– Nadal cruises to final with a straight sets win over Mikhail Youzhny.

World number one Rafael Nadal was just too good for Youzhny. After two defeats in semifinals the past two years (he lost to Andy Murray in 2008 and to Juan Martin Del Potro in 2009), the 24 year old Spaniard advanced to his first US Open final. With a win tonight, Nadal would become the seventh man in tennis history to complete a career Grand Slam.

– Djokovic stuns Federer in a five set thriller

Novak Djokovic saved 2 match points a 4-5 in the fifth, and after a grueling 3h 44 min match, he defeated Roger Federer to prevent the Nadal-Federer final everyone was hoping for.

To be honest, I was just closing my eyes and hitting forehands as fast as I can on match point. If it goes in, it goes in. If it goes out, just another loss to Federer in the U.S. Open. I managed to come back. I was very lucky.

– Kim Clijsters’ love story with New York continues

Kim Clijsters dismantled Vera Zvonareva 6-2 6-1 to win her third US Open trophy. She became the first woman to retain her title since Venus Williams in 2001.

Clijsters won her 21st consecutive match here and her third title in her past three tries. Zvonareva, as predicted, lost her nerve.
Kim:

A little bit of experience definitely helps. I told her it’s tough. It took me six or seven finals before I finally got one. ‘Vera, keep it going. It will happen.

Defending champion Kim Clijsters cruised through the quarters but had to battle in quarters against French Open runner-up Sam Stosur and in semies against Venus Williams, to advance to the final. Winner in 2005 and 2008, it will be her third straight final at Flushing Meadows.

Round Opponent Score
R1 Greta Arn 6-0, 7-5
R2 Sally Peers 6-2, 6-1
R3 Petra Kvitova(27) 6-3, 6-0
R4 Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-1
QF Sam Stosur(5) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
SF Venus Williams(3) 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4

Even though Clijsters is the favorite, the Russian has been impressive so far: she hasn’t lost a set and beat number one seed Caroline Wozniacki in spectacular fashion. It will Vera‘s second Grand Slam final in a row as she reached the final at Wimbledon (she lost to Serena Williams)

Round Opponent Score
R1 Zuzana Kucova 6-2, 6-1
R2 Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 7-6(5)
R3 Alexandra Dulgheru(25) 6-2, 7-6(2)
R4 Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 6-2
QF Kaia Kanepi(31) 6-3, 7-5
SF Caroline Wozniacki(1) 6-4, 6-3

Kim leads their head to head 5 to 2, but Vera won their last two matches this year at Wimbledon and Montreal, each time in 3 disputed sets.

Year Tournament Surface Winner Score in final
2002 US Open Hard Clijsters 1-6, 7-5, 6-4
2006 Eastbourne Grass Clijsters 3-0 ret
2006 Wimbledon Grass Clijsters 7-5, 6–3
2006 Stanford Hard Clijsters 6–2, 3-6, 6-1
2006 Hasselt Hard Clijsters 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
2010 Wimbledon Grass Zvonareva 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
2010 Montreal Hard Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 6-2

The key of this final, like often in women’s tennis, will be the mental: the winner will be the mentally stronger player.

Who wil win? Please vote:

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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– Top seeds Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki storm into quarterfinal. Novak Djokovic, Gael Monfils and Vera Zvonareva also advanced in straight sets.
2 surprises in the women’s draw: Dominika Cibulkova defeats 2004 US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, Kaia Kanepi beats last year’s semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer.

Day 8 complete results

US player of the day: Bob Bryan
Bob Bryan advanced to quarterfinals with his brother Mike in doubles, and qualified for the mixed doubles semifinals (with Liezel Huber).

Stat of the day: 25
Six of the eight women in the US Open quarterfinals are age 25 or older, with Venus Williams and Francesca Schiavone both 30.

Pic of the day: Robin Soderling
Big hitter Robin Soderling downed Albert Montanes in 4 sets and set up a clash with Roger Federer.

Matches to follow on day 9:
Samantha Stosur(AUS)[5] vs. Kim Clijsters(BEL)[2]
Francesca Schiavone(ITA)[6] vs. Venus Williams(USA)[3]

Upset of the day: Stanislas Wawrinka defeats Andy Murray
Wawrinka pulled out the biggest upset of this year’s US Open so far: he bounced 2008 US Open runner-up in 4 sets. Murray still can’t win when it really counts.

Match of the day: Sam Stosur defeats Elena Dementieva
Without a doubt one of the best matches of the tournament so far. They battled until 1:37 am, they both had match points, but in the end, the Australian prevailed 6-3 2-6 7-6.

Quote of the day: Tracy Austin about Sam Stosur and Elena Dementieva:

I think they’re hitting harder than the guys in the first match.

US player of the day: Venus Williams
Venus beat 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 and qualified for her 10th US Open quarterfinal (in 12 trips to Flushing Meadows). Her next opponent: 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone.

Stat of the day: 1
There will be at least one spanish player in semifinals as only Spaniards remain in the top quarter of the men’s singles draw: Rafael Nadal, Feliciano Lopez, David Ferrer and Fernando Verdasco. Tommy Robredo and Albert Montanes also qualified for fourth round.

Pic of the day: Kim Clijsters
Just impressive: Kim won her 18th straight match at the US Open Sunday, defeating Ana Ivanovic, 6-2, 6-1, to advance to the quarterfinals. Ivanovic never looked like a former number one and was completely outplayed.

Matches to follow on day 8
Fish vs Djokovic
Wozniacki vs Sharapova

Nike 2010 US Open shirts

Here’s a glimpse of the Nike US Open shirts available at Niketown NYC, at the US Open Nike store and also on niketennis.com .

Nike 2010 US Open shirt

Nike 2010 US Open shirt

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