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RafaDefending champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the U.S. Open with a wrist injury, potentially opening things up for world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and five-time Open champ Roger Federer.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

Nole winsBy JACK LeGWIN & ADAM ZAGORIA

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

Federer-Djokovic by the Numbers

federer-djokovic1Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet Sunday for the Wimbledon championship.

It is the 35th meeting between the rivals, but first in a Wimbledon final.

Here’s a breakdown by the numbers:

  Age
Grand Slam Titles
Wimbledon Titles
Head-to-head
On Grass
Grand Slam Matches
Grand Slam Finals
All Finals
Federer 32 17 7 18 1 6 1 4
Djokovic 27 6 1 16 0 5 0 5

After Capitalizing on Draw, Federer Poised for Major No. 18

Fed RaonicThis was always Roger Federer’s best shot at winning his 18th Major.

Wimbledon.

The green lawns of The All-England Club, where Federer is now poised to win an eighth crown after dispatching the Canadian Missile Milos Raonic, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, thanks to one break in each set in the semifinals.

After taking advantage of a draw that broke his way — no Rafael Nadal in the semis — Federer now must earn it against top seed Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final.

A win in that match would extend Federer’s lead over Nadal to 18-14 in career Majors, and give him some breathing room while Nadal continues to chalk up French Opens every year.

“It’s always great,” the 32-year-old Federer told the BBC of playing Djokovic for a fourth time this year. “We always play good matches against each other. We’ve played a lot actually recently in the last six months. It’s gone back and forth a bit. Novak anyway, he’s a great champion. He’s been around now for a long time so he’s used to these occasions as well and he’s already got the trophy here in the past so he knows how to get it done. So I hope it’s going to be a good match really.” To read more of this story, click here

Federer, Djokovic Advance to Wimbledon Semifinals as Half of Big 4 Survives

FedThe Big 4 is down but not out at Wimbledon.

Defending champion Andy Murray was ousted by Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in the quarterfinals Wednesday, one day after two-time champion Rafael Nadal was excused by Australian sensation Nick Kyrgios.

For a while Wednesday, it appeared that the other half of the Big 4 might follow Nadal and Murray off the grounds of the All-England Club.

But top seed Novak Djokovic survived a five-set epic with Marin Cilic, 6-1, 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-2, and seven-time champion Roger Federer overcame a one-set deficit to down his Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka, 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4.

“Clearly it’s always a shock when a defending champion goes out and it puts even more pressure on the favorites really,” Federer told the BBC of Murray’s stunning upset at the hands of the man they call “Baby Fed.” To read more of this story, click here

Dimitrov Takes out Reigning Wimbledon Champ Murray

GrigorBy JACK LeGWIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

Grigor Dimitrov could win Wimbledon.

The 23-year-old Bulgarian took it to the defending Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, blowing him off of the court 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the quarterfinals and earning a spot in the semifinals on Friday against the winner of the Novak Djokovic - Marin Cilic match. 

Murray was uncharacteristically uneven against Dimitrov, missing many shots he normally would make, especially off of the forehand wing. Dimitrov finished with 32 winners and 10 unforced errors.

“As soon as we were warming up, I sensed his game was not at a high level,” Dimitrov, who won the Wimbledon warmup tournament at Queen’s Club, told the BBC. To read more of this story, click here