U.S. Open Tennis: Novak Djokovic Defeats Rafa Nadal in Final, Caps Off Remarkable Season

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U.S. Open Tennis 2011 Men's Final: Novak Djokovic Looks For Fifth Straight Victory Over Rafael Nadal

Who is the best men’s tennis player in the world right now? That matter might well be settled this afternoon in Arthur Ashe Stadium when the No. 1 player in the world, Novak Djokovic, meets the No. 2 player in the world, Rafael Nadal, for the men’s singles title in the finals of the 2011 U.S. Open Tennis Championships.

The match is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET. Television coverage will be provided by CBS.

Djokovic has titles in two of this year’s three Grand Slam events, winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles. The third Grand Slam, the French Open, was won by Nadal.

Djokovic has won all five times the two have played against each other in 2011, including the finals at Wimbledon. Douglas Perry of The Oregonian went so far as to say Nadal has become Djokovic’s “lapdog” this season.

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U.S. Open Tennis 2011 Women's Final: Samantha Stosur Shocks Serena Williams In Straight Sets

Ninth-seeded Samantha Stosur beat a frustrated, emtional Serena Williams in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, Sunday to win the 2011 U.S. Open Tennis Championships women’s title. This was Stosur’s first Grand Slam title.

After losing the first set, Williams drew a penalty from chair umpire Eva Asderaki, who ruled that Williams yelling “come on” as Stosur reached for a shot interfered with Stosur’s ability to play the ball. The penalty gacve Stosur the game, and Williams launched into what will certainly be a memorable tirade, including these memorable lines:

“You’re a hater, and you’re just unattractive inside. Who would do such a thing? And I NEVER complain.”
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“If you’re ever walking down the hallway with me, you better walk the other way.”
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“I get a code violation for this? I express who I am. We’re in AMERICA, last I checked.”

The men’s final will be held Monday at 4 p.m. ET. Top-seeded Novak Djokovic will face second-seeded Rafael Nadal.

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U.S. Open Tennis 2011: Williams Vs. Stosur In Women's Final

The highly-anticipated women’s semifinal match between current world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and former No. 1 Serena Williams in the semifinals of the 2011 U.S. Open Tennis Championships turned out not be much of a match at all.

Williams dominated Wozniacki from the outset, winning 6-2, 6-4. Williams will face Samantha Stosur in today’s women’s final (4 p.m. ET, CBS). Stosur defeated Angelique Kerber, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.

In men’s action Saturday, top-seeded Novak Djokovic lost the first two sets before rallying to defeat third-seeded Roger Federer in a classic five-set match, 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5. The ever-changing emotions of the New York crowd at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing added to the match. In the other men’s semifinal, second-seeded Rafael Nadal routed fourth-seeded Andy Murray, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

The men’s final will be held on Monday at 4 p.m.

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U.S. Open Tennis 2011: Dream Matches Set For Saturday

The 2011 U.S. Open Tennis Championships have reached the semifinals, and dream matchups abound today at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing. For a tournament that lost two days mid-week to heavy rain the final weekend really could not set up any better.

On the men’s side the top four seeds have all reached the semifinals. Top-seeded Novak Djokovic will take on third-seeded Roger Federer, while fourth-seeded Andy Murray tries to knock off No. 2 Rafael Nadal. The winners are scheduled to meet on Monday at 4 p.m. in the men’s final.

On the women’s side, Caroline Wozniacki, seeded first and ranked No. 1 in the world, meets 28th-seeded Serena Williams, still regarded as the world’s best player, in a highly-anticipated prime time match Saturday night. In the other women’s semifinal ninth-seeded Samantha Stosur faces Angelique Kerber. The women’s final is set for Sunday at 4 p.m.

Live television coverage on CBS begins at noon.

Men’s Semifinals

Novak Djokovic (SRB, 1) vs. Roger Federer (SUI 3), Noon ET
Andy Murray (GBR, 4) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP, 2), 2:45 p.m.

Women’s Semifinals

Angelique Kerber (GER) vs. Samantha Stosur (AUS, 9), 6 p.m.
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN, 1) vs. Serena Williams (USA, 28), 7 p.m.

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U.S. Open Tennis 2011: Friday's Matches, TV Schedule

Inclement weather that forced postponement of U.S. Open Tennis Championships matches on Tuesday and Wednesday means the final rounds of the tournament will finish later than originally scheduled.

The women’s semifinals were originally scheduled to be played on Friday, but have been moved to Saturday night. The final will now be played at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The men’s semifinals are still set for Saturday, but the final has been moved to Monday at 4 p.m.

Americans Andy Roddick and John Isner will be in action today in the men’s singles quarterfinals. Roddick, seeded 21st, takes on second-seeded Rafael Nadal. Isner (28) takes on fourth-seeded Andy Murray. Matches at the Bill Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing are set to begin at noon.

— See Thursday’s results

Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals

John Isner (USA, 28) vs. Andy Murray (GBR, 4), Noon
Andy Roddick (USA, 21) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP, 2), Noon

Friday TV Coverage
12:30-6 p.m., Men’s Quarterfinals, CBS

You can find the complete schedule of play on the tournament’s official website.

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U.S. Open Tennis 2011: Thursday's Matches, TV Schedule

After rain postponed action in the U.S. Open Tennis Championships the past two days, play is scheduled to resume Thursday morning at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing. Weather-permitting, of course.

A star-studded field of players are scheduled to compete on Thursday.

On the men’s side, top seeds Novak Djokovic (1), Rafael Nadal (2), Roger Federer (3) and Andy Murray (4) are all in action. Americans Andy Roddick (21) and John Isner (28) are also scheduled to play.

On the women’s side, No. 1 Carolina Wozniacki, No. 28 Serena Williams and No. 2 Vera Zvonerava all have matches scheduled.

The match and TV schedule for the day are below. All times are Eastern.

Men’s Matches

Gilles Muller (LUX) vs Rafael Nadal (ESP, 2), 11 a.m.
Novak Djokovic (SRB, 1) vs. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB, 20), 11 a.m.
Andy Roddick (USA, 21) vs David Ferrer (ESP, 5), 11 a.m.
Donald Young (USA) vs Andy Murray (GBR, 4), 11 a.m.
Roger Federer (SUI, 3) vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA, 11) 7 p.m.

Women’s Matches

Serena Williams (USA, 28) vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS, 17), 11 a.m.
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN, 1) vs. Andrea Petkovic (GER, 10) 1 p.m.
Samantha Stosur (AUS, 9) vs. Vera Zvonareva (RUS, 2), 1 p.m.
Angelique Kerber (GER) vs. Flavia Pennetta (ITA, 26), 1 p.m.

Thursday TV Schedule
11a.m.-7 p.m. Tennis Channel
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Men’s Quarterfinals ESPN2
7-11 p.m. Men’s Quarterfinals, ESPN2

You can find the complete schedule of play on the tournament’s official website.

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U.S. Open Tennis 2011: Caroline Wozniacki, Roger Federer Advance

Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki advanced in late-night matches Monday during play in the U.S. Open Tennis Championships at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing.

Federer had to wait until nearly midnight to begin play. When he did, though, he made quick work of uan Monaco of Argentina 6-1, 6-2, 6-0. The match began at 11:50 p.m. ET, and Federer finished it at 1:15 a.m. Federer, seeded third, will meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals. Tsonga defeated Federer at Wimbledon.

On the women’s side, the top-seeded Wozniacki lost the first set to No. 15 Svetlana Kuznetsova and trailed 4-1 in the second set before rallying. She ended up with a hard-fought 6-7 (6-8), 7-5, 6-1 victory in a match that took 3 hours, 2 minutes to complete.

You can find the complete schedule of play on the tournament’s official website.

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U.S. Open Tennis 2011: Monday's Best Matches, TV Schedule

Here are some of the best matches and the television schedule for Monday as Week of the 2011 U.S. Open Tennis Championships begins at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing. All times are Eastern. Television coverage is live unless otherwise noted.

Men’s Draw

Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov (22), 11 a.m.]
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (11) vs. Mardy Fish (8), 2:30 p.m.
Roger Federer (3) vs. Juan Monaco, 7 p.m.

Women’s Draw

Serena Williams (28) vs. Ana Ivanovic (16), 1 p.m.
Caroline Wozniacki (1) vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (15), 7 p.m.

Sunday’s Results

On the men’s side Sunday, Rafael Nadal (2), Andy Roddick (21), Andy Murray (4) an John Isner (28) were among the players to advance.

On the women’s side, Vera Zvonerava (2) and Flavia Pannetta (26) advanced.


Monday, September 5

11a.m.-6 p.m. Round of 16 Round CBS
7-11 p.m. Primetime Round of 16 ESPN2

You can find the complete schedule of play on the tournament’s official website.

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U.S. Open Tennis 2011: Day 7 Best Matches, TV Schedule

Here are some of the best matches and the television schedule for Sunday’s Day 7 of the 2011 U.S. Open Tennis Championships at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing. All times are Eastern. Television coverage is live unless otherwise noted.

Men’s Draw

David Nalbandian vs. Rafael Nadal (2), 11 a.m.
Alex Bogomolov Jr. vs. John Isner (28), 11 a.m.
Feliciano Lopez (25) vs. Andy Murray (4), 7 p.m.

Women’s Draw

Maria Kirilenko (25) vs. Samantha Stosur (9),11 a.m.
Sabine Lisicki (22) vs. Vera Zvonareva (2), 7 p.m.


Sunday TV Schedule

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Third Round/Round of 16 CBS
7-11 p.m. Third Round/Round of 16 Tennis Channel

Saturday’s action

On the men’s side Saturday, top-seeded Novak Djokovic, third-seeded Roger Federer and eight-seeded Mardy Fish advanced.

On the women’s side, top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki advanced, as did 28th-seeded Serena Williams and 16th -seeded Ana Ivanovic, who defeated American Sloane Stephens.

You can find the complete schedule of play on the tournament’s official website.

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U.S. Open Tennis 2011: Day 6 Best Matches, TV Schedule

Here are some of the best matches and the television schedule for Saturday’s Day 6 of the 2011 U.S. Open Tennis Championships at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing. All times are Eastern. Television coverage is live unless otherwise noted.

On the men’s side top seed Novak Djokovic and third-seeded Roger Federer are in action today. Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki and Serena Williams (28th) are the headliners in today’s women’s draw.

Men’s Draw

Kevin Anderson vs. Mardy Fish (8), 11 a.m.
Roger Federer (3) vs. Marin Cilic (27), 1 p.m.
Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Nikolay Davydenko, 7 p.m.

Women’s Draw

Caroline Wozniacki (1) vs. Vania King, 11 a.m.
Victoria Azarenka (4) vs. Serena Williams (28), 3 p.m.

Saturday TV Schedule
11a.m.-6 p.m. Third Round CBS
7-11 p.m. Third Round Tennis Channel

You can find the complete schedule of play on the tournament’s official website.

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U.S. Open Tennis: Maria Sharapova Upset By Flavia Pannetta

Maria Sharapova was one of the more recognizable names at the 2011 U.S. Open, entering the tournament as the No. 3 ranked player and a favorite to make it to the later rounds. Unfortunately for the Russian, however, 26-seeded Flavia Pannetta upset her in Friday’s third round of action.

Pennetta won the first set 6-3, dropped the second set 3-6 and then rallied with a 6-4 victory to decide the match. It was the first time this year that Sharapova failed to win a match that went the distance.

.“I think she played really smart. That’s her game, and she makes you hit a lot of balls,” Sharapova said in her post-match press conference. “Even when I had balls in the middle of the court, I just didn’t do much with them. I thought I could have done a lot more. When you’re down 1-4 and you get yourself back in a position where can you win again and start making errors, it’s just too inconsistent to win the match against her.”

Pennetta, an Italian, is now 2-2 all-time against Sharapova.

“The tennis was amazing. We fought a lot,” Pennetta said in an on-court interview. “I want to thank the crowd for supporting me. This is one of the best victories of my career. I hope to get through in the next round.”

Sharapova was considered the favorite behind only Serena Williams to win the entire tournament.

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2011 U.S. Open Tennis Results: Federer Cruises Easily In Second Round, Ferrero Wins Second Consecutive Five-Set Marathon

The Thursday night session at the 2011 U.S. Open is just underway, but before turning our attention to the second round action from the Arthur Ashe National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadowns, New York, let's take a quick look at what unfolded earlier in the day.

On the men's side, four-time U.S. Open winner Roger Federer looked outstanding, easily dismissing Israeli Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. Federer actually had a fairly high number of unforced errors (26), but he neutralized that with 31 winners. Most importantly though for Federer, his first serve percentage was 71 percent. Hard to beat Federer when he's serving like that. Federer won 88 percent of the points that he connected on his first serve. The third-seeded advances to round three where he'll face the No. 27 seed, Marin Cilic, a 6'6" inch Croatian that will have to serve well himself if he has much hope of knocking off Federer.

The most exciting match of the day was unquestionably the five-set affair between 31-year old Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain and No. 7 seed Gael Monfils of France. Fresh off a five set win in the first round, Ferrero successfully went the distance again, winning 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4. Ferrero was aggressive when he had to be, but he largely let Monfils beat himself with unforced errors. Monfils had 81 winners, but 81 unforced errors. After nearly five hours of play, the '03 Finalist emerged victorious for the second time this week after trailing two sets to one. He'll next face fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers.

Is it just me, or has Tommy Haas been around forever. Fine, the German is only 33, but 2011 marks his 13th Open. He's not ready to go home just yet. Haas advanced to the third round with a straight set win over Alejandro Falla. He'll face Argentinian Juan Monaco in the third round.

For more tennis coverage, be sure to frequent <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/tennis" target="new">SB Nation's tennis hub</a>.

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U.S. Open 2011 Results: Mardy Fish, Maria Sharapova Win; Wimbledon Champ Petra Kvitova Upset

The 2011 U.S. Open began on Monday in Flushing, N.Y., without much exciting expected to happen. Halfway through the first day, however, Maria Sharapova and Mardy Fish have already picked up victories and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was upset.

Fish, the top American competing at America’s Open, defeated Germany’s Tobias Kamke in straight sets with set scores of 6-2, 6-2 and 6-1. Fish made short work of his opponent, but was able to include a between-the-legs shot for those putting together highlight packages.

Sharapova, heading into the tournament ranked third, won her first round match-up as well. The 24-year-old Russian defeated England’s Heather Watson 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in a match that looked like it might be the second straight opening-round upset in the women’s bracket.

The first upset came when Wimbledon winner Kvitova lost in straight sets to Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania. Kvitova was ranked fifth heading into the Open.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for the remainder of the evening as there should be an update regarding the later match-ups which include both Roger Federer and Serena Williams.

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