NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts against Rafael Nadal of Spain during the Men's Final on Day Fifteen of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

U.S. Open 2011 News: An Epic Final As Djokovic Defeats Nadal In 4 Sets

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2011 U.S. Open Tennis: A 4-Hour Battle Ends The Action At Flushing Meadows

I have a confession to make. I rarely if ever watch tennis.

But today I did, and today I became -- if not a tennis fan -- an admirer of the battle that I witnessed this afternoon and evening between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic prevailed in four sets to beat the defending champion, but there was so much more to this contest that went over four hours.

There was Djokovic prone beside the court getting his back worked on, and Nadal looking gimpy in the last set, but both men giving it their all, giving it a match that was worthy of a U.S. Open.

The bare facts are that Djokovic wins 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1, and there is sure to be better coverage elsewhere, from "experts" who have actually watched as much tennis as I have watched football and baseball.

I guess the tribute that I can give to what I witnessed today is this: I will be watching tennis a whole lot more in the future.

Because today I saw just how compelling this sport can be.


2011 U.S. Tennis Open: William Falls In Women's Final; Djokovic, Nadal Men's Final Set

Rain did not just set the U.S. Open back some, it also set my reporting of it back, as I was unfortunately unavailable for a few days due to flooding in my hometown in Pennsylvania.

But while I was away, tennis did indeed continue, and in a shocker in the women's final, Serena Williams lost to Sam Stosur of Australia in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3 to give Stosur her first major championship.

The full story of the Williams-Stosur match can be found here, via Yahoo! Sports.

On the men's side, Rafael Nadal faces off against Novak Djokovic in the Monday final in Flushing Meadows, New York.

It should be a classic men's final, pitting the number one Djokovic and the number two Nadal, after the oddity of the 27-seed Williams facing the ninth-seeded Stosur.

Williams may be in a bit of trouble after having words for chair umpire Eva Asderaki.

Among some of the bon mots thrown Asderaki's way:

— “You’re out of control.”

— “You’re a hater, and you’re just unattractive inside.”

— “Really, don’t even look at me.”


Stosur became the first Aussie woman to win a major since 1980 after coming into the match with Williams only 2-9 in tournament finals.

Please read the article linked to for a full exposition of Williams'...verbal barrage.

And check back here tomorrow for coverage of the men's final.

Meanwhile, the official U.S. Open site has a full list of all results, including doubles action. Here is a link to all categories.


Nadal, Roddick and Serena Williams All Advance At The U.S. Open

Finally, some tennis was able to be played on Thursday at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York, and Serena Williams took advantage to advance to the semi-finals with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.

Serena will now take on the winner of the Caroline Wozniacki-Andrea Petkovic match.

Other winners on Thursday thus far have been Rafael Nadal (who defeated Gilles Muller in three sets), Andy Murray (who knocked out upstart Donald Young in straight sets), and Andy Roddick (who pushed aside David Ferrer in four sets).

Go here for a closer look at the Nadal, Murray and Roddick matches.

Here is a look at matches still in progress, which updates as updates become available.

At present Wozniacki is up on Petkovic, while women's doubles and mixed doubles matches are in progress.


If Joakim Noah Turned To Tennis, He Would Fit Right In

The U.S. Open tennis championship was washed out for the second day in a row on Wednesday, and now we are talking about this tournament going to...well, who knows how long this might go to be completed.

The full story from Reuters is available here.

Needless to say, players are becoming a little cranky, and who can blame them? It is September, tropical storms happen at this time of year, and yes, most years a named storm does not march through Flushing Meadows, but this year, Lee did, and Lee seems determined to hang out for a while, thanks to Katia keeping it from heading east and eventually out to sea.

"This is one of the biggest events in tennis, a grand slam tournament event with huge revenues, so maybe they should consider a roof in future," said top seed Novak Djokovic, echoing sentiments that others have advocated for years.

Some matches were begun yesterday only to have to be quickly stopped, and that also caused some ruffled feathers -- and again, who could blame those who were upset?

Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray and Andy Roddick confronted tournament organizers after their matches were halted, saying the conditions were already dangerous before they began.

"It was still raining when they called us on court. The rain never really stopped, the courts were not dry," said Nadal, who was trailing Gilles Muller 3-0 when play was stopped.

"I know the fans are there but the health of the players is important."

We will see what happens today, and if play takes place, will keep you updated.



Today's Forecast Would Be More Conducive To Rowing Than To Tennis

Ah, but there was a plethora of matches to look forward to on Wednesday at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York.

Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, and Andy Murray vs. Donald Young were all scheduled for 11 this morning, and also on the schedule were Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer. Oh heck, the entire lineup looked good today.

But there may be no Wednesday tennis at all, and now we are looking at the real possibility that the men’s final might be on Monday for the fourth year in a row.

Yes, it is raining in New York and when action gets underway today, we will keep you posted. But from the looks of things in mid-morning, I would not be putting too much stock in seeing any tennis until at least tomorrow.

Man, how about thinking about a roof before next year?


Is Serena Back? She Sure Seems To Be

Serena Williams came into this U.S. Open as the 28th seed, but has now made made it into the fourth round after knocking off Victoria Azarenka in straight sets on Saturday in Flushing Meadows, New York.

Azarenka was a semi-finalist at Wimbedon earlier this summer, so Serena is proving herself to once again be a force to be reckoned with in women's tennis.

Williams will face 16-seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia in the fourth round.

For complete coverage of this match, follow this link via Yahoo! Sports.


2011 U.S. Open Tennis Championship: Djokovic And Wozniacki Go Saturday; Sharapova Is Done

Both the men's and the women's top seeds are in action as the U.S. Open tennis championship advances to the third round of singles matches on Saturday in Flushing Meadows, New York.

Novak Djokovic, the top-ranked men's player, faces unseeded Nikolay Davydenko, while women's 1-seed Caroline Wozniacki takes on Vania King, who is also unseeded.

Roger Federer (3) takes on Marin Cilic (27) on the men's side, while on the women's, Serena Williams (28) faces Victoria Azarenka (4).

Men's, women's and mixed doubles matches will also take place on Day 6 of action in this two-week tournament.

Here is your complete Saturday schedule of all the action.

In action on Friday, Maria Sharapova was upset by Flavia Pennetta and is out of the running for a singles' crown. Sharapova, the 2006 champion of this tournament, fell to the 26th-seeded Pennetta in three sets, ending her string of 12 straight victories in 2011 in three-set matches, including an opening-round win earlier in the week.

As the fields thin out in both singles and doubles, look for more in-depth coverage of "marquee" players and how they fare as we march (or volley) our way to the September 11 finale of action.


2011 U.S. Open Tennis Championship: A Look At Completed Matches

As the first weekend of the U.S. Open tennis championship dawns, this is a good time to have a look at matches that have been completed in the first four days of the tournament.

Here is a general overview of all matches, wherein you can link to each sub-category of the big picture, such as "Men's Singles", "Mixed Doubles" etc. if you prefer to be selective with your information intake.

It is worth noting that the Men's 2-seed, Roger Nadal, is in action on Friday against Nicolas Mahut, while the Women's top seed, Caroline Wozniacki, is paired with Vania King.

Looking at Americans in action in the Friday singles, we find the highest-rated woman in action to be Serena Williams at 28. Serena faces 4-seed Victoria Azarenka today. On the men's side, no. 21 Andy Roddick takes on fellow American Jack Sock.

As the winnowing process continues and the contender-list shrinks, look for more in-depth coverage of matches. For now though, with such a plethora of match-ups, it is still a wide-open field, and thus so is this coverage wide-open...for now.


2011 U.S. Open Tennis Championship -- Day 3 Schedules

As the two-week marathon that is the United States Open tennis championship continues, here is your complete Day 3 schedule of matches.

Also, for your viewing pleasure, you can follow all matches in progress at this link.

Here is your complete television schedule for today:

Wed. 8/31
US Open Daily Match Encores
Tennis Channel
Breakfast at the Open
Tennis Channel
Men's First Round/Women's Second Round
Tennis Channel
Men's First Round/Women's Second Round
Primetime at the US Open: Men's First Round/Women's Second Round
US Open Tonight
Tennis Channel

For complete schedules and results day-to-day, refer to the excellent official U.S. Open website.
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