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2019 US Open Update: Finals (Men’s Singles)

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2019 US Open Update:

  • There was no stopping the brute force of Nadal, though his Russian opponent gave him a major league, five-set fight. Midway through the third set, with Nadal up a break and looking to consolidate his advantage, he missed a set up, put away volley, which opened the door for a comeback. Most amazingly, Daniil obliged and had Rafa on his heels for the next two and a half sets, with strong serving, sharp ground strokes and some great net play. But in the end, as is usually the case, expecting a mere mortal to withstand five sets of body punches from the spirited Spaniard was just not realistic. It’s over, and congratulations to the holder of 19 majors … now just one behind Roger.
  • The power of sports — working to transform a rather gruff Russian into a beloved crowd favorite in the blink of a Hawkeye.

2019 US Open Update: Finals (Women’s Singles)

2019 US Open Update:

  • It looked like Serena definitely left her monster first serve in the dressing room today. She gets broken a whopping 6 times, and commits nearly twice as many unforced errors as her opponent. Another major issue was her sloppy footwork, and sluggish movement, which led to countless off-target, off balance shots. Until she seemed to wake up down 5-1 in the second, it was as if she lacked the will to stay in the longer points, in which she was unable to put the ball away and found herself actually on the defensive. The bottom line is Andreescu showed up today ready for a knock down, drag out brawl, while Williams just showed up … and the player who was visibly, and happily, showing her competitive zeal ended up prevailing.

2019 US Open Update: Day 11, Semifinals (Women’s Singles)

2019 US Open Update:
  • Serena a breaks a little bit of a sweat to open the match, then proceeds to break her opponent’s serve, and her opponent’s resolve, with absolute impunity.
  • Andreescu overcomes Bencic by the slimmest of margins, and now a very talented teen is all that stands between the younger Williams sister and her 24th major.

2019 US Open Update: Day 9, Quarterfinals

2019 US Open Update:

— Baby Fed’s all grows’ed up with an electrifying comeback win over adult Fed. Yes, Dimitrov was ranked in the high 70s, but anyone who has followed his career knows he had this kind of win within the fabric of his new look bandanna. During the 4th and 5th sets, Grigor was the one who still had the bounce in this step, the one with the more picturesque shots, the one who had the hungry, eager look in his eyes. By contrast, as the match turned against him, Roger looked weary, at times awkward and, unbelievably, uncoordinated, and long in the tooth. This is what age does to a tennis player in his late 30’s … ask anyone. Give him much credit for finishing what he started/seeing this one through even when he was clearly out of it and depleted. The question remains, however, when is enough, enough. The longer he goes without a Major, the more he risks leaving the stage with our view colored by his failures, not his triumphs. This is indeed why the great ones like to retire on top, or near the apex.
— Serena mows down Miss Wang … no offense … without as much as a second thought, knowing she has green pastures to pursue in the finals … if she can in fact get there.
— Stan can’t stand the thought of staying on the road to redemption, and makes a wrong turn toward perdition with a curiously weak effort against the somewhat slovenly, and always saucy, swinging serf Medvedev.
— Steady Svitolina has no problem repelling the unwanted advances to the net of Johanna “I kont stand the pressure” Konta.” From the start of this match, there was little question that the Ukrainian knew she would prevail playing the role of human backboard, while her opponent seemed to have palms too sweaty to even grip the racket. In terms of prime time theatre, this was shades of Novotna in the 1993 Wimbledon Final.

2019 US Open Update: Day 8, Round 4 (Men’s Singles)

US Open Update: Day 8, Round 4 (Men’s Singles)

— You’re only as good as your second serve, and that meant big problems for big favorite Zverev; tennis’ new bulldog, Schwartman, makes short work of the long, lanky German, who folded like a house cards on numerous, pathetic second offerings. Where this problem came from … who knows, but he needs to toughen up if he’s to have any real prospects of busting into the upper echelon.
— Matteo drubs Rublev by keeping his flustered opponent off balance, with a most impressive mixture of spins and changing of speeds. This guy is in super shape, and has major court presence (along with an excellent forehand). And great choice of garb (gotta love the Steeler colors).
— Monfils pounds Pablo Andujar, who mistakenly thought he had the door ajar to the quarters.
— At the time of this writing, Cilic was dead palindrome bouncing a tennis ball in his 4th set against Nadal. Who can blame him? Only a select few can must the energy and firepower to take even one set off this guy on hard courts … and that’s exactly what Marin was able to manufacture tonight … just that.

2019 US Open Update: Day 8, Round 4 (Women’s Singles)

US Open Update: Day 8, Round 4 (Women’s Singles)
— Bencic bears down impressively on Osaka, coercing the top seed into a continuous stream of errors. You could see it written all over Naomi’s face, as well as with the sluggish, negative body language — she simply didn’t have the will … or apparently the wheels … to stay with her eager and aggressive Swiss opponent. The knee should heal, but is that needs to improve here?
— Goerges was in cruise control mode, until she was undone by some very nervous serving late in the 2nd; she could never really recover, and resilient Donna Vekic was there to clean up in the ensuing wreckage.
— Elise unceremoniously releases American Ahn 1 and 1 on her own recognizance.
— Canada’s Andreescu keeps her cool against heroine Townsend, relying on her superior groundies, as well plenty of naked aggression.

2019 US Open Update: Day 7, Round 4 (Women’s Singles)

 

2019 US Open Update:

  • Maddening Keys takes her attention deficit disorder act to new heights tonight will a bad loss to an opponent who really pushed her to new lows of inconsistency.  And if Monfils achieves his goals tomorrow, could we be treated to lover titleists at a tennis major for the first time since Jimmy and Chrissie in ’74.
  • Everybody. Have fun tonight. Everybody Qiang Wang tonight.
  • To the chagrin of Pliskova, Konta just con’t be stopped.
  • It’s gonna take a heap more than a little turned ankle to turn Serena away from this year’s title. No such presents today for Petra.

2019 US Open Update: Day 7, Round 4 (Men’s Singles)

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2019 US Open Update:

— No more Novak, who can’t shoulder the burden of a bare knuckles brawl with Switzerland’s barrel-chested Bavarian. Sebby has his first serve and power groundies working tonight, and that was certainly a beautiful sight to behold. Look for him to use this upset as fuel for thrashing Daniil “The Heel” in the next round!
— In a match that was largely overlooked, an all grow’sed up Baby Fed moved like a dream in navigating the mine field that is little Alex De Minaur. Grigor looks primed to put up a huge fight for the right to land in this year’s semis. Much credit to his team for getting him into superb shape.
— Tennis’ original, salty Soviet scarecrow, Medvedev, used his superior firepower to subdue qualifier Koepfer, but not without the underdog from Tulane, by way of Germany, keeping this uncomfortably tight for his crankiness from the former Communist Block. Daniil will definitely to clean things up if he hopes to survive Wawrinka in the quarters. And one thing’s for sure, a raucous crowd will be all over him like flies at a late Summer picnic.
— A masterful Fed puts Goffin to sleep in his coffin; who can fault him for trying, but the Belgians belly flops in the mid-to-late rounds of Majors is really becoming tiresome.

2019 US Open Update: Day 6, Round 3 (Women’s Singles)

2019 US Open Update:

  • Osaka reminds the world why she is No. 1, and wins a bunch more fans in the process.  She dismantled Gauff with merciless precision, but showed immense class after it was over, helping to reassure her youthful opponent to take solace in an amazing journey through this year’s tournament.  Coco has a bright future, for sure, but there is much work to be done … with the serve, the forehand … and of course natural improvements that will come with age and experience.
  • Townsend had the net covered plush with her superb net rush … end to end.
  • Very gutsy win for American Ahn, who perseveres through injury to oust Ostapenko.
  • Mertens has all the answers against Andrea.
  • A decidedly defensive Dane gets overpowered by Bianca’s blast blowing in from Canada.
  • Vekic was clearly in no mood to put up with Putintseva.
  • Kiki goes down in flames, so there no prospect for a Mertens vs. Bertens semifinal.
  • Anett bows out before she even breaks a sweat.

2019 US Open Update: Day 6, Round 3 (Men’s Singles)

2019 US Open Update:

  • Nick’s swagger and schtick couldn’t save him tonight, as he finds it’s rough going rubbing tennis elbows with Russia’s Rublev.
  • Chung had no staying power, or for that matter power off the ground, in his short-lived fracas with ritual killer Rafa.
  • Isner leaves way too many break points on base, and lets a sub-par Cilic slip through his fingers.  The oversized American is fated to hit that 3rd round/4th round/quarter wall here on an annual basis until he figures out how to consistently (and effectively) return serve and execute from the baseline.  And please, get a fashion coordinator (horizontal and vertical stripes should not live on the same tennis outfit).
  • Short Schwartzman makes short work of a not-so-sanguine Sandren.
  • Shapovalov is told to ship out due to Gael force winds.  Nice job by Monfils hanging in for a very hard earned 5 set triumph.
  • Now that he’s stopped Popyrin, Matteo hopes to pop his cherry by advancing to his first Major quarterfinal.

2019 US Open Update: Day 5, Round 2 (Women’s Singles)

2019 US Open Update:

  • In a confrontation of Americans, it’s Komrade Keys over Komrade Kenin.
  • It was raining Ukrainians at Armstrong, as elina elimintes Dayona.
  • Another major accomplishment for Qiang Wang, who manages to find her way past feisty Fiano Ferro.
  • Wearing her pastel purple people eater outfit, Serena crunches, and munches on, some tasty morsels served up by Muchova.
  • Barty leaves Sakkari standed on safari in the Big Apple.
  • Schaiu is tennis-shoed away by Johanna.
  • Pliskova finally lands the decisive third set jab against Jabeur.
  • Martic looked marvelous in devastating Sevastova.

2019 US Open Update: Day 5, Round 3 (Men’s Singles)

2019 US Open Update:

  • A really chippy Novak barks at some impertinent fans, including one guy with the nerve to show up in a bathrobe, and then Mr. Chips proceeds to very efficiently clobber Mr. Cuddly … while reminding the world he’s eternally grateful for the edgy energy.
  • This year in NYC it’s a different story for Nishikori, who had the misfortune of getting get down to size by De Minaur, the lithe, but lethal, Aussie buzz saw.
  • Good day for Daniil, who acts like a real heel, while denying fan favorite Feliciano the Fourth Round.
  • Bad day for Daniel, who wishes he had never gotten out of bed to face Fed.
  • A very fresh Dimitrov vaults over the Pole Majchrzak.
  • Stan wins in straights, standing up for his vow not to pal around with Paolo.
  • Koepfer keeps his head in knocking off Nikoloz.
  • Narrowest of narrow wins for the nimble Goffin.

2019 US Open Update: Day 4, Round 2 (Women’s Singles)

2019 US Open Update:

  • Babe in the woods Gouff goes off on old pro Babos.
  • Wozny wakes up to squelch old yeller Dan-yell.
  • Ostapenko makes it to the weekend by managing Riske.
  • Bencic presses on.
  • Tough Taylor Townsend imposes hard court hardship on the Queen of the Queen of Grass for 2019.
  • Putintseva sentences Sabulenka to some hard labor just before Labor Day.
  • Konta can’t miss again a quite exasperated Gasparyan.
  • Osaka drops the big one on Lilliputian Linette.
  • Many are astonished to learn that Petkovic is the big dog in the room against No. 6 Petra.
  • Karolina Czechs Mariam into boards.

2019 US Open Update: Day 4, Round 2 (Men’s Singles)

2019 US Open Update:

  • He did wobble, but in the end if was home sweet home in the 3rd round for tennis’ favorite palindrome; herky jerky Cilic finds enough big 1st serves to sidestep Stebe.
  • Dusan was the seed, but it’s Denis who grows in confidence.
  • Goffin corners Gregoire.
  • De Minaur gores the Chilean Christian.
  • Evans makes sure the tourney is Pouille-free.
  • Is Zverev’s 5-setter over underdog Tiafoe much to crow about?
  • Paire’s worse for wear after being beaten by Bedene.
  • Carreno Busta continues to relish the role of bracket buster.
  • Heavy favorite Daniil barely emerges as victor against Frenchman Hugo.
  • Feliciano looked particularly ferocious in stringing together a 3-set run against Nishioka.
  • Isner breaks the will of Struff by saving his best stuff for the breakers.
  • No surprises as Sandgren, Schwartzy, Kyrgios, Monfils and Nadal answer the call and move on.
  • Verdasco gets stung by Chung.

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