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.

Spanish heartthrob Verdasco was photographed at Madrid-Barajas Terminal 4 airport for GQ magazine.

In one word: HOT.
Much, much better than Murray in Vogue Magazine, for sure!

Fernando Verdasco GQ photoshoot
Fernando Verdasco GQ photoshoot
Fernando Verdasco GQ photoshoot

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During the Davis Cup final last year, Adidas had a campaign featuring Fernando Verdasco, and some players of La Roja, the Spanish national football team.

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I guess tonight Verdasco, Nadal and co will all be in front of their TV to watch the World Cup semifinal between Spain and Germany.

And in case you were wondering what Verdasco was up to after his defeat in Wimbledon… he was on vacation with his boyfriend Feliciano Lopez in Ibiza.

Some big names crashed out today at Roland Garros:

– Number 6 seed Andy Roddick was ousted in straight sets by qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili. I ‘ve seen Gabashvili play twice: once in a Futures tournament in Lille a couple years ago and last Saturday in Roland Garros, when he was playing an exhibition set against Gianni Mina during Benny Berthet Day. I must say he is a solid player but I wasn’t really impressed by his game.

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