2010 US Open: day 2 recap

– Top seeds Rafael Nadal and Caroline Wozniacki win in straight sets and advance to the second round where they’ll meet (respectively) Denis Istomin and Kai-Chen Chang.
Things were much more complicated for Djokovic and Verdasco who endured 5 sets against Troicki and Fognini.
Number 4 seed Jelena Jankovic survive scare to beat number 96-ranked Romanian Simon Halep 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. Like Jankovic, 2006 champion Maria Sharapova needed 3 sets to defeat Australian Jarmila Groth.

Upset of the day: Arnaud Clément defeats Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 2- 6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5
Baghadtis, who beat Nadal in Cincinnati was stunned by french veteran Clément in 5 sets. Both players are former Australian Open runner-ups.

Seeds upsets: Na Li (8), Petrova (16), Safarova (26), Baghdatis (16), Gulbis (24), Monaco (30)

US player of the day: James Blake
Blake, quarterfinalist at Flushing Meadows in 2005 and 2006, is now ranked 108 and received a wild card to enter the tournament. He showed some of his past brilliance to secure a much needed victory against Kristof Vliegen.

Stat of the day: 25.2 – Number in millions of dollars of the potential 2010 US Open payout, including Olympus US Open Series bonuses.

Player of the day: Rafael Nadal
He faced (and saved) only one break point in his first round match against Gabashvili. Nadal extended his Grand Slam winning streak to 15 matches, after his titles at the French Open in June and Wimbledon in July.

2010 US Open: day 1 recap

– Tough first round for French Open runner-up Sam Stosur who needs three sets to beat Elena Vesnina. No problem for Kim Clijsters, Venus Williams, Francesca Schiavone and Elena Dementieva.

Roger Federer, Nikolay Davydenko and Andy Roddick cruise through second round in straight sets.
Robin Soderling survives five set scare: the 5th seed overcame 215th ranked Andreas Haider-Maurer after an intense battle 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 5-7, 6-4. 17th seed Gael Monfils struggles and needs 5 sets to beat 30-year-old Floridian Robert Kendrick.

Upset of the day: Ivan Dodig defeats Fernando Gonzalez 6-7, 6-1, 1-0 retired
Knee injury forced Gonzalez out in the first round of the US Open. It was only his second match since the French Open.

US player of the day: Andy Roddick
2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick turned 28 and advanced to the second round where he’ll meet Janko Tipsarevic.

Pic of the day: Dinara Safina
Last year, she was the number one seed and lost to Petra Kvitova in the third round. This year, ranked n°50, she was ousted by Daniela Hantuchova 6-3 6-4. Sad exit for Dinara, 10 years after his brother’s fantastic US Open victory.

The day the great Pete Sampras was outplayed, outguned, outrun by a 20 years old from Russia.

Marat Safin - Pete Sampras US Open 2000

Sampras had just won his 13th Grand Slam title, his record 7th Wimbledon title 2 months earlier, and everybody expected an easy win over this young Russian who had became the first player ever fined for lack of effort at the Oz Open that year. But Marat being Marat, the match ended up completely different…

It’s the first time I watch this match in fact, and what a skills exhibition from Marat. Returns, passing shots, quick footwork, power, he had it all.
Sampras was only broken 4 times during the championships before the final, but was broken 4 times by Marat. Sampras had to wait the very last game of the match to have his first two break points on Marat’s serve (and all that despite a 49% first serve percentage). Safin kept passing and passing Sampras with his two-handed backhand. Marat defeats Sampras in straight sets 6-4 6-3 6-3.

Marat Safin - Pete Sampras US Open 2000

Marat Safin - Pete Sampras US Open 2000

Marat Safin - Pete Sampras US Open 2000

I’ve never seen such a focused Marat. Yep, no racket smashing, can you imagine that?

Marat does the show during the trophy presentation:

Marat Safin - Pete Sampras US Open 2000

Marat Safin - Pete Sampras US Open 2000

The future was bright for Marat, but what a waste of talent!

Please vote and share your thoughts.

Who will win?

  • Kim Clijsters (42%, 10 Votes)
  • Venus Williams (21%, 5 Votes)
  • Other (13%, 3 Votes)
  • Caroline Wozniacki (8%, 2 Votes)
  • Sam Stosur (8%, 2 Votes)
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Elena Dementieva (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Jelena Jankovic (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Francesca Schivaone (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Vera Zvonareva (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 24

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Who will win?

  • Roger Federer (47%, 14 Votes)
  • Rafael Nadal (40%, 12 Votes)
  • Andy Murray (7%, 2 Votes)
  • Novak Djokovic (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Andy Roddick (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Robin Soderling (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Nikolay Davydenko (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tomas Berdych (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Fernando Verdasco (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Other (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 30

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N: Nadal Rafael

Hitting balls into the crowd

2009 was a tough year for Rafa. Beaten for the first time in Roland Garros and unable to compete at Wimbledon, he suffered the hardest loss of his career in the 09 US Open semies. Bothered by an abdominal injury, he was ousted by JMDP 2-6 2-6 2-6.

O: Oudin Melanie

American fans have been waiting for years for a young US player capable of taking the torch from the Williams sisters. Melanie Oudin seems to be the one, she won the hearts of tennis fans with her gutsy wins over Pavlyuchenkova, Dementieva, Sharapova and Petrova. Wozniacki ended her run in quarter finals.
Will she follow Chris Evert’s or Jennifer Capriati’s footsteps?

P: Pancho Gonzales
Pancho Gonzales, the first hispanic man to win the US Open, was honored in an on-court ceremony to commemorate the 60th anniversary of his second consecutive US Open win. In addition to his 2 US Open wins as an amateur, Gonzales also won 12 major professional tournaments. He died at the age of 67 in 1995, in penury and almost friendless.

Q: Querrey Sam
The 21 yr old Californian made it to the final in his first three tournaments of the 09 summer, coming up short in Newport and Indianopolis before winning in Los Angeles. It enabled Querrey to win the US Open Series and reach a career high 26 ranking. His US Open run ended in the third round against French Open finalist Robin Soderling.

R: Roger Federer
And so after five years, Federer’s reign in New York is over. It was time for something different, something new. “Maybe I look back and have some regrets about it. But you know, you can’t always play your best.”
First defeat in a majors final against someone else than Rafael Nadal for Roger Federer. “Don’t know how much more I want,” Federer said afterwards. “This one I think is easy to get over just because I’ve had the most amazing summer.”

S: Safin Marat

Marat Safin, 2009 US Open

No regrets for Marat, beaten by journeyman Melzer in the first round. “Whatever I said, whatever I did, it was a good ride”.

T: Twitter

Andy Roddick, 2009 US Open

U: US players
With Isner’s loss against Verdasco, it marked the first time in US Open history that no american player reached the men’s quarter finals. On the women’s side, Melanie Oudin reached the quarter finals and Serena Williams the semies.

V: Verdasco Fernando
While battling a stomach-muscle injury, Verdaso beat Tommy Haas and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga en route to the quarterfinals, where fourth-seed Novak Djokovic ended his run.

W: Williams Venus
Venus is just a pale version of the dominant champion she once was. After early exits at the Australian Open (2nd round) and Roland Garros (3rd round), she lost to Kim Clijsters in the fourth round in Flushing. It seems the only major she can be a contender is Wimbledon. Venus teamed up with her sister to clinch their third major doubles titles of the year.

Xtreme: Xtreme reaction

Serena Williams, 2009 US Open

We all know the story: 09 US Open semi final 6-4 6-5 40-15 for Clijsters. Serena Williams serves, foot faults, threatens the line judge to stick “this **** ball down her *** throat”. She receives a point penalty and loses the match.
So, the WTA has a number one who can’t win anything and a number two who threatens line judge and opponents. Welcome to the wonderful world of womens tennis!

Y: Yanina Wickmayer
The 19 yr old Belgian, who had advanced past the first round of a Grand Slam only once before, reached the semi finals. To get to this point, she benefited the most from the upsets at the top of the women’s draw. She had to face only one seed: Virginie Razzano in the first round.
One time wonder or the future of belgian tennis, what do you think?

Z: Zero
For the first time since 2001 there were no female Russian players in the quarters finals at the US Open. Petrova and Kuznetsova were defeated by Oudin and Wozniacki in the fourth round, whereas cry baby Zvonareva once again imploded on the court as she couldn’t put away any of six match points against Flavia Pennetta.