The 54 Shot Rally

Below is the amazing 54 shot rally between Rafael Nadal & Novak Djokovic during the finals of the 2013 US Open. Djokovic ended up winning the point after 54 shots. Nadal ended up winning the match in 4 sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. This is why we love tennis!

Here are some reactions to the rally

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Nadal Claims his 2nd US Open

Rafael Nadal won his second career U.S. Open after defeating No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. The match took 3 hours and 20 mins, Nadal now leads the all time series between Djokovic 22-15. Nadal’s first U.S. Open title was three years ago in 2010, in which he defeated Djokovic in four sets, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. By achieving his 13th career grand slam title, Nadal passed Roy Emerson for 3rd all time on the grand slam titles list. Nadal now only needs one more major title to tie the great Pete Sampras for the 2nd most single’s grand slam titles of all time.

After winning the U.S. Open, Nadal improved his hard court match record to 22-0 & an impressive 60-3 match record on the year. Nadal has claimed 10 of the 13 tournaments he has played in this year. Nadal has moved up from No. 5 in the world up to No. 2. Rafa has also claimed $10,438,849 dollars in prize money for the 2013 season.  This is definitely one of the most historic seasons in Rafael Nadal’s career.

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Around the Open

The first weekend of the 2013 US Open concluded after a memorable Labor Day featuring five top 10 players ATP players including the five time US Open champion, Roger Federer, whom was defeated in the 4th Round by the 31 year old Spaniard, Tommy Robredo.

The 19th seeded Robredo played an excellent match mixing both his one handed slice backhand with his very reliable forehand. Robredo outlasted Federer in a straight set match  7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-4. This was Federer’s earliest exit from US Open since his loss to David Nalbandian (3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3) in the 4th round of the 2003 US Open. The match between Federer & Robredo was moved from Arthur Ashe Stadium to Armstrong Stadium due to the weather which forced matches to be pushed back. Robredo will face Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals after Nadal defeated Philipp Kohlschrieber 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.

Nadal dropped his first set of the tournament in the 4th round to Kohlschreiber after losing a tiebreaker in the 1st set of the match 7-3. It seemed that after losing the opening set in to Kohlschrieber, Nadal played with a different level of energy and defeated the German handily 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.

The two remaining matches of the day were quite thrilling as the 4th seeded David Ferrer defeated the Serbian, Janko Tipsarevic, in a 4 set match, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(3).  8th seeded Richard Gasquet saved a match point to defeat the hard hitting Canadian, Milos Raonic, in 5 sets, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (9), 7-5. Ferrer will match up with Gasquet in the quarterfinals, the winner of that match will face the winner of the Rafael Nadal vs. Tommy Robredo match in the semifinals of the US Open.

 

Men’s Singles 4th Round Results

R. Nadal [2] defeated P. Kohlschreiber [22] 6-7, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1
D. Ferrer [4] defeated J. Tipsarevic [18] 7-6, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6
T. Robredo [19] defeated R. Federer [7] 7-6, 6-3, 6-4
R. Gasquet [8] defeated M. Raonic [10] 6-7, 7-6, 2-6, 7-6, 7-5

Women’s Singles 4th Round Results
S. Williams [1] defeated S. Stephens [15] 6-4, 6-1
E. Makarova [24] defeated A. Radwanska [3] 6-4, 6-4
N. Li [5] defeated J. Jankovic [9] 6-3, 6-0
C. Suarez Navarro [18] defeated A. Kerber [8] 4-6, 6-3, 7-6
R. Vinci [10] defeated C. Giogri 6-4, 6-2
F. Pennetta defeated S. Halep [21] 6-2, 7-6
D. Hantuchova defeated A. Riske 6-3, 5-7, 6-2

STILL TO PLAY
V. Azarenka [2] vs. A. Ivanovic [13] 11:00AM Arthur Ashe Stadium