Playing in 60th Straight Major, Rejuvenated Federer Credits Fitness Coach

FedNEW YORK — While his arch-rival Rafael Nadal is missing yet another Grand Slam tournament with an injury, Roger Federer is playing in his 60th straight Major and continues to look like a man who could win one for the 18th time.

Federer, the 33-year-old father of four, overcame a slow start and a rain delay of almost two hours to dispatch Marcel Granollers, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the fourth round of the U.S. Open, a tournament he has won five times but not since 2008.

In the fourth round, No. 2 Federer will face No. 17 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, a man he has never met before.

Federer’s draw looks favorable for him to reach the final, especially after No. 4 David Ferrer — his potential semifinal opponent — was ousted Sunday by No. 26 Gilles Simon in four sets. To read more of this story, click here

Wozniacki Stuns Sharapova, Appears to Be Thriving Without Rory

WozniackiNEW YORK — Caroline Wozniacki stunned 2006 U.S. Open champion Maria Sharapova in three sets on Sunday for maybe the biggest victory of her career.

Wozniacki, the No. 10 seed and former world No. 1, remains alive for her first Grand Slam singles title and will meet No. 13 Sara Errani in the quarterfinals.

“I honestly think this could be the biggest win of her life,” CBS analyst Mary Carillo said on air after Wozniacki downed Sharapova, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in 2 hours, 37 mintes.

“Yeah, definitely it ranks up there,” said Wozniacki, who reached the semifinals here in 2010  and ’11 (as the No. 1 seed) but hadn’t advanced past the third round since. “Maria obviously is a tough competitor. She’s won here before. She won the French Open this year. You know, it was a really good win for me. Beating her here at the US Open, you know, it’s a tough task. I’m really happy to be through and have another chance to play in the next round. To read more of this story, click here

Dwindling American Hopes at U.S. Open Hang on Isner, Querrey (UPDATED)

John IsnerNEW YORK — When the U.S. Open began on Monday, there were 12 American men in the field of 128.

Only three of them advanced through to the second round, a record for futility in the Open Era.

No. 15 John Isner and Sam Querrey both won their second-round matches Thursday afternoon, while Tim Smyczek lost his second-round match Friday to No. 17 Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.

“There is not many American men in the draw to begin with,” Querrey said after dispatching Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. “You know, if Novak [Djokovic] wins next round I have to play him; that will be a tough one. I hope we can have a few guys in the second week. That would be great for men’s tennis here.” To read more of this story, click here

Serena Leaving Legacy of Talented American Women in Her Wake

SerenaIt seems only a matter of when, not if, Serena Williams will win her 18th career grand slam championship, tying her with legends Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova for fourth on the all-time women’s list.

As the No. 1 seed and two-time defending champion, Williams remains the favorite to win her third straight U.S. Open and sixth overall. Yet 2014 has hardly been a banner year for the 32-year-old, who meets Vania King at about 1 p.m. Thursday in a second-round match.

Williams hasn’t advanced past the fourth round at any of the three previous majors, and if she fails to win the Open it will mark the first time in the last four years she hasn’t won a grand slam event. Only twice since 2006 has Serena gone a full year without winning at least one grand slam.

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Noah Rubin is One-And-Done at U.S. Open, and Could Be at Wake Forest, Too

NEW YORK -- Long Island’s Noah Rubin was one-and-done in his first U.S. Open, and he could be one-and-done at Wake Forest, too.

Rubin, the 18-year-old from Rockville Centre, N.Y., who received a wildcard into the Open after winning the USTA boys’ national championship, was excused quickly by Federico Delbonis on a hot and steamy Court 13 on Tuesday, 6-4, 6-3, 6-0.

The slight Rubin, who measures 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds, was broken twice in the opening set to fall behind 3-0 and staged a minor comeback in the first set before being swept away by the bigger, stronger, more consistent left-handed Argentinian.

“I learned that I can definitely compete with these guys at the best level, definitely things to learn” said Rubin, who trains at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy on Randalls Island. “Fitness is one, I mean, nerves came into play a little bit also. So fitness can definitely be at a higher level, but I can playing with these guys on any given day. We’ll see how I improve.” To read more of this story, click here

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