Fish Hooked, Wozniacki Grinds Out Win Monday at US Open
by Staff | September 5th, 2011, 11:48 pm

Andy Roddick, John Isner and Donald Young remain on the American menu for Tuesday, but the U.S. effort took a hit on Monday when Mardy Fish was upset by Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Monday.
In the late-afternoon match that went quite late, Tsonga came from 1-2 sets down to defeat Fish 6-4, 6-7(5), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

“Today it was very difficult because of Mardy, of course, because of the wind and the conditions,” Tsonga said. “I did a great job today. I was mentally strong and I’m just happy to win because a few years ago it was tough for me to play in these conditions. I feel good physically, and that makes you feel good in your head because you know if you are two-sets-to-one down that you can win in five sets. To beat Mardy here is special because it’s the first time I’ve reached the quarterfinals. It’s as good as beating [Roger] Federer or [Rafael] Nadal because he’s at home and he wants to do great and play his best tennis here.”

Fish said he will sleep with…well, the Fish family, knowing he put in a career-best effort after a career-best U.S. summer season.

“I can sleep pretty well nowadays knowing that I’m doing everything I can,” Fish said. “A lot of matches have gone my way this summer and a few haven’t, and this is one of them. It’s disappointing, no doubt about it. He’s a great player; it’s not a bad loss, but I was in a good position to win that match too. It just came down to the conditions, the wind, and who could deal with that early on.”

The first-ever all-Serbian quarterfinal was set up when world No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated the Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6(14), 6-4, 6-2, and No. 20 seed Janko Tipsarevic stopped the run of former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-5, 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-2.

“It’s strange feeling,” Djokovic said on facing his countryman. “You know, we are professionals. Certainly we both want to win the match when we play against each other. So you kind of forget about, you know, friendship. You put that aside. We never played Grand Slam, though. We never played best of five against each other, so it’s going to be a first-time experience for both of us. I think it’s his first quarterfinals ever in Grand Slam. He’s playing the best tennis of his life. He’s very confident. But there is certainly this mentally strange feeling when you’re playing somebody that is one of your best friends in the private life, as well. So you got to handle that, as well.”

In the late night match that didn’t begin until around midnight, No. 3 seed Roger Federer took on Argentine Juan Monaco.

“It’s part of tennis, I’m ready to go,” said Federer prior to taking the court.

Fourth-round play on the men’s side Tuesday includes breakout American Donald Young vs. (4) Andy Murray, (2) Rafael Nadal vs. Gilles Muller, (2) Andy Roddick vs. (5) David Ferrer, and (28) John Isner vs. (12) Gilles Simon.
Tournament favorite and No. 28 seed Serena Williams faced another former No. 1 at the US Open on Labor Day Monday, but labored little in dispatching of No. 16 seed Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 6-4.

“It was crazy,” Williams said of the windy conditions. “I didn’t even go for winners at any point. I just tried to get it over because it was so windy. It was like, ‘Wow.’ It was definitely tough…I thought she played really well. I think we could have both played a little bit better ’cause of the conditions. But I think we were just both trying to do our best.”
Serena will next face No. 17-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who upset No. 7 seed Francesca Schiavone 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.

“I tried to be excessive aggressive,” said Pavlyuchenkova. “I tried not to let her play her game, because she’s very smart and she makes me run a lot. She puts a lot of spin, so as soon as I slowed down my rhythm, my power, she’s just there and she controlled the point.”

In the night women’s match, world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki weathered a three-set challenge from former US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, prevailing 6-7(6), 7-5, 6-1.

“I thought I can do this, I can still fight back,” Wozniacki said after the match. “I went for my shots more and made fewer unforced errors…I am in good shape and can play five hours if I have to.”

In the quarters she will face German No. 10 seed Andrea Petkovic, who despite entering the US Open with an injured and taped thigh, just keeps on winning, on Monday beating unseeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-4.

Quarterfinal play on the women’s side Tuesday comprises unseeded German Angelique Kerber vs. (26) Flavia Pennetta, and (9) Samantha Stosur vs. (2) Vera Zvonareva.

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28 Comments for Fish Hooked, Wozniacki Grinds Out Win Monday at US Open

andrea Says:

holy mackeral roger….talk about not giving a guy a chance. brad gilbert smiling like a cheshire cat asking him about the ‘beatdown’….tsonga won’t be so easy, but always such a treat to watch you play so amazing!

Adam Says:

Roger is without a doubt in the best form of anyone in the tournament right now. He was my pick to win from the start of the tournament and I am really liking his chances now. Amazing performance against Monaco. Idk how he managed to hit through the court so well in such heavy conditions.

Huh Says:

He was untouchable today!!! n dont bring d weak oponent xcuse coz today was one of those days when whatever he did, he did quite perfectly well! dis match would go down in my
memory as one of his A+ performances! He was unbelievabl today!!!

Nims Says:

@Adam, I think Roger got the easiest opponent of all the top players, hence the result shows. I don’t believe it’s a sign of anything to come in the next matches. Tsonga should be the favourite in their QF.

Nims Says:

Huh..I agree. His ball striking was as good as his ball striking in 2007 WTF. This match somewhat reminds me of his beatdown of Ferrer and Nadal in the 07 WTF.

Humble Rafa Says:

Tsonga always gets hurt after a big match.

Roger comes up flat after a good match.

Matchup will be interesting. One thing is for sure. With Tsonga, never count him out.

simba Says:

I watched about a set of Fed’s match and about 4 sets Tsongas-Fish match. The quality of play is day-and-night difference. It will hard for Roger to cope with JWT’s power; the dude was serving 130’s bomb all day and his forehand is HUGE and DEEP. If anything, I see Roger on the defensive after JWT unleashing his first big FH leaving the balls short for JWT to finish it.

Brando Says:

People should ignore this result- it will have no bearing on the tsonga match. Tsonga could be tired after playing a 5 set match, and more importantly he could mentally switch off after such a big effort against fish. That could benefit federer. What will also help is I think roger would now be extremely wary and aware of tsonga’s game so I think – and hope- roger shall be fully prepared for this. I think it shall be federer in 4. He should have won at wimby, Montreal was a best of 3, and USO conditions are his best conditions at a slam now, so I think he’ll take this 1.

Swiss Maestro Says:

+1 for what brando said.

fed should pull this out in 4. forget about serving 130 bombs, federer served 4 aces in a row for the 3rd time this year. (has any active player even done it once in his entire career?) if Federer serves that way, he will knock out mr. ali.

if tsonga wins, i hope he goes all the way and wins a slam. it is high time one of the immensely talented french convert their talent to results.

margot Says:

Hmm, bit of a sanitised version of Fish v Tsonga match. Can’t for the life of me think why…….

Skeezerweezer Says:

Looking forward to the matches of Murray and Isner matches today. Bring it!

Brando Says:

Roddick v ferrer should be good also. I’m not too sure who the favourite in that 1 shall be, maybe roddick will win that 1?

Skeezerweezer Says:


Yeah this will be the match for Roddick to prove he still can play. He is playing a top world ranked player now..can he bring some heat to the table?…he’d better!

jane Says:

Roger 30 straight slam QFs, right? Nole has 10, woot! ;)

Skeezerweezer Says:

A double woot!

Brando Says:

@ skeezerweezer: I hope roddick does well too. It’s been a very successful slam for team USA in my opinion. If they have say roddick, isner in the quarter finals- which is possible- then it’s been an excellent slam I feel.

margot Says:

It’s raining hard isn’t it? Anyone in NY who can put their head out of the window and tell us when the rain stops:) Rumours in UK rain forcast forever…:(

jane Says:

Too bad about the rain delay. : / I hope they get through some matches today, otherwise it is really going to back up. Rain is forecast for tomorrow also.

Kimmi Says:

Rain rain rain. I have one more day off today so the tennis better be good.

Goooo Muzza!

van orten Says:

awesome match on wednesday night session!!!! tsonga vs fed!!!

i predict its gonna be a thriller or a demonstration of federers brilliance…could be both…tsonga has a shot of course won the last 2 times..but fed had set point to take the first in montreal…fed will have his chances ..he ends up taking them he ll go ahead to the semis where clearly djoker will be waiting…

i am excited as hell to watch that match ..the best quarterfinal match on paper u can already say-.-.-

both can win hope fed prevails of course

skeezerweezer Says:

They are predicting to get some tennis in today….but don’t know how much :/

Brando Says:

@ van orten: I think federer shall be well up for the tsonga match, and if he can win I think it can act as a launchpad for him to get the title. This maybe naive thinking on my part, but my gut feeling is that the tsonga match shall be tougher for roger than say if he were to meet novak. Tsonga seems to worry federer moreso than anyone else recently, and if he can win then it shall be major boost for his confidence.

Kimmi Says:

They CANCEL for the day?? that is pretty early to do that. The rain must be the whole day then…

Bummer!! So what is going to happen with tomorrow schedule?

jane Says:

That’s what I am wondering Kimmi. Rain still forecast for tomorrow too. Looking like another Monday final??

Brando Says:

That is bad news for nadal/ murray’s title hopes. Hope it is a Monday final.

Kimmi Says:

good thing federer was able to finish his match last night. that would have messed out things..especially his next opponent was already through.

I thought they would play only 4th round men tomorrow, the schedules shows both 4th round and qtr. hmmm! That means back to back matches for rafa and however else who wins tomorrow.

back to back for the semi and finals too. bummer!!

funches Says:

Of course Federer CAN win the tournament. So can Nadal, and maybe even Murray.

But Djokovic is the overwhelming favorite. People are too stupid, too biased or too naive if they think anything else. What part of the greatest eight-month stretch in tennis history did you miss?

Skeezerweezer Says:


I didn’t miss any of the fabulous run of Novak. It truly has been awesome. However, the only big match he lost this year was against the Maestro. If Fed plays anywhere close to the way he played last night when/if he meets Novak, i’d call it 50% chance on both sides to win, in otherwords a tough call either way. That said, you are right Novak is my predicted winner also overall.

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