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U.S. Open Day 13

Djokovic Outlasts Wawrinka in 5-set Epic Battle, Faces Nadal in Final

Lucie Hradecka, Andrea Hlavackova Clinch Women's Doubles Plum

Djokovic into his 4th straight final. Photo usopen.org

usopen.org: September 07 2013 by Erin Bruehl - They produced spectacular shots, entertained the crowd and played their hearts out through five sets and four hours, nine minutes. In the end, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, despite not being at his best, defeated No. 9 seed Stanislas Wawrinka to reach his fourth consecutive US Open final with a dramatic comeback from a two-sets-to-one deficit, 2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. It was the second time the two battled for five sets in a Grand Slam this year, having gone five in the round of 16 at the Australian Open before eventual champion Djokovic prevailed 12-10. Their second Slam meeting this year did not disappoint, becoming an instant classic. In his first Grand Slam semifinal, Wawrinka acquitted himself brilliantly, taking the world's No. 1 man the distance before losing. At this event, the Swiss took out the No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych and defending US Open champion Andy Murray in back-to-back matches, suggesting he could be a factor at the majors going forward. Full article

ATPWorldTour: Interview Stan Wawrinka

Nadal Cruises Past Gasquet in Straight Sets

Nadal streaks to final with 21-0 hard-court record in 2013. Photo usopen.org

usopen.org: September 7, 2013 by Alexandra Willis - The Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd was treated to entree and main course in reverse order on Saturday, as Rafael Nadal produced a milkshake-smooth performance to cruise past Richard Gasquet, 6-4, 7-6, 6-2, and set up a third US Open final against Novak Djokovic. Taking to the court in the aftermath of Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka's standing ovation epic, it was expected that Nadal would not waste too much time disposing of Gasquet, even if the Frenchman has produced some of the finest form of his life this tournament. Nadal is thus through to his 37th meeting against Djokovic in what will be their third final in Arthur Ashe Stadium. And he is through with ease, too. The 12-time Grand Slam champion has dropped serve just once all tournament. But while his afternoon was a stroll along the Hudson compared to Djokovic's, Nadal has in fact spent four more minutes on court this tournament, taking 12 hours and 59 minutes to reach the final, compared to Djokovic's 12 hours and 55 minutes. Full story

Men’s Singles Semi-finals Saturday September 07

1-Novak Djokovic beat 9-Stanislas Wawrinka 3-6 7-6(4) 3-6 6-3 6-4

2-Rafael Nadal beat 8-Richard Gasquet 6-4 7-6 6-2

Lucie Hradecka, Andrea Hlavackova Clinch Women's Doubles Plum

Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova. Photo wtatennis.com

wtatennis.com: September 7, 2013 - Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka followed up their electric semifinal win over the Williams sisters with a thrilling three set win over Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua in the final, capturing the US Open doubles title - their second Grand Slam doubles title together. After dropping a tight 46-minute first set in a tie-break, the No.5-seeded Hlavackova and Hradecka lifted their game in a big way, making just one unforced error - far outweighed by 11 winners - in a lopsided 30-minute second set, 6-1. The third set was close again, but the No.8-seeded Barty and Dellacqua were just too erratic in the end - both teams had 12 winners in that set, but the Czechs had six unforced errors to the Australians' 11 - and the Czechs managed to close it out, 67(4) 61 64.

 

"I think we clicked right away here, from the first match, even though we had no matches to prepare, really. It's been a great wave we've been riding these two weeks. I cannot describe how I feel." And the win over the Williams sisters was pretty huge - not only had the Williamses beaten No.1 seeds and defending champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in the quarterfinals, but only one team in history has been able to stop them at the semifinal stage or deeper at a Grand Slam, and that came all the way back at the 1999 Australian Open (Lindsay Davenport and Natasha Zvereva in the semis). Full article

Women's Doubles Final Saturday September 07

5-A.Hlavackova/L.Hradecka beat 8-A.Barty/C.Dellacqua 6-7(4) 6-1 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 5: Hewitt Upsets Del Potro; Djokovic, Murray into 3rd Round
Day 4: Nadal, Federer on Course to Showdown; Ferrer Move to 3rd rd; Serena Rolls; Errani Upset by Penneta;

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 

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