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.”
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.
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.
Andy Murray is well aware things probably will get a tad tougher the rest of the way at the US Open, starting with No. 9 Stanlisas Wawrinka in the quarterfinals.
No. 2 Victoria Azarenka rallied from a set down for the second straight match, beating Ana Ivanovic to return to the US Open quarterfinals.
Can Federer even be considered part of the “Big Four” anymore? Will he shut me up and win another slam? I certainly hope so, but I’m not counting on it.
Wow. I hate to say this, but Roger Federer looked old in Flushing on Monday night.
Sloane Stephens reached the fourth round at the US Open for the first time, and a matchup against defending champion Serena Williams could be next.
The fifth-seeded Li avenged her third-round upset loss to the young Brit at last year’s US Open, winning in straight sets Friday at the same stage at Flushing Meadows.
Serena Williams will be back on court Friday, facing Yaroslava Shvedova in the nightcap at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Former champs Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also have matches, while two other US Open winners, Juan Martin del Potro and Lleyton Hewitt, play each other.
Duval hopped up and down with arms overhead after pulling off her big surprise at Flushing Meadows, a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory over the 11th-seeded Stosur.
The US Open got off to a frustrating start Monday as beefed-up security had some waiting up to two hours just to enter the grounds earlier Monday.