NEW YORK -- Daniil Medvedev didn't hide his admiration for Rafael Nadal when asked a few days ago to preview their matchup in the U.S. Open final. "He's one of the greatest champions in the history of our sport. He is a machine, a beast on the court," Medvedev said.
Medvedev displayed many of those ferocious tendencies on Sunday, turning their ...Read more
NEW YORK -- For the second year in a row at the U.S. Open and the fourth time since she returned to competition following the birth of her daughter, Serena Williams fell short of tying Margaret Court's record of 24 career Grand Slam tournament singles titles.
Williams, who will be 38 in a few weeks and is running out of time to match that ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Someday, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will lose their stranglehold on Grand Slam titles. Someone will push the Big Three aside, cracking an opening for a brigade of energetic youngsters to break through, and the torch will figuratively be passed to the next generation.
Nadal, the last of the trio left standing at ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Serena Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, predicted Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu would reach the U.S. Open women's final. "And I think she's going to be No. 1 soon," he said. "I mean, not too soon, but in the future, because she has everything that's needed to be No. 1. A lot of respect for her."
But Mouratoglou didn't ...Read more
NEW YORK -- On the greatest occasion of her tennis life, Bianca Andreescu's mind flew back a year to remember experiencing one of the most painful moments of her career on these grounds.
Her U.S. Open hopes last year crashed before they could take flight when she suffered a back injury and lost in the first round of the qualifying tournament. ...Read more
NEW YORK -- The Big Three of men's tennis had dwindled to the Lone One before Rafael Nadal took to the court Wednesday night for his quarterfinal against spunky but undersized 5-foot-7 Diego Schwartzman. Novak Djokovic had retired in the fourth round because of a shoulder injury, and a suddenly old-looking Roger Federer had departed in the ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Roger Federer will not win a 21st Grand Slam event singles title this year.
Hampered by tightness that developed in his upper back and neck Tuesday afternoon, a noticeably slow Federer was stunned by world No.78 Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the U.S. Open quarterfinals, fading as Dimitrov pulled off a 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 ...Read more
NEW YORK -- On the occasion of her 100th singles victory at the U.S. Open, a 6-1, 6-0 thrashing of an overwhelmed Wang Qiang in 44 minutes Tuesday night, Serena Williams was asked whether she recalled the first match she had won at Flushing Meadows. For the first time on a night of near-perfection that launched her into the semifinals Thursday ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Give Rafael Nadal the slightest opening and he will find a way to win. Give him no opening and he will still find a way to win.
Nadal, the No. 2 seed at the U.S. Open, lost the opening set of his fourth-round match against Marin Cilic but decisively reversed course to move within two points of closing it out. Cilic came to the net ...Read more
NEW YORK -- On the first day of September two years ago, Serena Williams was recovering from an emergency caesarean section, hazy and exhausted as she held her daughter Olympia in her arms. The next day Williams developed blood clots, one of many complications that kept her away from tennis tournaments for six months.
On the first day of ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Naomi Osaka had earned the right to stand alone in triumph, to celebrate advancing to the fourth round of the U.S. Open after she'd given teen sensation Coco Gauff a powerful example of clutch play and what it takes to be a champion, but she wouldn't have felt right soaking up the applause when she knew Gauff would be in the locker ...Read more
NEW YORK -- For every Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff who achieve early success, there are dozens of players who struggle through low-level tournaments to earn berths at big events and career-sustaining paychecks.
New York native Kristie Ahn, a wild-card entrant at the U.S. Open, made her Grand Slam debut here in 2008 but didn't win a major match ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Enjoying a respite from recent shoulder pain, No. 1 men's seed Novak Djokovic won in straight sets for the third consecutive time by defeating American Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Friday at Arthur Ashe Stadium. That put Djokovic in the fourth round against No. 23 Stan Wawrinka, who beat Djokovic in the 2016 U.S. Open final. "We had ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Kobe Bryant, a successful entrepreneur and enthusiastic tennis player in his post-Lakers life, has co-authored a young adult fantasy novel called "Legacy and the Queen," about a 12-year-old girl whose passion for tennis inspires her to discover her inner strength. Coco Gauff, 15, and Naomi Osaka, the defending U.S. Open champion at ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Unable to recapture the success she had enjoyed at the junior level, Taylor Townsend knew earlier this year she'd have to change something in her tennis life. Being routed by Simona Halep at Miami in March was the catalyst that drove Townsend, 23, to approach Halep for advice. Halep generously obliged.
"She didn't really tell me ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Nick Kyrgios tried to walk back his assertion the governing body of the men's tennis tour is "pretty corrupt," but the Association of Tennis Professionals said Wednesday it is investigating his comments. The 24-year-old Australian could face a heavy fine or a lengthy suspension.
Speaking early Wednesday, after he won his first-round...Read more
NEW YORK -- After two straight years of going one-and-done at the U.S. Open, No. 4 women's seed Simona Halep was relieved to survive her first-round match.
Halep, the reigning Wimbledon champion, was pressed by Nicole Gibbs of Venice, Calif., on Tuesday but pulled away in the third set for a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory at Louis Armstrong Stadium. "...Read more
NEW YORK -- Although she's only 21, Naomi Osaka has already acquired two Grand Slam singles titles and acute powers of observation.
The defending U.S. Open champion sees glimpses of herself in 15-year-old Coco Gauff, tennis' newest young darling, though Osaka never faced the lofty expectations being heaped on Gauff's still-maturing shoulders. ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Before the U.S. Open began, top seed Novak Djokovic said winning more Grand Slam titles is his main focus at this stage of his career. He moved toward a 17th championship by dismissing Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 in a first-round match Monday at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
"They matter the most in the history of our ...Read more