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September 4, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK — Victoria Azarenka put a sunny spin on a gloomy, rainy, sodden day at the U.S. Open. Azarenka, the top-seeded woman in the tournament and the top-ranked player in the world, brazenly pulled off a dangerous drop shot at a key moment in a final-set tiebreaker and sent off popular defending champion Samantha Stosur, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (5), Tuesday. Rain interrupted Azarenka's quarterfinal victory and it also interrupted most of the rest of the day's sessions. Fourth-seeded David Ferrer sneaked in a fourth-round victory, 7-5, 7-6 (2)
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September 3, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Ninth-seeded John Isner, who was called for a foot-fault during his serve and later angrily smashed a racket, was an upset loser to 19th-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, in a fourth-round match at the U.S. Open that began Sunday night and ended at 2:26 a.m. Monday in New York. As the second week of the biggest tennis tournament in the U.S. gets started, there is only 20th-seeded Andy Roddick and 23rd-seeded Mardy Fish left in the men's singles draw from the United States.
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September 2, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Andy Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion who announced last week that he will retire after his last match at this U.S. Open, will work at least one more day. As the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd roared for the 20th-seeded Roddick, who had turned 30 the day he announced his impending retirement, he served a winner on his first match point. And while the crowd was applauding Roddick, Roddick was applauding back. He beat 25-year-old Italian Fabio Fognini, 7-5, 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4. After Fognini's final service return was weakly sent into the net, Roddick threw his arms up. And Fognini, who had grumbled and mumbled during much of the match, gave Roddick a big hug at the end. Next for Roddick in the fourth round will be 2009 U.S. Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro.
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September 2, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Maria Sharapova was dominating Nadia Petrova. Then she wasn't. Then it rained at the U.S. Open. And, boy, did that make a difference. Sharapova, seeded third at the U.S. Open and a one-time champion here, overcame a third-set deficit and held on to beat 19th-seeded Nadia Petrova. A 75-minute weather break in the third set, when she was behind already, 2-0, seemed to reinvigorate Sharapova. Petrova blasted a 116 mile-per-hour ace as her first point after the rain delay, but Sharapova withstood that big shot from the 30-year-old Russian veteran and earned a decisive win in the seventh game of the final set by pounding her service returns harder and harder.
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September 1, 2012 | Diane Pucin
Andy Roddick said no to retirement Friday night at the U.S. Open. He said no when he whipped 13 aces past 19-year-old Australian Bernard Tomic. He said no with his willingness to chase down lobs, to rush the net, to manage his emotions and play quick-strike tennis. Roddick, who turned 30 Thursday on the day he announced this tournament would be his last, extended his career by beating Tomic, 6-3, 6-4, 6-0, in the second round. Up next for Roddick, who won his only Grand Slam tournament title here in 2003, is 59th-ranked Fabio Fognini of Italy, which seems to give Roddick a path into the second week of the Open.
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August 31, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Defending men's champion Novak Djokovic needed only 1 hour and 39 minutes to move into the third round of the U.S. Open with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 win over Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil while third-seeded Maria Sharapova also breezed through her third-round match, a win over Stanford senior Mallory Burdette, 6-1, 6-1, on Friday. Djokovic, who had played on a windy night in his first match, said he was pleased with how he handled the transition to a hot midday match. "Different conditions today," Djokovic said.
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August 31, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Tennis player and Lacoste fragrance model Andy Roddick has announced he will retire after the U.S. Open. Roddick made the decision to hang up his tennis shoes after winning the first round in New York. Roddick won the U.S. Open back in 2003 and reached the finals in 2006. [LA Times] Fans of the game will miss Roddick's killer serves while those sartorially inclined will have to do without his Lacoste outfits. The French sports apparel brand has been a longtime sponsor of Roddick and he's frequently seen wearing their duds on and off the court.
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August 30, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK — It's all about goodbyes at the U.S. Open this year. A day after three-time Open winner Kim Clijsters lost and confirmed she would play no more singles tennis, Andy Roddick, who won his only Grand Slam-level tournament here in 2003, announced that his career would be finished as soon as he is done at the Open. Roddick, who turned 30 on Thursday, is scheduled to play Australian teenager Bernard Tomic on Friday night on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Roddick, who is seeded 20th at the Open, hasn't been beyond the quarterfinals of a major tournament since 2009.
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August 28, 2012
Beginning 8 a.m. PDT Seedings in parentheses Arthur Ashe Stadium Agnieszka Radwanska (2) vs. Nina Bratchikova; Andy Roddick (20) vs. Rhyne Williams; Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs. Venus Williams Grandstand (second match on) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5) vs. Karol Beck Louis Armstrong Stadium Tomas Berdych (6) vs. David Goffin; Sam Querrey (27) vs. Yen-Hsun Lu Beginning at 4 p.m. PT Arthur Ashe Stadium Novak Djokovic (2) vs. Paolo Lorenzi; Serena Williams (4)
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