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Federer Stunned By Millman At US Open, Djokovic Through; Nadal v Thiem Tues.

Posted by Staff on September 4th, 2018 @ 1:45 am

Roger Federer’s troubles at the US Open continued Monday night in New York. The Swiss great hadn’t won a US Open title since 2008 and it won’t happen this year either after being stunned in the fourth round by Australian journeyman John Millman 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(7). 7-6(3).

Federer, who was 40-0 against players ranked outside the Top 50 at the US Open, looked good early against the 55th-ranked Millman, leading by …

Super Soldier Serum-less Sharapova Shut Out of US Open, Serena Up Tuesday

Posted by Jeremy Davis on September 3rd, 2018 @ 11:35 pm

Maria Sharapova has been unable to find her mojo since returning from her doping ban for using a Russian super soldier serum in 2017.

The oft-injured former No. 1 has reached only one semifinal in 2018, and on Monday was eliminated in the fourth round of the US Open by No. 30 seed Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4, 6-3.

“I thought she played a great match,” said the No. 22-seeded Sharapova, who sprayed …

Del Potro Dominant, Nadal Wins At US Open; Federer, Djokovic One Win Away

Posted by Staff on September 2nd, 2018 @ 11:45 pm

Big man Juan Martin del Potro continues to quietly impress at the US Open. The 2009 champion hasn’t dropped a set through four matches, today punishing an irritable Borna Coric 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 this evening.

The 6-foot-6 del Potro is back in the quarterfinals at the US Open for a third straight year, and on Tuesday he’ll meet American John Isner who he lost to in Miami.

Isner had to go five …

Serena Rolls, Trips, Rolls at US Open; Keys, Osaka, Sharapova in Action Monday

Posted by Staff on September 2nd, 2018 @ 10:28 pm

Serena Williams baked a bagel, then was staring at defeat on Sunday at the US Open before beating giant-killer Kaia Kanepi 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 to move into the quarterfinals.

Kanepi in the first round had upset world No. 1 Simona Halep.

“I feel like just getting through it in general was all I’m looking at now and not looking back and just moving towards the next match,” Williams said afterwards.

After winning only …

Alex De Minaur Was Devastated After Blowing 2 Set Lead In Late-Night US Open Loss To Cilic

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 2nd, 2018 @ 3:57 pm

Just 19, Alex De Minaur already takes after his coach, Lleyton Hewitt. Hewitt was not only known for his fiery temper but also for leaving it all out on the court. And the young De Minaur, who’s only 5-foot-11 in a time of giants, seems to be the second coming of Hewitt.

De Minaur led 2014 champion Marin Cilic by two sets at the US Open last night. But the Croat …

Roger Federer’s Incredible Around The Net Post Shot At The US Open [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 2nd, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

Roger Federer created yet another magical moment late in the match yesterday during a win over Nick Krgios. The winner-around-the-net-post has been done before, but Federer makes it even better.

“It was definitely one of the more unique ones,” Federer said. “You don’t get an opportunity to hit around the net post very often, because in practice — you can’t really train them. …

Maria Sharapova Explains Why She’s So Great At Night At The US Open

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 2nd, 2018 @ 1:51 pm

After beating Jelena Ostapneko Saturday evening, Maria Sharapova is a perfect 23-0 at night at the US Open.

“I don’t remember how old I was when I played my first night match,” Sharapova said. “But I’m sure I was young enough to still be intimidated by the city and the lights and the atmosphere, the noise, as anyone that’s quite young would be.

“But I really turned that around. I think …

Aryna Sabalenka: I’ve Improved Everything Since The Start Of The Year

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 2nd, 2018 @ 1:40 pm

One of the many new stars in tennis in Aryna Sabalenka. Not hyped like a Madison Keys or a Borna Coric, Sabalenka has burst onto the scene this summer out of nowhere.

The Belarussian began the year ranked down at No. 78, but by reaching the fourth round at the US Open, she’s hovering around No. 17, with a great chance to go higher.

The 20-year-old hits the ball about as hard …

Federer, Djokovic Move Closer To US Open QF, Zverev Out; Nadal, Delpo Sun.

Posted by Staff on September 1st, 2018 @ 11:59 pm

A Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic Wednesday US Open quarterfinal is almost certainly in the cards now. As for former champions will be very big favorites to win on Monday.

Today, Federer breezed past Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-1, 7-5. Kyrgios had a chance with Federer serving 3-3, 0-40, but the Australian failed to break and really never got any momentum in the match again.

The two had played nine sets before with …

Serena Powers Past Venus at US Open; Sharapova, Kerber Up on Saturday

Posted by Staff on September 1st, 2018 @ 7:18 am

The much-anticipated Serena vs. Venus Williams’ battle turned out to be a clunker on Friday night as Serena pounded her older sister 6-1, 6-2 to move into the fourth round at the US Open.

“This was my best match since I returned,” Serena said. “I worked for it. I worked really hard these last three or four months.”

Venus won only four of 33 points off Serena’s dominating first serve.

“I think it’s …

Nadal, Anderson Win US Open Thrillers; Federer v Kyrgios On Super Saturday

Posted by Staff on September 1st, 2018 @ 12:40 am

2017 finalists were nearly pushed to the very brink today at the US Open. In matches going on simultaneous indoors on Ashe and Armstrong, defending champion Rafael Nadal was in a heap of trouble against the young Russian Karen Khachnov. The 22-year-old powerful Khachanov was pounding groundstrokes and push Nadal. But up a set and serving for the second (Rafa has never come from two sets down to win a …

Wozniacki Ousting Sets US Open Record, Serena v Venus Friday

Posted by Jeremy Davis on August 31st, 2018 @ 8:59 am

World No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki’s inglorious U.S. hardcourt summer came to an end on Thursday at the US Open when she was upset 6-4, 6-2 by the Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko.

It is the first time in the Open Era that the two top seeds have gone out before the quarterfinals at the US Open, and Wozniacki was the third Slam champion this week to lose on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium …

Federer, Djokovic Reach US Open Third Round, Kyrgios Controversy; Nadal, Delpo Back

Posted by Staff on August 31st, 2018 @ 12:38 am

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic inched closer to a hotly-anticipated Wednesday quarterfinal at the US Open. Today, it was Federer playing during the day and Djokovic at night. With temperatures still hovering in the 90s, Federer had no problem knocking out the zany Benoit Paire in straight sets 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.

“I think it was a bit sort of up and down,” said Federer. “I think it’s always tricky against Benoit, …

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

Posted by Staff on August 29th, 2018 @ 11:45 pm

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 …

Wozniacki Wins in Extreme Heat at US Open; Serena, Venus Up Wednesday

Posted by Staff on August 29th, 2018 @ 8:55 am

No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki held off a challenge from a former US Open winner as the seeds righted the ship on Tuesday at the US Open.

Following the departure of No. 1 seed Simona Halep on Day 1, Wozniacki on a Tuesday where temperatures reached into the upper 90s stopped unseeded former champion Sam Stosur 6-3, 6-2.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” said Wozniacki, who lost in the first round at the …