Winds of change at the Davis Cup

September 20, 2010

A fan stands up to applaud during the match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's final at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York September 13, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

The 2010 US Open was a very challenging tournament for all the players this year because of the weather conditions. Players had to deal with a heat wave for the first three days with temperatures well over 100 degrees. Then the mercury dropped into the mid 80s and during the final week dropped to the mid 70’s. With the weather being so hot for the first three days, the players needed to make sure they took shade, ice towels, electrolyte drinks and consumed bananas on court to get potassium into their body. There was a real threat of players cramping with such temperatures. Hydration and prevention were key.

Nadal success sparks new GOAT debate

September 15, 2010

TENNIS-OPEN/Rafael Nadal ticked off another box when he joined an exclusive group of men to win a career grand slam and in doing so re-ignited the debate about whether he or Roger Federer is the better player.

U.S. Open final: Nadal beats Djokovic – how it happened

September 12, 2010

Rafa Nadal beat Novak Djokovic in four sets to win the U.S. Open title for the first time and complete the career grand slam, only the seventh man to do it. Here’s how it happened.

U.S. Open: Day Five

September 3, 2010

Fans shelter under umbrellas during a rain delay at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 3, 2010. REUTERS/Kena Betancur

By Helen Cook

What a week! And now the players are facing a long rally with Mother Nature in the shape of Hurricane Earl – which was the size of a small country earlier this week.

U.S. Open: Day Three

September 1, 2010

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus collapses on the court during her match against Gisela Dulko of Argentina during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 1, 2010. Azarenka was unable to continue the match. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

By Helen Cook and Josh Hargreaves

Earlier in the day tournament talk swirled around the moment Victoria Azarenka collapsed in a heap on court under the searing sun at just 11:30 a.m., but the heat took a back seat in the evening matches when the best American hopeful in the men’s draw Andy Roddick stumbled to a bad-tempered second round exit.

U.S. Open: Day Two

August 31, 2010

Novak Djokovic of Serbia tries to cool off during a break in his match against compatriot ViktorTroicki during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 31,  2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar

By Helen Cook and Josh Hargreaves

It was a battle of the sweat on court during day two – even the fans gave up and went in search of shade.

From the baseline: Tricky shot

August 31, 2010

A combination photo shows Roger Federer of Switzerland returning a winning shot between his legs while playing against Brian Dabul of Argentina during their opening night match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 30, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Trick shots are nothing new for five-time U.S. Open champ Roger Federer.

With five former champs seeing action on day one, it was a spectacular between the legs shot during the second set of his victory over Argentine baseliner Brian Dabul that will dominate talk around the water cooler this morning.

From the baseline

August 30, 2010

Melanie Oudin of the U.S. eyes a return to Olga Savchuk of Ukraine during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 30, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Some big names on opening day at Flushing Meadows, with a birthday win for Andy Roddick and a nervous start for fifth seed Robin Soderling.

Rusedski predicts an unpredictable US Open

August 30, 2010

A cashier hands change to a customer buying an oversized tennis ball used for gathering autographs at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York August 29, 2010.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The 2010 US Open is going to be very interesting and unpredictable! This summer on the hard courts Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Mardy Fish, David Nalbandian and Sam Querrey have all won titles. Rafael Nadal is seeded number 1 at the tournament but has not adjusted well enough to the hard courts and unfortunately I don’t believe he will win the title. My prediction is that he will have a run but will still miss out on the one slam that eludes him. Federer goes in as favorite after his victory in Cincinnati and wants to prove to everyone that he is still a major force and can still win slams. Murray will be second favorite because in Toronto he was superb and if he can play attacking and aggressive tennis throughout the fortnight, he has a real chance to win his first grand slam title.

Rusedski reflects on Cincinnati results

August 27, 2010

The Cincinnati Masters Series was the last big event before the US Open begins. It is closer to conditions in New York than those in Toronto, but slightly hotter than New York. The ball traveled even faster through the air because of the climate.