Maria Sharapova’s stomach ache turned out to be nothing more than that. That lopsided loss she suffered at the Olympics — well, that may have only been a false alarm, as well.
Seeking that elusive first Grand Slam title, Murray began his US Open campaign Monday with a straight-set victory over Alex Bogomolov Jr.
In an Olympic year, the US Open — considered the toughest test in tennis even under normal circumstances — is essentially the season’s fifth major. That makes for quite a grueling season for the players.
The wise, old Roger Federer is the man to beat ahead of the 2012 US Open.
Federer beat Murray in July for his record-tying seventh championship at Wimbledon; Murray beat Federer this month on the same Centre Court grass for the gold medal.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion was ranked No. 1 in the ATP rankings released on Monday. Defending champ Novak Djokovic is seeded second and Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray is seeded third.
Murray and Co. now will turn to the hard-court circuit leading up to the U.S. Open. But the Olympic experience had a captivating effect on many of the players.
Roger Federer won his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title Sunday, beating Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 under a closed roof on Centre Court.
Rafael Nadal completed a semifinals victory over Andy Murray to set up a U.S. Open Final rematch between himself and Novak Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in a stunning comeback in the U.S. Open semifinals.
Whipping passing shots from all angles and returning superbly, No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal beat No. 21 Andy Roddick 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 on Friday to reach the semifinals at Flushing Meadows for the fourth consecutive year.
What’s it like returning a 140 mile per hour serve? Ask Andy Murray, the 4th seed from Scotland who was able to get through the torpedo-serving John Isner 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, (7 points to 2 in that fourth set tie-breaker).
The No. 4-seeded Murray neutralized No. 28 Isner’s big serve and used a variety of lobs, drop shots and pinpoint passing shots to win 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2) at the U.S. Open on Friday, reaching his fourth major semifinal this season.
It’s been a few tough days for both US Open tournament officials and the players. Bad weather was behind two controversies which shed light on an issue that is gaining momentum: tennis professionals need a voice at the majors!
It was “Game on!” for the U.S. Open on Thursday. Unfortunately for American Donald Young, his breakthrough run at Flushing Meadows ended in straight sets against Andy Murray.
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