US Open: Day 3 Highlights


Wow!

Janko Tipsarevic
Takes out Andy Roddick in 4 sets! Match Stats Here.  That was a complete gunfight, and Andy simply didn’t get it done.  Gotta give credit to where credit is due; Janko played a brilliant match.  It did look a little like Roddick was running out of gas starting in the 2nd set, so maybe he’s still dealing with the after effects of Mono?  First time ever Roddick has lost in the 2nd round, and first time ever JT has advanced to the 3rd round.  I knew JT was dangerous; I remember him pushing Fed to 5-sets at the Aussie open a couple years ago, but for some reason I didn’t see this one coming.  Big time upset.

Michael Llodra
Absolutely destroys my fantasy bracket and takes out Berdych in straight sets: 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-4

Ryan Harrison
The 18 year old American stuns Ivan Ljubicic in 4 sets! 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4.  This kid seemed totally pro about the whole thing. Never appeared rattled, always calm, cool, collected, and focused! Even handled the post-match interviews like a seasoned veteran. They’re calling him the “future of American tennis”, and I’m here to tell ‘ya, the future looks bright! Wow! Very impressive performance.

Jack Sock
Can at least feel good about taking a set off Marco Chiudinelli, the 63rd ranked player in the world. Chiudinelli in 4: 6-1, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1. Not too bad for a 17yr old kid in the biggest match of his life.

Alona Bondarenko
Sends Melanie Oudin back to Georgia after winning in straight sets: 6-2, 7-5. I knew this was going to be a tough year for Ouidin. Nobody knew her game last year, so she had (1) the “play-without-fear-because-you-have-nothing-to-lose” factor going for her and (2) the element of surprise. Not any more. Now she has expectations, and now people know what her game is all about. Gonna be a lot tougher to repeat that magical first run she had last year at the Open.

But aside from Ryan Harrison winning (and Roddick losing), the other is big story of the day Victoria Azarenka collapsing. Like, actually collapsing:

Victoria Azarenka’s US Open took an unfortunate and dramatic turn when the Belarusian collapsed and was helped off the court in a wheelchair during her second round match against Gisela Dulko on Wednesday.

Azarenka looked out of sorts from the first point of the match, which she double-faulted, and quickly fell to an 0-4 deficit. On the first changeover she summoned a trainer, who appeared to test her for signs of dizziness and exhaustion but did not request a medical timeout.

The No. 10 seed continued to falter, however, winning just one game and swiping in vain at a particularly awkward service toss which she lost in the sun. Then, serving at 1-5, 15-30 Azarenka suddenly crumpled to the ground behind the baseline and appeared to fall unconscious. Medics, ballboys and Dulko immediately rushed over with towels, ice and water.

Thursday’s Lineup

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