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September 12th, 2008

US Open 2008 In Retrospect

Rafa may have an issue with New York. To Nadal’s credit he plays every point with utmost effort and toughness. New York draws out reserves of toughness from more fragile players. Therefore, relative to his competition, Rafa’s intensity advantage declines at Flushing Meadows.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 9:33 am in US Open | 54 Comments »

September 7th, 2008

Serena Wins, Men’s Final Monday at US Open

“I wasn’t even going for No. 1 and it is an added bonus,” Serena said.

Posted by Richard Vach @ 11:51 pm in Tennis, US Open | 53 Comments »

September 5th, 2008

Serena Williams v Jelena Jankovic in US Open Final

“I think I was behaving like a really spoilt girl today,” Safina told reporters.

Posted by Richard Vach @ 8:39 pm in Tennis, US Open | 35 Comments »

September 4th, 2008

Djokovic Booed Into US Open Semifinals; Women’s Semis Saturday

After the match in an on-court interview, Djokovic lambasted Roddick for joking that the Serb was suffering from 16 injuries, drawing boos from the US Open crowd.

Posted by Richard Vach @ 11:26 pm in Tennis, US Open | 158 Comments »

September 4th, 2008

Serena, Nadal, Murray Winners at US Open

Dinara Safina, the No. 7-ranked player in the world who can leap all the way to No. 1 with a US Open win, was the other quarterfinal winner Wednesday, topping Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-3. The 22-year-old Russian, who earlier in the week was literally crying to her coach on a practice court regarding her exhaustion following a long summer and the Beijing Olympics, has gathered herself in time for the semifinal and a date with Serena Williams.

Posted by Richard Vach @ 10:07 am in Tennis, US Open | 8 Comments »

September 2nd, 2008

Djokovic, Federer Win Marathons Tuesday; Williams Sisters Today at US Open

Andy Roddick is suddenly looking all the wiser with the combination of skipping the Beijing Olympics and bring Patrick McEnroe on as a temporary coach. Gonzalez looked like he had the Beijing flu on Tuesday night, with barely enough energy to put up a fight.

Posted by Richard Vach @ 11:27 pm in Tennis, US Open | 90 Comments »

September 1st, 2008

Weepy Safina, Nadal Move On at US Open

“After the warm-up I just started to cry,” Safina said. “I said, ‘I cannot push anymore myself.’ He said, ‘We know that you’re not a machine. Just go out there and don’t thinking.’ He told me again, ‘Just please don’t show me any emotions, like these negative emotions. If you want, don’t show even positive. Just go on the court and do whatever you can this day.’…I could not stop from crying, yeah. So I guess he knows how to handle my emotions.”

Posted by Richard Vach @ 11:22 pm in Tennis | 34 Comments »

September 1st, 2008

Federer Back to Form; Jankovic Avoids Upset at US Open

US Open 2008 Third Round (2) Roger Federer d. (28) Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 (3) Novak Djokovic d. (30) Marin Cilic 6-7(7), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6(0) (5) Nikolay Davydenko d. (26) Dmitry Tursunov 6-2, 7-6(3), 6-3 (8) Andy Roddick d. (31) Andreas Seppi 6-2, 7-5, 7-6(4) (11) Fernando Gonzalez d. Jarkko Nieminen 7-5, 6-4, 6-7(3), [...]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 12:54 am in Tennis, US Open | 10 Comments »

August 31st, 2008

Fish, Querrey, Nishikori Oust Seeds at US Open

Third-round Play (1) Rafael Nadal d. Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-3, 6-0 Kei Nishikori d. (4) David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 7-5 (6) Andy Murray d. Jurgen Melzer 6-7(5), 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, 6-3 (32) Gael Monfils d. (7) David Nalbandian 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 Mardy Fish d. (9) James Blake 6-3, 6-3, 7-6(4) (10) Stanislas [...]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 12:27 am in Tennis, US Open | 55 Comments »

August 30th, 2008

Davenport Done, Roddick Comes Back at US Open

“No, I was so pissed off that I didn’t think about anything,” Davenport said.

Posted by Richard Vach @ 1:53 am in Tennis, US Open | 55 Comments »

August 29th, 2008

Coin-Operated Exit for World No. 1 Ivanovic at US Open

“It was a tough match,” Murray said. “[Llodra] moves really good up at the net, doesn’t give you a lot of rhythm. There’s very few guys that play that well up at the net.”

Posted by Richard Vach @ 1:39 am in Tennis, US Open | 90 Comments »

August 27th, 2008

Roddick Soars, Jankovic Dragging at US Open

“I felt good, that’s the best I’ve played in four or five months,” Roddick said. “Something about this place always gets me energized and the fans are great and I’m just happy to be healthy.”

Posted by Richard Vach @ 11:26 pm in Tennis, US Open | 51 Comments »

August 27th, 2008

Safin Miffed; Ivanovic, Federer Into 2nd Round at US Open

“I think it was a good match to start off with,” Federer said. “Never saw my opponent before. Never saw him play obviously because I never saw him. That was the tricky part. I thought the other guy played good for the pressure he was under.”

Posted by Richard Vach @ 12:32 am in Tennis, US Open | 41 Comments »

August 26th, 2008

Nadal, Blake Escape at US Open; American Women Bomb

The “B”-level Americans also headed for the exits, with losses by Ahsha Rolle, Shenay Perry, Vania King, Alexa Glatch, and Asia Muhammad.

Posted by Staff @ 1:54 am in Tennis | 56 Comments »

August 25th, 2008

Thoughts on Tennis as the Olympic Games End and the US Open Begins

Elite tennis players have used a variety of stroke mechanics and tactics to succeed. Therefore, different physiques have been seen frequenting the winner’s circle in tennis. Boris Becker, Gustavo Kuerten, Jimmy Connors and Andre Agassi did not have similar body types, but each won a lot of big matches.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 3:36 pm in Olympics, US Open | 17 Comments »