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2012 US Open

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Liguori: Andy Murray Spells R-E-L-I-E-F With First Grand Slam Title

Andy Murray knew it wasn’t going to be easy to win his first major. But I’m not sure anyone could have expected so many hurdles all thrown into one epic match.

09/11/2012

Andy Murray (STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

Murray Outlasts Djokovic In Epic 5-Set US Open Final

His considerable lead, and a chance at history, slipping away, Andy Murray dug deep for stamina and mental strength, outlasting Novak Djokovic in a thrilling five-set U.S. Open final Monday.

09/10/2012

Serena Williams of the United States hugs the championship trophy after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus to win the women's singles final match of the 2012 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2012.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USTA)

Liguori: Like Fine Wine, Serena Gets Better With Age

US Open champ Serena Williams keeps getting better and better.

09/10/2012

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Djokovic, Murray Set To Battle For US Open Crown

Born only a week apart and brought up as tennis prodigies who later turned into stars, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have been crisscrossing the globe together. Their next run-in comes Monday, with nothing less than the US Open title at stake.

09/10/2012

Serena Williams of the United States lifts the championship trophy after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus to win the women's singles final match of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Serena Williams Wins Fourth US Open Title

Serena Williams captured her fourth US Open championship on Sunday.

09/09/2012

Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates against Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Andy Murray Into US Open Final

Andy Murray persevered through the wind and the rain to advance to his US Open Final since 2008.

09/08/2012

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Liguori: Previewing Men’s Semifinals And Women’s Final

Ann Liguori previews the men’s semifinals and women’s final.

09/08/2012

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates match point during her women's singles semifinal match against Maria Sharapova of Russia on Day 12 of the 2012 US Open. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Azarenka Fends Off Sharapova In Thrilling 3-Setter To Reach First US Open Final

Normally so good, so gritty, in the crucible of the third set, Maria Sharapova finally met her match against Victoria Azarenka.

09/07/2012

Andy Murray (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images), Tomas Berdych (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) and David Ferrer (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USTA)

Kallet: Will The Grand Slam Torch Finally Be Passed To A New Man At The US Open?

Yes, the ingredients are in place for the torch to finally be passed — at least for the moment — to a new men’s Grand Slam champion. And if it does play out that way, what will it feel like? It’s tough to say, as there has only been one blip on the Big Three’s radar since 2005.

09/07/2012

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic Uses Brute Force To Forge US Open Semifinal Showdown With Ferrer

Locked in a taut, thrill-a-minute second set, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro headed to a tiebreaker and promptly produced a 20-stroke masterpiece of a point befitting a pair of past U.S. Open champions.

09/07/2012

Andy Roddick (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) and Roger Federer (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USTA)

Liguori: Did Andy Roddick’s Decision To Retire Stir Roger Federer?

Physically, Roger Federer looks great. Mentally? It would be fascinating to get into his head to see how Andy Roddick’s retirement affected him.

09/06/2012

Roger Federer

Top Seed Federer Suffers Earliest US Open Exit Since 2003

Maybe Roger Federer had too much time off between U.S. Open matches. This much is certain: He won’t be playing again at this year’s tournament after losing to Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals.

09/06/2012

Andy Murray

Murray Wakes Up, Steamrolls Into US Open Semifinals

In front of a sparse crowd at Louis Armstrong Stadium, Andy Murray didn’t quite feel as though he was playing in a Grand Slam quarterfinal. And Murray wasn’t exactly playing like an Olympic gold medalist.

09/05/2012

Andy Roddick of the United States waves to the crowd after losing to Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina after their men's singles fourth-round match on Day 10 of the 2012 US Open. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Andy Roddick’s Illustrious Career Ends With Fourth-Round Defeat At US Open

When his final match ended with a forehand error at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the American star buried his face in a towel, tears in his eyes as del Potro saluted him.

09/05/2012

Maria Sharapova of Russia returns a shot against Marion Bartoli of France during their women's singles quarterfinal match on Day 10 of the 2012 US Open. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USTA)

Liguori: Maria Sharapova Is Mentally Tougher Than Any Woman In Tennis

Mentally, I don’t think that there is any player in the women’s game that is tougher than Maria Sharapova. The 25-year-old showed yet again what she is made of, rallying back from a set down to beat a much-improved Marion Bartoli.

09/05/2012

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