Venus Falls, Del Potro Survives At US Open; Federer, Nadal Thursday
by Staff | August 29th, 2013, 1:17 am

Venus Williams fought hard but it was not enough in the end as the 2-time US Open champion was ushered out in the second round of her home event by Jie Zheng in a 3-set thriller 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(5).

“I definitely wish that I was playing the third round, but it’s not to be for me this year,” Venus said. “She just went for every shot. Unfortunately, I just didn’t play consistently enough today.

“I tried. Really, she played well.”

Zheng served for the match in the third but was unable to deliver the knockout blow until an edgy final set breaker, handing the 33-year-old Venus her third straight second round loss at the US Open and some question if she’ll ever grace the New York courts again.

“Maybe this fall I’m going to enter consecutive tournaments, so even if I do have a bad match I can hopefully play sooner so I can just get some rhythm. But I think there’s a lot of positives for me out of this tournament. I continue to serve better and recover my back injury with each tournament.”

On a day of rain delays and interruptions, the Venus match went 3 hours, 2 minutes – the longest of the women’s event. But that match was outdone by Juan Martin del Potro who needed 4 hours, 13 minutes – the longest match on the men’s side – to turn away a pesky Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in four sets 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6.

Because of the rain, the match was started at 1pm but didn’t finish until nearly 9:30pm local time as the two battled toe-to-toe on the famed Arthur Ashe court.

The Argentine will now face another former US Open champ, his idol Lleyton Hewitt, in the next round.

“I just finished after four hours and a half,” said Del Potro. “Then I will have Lleyton Hewitt. It’s maybe the tougher opponent without seeding. It’s going to be really difficult for me.”

Behind because of rain, the tournament needed quick matches but the men weren’t cooperating. With eight women’s second round matches cancelled, there were several long affairs.

Marcel Granollers and Somdev Devvarman both went five sets as did Alex Bogomolov who won it in a final set tiebreaker.

Elsewhere, Fabio Fognini packed it in winning just five games against American Rajeev Ram. Winston-Salem champ Jurgen Melzer had nothing left in a straight set loss to Evgeny Donskoy and Andy Murray returned to the court on which he won his first career Major with an easy 6-2. 6-4, 6-3 victory over French lefty Michael Llodra.

“I mean, it was a good match,” Murray said. “The rallies were, you know, quick, sharp. Wasn’t much time between points. He was playing quickly on his serves in between points. It was a fairly, I thought, high standard match. Lots of reactions and dropshots, and definitely tested my movement today. I thought I moved well. I didn’t make too many errors. It was a solid match.”

The Scot, though, wasn’t pleased with a 10pm start to the match.

“I don’t know how many guys have played their first match at 9:00 on a Wednesday,” questioned Murray. “I don’t know how often that’s happened, so I wouldn’t know what the stats or the odds on that are.”

In late matches, Sloane Stephens crushed Urszula Radwanska 6-1, 6-1. She’ll move onto to a showdown Friday against her countrywoman Jamie Hampton.

And in what turned out to be the final match of his career, James Blake was a hard-luck loser falling to Ivo Karlovic 6-7, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, 7-6(2).

“Every bit of hard work it took to play in front of you all was worth it,” Blake said on court. “I am lucky enough to be able to still think of this as a happy moment.”

On a very busy Thursday, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal return to action on Arthur Ashe. John Isner battles Gael Monfils and also on court are David Ferrer, Milos Raonic and Sam Querrey.

The women are set to finish their second round. Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and former No. 1s Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki are scheduled. American 17-year-old Victoria Duval will also return.

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 am Start Time

Flavia Pennetta (ITA) vs. Sara Errani (ITA)[4]
Not Before: 1.00pm
Serena Williams (USA)[1] vs. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)
Roger Federer (SUI)[7] vs. Carlos Berlocq (ARG)
Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00 pm Start Time
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[6] vs. Chanelle Scheepers (RSA)
Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 am Start Time
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) vs. Angelique Kerber (GER)[8]
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) vs. David Ferrer (ESP)[4]
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) vs. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[2]
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs. Serena Williams (USA)
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) Venus Williams (USA)
Not Before: 5.30pm
John Isner (USA)[13] vs. Gael Monfils (FRA)

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54 Comments for Venus Falls, Del Potro Survives At US Open; Federer, Nadal Thursday

the biggest fan Says:

good luck rafa

Giles Says:

Vamos Rafa!!

Dan Martin Says: I have my day 4 men’s predictions up – interesting event so far with a fair number of surprises

Nadalista Says:

Last match on Ashe, hmmmmm….

Hope the weather holds up and Rafa completes his match today.


jamie Says:

Nadal will win the US Open

Perfect fan Says:

Big serve Isner vs Electrifying Monfils….what a match on platter today….GULP :P.

Anyone dare betting on this..??

nadalista Says:

Fair to say Dmitry Tursunov is not a fan of #usopen?

RT @TursunovTales: “The WORST organization award goes 2 @usopen 3 players waiting 4 cars that transport cant seem 2 find. Cars either late or dont show up @ all”

RT @TursunovTales: “@usopen Condescending or totally indifferent treatment & 60% of the time being late over the last 5 years. Is this EVER going to end?!?!”

the DA Says:

^ I’m sure Tursunov is not alone.

Monfils vs Isner could be fun but only because Monfils is involved. Don’t enjoy Isner matches as a rule. I’m looking forward to Tomic vs Evans.

I expect Fed and Rafa will go through comfortably although I’ll probably have a little peek at those matches. Don’t recall seeing Dutra Silva play before.

hawkeye Says:

Allez LaMonf!!!!

(Zzzzzzzzzzz Izzzy)

nadalista Says:

I doubt there’s a lot of people out there who are fans of Izzy’s game but there’s a LOT of fans who do not want him in their fav’s side of the draw, me included………..

rafaeli Says:

Izzy is an obstacle in Rafa’s path,hopefully Rafa can continue his unbeaten record against him if they meet. Rafa would have taken notes from their last meeting.

Izzy is the best of the giants. He moves pretty well for his size and does have a game unlike Raonic.

rafaeli Says:

Venus needs to stop sceetching and not hit every ball as hard as she can She beats herself by making far too many UEs, because all her shots are accompanied by an almighty yell. She is even worse than Shriekapova and Yellarenka.

Perfect fan Says:

Ok guys, jus’ 4 fun say…in the Qtrs:
Djoker loses to Delpo
Andy loses to Berdych
Gasquet loses to Ferrer &
Tomic loses to Isner (fed & rafa lose in 4th)

Who’s ur pick to lift the trophy? ;)

the biggest fan Says:

Jamie I thought you said murray is going to win the us open?‏ ‏

jamie Says:


That was an old prediction before I found out some new stuff.

Murray is NOT winning.

Drago Says:

Has it ever occurred to you that Nadal can lose to Isner, or he can lose to Federer. Nadal is not unbeatable. He’s just playing the big points better, and it all it takes for the other guy to win is for one player to lose a big point.

Allez Roger.

the DA Says:

“before I found out some new stuff.”

Like what, the draw? hehe

Margot Says:

@ the Da
Just off to look at some tea leaves…;)

the biggest fan Says:

DA Jamie said nadal is going to win befor the draw

Pitchaboy Says:

Fed looked good

James Says:

Fed’s service game was pretty solid in 1st set. Not so much is 2nd. BH is ok and FH’s clicking well. He’s playing good. And he’s moving well too

Van Orten Says:

In am still amazed how quick the Courts are. Fed played some fast balls…honestly this Court favours the Big hitters..the Question is will they get the Job done? Delpo berdych isner etc…

James Says:

Meanwhile, Evans is 2-1 up vs Tomic and also 4-2 up in 4th set. The boy’s making GBR proud. Tomic going Down Under.

James Says:

Dan Evans gets the job done in 4 vs B Tomic. GBR has a new tennis star.

Margot Says:

How about Danny then? Terrific win.
Will have to buy a new wallet now, has probably earned more in 3 days than the whole of his career to date.
Come on! :)

courbon Says:

Tomic is such a disappointment. I watched him against Novak two years ago at Wimbledon and I thought: This boy is going to be big!I’m not sure any more…
@ Da: Very funny your post at 4:20
@ Margot: Don’t bother with leaves.Chucking chicken bones gives much better results…
By the way, Murray looked quite steady.I would not worry about schedule Murray got-He is on the mission, like Novak in 2011-whatever crap schedule Novak use to get, he brushed away and won tournament. ( Fed ALWAYS plays first!But If I was tournament director, I would probably do the same ). Murray is like that now.He’ll get to the final.

courbon Says:

@ Van Orten: You are right.Still, if Nadal plays like he does at the moment, also Novak and Murray get in the grove-whatever ball you hit-they can give it back!
I mean, Delpo was just killing the ball at Wimbledon and Novak got them back…
Who ever will serve good ( with lots of aces ) will have half job done in the match.Isner springs to my mind.
What you think who will lift the trophy in 10 days?

Van Orten Says:

Mind says Someone other than Top 4 and Heart says fed

courbon Says:

@ Van Orten: Mind says Nadal or Murray, heart would want Novak to win…
( Federer has a chance-no pressure, fast surface.I’v put him on 5th place after Nadal,Murray, Novak and Delpo.But who knows? ( actually Jamie apparently knows!)

the DA Says:

So Ivan Dodig awaits the winner of the Nadal match tonight. Could be fun. Rafa has a HC score to settle.

James Says:

RT –
Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg
Irony: Dan Evans said that he tried to practice with Tomic in Miami but Bernard’s dad rejected him because he “wasn’t good enough.” #usopen


LOL! Like it.

queen Says:


Nadalista Says:

Good BH practice this for Rafa……..

Nadalista Says:

I bet Davydenko lost to Dodig on purpose. He wants that H2H against Rafa to stand………….

Thomas Says:

TOmics an arrogant fool.

Perfect fan Says:

God! It must be painful for rafa see great davy lose ;-)

Jus imagine the pain, if davy retires by end of this season without playing rafa..6-5


queen Says:

Davydenko who?

the biggest fan Says:

well done rafa step two completed vamos

Rick Says:

So what? Fed won easily, he did that at Wimbledon, too! Then he had his arse kicked! Even Isner has better chance to win the US!

James Says:

Nadal won 12 straight games after 6-2, 0-1! Ridiculous! Fed and Nadal both impressed in their respective matches today. Hope they both reach the quarter finals for their first US Open showdown.

Rick Says:

Its boring for Rafa and Roger! Much more interesting for Rafa and Nole to,play each other!

Rick Says:

When Fed plays others, they will be able to push him!

Dabur Says:

Roger’s going to show why he is considered the Greatest of All Time when if he meets Nadal. Mark my words. And John Isner , if he plays Rafa, is going to play blazing tennis. Rafa is prone to an upset and even if it doesn’t happen, Roger’s going to play the tennis of his life, and win.

Humble Rafa Says:

Humble serving of breadsticks and on hard courts.

Margot Says:

Just read a brilliant interview with Evo (Dan Evans).
In it he said a few of months ago Tomic’s dad told him he wasn’t good enough to practise with his son!
Makes this win even more satisfying :)
Next opponent is Robredo though, a step too far?

Margot Says:

On same page but u got there first!
Nice though :)

Steve 27 Says:

dabur, not gonna happen. but you have the right to dream, after all, is free.

courbon Says:

@Steve 27: Its a good article-I like the insights in to Novaks earlier years. Pretty much everything written I agree with-just well written and balanced article

hawkeye Says:

Perfect fan Says:
God! It must be painful for rafa see great davy lose ;-)

Jus imagine the pain, if davy retires by end of this season without playing rafa..6-5

6-5 or 21-10? Hmmm, choices, choices…

As a tennis player once said, “It’s KILLING Me!!!!”


Perfect fan Says:

@ Hawkeye at 8:13:

Thanx for responding..but u will be sad to learn that I m not a ‘drive-myself-crazy’ fan of fed like u are of rafa.

I infact like and admire all of the big 4 guys… and even all those players who always give their 100% & are fighters like say delpo, ferrer, hewitt, tsonga, haas, kei, etc. I also like some players with unique personas like monfils, dolgopolov.

But I am a huge fan of this sport and am always amazed by the ever rising quality of play these days. But be honest, if u corner me to a wall and put a knife to my neck to still pick a fav….
i would say that I admire roger the most..and then rafa a close second.

But then looking into that situation of ‘davy losing early’, I just couldn’t control myself from sharing a laugh by taking a small dig on the rafa fans.

But tell u what….davy was too good a player in his hay days and at least this is one stat for which he is still remembered and perhaps will be remembered for a long time, if he seriously retires now :-)

All said, I have nothing against rafa or his fans..both fed and rafa are timeless legends and have contributed immensely to the popularity of this sport…thats why we are here wasting our precious time..just to know and share about them..good or bad….its just for the immense love we have for them..isn’t it?

Anyways but thanx….and love u bro’ :-)

nadalista Says:

“But then looking into that situation of ‘davy losing early’, I just couldn’t control myself from sharing a laugh by taking a small dig on the rafa fans.”

Careful, there are “anti-dig” police prowling tennis-x blog, they take a dim view of posters taking digs at……..oh, never mind.

Btw, blame my caustic sense of humour for that Davydenko line and protecting his H2H against Rafa. Not to be taken seriously………


Giles Says:

Maybe Donut Dave tanked against Dodig to “preserve” his “precious” h2h stat with Rafa?

Perfect fan Says:

In that case, imagine rosol losing matches on purpose before he could bump on rafa..

and finally hanging up his racquet at age 24, thereby breaking 2 records:
1. Retiring at 24 earlier than borg at 25.
2. Highest win % over rafa ever by any player – 100%.

And finally, he will retire a legend.. ;-)


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