Tuesday at the U.S. Open had it all -- five-set thrillers, American hopefuls, amazing comebacks big stars, see-saw matches and a night session that lasted into the wee hours of the next day. Busted Racquet recaps the exciting day from the USTA National Tennis Center, starting with the first major singles match of the day:
5:51 p.m. -- After breaking Querrey in the penultimate game of the fifth set, Wawrinka holds serve to cap a 7-6 (9), 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 victory. It is the match of the day.
6:20 p.m. -- Ten minutes after it began, the first game of Williams-Schiavone ends with Venus holding serve.
7:14 p.m. -- Williams wins the first set in a tiebreaker, holding on after blowing a 4-1 lead.
8:04 p.m. -- Schiavone hits a shot long and Venus wins their match in straights, 7-6 (5), 6-4.
8:47 p.m. -- Kim Clijsters vs. Sam Stosur starts on Ashe. The break between the two women's matches was so lenghty because the stadium had to be cleared in between the afternoon and evening sessions. That they were able to do so in only 43 minutes is remarkable.
10:08 p.m. -- Stosur takes the second set.
10:41 p.m. -- Clijsters wins a set that started out break-break-break-break-break-break. The defending champion held serve for the first time at 4-3 and went on to win 6-4. She'll face Venus Williams in the semifinals.
10:47 p.m. -- Meanwhile, there's still a match going on at Armstrong. After four hours and 23 minutes, Fernando Verdasco caps a stunning comeback from two sets down and 4-1 in the final-set tiebreak to take out his Davis Cup teammate. His winner on match point was one of the best you'll ever see.
10:55 p.m. -- Pam Shriver ends pre-match interviews. Look, I get that ESPN has a deal to interview the players before the match. And I get that the network and the USTA still want to interview players before a match even though it's starting two hours later than expected. But is there really a need to ask each player more than three questions? "How do you feel?" "You ready after that long wait?" "What's your strategy." Wham, bam, thank you ma'am. Sometimes Pam Shriver interviews feel like Senate confirmation hearings.
11:07 p.m. -- Rafael Nadal vs. Feliciano Lopez begins.
1:15 a.m. -- In an anti-climatic end to a riveting day of tennis, Nadal wins easily against Lopez. Like everyone else at the Open, Lopez couldn't break Nadal's serve even though he was up 40-0 at one point in the first. Nadal does a post-match interview and ESPN cameras cut to a worker cleaning the stadium. After all, the next match begins in less than ten hours.