U.S. Open Day 10
Gasquet Upsets Ferrer in 5, Faces Hot-Streaking Nadal in Semi-finals
usopen.org: September 4, 2013 by Neil Schlecht - Vaulting into his first US Open semifinal on the strength of a a second consecutive thrilling five-setter, Richard Gasquet fought back to upset No. 4 seed David Ferrer of Spain, who had bedeviled the talented Frenchman in eight of their previous nine encounters. Gasquet routed Ferrer in the opening two sets but looked like he was fading fast in the next two, as the Spaniard willed himself back into the match. In the decisive final set, Gasquet summoned a newfound resolve and enough of his trademark flowing backhands to defeat a gritty opponent, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, in 3 hours, 23 minutes.
“For sure it was a big match for me. It is wonderful for me,” Gasquet told ESPN broadcaster Brad Gilbert on court after the victory. The first two sets, Gasquet put on an exhibition of brilliant shotmaking, ripping impossible backhand winners from all over the court. The Frenchman played disciplined tennis, patiently working points with backhand-to-backhand rallies, opening the court for flamboyant down-the-line winners and sneaky net approaches. Full article
Nadal merciless against Robredo...
usopen.org: September 4, 2013 by Alexandra Willis - Tommy Robredo began this evening never having beaten Rafael Nadal. Tommy Robredo ended this evening never having beaten Rafael Nadal. It was a merciless display from the world No.2, who extended his unbeaten streak on hard courts in 2013 to 20 matches with a 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 win over his friend and compatriot. The first set was entirely one-sided, Nadal taking just 22 minutes to bagel the world No.22, a shadow of the player two days ago who knocked out Roger Federer in straights sets.
Any thought that the second set might be more of a contest was soon squashed as Nadal broke to start, a netted Robredo forehand the culprit. At 2-0 Nadal, Robredo went up 40-0 on his own serve, the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd on the edge of their seats at the prospect of Robredo actually claiming a game. But he lost those three points. He held serve to spare his blushes, and you would think the crowd had witnessed a miracle. Full article
Pennetta Enters Semi-finals, Upsets Fed Cup Teammate Vinci in 2
September 04 2013 ITS Staff: New York - Former World No.10 Flavia Pennetta defeated Italian Fed Cup teammate and child hood friend No.10 seed Roberta Vinci to advance to her first career Grand Slam semi-finals on Wednesday. The 31-year Pennetta was first to climb up the rankings in 2009 but due to a wrist injury, she had to make do watching Sara Errani and Vinci from the sidelines spearhead the Italian surgeon the WTA Tour.
After the match, Vinci gave Pennetta a congratulating hug and lauded her effort saying, “Brava.” In a post-match interview Pennetta was elated at the same time relieved saying, "It's amazing. I can’t believe it. I am really happy, it was tough today to play against Roberta. It's really difficult."
Pennetta, who entered the tournament ranked a lowly No.83, made her quarter-final appearance against Vinci with impressive wins over red-hot Simona Halep, winner of 4 WTA titles; former U.S.Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova; No.4 seed Sara Errani; and reigning US NCAA champion Nicole Gibbs – all in straight sets victories. Pennetta will now play the winner of the match between No.2 seed Victoria Azarenka and Daniela Hantuchova for a place in the finals.
Men’s Singles Quarterfinals Wednesday September 4
2-Rafael Nadal beat 19- Tommy Robredo 6-0 6-2 6-2
8-Richard Gasquet beat 4-David Ferrer 6-3 6-1 4-6 2-6 6-3
Women’s Singles Quarter-finals Wednesday September 4
Flavia Pennetta beat 10-Roberta Vinci 6-4 6-1
2-Victoria Azarenka beat Daniela Hantuchova 6-2 6-3
Men’s Doubles Quarter-finals Wednesday September 04
10-Ivan Dodig/Marcelo Melo beat 16-Treat Huey/Dominic Inglot 7-5 6-3
Women’s Doubles Quarter-finals Wednesday September 04
10-Sania Mirza/Jie Zheng beat Su-Wei Hsieh/Shuai Peng 6-4 7-6(5)
Men’s Doubles Quarter-finals Tuesday September 03
4-Leander Paes/Radek Stepanek beat 5-Aisam Qureshi/Jean Rojer 6-1 6-7(3) 6-4
2-Alexander Peya/Bruno Soares beat Jamie Murray/John Peers 6-4 6-7(4) 6-4
U.S. Open Daily Update
Day 14: Serena Defeats Azarenka in 3 Sets for 17th Grand Slam Title
Day 13: Djokovic Outlasts Wawrinka in 5-sets, Faces Nadal in Final
Day 12: Serena, Azarenka Sets Rematch Showdown in Final
Day 11: Wawrinka Stuns Murray, Sets SF Showdown w. Djokovic
Day 10: Gasquet Upsets Ferrer, Faces Streaking Nadal in Semis
Day 10: Huey, Inglot Denied Final Four Spot by Melo, Dodig
Day 9: Azarenka Edges Ivanovic, Enter Quarter-finals
Day 8: Robredo Shocks Federer in First Win After 11 Tries
Day 8: Huey, Inglot Enter QF; Bryans Closer to Grand Slam
Day 7: Serena Stops Stephens; Noles, Murray into 4th rd
Day 6: Nadal, Federer, Ferrer Roll On; Kohlschreiber Denies Isner Anew; Halep Crushes Kirilenko
Day 3: Murray Cruises in Title Defense Opener; Del Potro Battles Past Lopez; Radswanka, Li Na reach 3rd rd; Venus Ousted by Zheng
Day 2: Federer, Berdych Ease to Second Round; Errani, Kvitova, Ivanovic Advance; Stosur Shocked by 17-year old;
Day 1: Nadal Breezes, Nishikori Stunned in Opener; Radswanka, Li Na Cruise; Venus Ousts No.12 Flipkens;
Last American Standing: U.S. Men's Players Ousted First Week
Open News Bits: Tomic Conquers Self, Ramos; Reister Posts Golden Set; France sends 14 players to main draw
Lisicki and co. looking to do great things in NY: Porsche Team