Genie Bouchard Ready to Embrace Rowdy U.S. Open Fans

2014 US Open - Day 2Over the years, some non-American tennis players have shown they can’t handle the rowdy crowds at the U.S. Open.

South African Kevin Curren once famously said, “They should drop an A-bomb on the place.”

But not Eugenie Bouchard.

The 20-year-old photogenic blonde from Montreal wants it to be louder and rowdier in Queens.

“I would allow fans to come in between every game and allow them to be louder and more into it,” Bouchard said after dispatching Olga Govortsova, 6-2, 6-1, in the first round of the Open Tuesday. “I think it would be more fun for them.”

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Andy Murray Overcomes Attack of Cramps to Advance at U.S. Open

MurrayNEW YORK — Andy Murray survived a brutal attack of cramps and advanced over Dutchman Robin Haase in four sets to avoid a stunning upset in the first round of the U.S. Open Monday.

“Yeah, I’m happy about that because I could have easily lost that match,” the No. 8 seed and 2012 Open champ said after surviving with a 6-3, 7-6 (6), 1-6, 7-5 victory.

“I was very close to losing the match,” the Scot added. “I don’t think if it would have gone to five sets I would’ve been — I certainly would have been the favorite if it had gone to five sets. I’m happy about that.” To read more of this story, click here

Long Island Native Noah Rubin Excited for U.S. Open Debut

NEW YORK — Long Island native Noah Rubin has never played a single match in the main draw of the U.S. Open, but he has beaten four-time Open champ John McEnroe.

It was almost a year ago when Rubin defeated his mentor on an indoor court at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy on Randall’s Island, and Johnny Mac wasn’t too happy about it.

“I can’t believe I’m losing to this kid, he’s awful,” Rubin recalled McEnroe saying.

“He’s tries to mess with me,” added Rubin, a 5-foot-9, 145-pound native of Rockville Centre, N.Y., who will attend Wake Forest University this year. “But after when we’re sitting on the bench, he says, ‘Great playing.'”

Still, Rubin said, McEnroe refuses to play him anymore.

“He hasn’t played me since,” he said.

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Federer Brimming With Confidence as U.S. Open Begins

FedRoger Federer arrived at last year’s U.S. Open with his confidence — and his seeding — sagging.

The five-time U.S. Open champion was bothered by a back injury that prevented him from training as much as he would have liked, and he ended up playing in Queens with his older, 90-square-inch racket frame instead of the 98-inch frame he had tested earlier in the summer.

He entered the Open as the No. 7 seed — his lowest position since 2002 — and was bounced in the fourth round by journeyman Tommy Robredo, a man he had beaten in their 10 previous matches.

“I felt like I had little margin against guys ranked just outside of the top 10 to No. 30 in the world,” Federer said of his feelings a year ago. “And then the rest of the field, I felt like I could manage it somehow, but the confidence was going away quickly, too, just because I was just not moving so well. I was scared to have another setback, and so it was just not as clear-cut and simple as it is this year.”

What a difference a year makes.

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McEnroe Picking Djokovic-Federer U.S. Open Final

fed-novakNEW YORK Johnny Mac isn’t exactly going out on a limb in selecting his favorites for the U.S. Open.

The four-time U.S. Open champ is picking top seed and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to win his second title in Queens and his eighth career Grand Slam.

“If you ask me who the favorite is, this guy [Djokovic] is the guy who played one of the greatest matches I’ve ever seen in my life when him and Roger went at it [in the Wimbledon final],” McEnroe said Thursday evening at his Tennis Academy on Randall’s Island when he was seated next to Djokovic during a press conference. “And Roger is playing amazing, so clearly those two are the favorites.” To read more of this story, click here

Djokovic, Federer Seeded 1-2 at U.S. Open

(AP) – Novak Djokovic, the world’s No. 1 player is the No. 1 seed at the U.S. Open and five-time champion Roger Federer is No. 2, meaning they could meet only in the final.

Djokovic beat Federer for the title at Wimbledon last month.

Federer moved up one spot from his No. 3 ranking because 2013 champion Rafael Nadal withdrew from the year’s last Grand Slam tournament with an injured right wrist. The 33-year-old Federer is seeded at the U.S. Open for the 14th consecutive year, tied with Ivan Lendl for the longest streak, trailing only Jimmy Connors’ record of 18.

Federer won the hard-court tournament every year from 2004-08, part of his record 17 Grand Slam titles. To read more of this story, click here

Defending Champ Rafael Nadal Withdraws from U.S. Open

RafaDefending champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the U.S. Open with a wrist injury, potentially opening things up for world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and five-time Open champ Roger Federer.

“I am very sorry to announce I won’t be able to play at this year’s US Open,” Nadal said in a statement. “I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love and where I have great memories from fans, the night matches, so many things…

“[There is] not much more I can do right now, other than accept the situation and, as always in my case, work hard in order to be able to compete at the highest level once I am back.”

Nadal beat Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in last year’s U.S. Open final to add to his 2010 crown. He also reached the 2011 title match.

Nadal, the 14-time Grand Slam champion, injured his right wrist prior while practicing for the Rogers Cup in Toronto two weeks and was also unable to play last week in Cincinnati, where Federer won his sixth title. He has had a splint on his hand since suffering the injury July 30.

A year ago, Nadal won Montreal, Cincinnati and the U.S. Open to sweep the summer hardcourt events. To read more of this story, click here

Federer Wins Cincinnati, Heads Into U.S. Open on Upswing

FedRoger Federer will head into the U.S. Open on a high note.

Federer won his sixth Western & Southern Open crown and 80th career title by dispatching David Ferrer, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 in Sunday’s final. Despite being extended to a decisive third set, he improved to 16-0 all-time against the Spaniard.

“It feels great,” Federer said. “I really enjoy playing here. I’ve played some really good tennis here over the years, so it’s nice to come back and win it again.”

Federer has won 18 of his last 20 matches, including winning the title in Halle (Germany), reaching the Wimbledon final and advancing to last week’s final in Toronto, where he lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. To read more of this story, click here

Nadal Postpones U.S. Open Decision Until Next Week, Del Potro Out

Defending U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal won’t decide until next week whether or not to compete in the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 25.

His public-relations manager Benito Perez-Barbadillo announced Friday on Twitter: “Decision on US Open participation for @RafaelNadal postponed till early next week. No decision today or tomorrow.”

Nadal, the 14-time Grand Slam champion, injured his right wrist prior while practicing for the Rogers Cup in Toronto last week and was also unable to play this week in Cincinnati. He has had a splint on his hand since suffering the injury July 30.

A year ago, Nadal won Toronto, Cincinnati and the U.S. Open.

Juan Martin del Potro, who beat Nadal and Roger Federer to win the 2009 U.S. Open, will also miss the tournament after undergoing wrist surgery March 24.

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Djokovic Downs Federer in Five-Set Wimbledon Thriller

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When their near-four-hour instant classic in the Wimbledon final was over, Novak Djokovic could only thank Roger Federer for finally, mercifully letting it come to an end.

After mustering several Houdini-like comebacks in the fourth set, including saving a match point, Federer ran out of answers in the fifth and Djokovic emerged with a 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4 victory.

“I respect your career and everything you have done and thank you for letting me win today,” Djokovic said upon winning his second Wimbledon title and seventh Grand Slam singles crown.

Djokovic, 27, will also claim the No.1 ranking when the new rankings come out Monday.

“I don’t know how I managed to do it,” he said. “This is the tournament I always dreamed of winning.” To read more of this story, click here