March 15, 2012
BNP Paribas Open TODAY'S FEATURED MATCHES Stadium Court 1 Starting at 11 a.m. (Seedings in parentheses) Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond vs. Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova Not before 1 p.m. Juan Martin Del Potro (9) vs. Roger Federer (3) Not before 3 p.m. David Nalbandian vs. Rafael Nadal (2) Not before 6 p.m. Victoria Azarenka (1) vs. Angelique Kerber (18) Not before 8 p.m. Ana Ivanovic (15)
September 3, 2011 |
(seedings in parentheses; all times Pacific) ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM Beginning at 8 a.m.: David Nalbandian vs. Rafael Nadal (2); Andy Roddick (21) vs. Julien Benneteau; Maria Kirilenko (25) vs. Samantha Stosur (9). Beginning at 4 p.m.: Feliciano Lopez (25) vs. Andy Murray (4); Sabine Lisicki (22) vs. Vera Zvonareva (2). LOUIS ARMSTRONG STADIUM Beginning at 8 a.m.: Peng Shuai (13) vs. Flavia Pennetta (26); Juan Martin del Potro (18) vs. Gilles Simon (12)
August 28, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Rain briefly stopped Wednesday afternoon at the U.S. Open, allowing former champion and sixth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro to jump ahead 2-1, 30-15, with a service break over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain at Arthur Ashe Stadium. But the rain returned, and matches were suspended once again. Elsewhere, Venus Williams and Zheng Jie are 15-15 at Louis Armstrong Stadium. Niclas Mahut, who is most noted for playing American John Isner in the longest tennis match in history -- one that extended through three days at Wimbledon -- has announced his retirement after this U.S. Open.
June 5, 2009 |
TODAY'S MEN'S SEMIFINALS (world rankings in parentheses) Roger Federer (2), Switzerland vs. Juan Martin Del Potro (5), Argentina As he plays this onrushing, 20-year-old ball-mauler, Federer knows that if he trips up in these last two matches, the lost opportunity might lurk in his cranium for the duration of his existence, occasionally disrupting sleep, popping up now and then to inject anguish and ruin otherwise good days. There's no pressure or anything. Fernando Gonzalez (12), Chile vs.
November 5, 2013 |
When a long-time opponent says you're slowing down, it is either time to get re-energized or realize a brilliant tennis career is on the downswing. At the ATP World Finals in London this week, Novak Djokovic took note that Federer's ranking has dropped to No. 6 in the world, that the 32-year-old failed to reach the quarterfinal of any major this year, the first time that has happened since 2004; and that Federer lost in the second round of Wimbledon, a tournament he used to own. “From my point of view he hasn't been moving as well this year and I guess that's one of the reasons he hasn't had much success," Djokovoic said.
September 12, 2009 |
There's a great story waiting to happen at the U.S. Open. It would be bigger than Melanie Oudin, bigger than a trimmed-down, fired-up, invincible-looking Serena Williams winning again. Bigger than anything John McEnroe might say. OK, maybe not that big. On Friday, out of the depressing, drenching mist that hovered over the U.S. Open and washed out play, came the thought that, from adversity comes opportunity. And that opportunity is Rafael Nadal's. Presented with his circumstances, others would be sulking and scoffing.
March 11, 2013 |
Time. It's a topic that doesn't much affect Roger Federer. The owner of 17 major titles and the defending champion of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells never wastes time. He certainly didn't on Monday, taking only 61 minutes to defeat Ivan Dodig of Croatia, 6-3, 6-1, in the third round at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Federer doesn't fiddle with his clothing or walk in dizzying circles after a tense point. Whether he hits a swift winning shot after a short rally or mishits a losing shot after running and running during a long point, Federer just moves ahead.
September 1, 2008 |
NEW YORK -- Not to sound like too much of a caveman, but at the halfway mark of the U.S. Open a grand theme has emerged: Men good, women . . . bad? Well, to put it more nicely, replace "bad" with "sputtering." From the women, top to bottom, there have been few truly stirring performances. Gone is the No. 1-seeded player, Ana Ivanovic, and the No. 3, Svetlana Kuznetsova. The player seeded second, Jelena Jankovic, has clunked her way through three matches, nearly falling prey to an upset herself.
September 4, 2010 |
The first indication that it isn't always rain that creates havoc with tennis tournaments came when 18-year-old Beatrice Capra had to chase down her lime green visor, which had been blown off her head in Arthur Ashe Stadium. With gusts hitting 22 mph at the U.S. Open on Saturday, a ball might occasionally do a little shimmy, a little shake in the air, as if it were auditioning for "Dancing With the Stars. " A flying visor was the least of Capra's problems. Maria Sharapova, the 2006 U.S. Open champion who is seeded No. 14 this year, beat Capra, 6-0, 6-0. Better tennis is predicted in the fourth round because Sharapova will get a shot at top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, the 2009 runner-up who was similarly untested in her 6-1, 6-0 win over Yung-Jan Chan of Taiwan.
March 11, 2012 |
Two of the top contenders for the men's singles title at the BNP Paribas Open advanced with ease in early play Sunday, on another day when this Indian Wells Tournament sold all the tickets it is allowed to by local parking authorities. That would be 32,000. The winners were Juan Martin del Potro, seeded ninth, and Rafael Nadal, seeded second. Del Potro, the Argentine who stunned Roger Federerin the 2009 U.S. Open final and then faded from the scene for a bit with injuries and slipped all the way to No. 90, beat Marinko Matosevic of Australia, 7-5, 6-2. Nadal, 10-time Grand Slam champion and two-time winner here, ousted Leonardo Mayer of Argentina, 6-1, 6-3. Were the seedings to hold to form, Del Potro would meet No. 3 Federer in the quarterfinals and that winner would face Nadal in a semifinal.