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Daniil Medvedev wins U.S. Open title, thwarting Novak Djokovic's bid at history

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NEW YORK — Novak Djokovic's attempt to win a calendar Grand Slam was stopped Sunday by Daniil Medvedev, a lanky, 25-year-old Russian who showed no fear in dominating the 20-time Grand Slam singles champion in a shockingly short U.S. Open final.

Medvedev became a first-time Grand Slam event champion with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 sweep of Djokovic, who ...Read more

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Teenager Emma Raducanu wins U.S. Open, caps dominant run with straight-sets victory in final

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NEW YORK — Only two months ago, Emma Raducanu pulled out of Wimbledon because of “breathing difficulties” during a match. Most assumed it was a panic attack. Either way, it left the impression Raducanu would have issues coping with pressure.

She then had to win qualifiers just to enter the U.S. Open, coming into Flushing ranked 150th in ...Read more

Emma Raducanu defeats fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez to become first qualifier to win U.S. Open

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NEW YORK — Emma Raducanu came to the New York with big dreams but a realistic travel itinerary. Unsure of her chances of getting through a qualifying tournament and earning a berth in the main draw of the U.S. Open, the 18-year-old from London had scheduled a flight back home after qualifying and before the main action was scheduled to begin. ...Read more

U.S. Open notes: How Murphy Jensen stays sober and alive

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NEW YORK — The U.S. Open holds many memories for Murphy Jensen, who has attended the tournament every year since he was 15 and watched his older brother Luke play in the junior competition.

Jensen, who spent two years at USC, built his own career, highlighted by teaming with Luke to win the 1993 French Open doubles title. With success came ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: At U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic turns tougher as he gets closer to Grand Slam

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NEW YORK — There is no single element in Novak Djokovic’s game that makes him better than everyone else, nothing that can be pinpointed as the sole reason he’s in position to become the first man in 52 years to win a calendar Grand Slam.

Nor is there a magic potion to explain why he’s on the verge of passing Roger Federer and Rafael ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: Novak Djokovic advances to U.S. Open final, keeps calendar Grand Slam bid alive

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NEW YORK — In dramatic fashion, Novak Djokovic kept alive his quest for a calendar Grand Slam and a men’s record 21st Grand Slam singles title. Pushed harder by No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev on Friday than any other opponent had pushed him at this year’s U.S. Open, the top-ranked Djokovic relied on his superior conditioning and versatile ...Read more

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Daniil Medvedev advances to U.S. Open men's final in three sets

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NEW YORK — Second-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia reached his third Grand Slam singles event final and second at the U.S. Open by relentlessly wearing down No. 12 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada in a 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 victory on Friday at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Medvedev was opportunistic and solid in earning a spot in Sunday's final against ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: Teenagers Leylah Fernandez and Emma Raducanu to meet in U.S. Open final

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NEW YORK — A pair of teenagers will play for the U.S. Open women’s title Saturday, and while that isn’t a matchup anyone expected when the tournament began, it’s the matchup we — and they — deserve.

The poise and ice-water-in-their-veins shotmaking displayed by unseeded 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez of Canada and 18-year-old ...Read more

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Leylah Fernandez stuns No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka to reach U.S. Open final

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NEW YORK — Leylah Fernandez of Canada shrieked and fell to her knees on the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium. She had just continued her magical run through the U.S. Open, advancing to the women’s final by upsetting No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4, and for a moment she was merely a happy teenager and not a professional tennis player...Read more

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Helene Elliott: Mardy Fish shares moments his life 'was a living hell' with hope it can help others

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More than two days after Netflix had released "Untold: Breaking Point," the latest episode in its sports-themed documentary series, its central figure — the man whose tennis career is detailed in honest, thought-provoking detail — hadn't watched it yet.

Mardy Fish lived the story at the center of the documentary. In interviews with sibling ...Read more

Novak Djokovic rallies past Matteo Berrettini in 4 sets to reach US Open semifinals

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It’s almost cruel the way Novak Djokovic lets opponents win the first set against him and allows them to think they might have a chance to beat him, only for him to then run them ragged and leave them by the wayside.

The No. 1-ranked player in tennis is also the sport’s most finely conditioned, and he went to his proven formula Wednesday ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: Hoping U.S. Open phenoms can enjoy the spotlight, avoid stress that hurt Naomi Osaka

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NEW YORK — While we celebrate Emma Raducanu’s amazing journey from a nervous hopeful who had a flight booked home to London in case she didn’t graduate to the main draw of the U.S. Open to becoming the first qualifier to reach the semifinals of this tournament, it’s vital to remember that her path has been followed by many young tennis ...Read more

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Krawczyk eyes third trophy at a Grand Slam event this year; Raducanu advances to U.S. Open semis

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NEW YORK — Desirae Krawczyk of Palm Desert, Calif., doesn't have a place to display her tennis trophies yet, but her collection is growing fast enough for her to give that idea some serious consideration.

Krawczyk, who attended Palm Desert High and Arizona State, partnered with Joe Salisbury of Great Britain to win the mixed doubles title at ...Read more

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Krawczyk eyes third trophy at a Grand Slam event this year; Raducanu advances to U.S. Open semis

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NEW YORK — Desirae Krawczyk of Palm Desert, Calif., doesn't have a place to display her tennis trophies yet, but her collection is growing fast enough for her to give that idea some serious consideration.

Krawczyk, who attended Palm Desert High and Arizona State, partnered with Joe Salisbury of Great Britain to win the mixed doubles title at ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: At U.S. Open, Leylah Fernandez follows father's advice and fights for her dream

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NEW YORK — Leylah Fernandez’s father, Jorge, is also her coach. Before each match, they go over the tactics he thinks she should employ, but he also reminds her to have fun on the tennis court.

Jorge, a former professional soccer player and native of Ecuador, isn’t with his daughter in New York, but he was in her ear as she prepared ...Read more

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Unseeded Leylah Fernandez rolls into U.S. Open semifinals after thriller in quarters

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NEW YORK — It was the biggest point of the match, probably the biggest of Leylah Fernandez’s young career.

The third-set tiebreaker was tied at 5, and Fernandez was on her heels after squandering a 4-1 advantage. The point looked lost. Ukranian fifth seed Elina Svitolina had sent Fernandez into a scramble, and it would’ve been excusable ...Read more

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Maria Sakkari stars in late show at U.S. Open; teen sensation Leylah Fernandez advances to semis

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NEW YORK — It was a late one, even for the city that never sleeps.

The fourth-round match between No. 6 seed Bianca Andreescu of Canada and No. 17 Maria Sakkari of Greece ended at 2:13 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday, the latest-ever finish of a women's singles match at the U.S. Open. The previous latest finish was 1:46 a.m. in a 2016 match between...Read more

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Helene Elliott: Emma Raducanu leads pack of tennis' next wave at U.S. Open

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NEW YORK — Things are happening fast for Emma Raducanu. Good things. But the British teenager was wise enough to pause the mad rush of her U.S. Open run to appreciate where she was.

Before starting her fourth-round match against Shelby Rogers on Monday and taking the biggest leap of her tennis life, Raducanu looked around Arthur Ashe Stadium ...Read more

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British teen Emma Raducanu keeps rolling, beats Shelby Rogers to advance to U.S. Open quarterfinals

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NEW YORK — British teenager Emma Raducanu, who had to compete in a qualifying tournament to earn a spot in the main draw of the U.S. Open, continued her impressive march through the field with a 6-2, 6-1 flattening of American Shelby Rogers on Monday at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Raducanu, 18, will make her first appearance in the quarterfinals of a...Read more

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Garbine Muguruza calls extended breaks 'so unprofessional' after U.S. Open loss

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NEW YORK — Controversy over the timing of a medical timeout and the use of gamesmanship erupted again at the U.S. Open, this time in the final match on Sunday's schedule at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

No. 9 seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain labeled No. 8 Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic "so unprofessional" as they met at the net after ...Read more

 

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