Novak Djokovic was defaulted from the US Open after he struck a ball that hit a lineswoman at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday.
Tennis has returned in a bubble, and the players have been living around the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in New York for the last couple of weeks, preparing for two tournaments over a three-week stretch.
The US Open event is going ahead in New York with no fans, no mixed doubles and limited fields in men's and women's doubles. This despite tournament revenue -- which hit $399.6 million in 2019 -- expected to drop by as much as 80%.
Playing his 100th match at the US Open in 19 years is yet another marker of just how good Roger Federer has been -- and for so long. But his 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 second-round win over 99th-ranked Damir Dzumhur suggests it could be a struggle for the 20-time grand slam winner to get to an appetizing rematch with men's favorite Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.
When Caty McNally took the court Wednesday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium, she tried not to overthink who her opponent across the way was, even though it happened to be Serena Williams. “I just try to take it as another match and not really worry about who’s across the net,” McNally said at the US Open. “I know if I did that, it might affect the way I play. I might become more emotionally attached to the match. That’s not good for me.”
Naomi Osaka becomes the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam after she defeated Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 in the final of the 2018 US Open but the match will be remembered for the emotional exchanges between Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos, who handed her three violations, including a game penalty.
Sure, Serena looms over the sport. But there have been seven different Grand Slam winners in a row. So guessing what happens next isn't all that easy.
When Roger Federer - who was last seen perspiring in around 1997 - is drenched in sweat, you suspect something strange is going on.
Well that was weird. Novak Djokovic and John Millman were sweating buckets all night in their quarterfinal clash at the US Open. They changed outfits at random times (without a code violation), swapped socks (not with each other) and Djokovic was given some fluids, courtesy of his loved ones in his players' box.
Djokovic will play Kei Nishikori, whereas Keys will be up against Naomi Osaka
The director of the US Open said the courts were altered "a touch" to slow down the surface speed. Director David Brewer said the move was in response to players noting in recent years that the surface seemed to be speeding up.
Rafael Nadal is back in the US Open quarterfinals, and he won't face a rematch of the 2017 final. Instead, it's a rematch of this year's French Open final. Nadal beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-4 on Sunday at Flushing Meadows. Next up is No. 9 seed Dominic Thiem. Thiem beat Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (2), denying the fifth-seeded South African a second shot at Nadal. Nadal beat Anderson last year for his third US Open title.
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Ahead of what will be their 18th US Open main draw appearance, Serena Williams and Roger Federer are far more than a warrior and a maestro
After sitting out much of the past year because of hip surgery, Andy Murray was a winner in his return to Grand Slam tennis, beating James Duckworth in the first round of the US Open on Monday. No. 1 Rafael Nadal also advanced when David Ferrer retired.
Simona Halep became the first No. 1-seeded woman to lose in the first round of the US Open in the professional era, falling to 44th-ranked Kaia Kanepi. Serena Williams, meanwhile, earned a straight-sets win in her return to Flushing Meadows.
Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys have a lot on the line, but the reality is that no matter who comes out on top in the US Open final, it's advantage USA.
Argentine played a similar villain’s role in 2009, beating Nadal in the semifinals — and went on to win the tournament.
If anyone deserved to foil the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal showdown, it was Juan Martin del Potro, and that's what he did.