Born only a week apart and brought up as tennis prodigies who later turned into stars, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have been crisscrossing the globe together. Their next run-in comes Monday, with nothing less than the US Open title at stake.
Novak Djokovic defeated David Ferrer to reach the US Open Final where he’ll face Andy Murray.
Andy Murray persevered through the wind and the rain to advance to his US Open Final since 2008.
Ann Liguori previews the men’s semifinals and women’s final.
Yes, the ingredients are in place for the torch to finally be passed — at least for the moment — to a new men’s Grand Slam champion. And if it does play out that way, what will it feel like? It’s tough to say, as there has only been one blip on the Big Three’s radar since 2005.
Physically, Roger Federer looks great. Mentally? It would be fascinating to get into his head to see how Andy Roddick’s retirement affected him.
Maybe Roger Federer had too much time off between U.S. Open matches. This much is certain: He won’t be playing again at this year’s tournament after losing to Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals.
In front of a sparse crowd at Louis Armstrong Stadium, Andy Murray didn’t quite feel as though he was playing in a Grand Slam quarterfinal. And Murray wasn’t exactly playing like an Olympic gold medalist.
The four-time Grand Slam champion lost to 18-year-old Laura Robson of Britain in the second round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday, and will head into retirement after she finishes playing in doubles at Flushing Meadows.
If Roger Federer is going to reach a seventh consecutive U.S. Open title match, he might need to get past the man who ended his Grand Slam semifinal streak.
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