It took the legs out of Roger and then Rafa and many of the top talents. And winning should be about talent and not genetic heat resistance or advanced fluid management. So the 50th anniversary of the Open, which should have ended in perfection, was instead tarnished by a desperate player unable to avoid her own sense of entitlement. Nole was pretty good too!
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But the last nearly produced one of the biggest upsets of the year. Frances Tiafoe, a year-old American, pushed third-seeded Roger Federer to five sets before Federer prevailed, , , , , In the final stretch of a match that featured wild swings in momentum, Federer was broken when he served for the match at in the fifth set, but he broke Tiafoe in the next game to win.
Federer, who turned 36 this month, won the Australian Open and Wimbledon and has lost only three matches this year. He was sloppy, committing 56 unforced errors, and struggled on his serve.
He said after the match, though, that he felt fine.
The match capped a day on which rain had suspended play on the outside courts around p. About three hours later, with persistent rain in the forecast, the tournament postponed all but one of the matches on outside courts.
That left only matches played under the roof at Ashe Stadium on the schedule. In a tournament missing several stars, including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka, all sidelined with injuries, the spotlight has intensified on the Federer-Nadal rivalry.
They have played each other 37 times dating to A dozen of those matches have been in Grand Slam events, but by a quirk of fate, none have been at the U.
Naomi Osaka of Japan pummeled the sixth-seeded Kerber with a barrage of powerful forehands, dominating the defending champion, , , in a match that lasted only 1 hour and 5 minutes at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Kerber claimed her second Grand Slam title and the No.
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She has won no titles, and is against Top opponents. She also lost in the first round of the French Open, , , to Ekaterina Makarova. Osaka, 19, and ranked No. She looked on the verge of her first Top win three weeks ago in Toronto, but was forced to retire with an abdominal injury after taking the second set over the top-ranked Pliskova.
Against Kerber, Osaka dominated with her powerful forehand, particularly in the second set, in which she walloped 10 of her 14 winners off that wing.
Osaka also exorcised some demons with the victory. Last year at Ashe Stadium, she squandered a lead in the third set against eighth-seeded Madison Keys, a loss that seemed to leave some emotional scar tissue.
The match was suspended with Ostapenko leading, , in the third set. When play resumed, Ostapenko, the French Open champion, needed only 14 points and about 10 minutes to close out Arruabarrena, , , The roof remained closed for the rest of the day.
They neutralized sounds coming from two air conditioning units and a cellphone tower, believed to be the source of much of the commotion, but one significant noisemaker remained: the crowd. With the roof closed because of rain Tuesday, top-seeded Rafael Nadal certainly noticed the cacophony caused by the chatter and drone of the fans under the structure.
Nadal ultimately had little trouble defeating Dusan Lajovic in their first-round match, but afterward he said he had difficulty dealing with the noise in the cavernous stadium. But under the roof we need to be a little bit more strict about the noise, in my opinion.
He said he also yelled across the net for Lajovic to wait before serving, but the Serb did not hear him. But it was not overwhelming. Minor, who will play her first United States Open match on Wednesday, is having too much fun to be rattled by the big stage.
Division I singles title last spring. Minor, a junior at Michigan, will face another trailblazer, Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, who at the French Open this year became the first Arab woman to reach the third round of a Grand Slam singles event.