Five US Open ‘Winners’ Other than Novak Djokovic and Coco Gauff
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by Ben Fisher
7M ago
From opposite ends of the age spectrum, 36-year-old Novak Djokovic and 19-year-old Coco Gauff have spent the past two weeks in New York demonstrating that age is just a number. It goes without saying that the 24-time Grand Slam champion and the one-time Grand Slam winner both had a highly successful fortnight at the US Open, so let’s take a look at some of the other players who made their mark on the Big Apple. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) We see underdog runs at every Grand Slam. Rarely, however, is the beneficiary a 33-year-old WTA Tour veteran. In unlikely fashion, Sorana Cirstea turned back the c ..read more
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Novak Djokovic, Ben Shelton Prove to Be US Open’s Biggest Winners
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by Jett Caminiti
7M ago
The final Slam of the year is in the books in men’s tennis, and some players took massive leaps forward while others took a bit of a step back. Let’s take a look at the biggest winners and losers of this year’s US Open. Biggest Winners Novak Djokovic The first choice has to go with the champion, Novak Djokovic. Besides a hiccup in the third round where he dropped the first two sets to his compatriot Laslo Djere, Djokovic cruised easily to all of his other victories. It was easy to imagine Djokovic losing some motivation after his Wimbledon final defeat to Alcaraz, but the opposite ended up be ..read more
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Forget The Big Three: Novak Djokovic Is Becoming The Giant One
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by Martin Keady
7M ago
It may still seem inconceivable right now, but there may come a time in the not-too-distant future when the phrase “The Big Three” becomes obsolete and is replaced by “The Giant One (and The Big Two)”. That is because Novak Djokovic, having just won his 24th Major Singles title, might end his career by winning so many Major Singles titles that even the previous all-time greatness of Nadal and Federer will be eclipsed. No Man Matches Novak – Only Margaret Court In winning his fourth US Open Singles title, Djokovic has pulled further clear of Nadal (who has 22 Major Singles titles) and Federer ..read more
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Novak Djokovic Wins US Open, 24th Grand Slam Title (Ties All-Time Record for Men or Women)
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by Jim Smith
7M ago
For years, no one compared the number of Grand Slam titles the best men had to the best women. After all, it was no contest. In the early 2000s, two women had over 20 Grand Slam titles (Margaret Court with 24 and Steffi Graf with 22), with three others close to it (Helen Wills Moody with 19, Martina Navratilova and Chrissie Evert with 18). The men’s record? Pete Sampras won his 14th in 2002. But, of course, Roger Federer began rewriting the men’s records books shortly after that, with Rafael Nadal close behind him. And then Novak Djokovic came along, gobbling up all of their records, and more ..read more
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Novak Djokovic Ties Yet Another Roger Federer Record
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by Jett Caminiti
7M ago
Novak Djokovic continues to make history just about every time he decides to enter a Grand Slam singles draw. We all know he’s racing for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court’s tally in the women’s game. To go along with the pressure of that, Novak also set the record for most Men’s singles semifinal appearances. To put the icing on the cake, he has now tied Roger Federer for his mark of three calendar seasons where he’s appeared in all four Grand Slam finals. This ties them for the most all-time in the Open Era. It is impossibly great stuff from the Serbian legend ..read more
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Sabalenka Rallies Her Way Into US Open Final
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by Ben Fisher
7M ago
A perfectly imperfect performance from Aryna Sabalenka on Thursday night has put her on the cusp of her second career Grand Slam title. Sabalenka bounced back from being bageled in the first set and refocused after incorrectly believing she had secured victory with her seventh point of the third set tiebreak (deciding tiebreaks at majors now go to 10 points), topping Madison Keys 0-6, 7-6(1), 7-6(10-5). Now, the Belarusian has an opportunity to reach No. 1 in the world and win the year’s final Slam. The No. 1 ranking is already taken care of. Sabalenka has guaranteed herself of the top rankin ..read more
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What the Rise of Ben Shelton Means For Men’s Tennis
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by Jett Caminiti
7M ago
2023 has been a breakout year for the 20-year-old American star Ben Shelton. Earlier this season at the Australian Open, he burst onto the scene with a magnificent run into the quarterfinals. His huge serve and flashy play-style has captivated fans all over the world. He adds even more depth to an already deep roster of Americans in the Top 50 including Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul, Frances Tiafoe, Chris Eubanks, Sebastian Korda, and Mackenzie McDonald. Now at the US Open, Shelton is at it again. He’s stacked wins together against some of his American compatriots and is now into the semifinals se ..read more
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Karolina Muchova, Marketa Vondrousova Leading the Czech Charge
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by Ben Fisher
7M ago
Tuesday night’s historic all-American (and all-African American) men’s US Open quarterfinal showdown between Ben Shelton and No. 10 seed Frances Tiafoe served to celebrate a return to dominance for the American men. More quietly, however, the preceding match during the night session on Arthur Ashe Stadium quietly celebrated another country’s dominance. When Karolina Muchova, herself a No. 10 seed, made quick work of 30th-seeded Romanian veteran Sorana Cirstea in a 6-0 6-3 win, she secured a spot in the semifinals and provided yet another highlight in what has been a memorable 2023 for the wom ..read more
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Madison Keys on track for first Grand Slam Title
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by Glenys Furness
7M ago
Madison Keys has made the quarterfinal of the US Open. It’s her best showing here since 2017, when she made the final and 2018, when she made the semifinal. The American has the potential to go all the way this time. Madison Keys on course for maiden slam 28-year-old Keys has impressed so far at Flushing Meadows. The American has dropped only one set to this point. Keys was unstoppable against compatriot and third seed Jessica Pegula last round. The older American was no match for the 17th seed, who eased through the first set dropping only one game. Keys needed only one break of serve to tak ..read more
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US Open 2023: There’s no stopping Coco and Djoko
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by Tope Oke
7M ago
The day session on Tuesday at the US Open was one the lightest in terms of matches played–one each from the men’s and women’s draws, yet it probably had the highest star power. Iga Swiatek’s slayer, Jelena Ostapenko, came up against home favorite and 6th seed Coco Gauff. Of course, many had rightly expected her to take the young American to the distance or even surpass her, yet within an hour, the match was over. Gauff’s tremendous service game married with some superb returns forced the Latvian into a mammoth 38 unforced errors which ultimately decided the match before it even started, 6-0 6 ..read more
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