Yesterday evening, The Observer trekked out to Flushing to see the US Open, a long an daunting journey but well worth it to see our favorite player, Rafa Nadal, show off his moves at center court.
Arriving at the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, every possible variety of tennis lover was passing Read More
As athletes and fans descend upon the city in the waning days of summer, billboards conspicuously transform from beach inspired to tennis themes. The US Open is upon us, and the tournament has begun to consume New York as it does each year.
The king of them all, Rafael Nadal, made an appearance yesterday in New York. The Spaniard, who is working on a responsible drinking campaign with Bacardi, appeared at a Q&A session yesterday afternoon in Midtown, appropriately held at Bar Basque.
After two long weeks of hype, it is over: Rafael Nadal has won the U.S. Open. In his ninth career Grand Slam victory, and his first victory here in New York, Rafa defeated Novak Djokovic 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in a match that started at 4:21, and ended just after 10 p.m. There was Read More
The men’s final is currently in a rain delay here in Queens with the rain expected to conclude sometime in the next 30 minutes.
But in a stunning move, CBS has decided to abandon its coverage of the Men’s Final in order to maintain its primetime lineup, and the rest of the match will air Read More
It’s pretty impossible to downplay the significance of Novak’s extra day of rest. This is someone who gets tired! This is likely someone who made it this far because he benefited from a light workload and cool temperatures in rounds two through five. And while he roved the hallways of Arthur Ashe stadium yesterday, Read More
The only exciting moment of the Rafael Nadal and Mikhail Youzhny semifinal this afternoon was the moment it ended. Nadal, for the first time in his career, is in the U.S. Open Men’s Final. Nope, no 4th round hiccup against David Ferrer. No, no semifinal loss to Andy Murray. No “broken abdominal” that leads to Read More
Rafael Nadal is thisclose to the Men’s Final after making quick work of Fernando Verdasco in straight sets in the quarterfinals tonight.
Going into the match, Nadal had not lost a service game. Well, Verdasco broke Nadal very early in the first set, and that was literally the only break point he would see for Read More
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The evidence mounts each day that Rafa is loving New York in a way that he hasn’t before.
For starters, he’s playing better than he ever has here. He’s beginning to look like a favorite. He finished at 1:16 a.m. last night and didn’t complain about late night Open tennis like he has Read More
Feliciano Lopez was never in this match. He looked sluggish, uncomfortable and ill at ease as Rafael Nadal spanked him in the fourth round last night. The match ended at 1:16 am last night, which means it–just!–missed being one of the Top 10 all-time late nights at the Open. Had the match lasted nine more Read More
The men of Spain are to men’s tennis what the ladies of Russia are for the women’s game.
Spaniards Rafael Nadal, Fernando Verdasco, David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo and Feliciano Lopez are in the final group of 12 for the men’s side, and what gets them this far? Let’s ask Mardy Fish!
“They’re in shape,” he Read More