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.”
American Serena Williams captured her second straight US Open title over Victoria Azarenka in a repeat of last year’s final.
Even though Djokovic won, the crowd was so impressed with Wawrinka’s effort and game, they gave him a well-deserved long-standing ovation after the match.
Rafael Nadal is in the US Open final after victory Saturday over Richard Gasquet.
Novak Djokovic won an instant classic over Stanislas Wawrinka. Djokovic advances to his fourth straight US Open Final.
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.
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.
Wow. I hate to say this, but Roger Federer looked old in Flushing on Monday night.
In the most compelling match-up of the tournament so far, top seed and defending champion Serena showed fellow American Stephens who’s boss.
Hewitt, a former No. 1 who won the tournament in 2001, is a win away from making his first Grand Slam quarterfinal since Wimbledon in 2009.
Stephens beat a hobbling Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in January.
Andy Murray’s next opponent will be No. 20 Andreas Seppi or Denis Istomin in the fourth round.