Rafael Nadal hasn’t dropped a set through three rounds of the Open and he’s looking more and more confident out there. He defeated Gilles Simon today 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.
“Are you feeling better about this place?” said Bud Collins to open up Rafa’s press conference this afternoon.
Rafa noted that he had been to two Read More
Yup, it’s official. There is way more talk here about a potential Roger-Rafa men’s final than there has been at any other point in the four years that I’ve covered this event, and it’s building by the day. Keep in mind, we won’t even know who’s in the Men’s Final Read More
Who needs to play at 7?
Rafael Nadal finished his match off tonight at a little after 11:30 tonight and he seemed to be loving it. In a spirited, high energy match, Rafael Nadal defeated Denis Istomin 6-2, 7-6, 7-5. With Labor Day Weekend beginning officially tonight, the Ashe crowd stayed late into Read More
It was our first late night at Ashe (we expect a lot of these!, and it’s finally come to an end. Rafael Nadal won in a grueling three set match tonight over Teimuraz Gabashvili, and Caroline Wozniacki made quick work of the American Chelsey Gullickson. The match ended right before 1 a.m.
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Rafael Nadal plays his first match in New York later tonight, but don’t expect him to tell you how much he wants to win in New York. Rafa continued to try to lower expectations by downplaying how much a New York win would mean to him.
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In the four years that I’ve covered the Open, I’ve always been surprised at how little buzz there is over a potential Federer-Nadal final. This is supposed to be the great rivalry of our time! The Ali-Frazier! The Magic-Bird! New York has been the only Grand Slam home without a final between the two.
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With the world’s tennis greats ready to step onto the courts at Flushing, Weezy won’t let a stint in Rikers stop him from moonlighting for Sports Illustrated on the U.S. Open. Lil’ Wayne is no stranger to sports journalism, having maintained a blog for ESPN the Magazine. But given his Read More
Hulking 6’6″ frame, world-weary expression, and facial scruff notwithstanding, Juan Martin del Potro is just 20 years old. And after a fine season in which he got to the quarters at the Australian Open and the semis at the French, he has reached a new milestone, the first Grand Slam final of his still very Read More
Juan Martin del Potro is just one set away from his first trip to a Grand Slam final, playing both hard and smart tennis to outplay Rafael Nadal and go up 6-2, 6-2. Nadal had five break points in the first two sets, but couldn’t convert on any of them. Del Potro, by comparison, broke Read More
Rafael Nadal couldn’t have handled a bad situation any better. His quarterfinal match was suspended due to rain on Thursday with Nadal up 3-2 in the second set tiebreaker. He came out today with rain still threatening and a desire to finish the match quickly. And he did. Gonzalez won only 12 points today as Read More