- Stephanie Myles at Busted Racquet3 hrs ago
NEW YORK – There was something (see above) that looked suspiciously like a chest bump between Canadian Vasek Pospisil and American Jack Sock towards the end of their second-round doubles match at the U.S. Open Saturday.
Perhaps an homage, or a message, to the chest-bumping No. 1 Bryan brothers that they're coming again.
Just like at Wimbledon.
There were injury questions at the outset for Pospisil and Sock, who are gunning for their second consecutive Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open after winning a surprise Wimbledon title as an unseeded, and first-time pair.
The Canadian Pospisil injured his shoulder a few days before his first-round singles match against Simone Bolelli of Italy, and ended up losing in five sets. The American Sock had to retire in his own first-round match against Pablo Andujar of Spain with a calf injury that, in the end, seems to have been not much more than a cramp.
They were determined to give it a go. And through their first two rounds, they look like the same enthousiastic pair of puppy dogs who soaked up the Wimbledon experience – and the post-victory champagne.
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet3 hrs ago
NEW YORK – There are no American men left in the men’s singles draw at the U.S. Open. For the second year in a row, they’re all out before the fourth round.
John Isner, this year’s top-seeded American (and the only one in the top 20), was the last to fall, losing 6-7, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7 to Philipp Kohlschreiber. He racked up 42 aces and didn’t cave on 5 break points, but the effort wasn’t enough to overpower the 30-year-old German.
This is the third year in a row that Isner and 22-seed Kohlschreiber have faced off in the third round in Flushing Meadows. All three years, Kohlschreiber has prevailed.
“I didn’t play the big points well today. You know, I had a good amount of chances. I just couldn’t pull through. It’s very disappointing,” Isner said after the match.
Coming into the match, he was 37-17 in tiebreaks this year. He is one of only four active players on the men’s tour to play in 50 or more tiebreaks in a season – and he’s done it five years in a row. But whatever magic he usually has in tiebreaks, he didn’t have today.
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet8 hrs ago
NEW YORK – Novak Djokovic advanced to the fourth round today with a fairly quick 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over American Sam Querrey. It was a routine match for the 2011 U.S. Open champion, who had beaten Querrey in seven of eight prior meetings.
The press conference that followed, though, was far from routine. After answering questions about his game and about fellow Serbian Aleksandra Krunic, asked if there were any particular classroom experiences that impacted his childhood development and intellectual curiosity, Djokovic mentioned music and poetry.
Then, as he so often does, Djokovic caught everyone off guard during his next answer.
"As we talked about music a little bit, if you don't mind, you know, this is a first-time experience for my dear friend Zia. If I may invite her to come here next to me, and if one of you can ask a question," he said as he motioned for Zia Uehling to come forward.
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet11 hrs ago
NEW YORK – As the ball sailed past the baseline, 21-year-old Aleksandra Krunic threw her hands in the air and collapsed onto the court at Louis Armstrong Stadium. As she lay on her back, the capacity crowd rose to their feet. The applause lasted a full two minutes.
Krunic, who had to play her way into the main draw during the qualifying week, had just knocked off 3-seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-4.
“Of course I didn’t expect to win. I was hoping to just win a set,” Krunic said during an on-court interview moments later. “It is an honor for me to be on the same court as Kvitova. She’s such a great champion.”
She is a two-time Wimbledon champion, but Kvitova has struggled in her seven U.S. Open appearances. The last time she advanced beyond the third round was in 2009.
After dropping the first set 6-4 on Saturday, it looked like she was staging a comeback. She rallied from 2-4 to even the second set at 4-all, and she seemed to be in control. But when Krunic broke her to go up 5-4, the writing was on the wall.
- Stephanie Myles at Busted Racquet13 hrs ago
NEW YORK – This is the third round of singles, when the seeded players at the U.S. Open are supposed to start meeting each other.
But early upsets have changed the dynamic, not that the contenders necessarily mind meeting upset upstarts rather than top-30 players.
 John Isner (USA) vs.  Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
This is one matchup that went off as scheduled, and it's the wackiest thing. Isner has a 4-2 record against the German, and those two defeats have come the last two years, in the third round of the U.S. Open.
What are the odds?
 Milos Raonic (CAN) vs. Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM)
Not only is Estrella Burgos the only Dominican ever to have made the main draw at the U.S. Open, it's the first time for Estrella Burgos himself in a Grand Slam, at the advanced age of 34. Just to reach the third round is already a tremendous accomplishment for him; to give Raonic a tough match is a bonus. The acoustics on the Grandstand court will make the big Raonic serve sound even more supersonic than it already is in real life.
 Tommy Robredo (ESP) vs. Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet1 day ago
NEW YORK – The men kept the bracket almost fully intact on Friday as they finished the second round. The night wrapped up with 5-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer winning in straight sets vs. Australian Sam Groth, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
David Ferrer, the fourth seed and two-time semi-finalist here, was the first to advance today, earning a free pass as Australian Bernard Tomic pulled out before their match. Tomic explained that his left hip was hurting, and he did not want to take changes. He had surgery on both hips earlier this year.
First up in Arthur Ashe Stadium, 6th seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic needed five sets and nearly four hours to defeat Martin Klizan of Slovakia.
Crowd-favorite Gael Monfils, the 20th seed this year, is moving on to the third round after topping Alejandro Gonzalez 7-5, 6-3, 6-2, despite committing 43 unforced errors. This was Gonzalez's first U.S. Open. Monfils converted 7 of 17 break points in the match.
Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard: a Canadian convention on the U.S. Open's executive practice courtsStephanie Myles at Busted Racquet1 day ago
NEW YORK – Courts P1 through P5 are restricted at the U.S. Open to the top 16 seeds in the men's and women's draws.
And Friday, shortly after lunch, two Canadians occupied them.
Genie Bouchard was on P2, working out her volleys with coach Nick Saviano, while Milos Raonic was on P3 working on hitting forehand winners from every part of the court.
They were right next to each other on these exclusive courts, watched by a large group of fans in the newly constructed stands right behind them.
It was a small moment in the grand scheme of what will happen on the first Friday of a Grand Slam tournament. But it was a significant one nonetheless.
And the biggest thing about it is that it really didn't seem to be THAT big a thing.
Here's a look. The two did interact occasionally. But mostly they just got down to work.
- Stephanie Myles at Busted Racquet1 day ago
NEW YORK – Another match, another Arthur Ashe Stadium assignment for Canada's Genie Bouchard, this one on Saturday night at 7 p.m. as she faces No. 30 seed Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic in her third-round match.
The surprising part of that is that it's a night match, which on Labour Day weekend is the less-prestigious spot. Look at the men's night-session match: No. 16 seed Tommy Robredo of Spain versus unseeded up-and-coming teenager Nick Kyrgios of Australia.
CBS takes over the daytime coverage from the American Tennis Channel and ESPN over the long weekend, and gets its pick of the matches it wants to broadcast during its 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. window. The word was that CBS wanted Bouchard, who might be more recognizable to North American audiences than higher-ranked Europeans Simona Halep (No. 2), Petra Kvitova (No. 4) and Agnieszka Radwanska (No. 5).
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet1 day ago
NEW YORK – Playing in her second match in less than 24 hours, Venus Williams looked tired as she took the court on Friday against Sara Errani. The two-time U.S. Open champion had only finished her first-round double's match with sister Serena Williams around 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday night.
The first set was a disaster for Williams; tough to watch at times as she gave up three double faults and committed 18 unforced errors. Errani, the higher seed at 13 compared to Williams's 19, took the first set 6-0.
It was the first time Williams has bageled a set on hard courts since the 2009 U.S. Open. That time, she was playing Kim Clijsters. That time, she took the second set 6-0.
Today, she did the same. She looked like her powerful self again, hitting 14 winners to Errani's five as this time, it was Errani with a bagel. The match was even at 0-6, 6-0. Williams appeared to have the edge, and she definitely had the crowd on her side.
- Stephanie Myles at Busted Racquet1 day ago
NEW YORK – There isn't a ton of home-country content left in this U.S. Open – no offense to the friends and family of Tim Smyczek.
But whenever that occurs, regardless of the country tennis travels to that week, there is always the honorary citizen of the world, Roger Federer.
In the absence of the stars and stripes, he usually fills in just fine as a pseudo-local favorite.
Meanwhile, the women are starting the third round, which means the seeds will begin to square off.
Federer has a night match on Arthur Ashe Stadium against Australian Sam Groth and his massive serve, which will be followed by a women's match full of firepower involving Maria Sharapova and Sabine Lisicki.
Federer, generally speaking, doesn't have much trouble with big serves. As proof, we offer his last two matches against huge-serving Canadian Milos Raonic, at WImbledon and a few weeks ago in Cincinnati.