The 27-year-old Spaniard, out last year with a knee injury, came back with a vengeance, winning his eighth French Open title in June and his second US Open title, taking home $3.6 million in prize money Monday night in Flushing.
Looking fit as can be, and tough as — maybe even better than — ever, No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal pulled away from No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 on Monday in a taut, tense U.S. Open final.
The stakes are always high, the encounters always memorable. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have built the best rivalry in tennis on a mountain of big-time matches, the likes of which they’ll play Monday in the US Open final.
Dealing with adversity in intense matches is where Serena Williams has shown the biggest improvement. As her sister Venus said, “the only player that can beat Serena is Serena herself.”
American Serena Williams captured her second straight US Open title over Victoria Azarenka in a repeat of last year’s final.
Even though Djokovic won, the crowd was so impressed with Wawrinka’s effort and game, they gave him a well-deserved long-standing ovation after the match.
Rafael Nadal is in the US Open final after victory Saturday over Richard Gasquet.
Novak Djokovic won an instant classic over Stanislas Wawrinka. Djokovic advances to his fourth straight US Open Final.
Six times, Serena Williams was a single point from winning on Friday. Six times, she failed to come through. All that did, of course, was delay the inevitable.
Yes, that’s right: Williams already owns 16 Grand Slam titles, is ranked No. 1, is three weeks from her 32nd birthday — and yet she still wants to get better.
The earliest real signs of trouble for Andy Murray came in the 10th game of his U.S. Open quarterfinal. For 22 points stretched over 15 excruciating minutes Thursday, Murray’s body language was as poor as his play.
Wawrinka dazzled with 45 winners to Murray’s 15. He outplayed Murray from start to finish, rendering Murray defenseless as Murray was unable to come up with any break points in the entire match.
Bob and Mike Bryan lost 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek in the US Open semifinals Thursday, ending a 28-match winning streak in the Grand Slams and stopping their run two wins short of the Slam.
There’s video evidence out there that Rafael Nadal did, indeed, lose a tennis match to Richard Gasquet. OK, so it was half a lifetime ago, and it was at a tournament in Tarbes, France, for kids 14 and under.
Flavia Pennetta made her first Grand Slam semifinal, defeating 10th-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday in an all-Italian quarterfinal at the US Open.