming his US Open title defense this evening in the semifinals against Juan Martin del Potro when once again knee troubles arose, forcing him to retire down 7-6(3), 6-2 due to tendinitis in his right knee.

“I waited as much as I can,” Nadal said. “You could imagine very difficult for me to …

Rafael Nadal Talks About The Knee Injury That Made Him Retire To Del Potro At The US Open

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 7th, 2018 @ 9:08 pm

After almost 16 hours of play, Rafael Nadal’s body finally gave in. The Spaniard was playing today against Juan Martin del Potro in the US Open semifinals and early he was playing well.

But in the middle of the first, the trainer taped up his right knee. Two games later the trainer was back to remove the tape. Nadal pushed on but lost in the ensuing tiebreaker.

In the second, Nadal had …

Nadal v Del Potro, Djokovic v Nishikori; US Open SFs Picks And Pans

Posted by Sean Randall on September 7th, 2018 @ 1:42 pm

After a steamy, sticky 11 days or so of weather, temperatures are expected to cool down for today’s men’s semifinals at the US Open.

The four still alive in the draw are all very familiar to this round.

Rafael Nadal has shown once again why he is one of the great warriors tennis has ever seen, toughing out a trio of big bruisers in exhausting, grueling matches.

Juan Martin del Potro has proven …

Serena Williams v Osaka, Who Idolizes Her, in US Open Final

Posted by Staff on September 6th, 2018 @ 11:32 pm

The good news is Serena Williams is in the final of her home US Open.

The bad news — she’s facing a player she lost to comprehensively in their most recent meeting.

The six-time US Open champion Williams won 12 of the last 13 games to beat Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-0 to gain the final on Thursday in her quest for a record 24th Grand Slam championship.

Williams found herself down 0-2 in …

Nishikori Gets Revenge On Cilic At US Open, Will Face Djokovic In Friday SF

Posted by Staff on September 6th, 2018 @ 12:30 am

Kei Nishikori got some measure of revenge Wednesday at the US Open against Marin Cilic. The Croat blew him out in the 2014 final, but today the Japanese No. 1 turned the tables overcoming a set and a break deficit to win 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4 in 4 hours, 8 minutes.

Cilic came out hot early and was overpowering the smaller Nishikori. But Kei woke up and found his form …

Keys Wins, Up Thursday with Serena in US Open Semifinals

Posted by Staff on September 5th, 2018 @ 10:57 pm

US Open 2017 runner-up Madison Keys and this year’s Indian Wells winner Naomi Osaka set up a blockbuster semifinal at the US Open as both players cruised past opponents on Wednesday in Flushing Meadows.

Osaka, in her first Slam semifinal and the first Japanese woman to make the final four at the US Open, rolled over Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1.

“I feel like I was much more emotional for the quarters,” Osaka …

Stephens Dumped Out as Serena Advances at US Open; Keys, Osaka On Wednesday

Posted by Staff on September 5th, 2018 @ 9:38 am

Serena Williams did her part, but defending champion Sloane Stephens was upset on Tuesday at the US Open, breaking up a much-anticipated potential all-American semifinal.

The No. 17-seeded Williams beat fellow former No. 1 and No. 8 seed Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-3.

“I was having a baby at this time last year so I really have nothing to prove,” said Williams, who had lost to Pliskova in their most recent meeting. “I …

Nadal Overcomes Epic Thiem Test, Del Potro Next At US Open; Cilic v Nishikori Wed.

Posted by Staff on September 5th, 2018 @ 2:24 am

Rafael Nadal had to get up off the mat several times Tuesday night to stay in the US Open and keep his title defense alive with an epic 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7(4), 7-6(5) victory over Dominic Thiem in 4 hours, 49 minutes in a match that ended at 2:03am.

“It’s been a great a battle. The conditions were tough. A lot of humidity,” Nadal said. “I just keep going. Being honest, …