Archive for September, 2009

Open Semis

For the second year in a row the weather has wreaked havoc on the final weekend. Maybe the USTA might want to think about the possibilities of joining the other slams in getting a retractable roof.  Nadal was extremely fortunate to get his match in before the rain came today. They resumed play at 7-6 6-6 and Rafa didn’t drop a game, winning the tiebreaker and dropping a bagel on Gonzo in the third.  Maybe the day and a half off did some good for Rafa’s ailing abdomen.  We are now down to the final four, and the men will play Sunday. 

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Open Results

Huge props to the young Croat Marin Cilic!  He really took it to Murray, who looked extremely flat and was only able to muster 9 games. Has to be one of the more disappointing losses for Andy in his career, especially coming off such a strong summer hardcourt season with such big expectations on his shoulders. 

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Melanie Oudin

An absolutely amazing run for Melanie Oudin!!! The 17 year old from Marietta Georgia – she’s scrappy and feisty and kind of reminds me of a cross between Amanda Coetzer and Justine Henin. Melanie set the Open ablaze for her second straight upset, first against Elena Dementieva and today against Shaza 7-5 in the third.

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U.S. Open Early Rds

Well the first round is in the books for the men. It always moves kind of slow in the first week here at the Open, but the top players all look in excellent form, and I’m expecting them to all move forward considering they are very well rested. Most of the top players only played Montreal and Cincy, which gives them very fresh legs and that plays a huge role in making a deep run.  

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