US Open Series Update: 8/17/2010

Has Andy Murray’s time finally arrived?  Judging by his performance in Toronto this weekend, it’s hard to argue against him.  Andy looks to be playing the sort of tennis he’s going to have to play to beat guys like Nadal & Federer (which he did in route to winning this tournament, and defending his title), which he’ll surely have to do if he wants to advance past the semi’s in Flushing Meadows.

Andy currently leads the US Open Series points championship for the men.  Maria Sharapova leads for the women.

ATP Player Points WTA Player Points
Andy Murray 145 Maria Sharapova 115
David Nalbandian 95 Kim Clijsters 100
Mardy Fish 70 Agnieszka Radwanska 85
Sam Querry 70 Victoria Azarenka 70
Roger Federer 70 Svetlana Kuznetsova 70

Notice who else is back on the men’s side: Dah-Veed “I’ve beaten Federer & Nadal in the same tournament too, Mr. Murray” Nalbandian!  David has a two handed backhand that is a thing of beauty to behold, and which he used to great effect in beating Marcos Baghdatis at the Legg Mason Classic last week.  David seems to be one of those guys that will tear it up in an ATP 1000 series tournament, and then go out in the 2nd round of a major.  Let’s hope he doesn’t continue with that pattern in NY in a couple weeks.

The AP reports Maria Sharapova has pulled out of Toronto, citing a foot injury.  Word on the street is, this foot injury was self-inflicted; sustained after repeatedly kicking herself for blowing THREE match points against Kim Clijsters in Cincinnati.  As much as the Queen of Shriek irritates me, I have to admit she’s playing the best tennis she’s played in about 18 months or so.  Note: Kim (Clijsters) doesn’t shriek.  Kim wins.  I’m just sayin…

Here’s something nobody is talking about1: Does Federer have what it takes to win another major?  Fact: He made it to the finals of an ATP 1000 series tournament in his first tournament since Wimbledon.  Beat Berdych along the way, and only lost to a super-charged Andy Murray who, I’d like to point out (again) had to beat Nadal (i.e., the #1 player in the world, and already a fringe candidate for the GOAT) to get it done.  So does Federer have what it takes?  Yes.  Does he appear more vulnerable than ever?  Sometimes.  My personal opinion is that the win over Berdych was more significant to Fed than the loss to Murray.  Fed wanted to win against Murray, but he needed to win against Berdych.  Not that tennis is mental or anything, or that something like that would matter…that’s just crazy-talk, right?

The Bryan brothers reclaimed the world #1 doubles ranking after defeating J. Benneteau and M. Llodra 6-3, 7-5 at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.  Number one.  In. The. World.

Are these athletes real people?  Are they even remotely like us?  Is their agony of defeat anything like our little agonies of daily frustration?  And of course what about the thrill of victory – what might it feel like to hold up that #1 finger and be able to actually mean it?” – David Foster Wallace from, How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart

T-minus 12 days and counting to the U.S. Open!

July 19-25: Atlanta (ATP)
Atlanta Tennis Championships

  • Mardy Fish d. John Isner: 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4)

July 26-August 1: Stanford (WTA)
Bank of the West Classic

  • Victoria Azarenka d. Maria Sharapova: 6-4, 6-1

July 26-August 1: Los Angeles (ATP)
Farmers Classis

  • Sam Querrey d. Andy Murray: 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-3

August 2-8: San Diego (WTA)
Mercury Insurance Open

  • Svetlana Kuznetsova d. Agnieszka Radwanska: 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-3

August 2-8: Washington DC (ATP)
Legg Mason Classic

  • David Nalbandian d. Marcos Baghdatis: 6-2, 7-6(4)

August 9-15: Cincinnati (WTA)
Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and Women’s Open

  • Kim Clijsters d. Maria Sharapova: 2-6 7-6(4) 6-2

August 9-15: Toronto (ATP)
Rogers Cup (Masters)

  • Andy Murray d. Roger Federer: 7-5, 7-5

August 16-22: Cincinnati (ATP)
Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and Women’s Open

August 16-22: Montreal (WTA)
Rogers Cup

August 16-22: New Haven (ATP & WTA)
Pilot Pen

August 30-September 12: New York (ATP & WTA)
The (THE!) US Open

  1. Irony: 2 a: the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning b : a usually humorous or sardonic literary style or form characterized by irony c : an ironic expression or utterance
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