Brian Baker’s comeback is one of the more intriguing stories at the US Open this year. He is playing in his first US Open since 2005, and what joy he showed after beating Jan Hajek in straight sets on Court 11.
The first two days of the US Open featured mostly quick, one-sided matches. It was more of the same early on Wednesday.
Over the first two days of the US Open, the world’s largest tennis stadium turned into the world’s biggest bore.
That Andy Roddick’s last match as a twentysomething would not be his last match at the 2012 US Open was hardly in doubt Tuesday, especially whenever he was launching that intimidating, tough-to-handle serve of his.
Radwanska beat Nina Bratchikova of Russia 6-1, 6-1 on Tuesday to start play at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 91st-ranked Bratchikova had 28 unforced errors to only six for Radwanska.
James Blake, no matter how far he gets in Flushing Meadows, always brings his heart and soul to the court — and New Yorkers eat that up.
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.
“The US Open, for me, was always, I don’t want to say easy, but very natural and I’ve always looked forward to it in a big way,” Roger Federer said on Monday.
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.
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.
This will be the second Major tournament missed this year by Zvonareva. She pulled out of the French Open because of a right shoulder injury.
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.
The U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows will be played this summer without one of tennis’ biggest stars.
The U.S. Tennis Association announced its eight men’s wild cards on Tuesday. Hewitt is a two-time major champion — winning the 2001 U.S. Open — but at age 31 the Australian has fallen to 134th in the world.
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.
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