James Blake, a two time quarter finalist at Flushing Meadows has been hampered by injuries this year and has fallen down to number 107 in the rankings. He was previously given a wild card entry in 2005 when he was also ranked 107 in the world. Blake has been a Davis Cup stalwart for the US and can expect great support from the home crowd at the tournament.
Leander Paes reached his seventh Mixed Doubles Grand Slam final and third at Wimbledon. Playing with his Zimbabwean partner Cara Black, the duo defeated the 9th seed Czech pairing of Lukas Dlouhy and Iveta Benesova 6-3, 6-3 to reach their fifth Grand Slam final together. The ageless Indian continues to turn out magical performances hovering around the net with the energy of a spring chicken.
The match though started with Leander facing two break points in the very first game. He saved the first with a serve out wide, but was broken anyway when Black failed to control her volley on the next point. In the fourth game Paes and Black took on the Benesova serve to break back and level the set at 2-2. In the fifth game Leander was once again in trouble, this time down three break points, but he managed to fight back to hold serve. It turned out be a critical hold as it helped them turn the tide and break Dlouhy in the sixth game. The 37-year old Indian showed off amazing reflexes at the net to move with anticipation before putting away a crisp volley. Both Black and Paes held their serve to close out the set in the ninth game, this time Leander ensuring that he held serve without the drama that marked his earlier service games.
Wimbledon witnessed a gladiatorial battle, the world watched the longest match in tennis history and it is safe to say another of this kind will not be seen during our lifetime. It was a day filled with plenty of gravity, yet nothing could upstage the magic of history unfolding on Court 18. Not the Queen of England, nor the indefatigable Rafael Nadal. Not even the romance of Andy Murray on Centre Court with the Queen in the audience. The hottest seat in town was the last stool available on court 18 as the two tireless warriors returned to battle for the honour of being the last man standing, into a third session of tennis in a match that lasted an incredible 11 hours and 5 minutes. The moment came finally on the fifth match point, when John Isner found a backhand up the line that curled past a stranded Nicolas Mahut to end the match 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(9), 7-6(3), 70-68.
The titanic duel between two extra-ordinary warriors - Isner and Mahut - started taking shape at 1818hrs British Summer Time on 22nd June. Play was suspended at 2107hrs in fading light, when Isner won the fourth set tie-break to square the match at two sets each.
WTA trumps the ATP!!
The ATP for a few years now, thanks to the exploits of its twin leads - Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal, with useful acts from its supporting cast has clearly been in the ascendancy leaving the WTA tour in its wake. But for the first time in a long time, the women's draw finally pulled off an act to arguably surpass what was dished out on the men's side. The feel good story of Clijsters, Carol
20-year old Argentine Juan Martin del Potro defied the odds to beat Roger Federer in a thrilling five set battle to win hisÂ first ever Grand Slam title at theÂ US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York on Monday.Â With FedererÂ coming into thisÂ match asÂ the odds on favourite against the young pretender, few would have predicted the drama and excitement that would unfold in this four hour epic. Rallying from 2 sets to 1 down, andÂ backed by a capacity crowd, Del Potro displayed the heart of a champion as he edged the greatest tennis player of all time 3-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2.A look at the pre-match numbers suggested the possibility of a rout - 28-year old Federer, the world no.1,Â was playing in his 21st Grand Slam
Supermom Kim Clijsters capped a fairytale comeback to professional tennis on Sunday as she beat Danish teenager Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets 7-5, 6-3 to lift the 2009 US Open title. In a finale that one would expect to be scripted only in the movies, an unseeded Belgian mother returned to the place of her only triumphÂ and climbed to the zenith of the world's stage (with baby in tow) to settle some long pending rivalries and regain her undefended 2005 title. At the other end of the court, while her version of the story didn't exactly have the perfect ending, young Caroline came closer than she has ever been to attaining the tennis player's dream, and will surely have plenty of future opportunities to be a
World no.1 and five-time defending champion Roger Federer will take on Grand Slam final debutant Juan Martin del Potro in a final to savourÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â at the USÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â Open on Monday. While Federer was predictably made to work hard to overcome 4th seed Novak Djokovic, it was the no.6 seed Del Potro who provided the shock of the tournament, denying tennis fans all over the world a dream Federer - Nadal final.
1st Semi-final: Juan Martin del Potro vs. Rafael Nadal
Rafa Nadal is pretty used to winning 6 games. 6 games in a set that is. 6 games in a match! Surely that is not possible. Well, stand up and take a bow, Juan Martin Del Potro! Because that is exactly what you have done. 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. We'd have to go
- Paes - Dlouhy win US Open Men's Doubles title
- Clijsters ousts Serena to seal remarkable comeback; to play Wozniacki in the final
- US Open: Del Potro reaches semi-final, rain suspends Nadal-Gonzalez match
- Wildcards Carly & Parrott beat Paes-Black to win US Open Mixed Doubles title
- US Open: Federer to face Djokovic; Wozniacki through to first Slam semi
- US Open Day 10: Djokovic makes 3rd straight semi; Wickmayer through to her first
- US Open Day 9: Nadal, Serena record entertaining wins
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