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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.
- Juan Martin Del Poltro defeats Rafa Nadal, 7-6,7-2, Retired
- Novak Djokovic defeats Kei Nishikori,6-3,6-4,6-2
The Men’s Final on Sunday will be Del Poltro vs. Djokovic. It will be eight US Open final, tying the record.
Rafa Nadal retired after the second set in his battle with Del Poltro. Nadal was suffering from a painful right knee and elected not to continue. He is the first player to retire in the semi-final or final of the US Open since the professional era began in 1968. Nadal played several five set matches(that could not be good for his knees) including a grueling, late night match against Douglas Thiem. Del Poltro won the tournament in 2009 and will be gunning for his second Championship when he plays Novak Djokovic on Sunday. Djokovic is back and strong and playing at a very high level; his power may be too much for Del Poltro.
- There were no Women’s Singles matches on Friday at the Open. Serena Williams will play Naomi Osaka on Saturday afternoon for the Women’s Singles Championship.
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.
New York Times continuing coverage (i.e. constant refresh) of Women’s Singles Championships today (8 Sept 2018)
New York Times Coverage of Friday’s Matches
Direct Link to U.S.Open Website
New York Times 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
The Kyrgios Drama
2018 Wimbledon Final Results
2018 French Open Results and Stories
2018 Australian Open Results
U.S. Open Draw/Results
Federer Vs. Krygios
A Day in the Life of Court 15
Marin Cilic Profile
Osaka and Serena
USTA Membership Info
Head Tennis Racquets
Tennis Express (Online ordering)
Tennis Warehouse (Online ordering)
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