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Grand Slams 2008: A Look Back

What a year it was for grand slam tennis. With the last major of the year drawing to a close in New York, I think this is the perfect time to look back at the year that was. Let’s begin after the cut, shall we? Read the rest of this entry »

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Lucky Number 13

Roger Federer proved all his doubters wrong and won his 13th grand slam title over Andy Murray today. This is also his fifth consecutive U.S. Open title, a feat only matched by Big Bill Tilden in the 1920s. Roger looked like the Fed of old, winning handily, 6-2, 7-5, 6-2. One more major and R. Fed will be tied with Pete Sampras for the most grand slams and two more will most likely solidify him as the greatest player that ever lived. Man, it’s so good to have Roger back.

Congratulations, Roger!

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Order Restored

In a highly entertaining encounter, Serena Williams took out Jelena Jankovic, 6-4, 7-5, in the final of the U.S. Open. JJ had four set points in the second set, but Serena stepped it up. The win propels Serena back to the number one ranking, after a nearly six year absence. It feels like order has been restored to the top of the women’s game. Now that I think about it, as the last major of the year comes to a close, I realize that even in this year of questionable rankings and injuries, the four best women on the tour took home the four majors. As for Jelena, I really don’t know if she’ll ever find herself in the final of a major again, but if she does, she really needs to work on her trophy presentation etiquette. Interrupting Mary Carillo to ask how much her check was for wasn’t very classy.

Congrats, Serena!

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Woo! Coco!

Well, since I don’t like Andy Murray and I like Coco Vandeweghe, I’ll blog about her instead today. Coco won the U.S. Open juniors title, defeating Gabriela Paz Franco, 7-6 (3), 6-1 in the final earlier today. Coco did not drop a set en route to the title. I think this kid is going to be good on the pro scene. She hung tough against Jelena Jankovic in the first round of the women’s draw and has a monster serve. The women’s game is all about having a weapon these days and she’s got one. Her athletic ability is probably higher than most players on the tour already. And to top it all off, her name is just awesome. Coco Vandeweghe, please amount to something because I’m kind of running out of players to cheer for.

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In Case of Emergency

As many of you know, hurricane Hannah is about to pour down on us here on the east coast. So, going in to championship weekend the order of play for the U.S. Open is looking a little different. Here’s what’s up:

  • Tomorrow the men’s semifinals will start at 11:00 am, not at noon.
  • If no play can take place tomorrow, the men’s semis will be played 1:00 pm Sunday and the women’s final will be played 9:00 Sunday night. The men’s final will take place Monday at 4:00 pm.
  • If the semis are played on Sunday, the 1:00 match will be shown on ESPN2 because of NFL coverage on CBS. The second match will be shown on CBS after the football game.
  • If the men’s semifinals are completed, but the women’s match is rained out on Saturday, both finals will be played on Sunday, one at 4:00 pm and one at 9:00 pm.
  • Which match comes first depends on the time of completion of the men’s semifinals.

Rain, rain go away come again some other day because this sucks.

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Serena: The Voice of Millions

Serena on the upcoming all-Williams quarterfinal:

“It sucks.”

Just saying what everyone is thinking, I suppose.

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Bleck.

Why do Novak’s adidas kits have to look like a box of crayons threw up on him? This isn’t quite as bad as the orange kit, but it’s still pretty off putting. The guy is unlikeable on the court enough as it is, you would think adidas would help him out with something pleasant to look at.

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Quick Hits: U.S. Open Day 6

  • Qualifier Anna Lena Groenefeld reached the fourth round with a win over Alize Cornet.
  • Amelie Mauresmo beat Ivanovic’s conquerer, Julie Coin, 6-4, 6-4.
  • Dinara Safina was quite annoying in her three set victory over Timea Bacsinsky.
  • Serena and Venus looked very impressive in their one sided victories.
  • Rafa Nadal took down Victor Troicki in straights, including a third set bagel.
  • Kei Nishikori took out fourth seed, David Ferrer, 7-5 in the 5th.
  • Andy Murray came back from two sets down to beat Jurgen Melzer, 6-3 in the 5th.
  • Juan Martin del Potro kept his winning streak alive with a five set win over Gilles Simon.
  • Gael Monfils smashed David Nalbandian, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Dancing ensued (see above).

Matches to watch on Day 7:

[21] Caroline Wozniacki v. [2] Jelena Jankovic – I’m telling you, there’s something about Caroline.

[30] Marin Cilic v. [3] Novak Djokovic – There’s going to be some intense rallies in this match.

[28] Radek Stepanek v. [2] Roger Federer – Fed’s first real test should be interesting.

[5] Elena Dementieva v. Na Li – Both players are on hot streaks coming into this match.

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Sam-o-saurus!

I think Sam Querrey looks like a dinosaur. Just the way his left hand goes when he hits that whippy forehand resembles a T-Rex.  Samosaurus has had the U.S. Open of his life with a straight sets win over Ivo Karlovic earlier today. Next up for Samosaurus is Rafa Nadal, who beat Victor Troicki pretty handily in his third round match.

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Quick Hits: U.S. Open Day 4

  • Ana Ivanovic suffered a shock defeat to Julie Coin, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6.
  • Serena and Venus Williams destroyed their respective opponents.
  • Amelie Mauresmo dished out a third set bagel to overcome Kaia Kanepi.
  • Anna Lena Groenefeld hit a 128 mph serve in her win over Jessica Moore.
  • Nicole Vaidisova went out to wildcard Severine Bremond.
  • Juan Martin del Potro won his 21st consecutive match over Tomaz Bellucci.
  • Andy Murray overcame a stern test from Michael Llodra, winning 7-6 in the 4th.
  • Retirements sent Victor Troicki, Kei Nishikori and James Blake into the third round.

Matches to watch on Day 5:

Jie Zheng v. [2] Jelena Jankovic – An upset could be brewing.

[23] Lindsay Davenport v. [12] Marion Bartoli – Should be a hard-hitting poweful match-up.

[8] Andy Roddick v. Ernest Gulbis – Gulbis has the goods to take out Roddick under the lights.

[14] Victoria Azarenka v. [21] Caroline Wozniacki -Two rising stars, might as well get used to them now.

[15] Tommy Robredo v. Marat Safin – Marat is always one to watch.

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