Nightshift Sports: US Open 4 September 2018

Day 9
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Context and Background 
The U.S. Open, which started August 27th and runs through September 9th,  is the last tennis major of the year. There was a week of qualifying (the qualifying started on 21 August) and now the real heavy lifting begins with the last week of the tournament now in progress.
Men’s Singles:

  • Nadal took out Thiem, 0-6, 6-4, 7-5,6-7, 7-6
  • del Poltro dropped Isner, 7-6, 3-6, 6-7, 2-6

Rafa Nadal and Dominic Thiem played the longest match of the tournament (5 hours and 5 sets) but, in the end, Nadal pushed through to win and move into the semi-finals. Nadal is on track to make it to the Men’s Championship Finals for the second year in a row.
The last American male in the tournament, “Big John” Isner lost to Martin del Poltro in four sets. Isner has been increasingly a factor in the late stages of Grand Slams but has yet to win one. Let’s hope that he picks up at least one major before his career ends…..
Women’s Singles:

  • Williams beat Pliskova, 6-4, 6-3
  • Sevastova knocked off Stephens, 6-2, 6-3

Serena is very much at home at the U.S. Open, and won in straight sets over Pliskova. She’s on a roll.
Last year’s champion, Sloan Stephens was taken out in straight sets by Sevastova. Stephens has played well this year, but not necessarily inspired and it takes more than good form to win a major.
A series of links to stories and information about the tournament are listed below. Also, today, we are adding a group of equipment links–just in case you get inspired and go out to play tennis, there are links and information on what to buy and where to buy it.

Direct Link to U.S.Open Website
New York Times Coverage
Nadal/Theim/BBC Coverage
Direct Link to Men’s Draw
Direct Link to Women’s Draw
Direct Link to U.S. Open Draw ( all classes)
U.S.Open Schedule of Play
Players in the 2018 U.S. Open
How to Watch: International
How to Watch: USA
Favorites for 2018
U.S.Open history
The Kyrgios Drama
2018 Wimbledon Final Results
2018 French Open Results and Stories
2018 Australian Open Results
U.S. Open Draw/Results
U.S.Open Sponsors
Federer Vs. Krygios
A Day in the Life of Court 15
Marin Cilic Profile
The Shot
Equipment resources
Nike Tennis
Head Tennis Racquets
Babolot Tennis
Polo/Ralph Lauren
New Balance
Tennis Express (Online ordering)
Tennis Warehouse (Online ordering)
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