When was the last time any major sports match or game lasted close to six hours, outside of professional men’s tennis?
This was the final act in Djokovic’s 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 victory over Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final — a sweat-drenched, sneaker-squeaking 5 hour, 53-minute endurance contest that ended at 1:37 a.m. Monday morning
Federer’s quarterfinal will be his 1,000th tour-level match. He plays 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, whom he once expected to rise to No. 1.
Let’s take a moment, sports fans, during this Thanksgiving week, and reflect on sports stories we can be thankful for in 2011.
It was a battle befitting of the two top players in the game Both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal brought their ‘all’ to the court and put on a four hour slugfest that could rank up there with the ‘Thrilla in Manila’ Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier slugfest in October 1975.
Novak Djokovic was on the wrong side of the court, and the celebration, a year ago after the last ball was struck in the U.S. Open final. But for “Nole,” 2011 has been much, much different.
Returning brilliantly, swatting winners from all angles, the No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic held on to beat defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1 on Monday night to earn his first U.S. Open title.
Novak Djokovic walked into Arthur Ashe Stadium for the U.S. Open final Monday wearing a cap adorned with the New York City fire department logo.
It’s Djokovic’s time. The momentum he has carried to put together such an impressive record this season, and the fact that he has beaten Nadal all five times they’ve played this year, gives the Serb the ‘mental’ edge.
When Novak Djokovic faced Rafael Nadal in the 2010 U.S. Open final, Rafa solidified his standing atop the tennis world by earning third Grand Slam title of the season. Oh, how their rivalry has changed in the short span of 12 months.
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.
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!
Oh, to be a kid again. To play tennis on an out-of-the-way court without a lot of people watching — on a court surrounded by trees and wind screens and a bit of shade, where the biggest distractions might be a baby crying or a guy trying to climb a fence.