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Murray Can’t Survive Gong Show, Nishikori At US Open; Stan Stops Del Potro

Posted by Staff on September 8th, 2016 @ 1:45 am

Andy Murray was in control for much of his match against Kei Nishikori at the US Open, that is until an inexplicable gong-like sound went off with the Scot holding break point for a 2-1 lead in the fourth.

The chair umpire immediately called a let and the point was replayed and Nishikori saved the break chance and went on to win seven straight games to go up 2-0 in the …

Serena Outlasts Halep; Blockbuster Women’s Semis Thursday at US Open

Posted by Jeremy Davis on September 7th, 2016 @ 11:42 pm

World No. 1 Serena Williams faced her sternest test yet at the US Open on Wednesday night, outlasting No. 5 seed Simona Halep 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals at the US Open.

Halep was truly outlasted in a physical test of a quality where both players hit more winners than unforced errors. The Romanian brought her best tennis to even the match at one-set all, but slowed considerably early in …

The Gong That Disrupted The Andy Murray – Kei Nishikori US Open QF Match [Video]

Posted by Staff on September 7th, 2016 @ 8:35 pm

The gong heard round the tennis world! That’s what may or may not have sent Andy Murray over the edge during his US Open quarterfinal match against Kei Nishikori.

Murray led two sets to one at 1-1 with Nishikori serving down break point at 30-40, a malfunction in the audio board …

Kei Nishikori: Beating Murray, It Was Great Revenge From Davis Cup

Posted by Staff on September 7th, 2016 @ 8:17 pm

Kei Nishikori picked up his second career win over Andy Murray, beating the No. 2 seed 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 in the quarterfinals today at the US Open.

Murray led Nishikori 7-1 in their previous meetings including two this year at Rio and in Davis Cup which went five sets. This time it was Nishikori gaining revenge and reaching his second career Grand Slam semifinal.

The Japenese is also a perfect …

Andy Murray: I’m Very Proud Of How I Have Done The Last Few Months

Posted by Staff on September 7th, 2016 @ 8:07 pm

In one of the best match of the tournament, Kei Nishikori outlasted Andy Murray Wednesday afternoon at the US Open in a 5-set thriller 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 to reach the semifinals.

Murray led early and win charge 6-1, 3-3 but a rain delay forced the closure of the roof, and Nishikori returned as a better player.

Murray, who had beaten the Japanese in seven of eight matches, led by two …

Novak Djokovic: Right Now I’m Feeling Very Close My Peak Form

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 7th, 2016 @ 3:05 pm

Incredibly, Novak Djokovic has played just two full matches of out five en route to his 10th straight semifinal at the US Open. Djokovic’s path, the easiest ever to Grand Slam semifinal in the Open Era, included a walkover courtesy of Jiri Vesely and two retirements from Mikhail Youzhny and last night Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who succumbed to a knee injury after losing the second set.

Djokovic, though, isn’t worried about the …

Kerber Punches the Clock Tues., Now Serena’s Turn Wed. in Race for No. 1 at US Open

Posted by Jeremy Davis on September 7th, 2016 @ 12:16 am

Angie Kerber wants the No. 1 ranking, and she will get it if she wins the US Open.

On Tuesday she made a statement, bageling the player who last year ended Serena Williams’ streak for a calendar-year Grand Slam at the US Open. The German beat Roberta Vinci 7-5, 6-0 to move into the semifinals at the US Open.

Vinci’s slicing, dicing, off-putting game gave Kerber fits in the first set, soliciting …

Andy Murray v Kei Nishikori, Juan Martin Del Potro v Stan Wawrinka; US Open Wed. Pick And Pans

Posted by Sean Randall on September 6th, 2016 @ 11:51 pm

Let’s hope Day 2 of the US Open quarterfinals offers something more than the first day. It won’t be hard. On to my picks.

Andy Murray v Kei Nishikori
It’s a rematch of Rio semifinals won by Murray pretty handily and I think Murray gets the win here, also. The quicker courts should help Nishikori but Murray leads 7-1 and other than a Davis Cup 5-setter and a loss at the 2014 …

Djokovic Gets Another Retirement At US Open, Will Face Monfils In US Open Semifinals

Posted by Sean Randall on September 6th, 2016 @ 11:48 pm

The first day of the men’s quarterfinals at the US Open turned out to be an absolute dud. But the end result – a Novak Djokovic vs. Gael Monfils semifinals – could be a classic.

Up first on windy, dreary day was Monfils against his countryman Lucas Pouille. And you knew that after three straight 5-set matches including a stunning, emotional win Sunday over 2-time champion Rafael Nadal, that the …

Why Did Gael Monfils Stop To Tie His Shoe During A Point? [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 6th, 2016 @ 2:05 pm

Gael Monfils is having the summer of his career winning 18 of his last 20 going into today’s quarterfinal against countryman Lucas Pouille at the US Open.

The talented Frenchman has been very focused and professional all summer but in the last round against Marcos Baghdatis, Monfils re-opened up his bag of tricks.

Sometimes you just have to tie your shoe…in the middle of the point.#USOpen

Juan Martin Del Potro: Everything Is Like New For Me, It’s Like A New Career

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 6th, 2016 @ 1:08 pm

The story so far in the men’s tournament at the US Open has been the return of former champion Juan Martin del Potro. The 27-year-old who shocked the world in 2009 beating Rafael Nadal and then Roger Federer to win the US Open, has been out of the title hunt in New York after four wrist surgeries until now.

And not surprisingly, he’s overjoyed to be back playing tennis during …

Serena Williams Now Has More Grand Slam Match Wins Than Roger Federer

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 6th, 2016 @ 12:42 pm

She’s older, been playing longer so not a big surprise that Serena Williams now has more Grand Slam match wins than Roger Federer. After thumping Yaroslava Shvedova yesterday in the fourth round of the US Open, Serena moved into the top spot in the Open Era with Grand Slam victories with 308, one ahead of Federer and two in front of former women’s leader Martina Navratilova.

“I think it’s really exciting,” …

Serena Joined by Break-Out Stars Pliskova, Konjuh in US Open Quarters

Posted by Staff on September 6th, 2016 @ 12:55 am

The Williams sisters went one-for-one on Monday at the US Open as world No. 1 Serena Williams kept her hopes alive to retain the No. 1 ranking at tournament’s end, but elder sister Venus was brought down by a tattooed break-out star from the Czech Republic.

The younger Williams sister punished unseeded Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2, 6-3, setting the record for most grand slam tournament wins for either a man or woman …

Murray Destroys Dimitrov At US Open; Djokovic And 3 Frenchmen In Tuesday QFs

Posted by Staff on September 5th, 2016 @ 11:44 pm

After a poor outing against big underdog Paolo Lorenzi Saturday, Andy Murray kicked up a few levels Monday night at the US Open, hammering No. 22 seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in the fourth round.

“I played extremely well, tactically it was a good match,” Murray said. “I served very well when I was behind in the game. I made very few errors and made it tough for him.”

Dimitrov sprayed …

Pouille Powers Past Nadal In US Open Epic; Djokovic Romps, Murray, Del Potro Monday

Posted by Staff on September 5th, 2016 @ 1:06 am

Lucas Pouille pulled off the upset of the men’s draw thus far shocking 2-time champion Rafael Nadal 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(6) in the US Open. The win was Pouille’s third straight 5-set victory and it put him into the quarterfinals with fellow countryman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils, an Open Era record for French success in Slams.

“My first match on Ashe against Rafa: I couldn’t dream better than this,” …