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US Open: Day 4 2nd Round Results

RESULTS AROUND THE US OPEN

Men’s Singles 2nd Round 

R. Nadal [2] defeated R. Dutra Silva 6-2, 6-1, 6-0
D. Ferrer [4] defeated R. Bautista Agut 6-3, 6-7, 6-1, 6-2
R. Federer [7] defeated C. Belocq 6-3, 6-2, 6-1
R. Gasquet [8] defeated S. Robert 6-3, 7-5, 7-5
M. Raonic [10] defeated P. Andujar 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
J. Isner [13] defeated G. Monfils 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6
J. Tipsarevic [18] defeated D. Sela 6-4, 6-4, 6-1
T. Robredo [19] defeated F. Dancesvic 6-4, 6-4, 6-1
P. Kohlschreiber [22] defeated E. Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
F. Lopez [23] defeated B. Klahn 6-4, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5
A. Mannarino defeated S. Querrey [26] 7-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4
D. Tursunov [32] defeated G. Rufin 7-6, 1-1 (Retired)

I. Dodig defeated N. Davydenko 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
M. Kukushkin defeated A. Haider-Maurer 6-4, 6-4, 7-5
J. Sock defeated M. Gonzalez 7-6, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2
D. Evans defeated B. Tomic 1-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3

Women’s Singles 2nd Round

S. Williams [1] defeated G. Voskoboeva 6-3, 6-0
V. Azarenka [2] defeated A. Wozniak 6-3, 6-1
F. Pennetta defeated S. Errani [4] 6-3, 6-1
C. Wozniacki [6] defeated C. Scheepers 6-1, 6-2
P. Kvitova [7] defeated B. Jovanovski 6-2, 6-4
A. Kerber [8] defeated E. Bouchard 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
J. Jankovic [9] defeated A. Kleybanova 6-3, 6-2
R. Vinci [10] defeated L. Safarova 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
A. Ivanovic [13] defeated A. Dulgheru 6-2, 6-1
M. Kirlenko [14] defeated M. Larcher De Brito 6-3, 6-1
S. Lisick [16] defeated P. Ormaechea 6-2, 6-3
K. Nara defeated S. Cirstea [19] 7-5, 6-1
S. Halep [21] defeated D. Vekic 6-2, 6-1
E. Vesnina [22] defeated K. Knapp 6-1, 6-4
E. Makarova [24] defeated B. Mattek-Sands 6-4, 6-4
K. Kanepi [25] defeated A. Schmiedlova 6-4, 6-1
A. Cornet [26] defeated A. Tomljanovic 6-2, 6-2
S. Kuznetsova [27] defeated S. Peng 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
A. Riske defeated M. Barthel [28] 6-4, 6-2

J. Glushko defeated S. Vickery 7-5, 6-3
C. Giorgi defeated S. Hsieh 6-4, 7-6
Y. Shvedova defeated P. Mayr-Achleitner 6-2, 6-3
D. Hantuchova defeated V. Duval 6-2, 6-3

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James Blake: J-Block Officially Shut Down

Former world No. 4, American James Blake, career has ended after his loss to 79th ranked player in the world, Ivo Karlovic, 6-7, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 in the first round of the US Open. Blake announced on Monday that this would be the last tournament of his career. Blake quoted, “No real surprise here, this is my last tournament. Had 14 pretty good darn years on tour.” Blake made over $7 million dollars on tour winning 9 career ATP Tour Events.

Below are some reactions to James Blake’s retirement from tennis.

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US Open: Day 3 1st & 2nd Round Results

RESULTS AROUND THE US OPEN

Men’s Singles 1st Round 
Andy Murray [3] defeated M. Llodra 6-2, 6-4, 6-3
J. Del Potro [6] defeated G. Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6
S. Wawrinka [9] defeated R. Stepanek 7-6, 6-3, 6-2
R. Ram defeated F. Fognini [16] defeated 6-1, 6-2, 6-2
K. Anderson [17] defeated D. Brands 7-5, 4-6, 6-2,
A. Seppi [20] defeated 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5
M. Youzhny [21] defeated N. Mahut 6-4, 6-4, 7-6
A. Bogomolov Jr. defeated B. Paire [24] 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6
E. Donskoy defeated J. Melzer [29] 7-5, 6-3, 7-6

I. Karlovic defeated J. Blake 6-7, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, 7-6
A. Dolgopolov defeated D. Goffin 6-2, 6-4, 6-4
L. Hewitt defeated B. Baker 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
L. Mayer defeated V. Hanescu 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6
M. Baghdatis defeated G. Soeda 6-4, 6-3, 6-1
P. Gojowczyk defeated I. Sijsling 7-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
S. Devvarman defeated L. Lacko 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
T. Smyczek defeated J. Ducksworth 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1

Women’s Singles 2nd Round
A. Radwanska [3] defeated M. Torro-Flor 6-0, 7-5
N. Li [5] defeated S. Arvidsson 6-2, 6-2
S. Stephens [15] defeated U. Radwanska 6-1, 6-1
C. Suarez Navarro [18] defeated C. Vandewedghe 6-3, 6-4
J. Hampton [23] defeated K. Mladenovic 7-5, 6-4
L. Robson [30] defeated C. Garcia 6-4, 7-6
A. Pavlyuchenkova [32] defeated A. Barty 6-4, 6-0
J. Zheng defeated V. Williams 6-3, 2-6, 7-6

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US Open: Day 2 1st Round Results

RESULTS AROUND THE US OPEN

 

Men’s Singles 1st Round
N. Djokovic [1] defeated R. Berankis 6-1, 6-2, 6-2
T. Berdych [5] defeated P. Lorenzi 6-1, 6-4, 6-1
R. Federer [7] defeated G. Zemlja 6-3, 6-2, 7-5
M. Raonic [10] defeated T. Fabbiano 6-3, 7-6, 6-3
T. Haas [12] defeated P. Mathieu 6-4, 6-4, 6-1
J. Isner [13] defeated F. Volandri 6-0, 6-2, 6-3
M. Gonzalez defeated J. Janowicz [14] 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
D. Istomin defeated N. Almagro [15] 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
P. Kohlscreiber [22] defeated C. Altamirano 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
J. Sousa defeated G. Dimitrov [25] 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
S. Querrey [26] defeated G. Pella 7-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
F. Mayer defeated J. Monaco [28] 6-4, 6-2, 3-0 (Retired)
J. Benneteau [31] defeated M. Przysiezny 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

T. Kamke defeated S. Johnson 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-2
A. Mannarino defeated H. Zeballos 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1
P. Andujar defeated T. de Bakker 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
Y. Lu defeated D. Gimeno-Traver 6-4, 7-6, 6-3
D. Kudla defeated J. Vesely 6-2, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5
E. Roger-Vasselin defeated A. Montanes 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
D. Young defeated M. Klizan 6-1, 6-0, 6-1
C. Berlocq defeated S. Giraldo 6-3, 3-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2
J. Sock defeated P. Petzschner 7-6, 3-6, 5-2 (Retired)
R. Dutra Silva defeated V. Pospisil 4-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2, 7-6
J. Nieminen defeated L. Kubot 7-5, 7-5, 6-2
J. Chardy defeated S. Stakhovsky 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
B. Becker defeated L. Rosol 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
G. Monfils defeated A. Ungur 6-1, 6-2, 6-0

Women’s Singles 1st Round
V. Azarenka [2] defeated D. Pfizenmaier 6-0, 6-0
S. Errani [4] defeated O. Rogowska 6-0, 6-0
C. Wozniacki [6] defeated Y. Duan 6-2, 7-5
P. Kvitova [7] defeated M. Doi 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
R. Vinci [10] defeated T. Babos 6-4, 6-2
V. Duval defeated S. Stosur [11] 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
A. Ivanovic [13] defeated A. Tatishvili 6-2, 6-0
M. Kirilenko [14] defeated Y. Wickmayer 6-1, 6-1
E. Svitolina defeated D. Cibulkova [17] 6-4, 6-3
J. Glushko defeated N. Petrova [20] 6-3, 6-4
S. Halep [21] defeated H. Watson 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
E. Vesnina [22] defeated A. Beck 6-1, 6-1
A. Cornet [26] defeated M. Koehler 6-3, 6-2
S. Kuznetsova [27] defeated M. Burdette 6-3, 7-5
M. Barthel [28] defeated J. Larsson 6-1, 6-4
S. Hsieh defeated K. Zakopalova [31] 6-3, 6-3

C. McHale defeated J. Goerges 6-4, 6-3
F. Pennetta defeated N. Gibbs 6-0, 6-2
A. Riske defeated Pironkova 6-3, 6-3
D. Vekic defeated M. Duque-Marino 7-6, 4-6, 6-2
D. Hantuchova defeated M. Sanchez 7-5, 6-2
B. Jovanovski defeated A. Petkovic 6-2, 6-4
S. Peng defeated Y. Meusburger 6-3, 6-4
C. Scheepers defeated C. Simmonds 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
C. Giorgi defeated J. Cepelova 6-2, 6-2
M. Larcher De Brito defeated E. Daniilidou 6-4, 6-3
A. Dulgheru defeated V. Lepchenko 6-7, 6-2, 7-6
S. Vickery defeated M. Lucic-Baroni defeated 6-4, 6-4
K. Knapp defeated G. Min 6-3, 6-1
L. Safarova defeated L. Tsurenko 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
A. Wozniak defeated V. Dolonc 7-5, 7-6
A. Tomljanovic defeated C. Dellacqua defeated 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

ESPN’s Men’s Day 3 Preview

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US Open: Day 1 1st Round Results

RESULTS AROUND THE US OPEN

 

Men’s Singles
R. Nadal [2] defeated R. Harrison 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
D. Ferrer [4] defeated N. Kyrgios 7-5, 6-3, 6-2
R. Gasquet [8] defeated M. Russell 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
D. Evans defeated K. Nishikori [11] 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
J. Tipsarevic [18] defeated P. Cuevas 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 (Retired)
T. Robredo [19] defeated M. Matosevic 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2
F. Lopez [23] defeated F. Serra 6-7, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3
I. Dodig defeated F. Verdasco [27] 6-3, 7-5, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3
A. Haider-Maurer defeated E. Gulbis [30] 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6, 6-4
D. Tursunov [32] defeated A. Bedene 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
G. Rufin defeated J. Struff 7-6, 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 6-1
B. Tomic defeated A. Ramos 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3
S. Robert defeated A. Olivetti 6-3, 6-3, 6-4
B. Klahn defeated K. De Schepper 6-7, 6-2, 7-6, 7-6
M. Kulkushkin defeated A. Martin 6-4, 7-6, 7-5
N. Davydenko defeated R. Williams 6-3, 4-6, 1-6, 7-5, 6-0
R. Bautista Agut defeated T. Bellucci 6-3, 6-2, 6-2

Women’s Singles
S. Williams [1] defeated F. Schiavone 6-0, 6-1
A. Radwanska [3] defeated S. Soler-Espinosa 6-1, 6-2
N. Li [5] defeated O. Govortsova 6-2, 6-2
A. Kerber [8] defeated L. Hradecka 6-1, 6-1
J. Jankovic [9] defeated M. Keys 6-3, 6-4
V. Williams defeated K. Flipkens [12] 6-1, 6-2
S. Stephens [15] defeated M. Minella 6-4, 3-6, 7-6
S. Lisicki [16] defeated V. Dushevina 6-2, 7-6
C. Suarez Navarro [18] defeated L. Davis 6-0, 6-0
S. Cirstea [19] defeated S. Fichman 7-5, 5-7, 6-1
J. Hampton [23] defeated L. Arruabarrena 6-4, 6-2
E. Makarova [24] defeated P. Hercog 6-2, 6-4
K. Kanepi [25] defeated V. King 4-6, 7-6, 6-1
P. Mayr-Achleitner defeated M. Rybarikova [29] 7-6, 6-3
L. Robson [30] defeated L. Dominguez Lino 7-5, 6-0
A. Pavlyuchenkova [32] defeated V. Razzano 7-5, 6-0

 
C. Vandeweghe defeated A. Krunic 6-4, 7-6
E. Bouchard defeated Ka. Pliskova 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
M. Torro-Flor defeated M. Erakovic 6-0, 6-4
C. Garcia defeated S. Rogers 6-3, 6-2
S. Arvidsson defeated P. Cetkovska 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
Y. Shvedova defeated O. Puchkova 6-1, 6-0
U. Radwanska defeated I. Begu 6-1, 6-3
A. Kleybanova defeated M. Puig 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
A. Schmiedlova defeated S. Voegele 6-1, 5-7, 7-6
K. Nara defeated A. Cadantu 6-2, 6-2
B. Mattek-Sands defeated M. Johansson 6-3, 6-1
K. Mladenovic defeated A. Medina Garrigues 6-1, 1-6, 6-1
P. Ormaechea defeated K. Date-Krumm 6-1, 7-6
A. Barty defeated E. Cabeza Candela 6-1, 6-4
G. Voskoboeva defeated M. Niculescu 6-4, 6-3

ESPN’s Five Things We Learned: Day 1 US Open

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US Open: Day 1

The 2013 edition of the US Open kicks off today in Flushing Meadows, New York. Today’s matches feature a blockbuster crew of big names including defending champion Serena Williams, Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal.

Lets take a look closer into some of the story lines that highlight the first day of this year’s Open.

News developed earlier today that former world no. 4 & fellow American James Blake, has decided to retire from tennis after this years US Open. Blake has won 9 career ATP Tour Events. Blake held a news conference today quoting, “No real surprise here, this is my last tournament. Had 14 pretty good darn years on tour.” Flushing Meadows seems like a good place for Blake to end his career, in front of his rowdy fans in the J-Block.

Red hot Rafael Nadal will be competing in his first match since becoming the first player since Andy Roddick in 2003 to complete the Montreal/Cincinnati sweep. Ironically enough,  in 2003, Roddick ended up winning his next tournament, the US Open, which was the first and only grand slam title of his career.

Nadal enters this years US Open with an impressive 53-3 record in 2013.  Nadal has been the most dominate player on tour, reaching the finals in 11 of 12 tournaments & winning 9.  World No.1 Novak Djokovic proclaimed Nadal’s greatness when he was interviewed by ESPN following his loss to John Isner at the Western & Southern Open, quoting, “”Rafa since he’s come back has been the best player in the world, no question about it.” The most eye-popping statistic from Nadal this year has to be his 15-0 hard court surfaces record. The hard court surfaces has been widely regarded as his worst playing surface.

As well as Nadal has played this year, his road to the finals may be a difficult one. Nadal opens today’s action versus one of the rising American stars of tennis, Ryan Harrison.  Harrison’s game features a big serve with an overpowering forehand. If Harrison can get mentally focused, this match may not be a walkover for Nadal.

The match-up everyone is circling on the men’s bracket has to be the potential match up of Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals. These two have met 31 times in there careers most recently two weeks ago in the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open, but have never met at the US Open. The 31st meeting between the two, Nadal ended up winning his 21st match versus Federer 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.

Roger Federer enters the 2013 US Open in an unfamiliar spot as the 7th seeded player, this due to his recent struggles with his game.  Federer, after suffering his worst grand slam result since 2004 at Wimbledon (losing in the second round Serigy Stakhovsky) decided to switch racquets from his classic racquet, the Wilson Pro Staff Six One 90 BLX to a Wilson prototype 98 sq. in. frame. After play testing with his new 98 sq. in. racquet in two tournaments in Europe, both ending in upset loses to players outside the top 75, Federer went back to his old stick. The switch back to his old stick was partly due to comfort and partly due to the fact that he had points to defend at the Western & Southern Open & the US Open.

If the 5-time US Open champion wants to sniff any chance at competing in this years Open, he will have to go back to his old bag of tricks & start out smarting his opponents. This year may be one of Federer’s last years at seriously competing for his 18th grand slam title, wouldn’t it be fun to watch Federer duel with Nadal in the quarterfinals one last time?

On the women’s side, both of the Williams sisters are competing on the first day. Venus kicked things off on the Arthur Ashe Stadium Court, taking the first set from 12th seeded player in the world, Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, but the match is still in progress.

Serena will take her talents to the Arthur Ashe later in the evening as the first night match of the 2013 US Open. Serena has won 93% of her matches in 2013, posting a 60-4 record. Williams has won 8 titles including a French Open title. Williams will face 2010 French Open Champion, Italian Francesca Schiavone.

Roger That: Federer Sticking with Tennis

Has Roger Federer found a new hobby? Federer appeared in an ad by Credit Suisse today congratulating the Lucerne Festival on its 75th Anniversary.  The festival is one of the largest classical music festivals in the world. The festivals itself takes place in Federer’s backyard of Lucerne, Switzerland. Let’s just say it may take Federer a good 25 years to master the violin.

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Maria Sugarpova?

Maria Sharapova no longer? According to several reports, Maria Sharapova has approached the Supreme Court of Florida to legally change her last name from Sharapova to Sugarpova. Sharapova recently launched a premium candy line, named Sugarpova, that reflects Sharapova’s fun side off the court.

Sharapova hopes to have her name changed by the U.S. Open which begins play Monday, August 26th. By law in the state of Florida, “before the court hearing on a petition for a name change, the petitioner must have fingerprints submitted for a state and national criminal history records check.” This may seem like a tough task considering that Sharapova is currently in New York City training for the U.S. Open. Reports have also been circulating that Sharapova would like to embroider her Sugarpova lips logo onto her clothes for the last Grand Slam tournament of the year. All of this seems like a reach due to the fact that the tournament starts on Monday.

Sharapova may be having fun off the court with her new candy line, but her on court production is a different story. Since making the finals at the French Open, which she proceeded to lose to Serena Williams 4-6, 4-6, Sharapova has only played in three matches. Of the three matches Sharapova has competed in,  she holds a 1-2 record, most notably losing in the 2nd Round of Wimbledon to 118th ranked Michelle Larcher De Brito. After Sharapova’s loss to Sloane Stephens in the 2nd Round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati,  she fired Jimmy Connors as her coach. Connors & Sharapova had only worked together for one match and a total of 34 days. The decision seeemed like a surprise to many, but Connors was in good spirits tweeting:

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That’s A Wrap

(Cincinnati, Ohio August 19th, 2013) – The 2013 Western & Southern Open concluded Sunday with Rafael Nadal and Victoria Azarenka each hoisting a Rookwood Cup for the first time in their careers. At the end of their respected tournaments, Nadal and Azarenka got to express their gratitude towards all the fans who attended the finals and any of their previous matches.

On behalf of all of us at Midwest Sports, we would like to show our deep appreciation for everyone who stopped by our 12,000 square foot retail tent throughout the great week at the Western & Southern Open. Without patrons, sponsors, and the tournament itself the Midwest Sports retail tent would not be possible. The Midwest Sports staff truly enjoys the face to face interaction that takes place in our retail tent which features all of the apparel and equipment that the pros use at the Western & Southern Open.

Each year we try to go a step further to ensure the Midwest Sports retail tent is a unique experience for all of the tournament goers who choose to pay us a visit. We hope this year we were able to achieve that unique experience for our patrons.  We’re already looking for ways to make the 2014 Midwest Sports tent even better!

Our year round retail store is located in Sharonville, Ohio and we encourage you to stop by anytime.  Also check out our website (www.midwestsports.com) for all your tennis needs.

Again, thanks to all the patrons, sponsors, and the tournament itself for making the 2013 Midwest Sports retail tent possible.

 

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