Monday, September 6, 2010

US Open Report: Day 7

On Sunday during Labor Day weekend, top seed Rafael Nadal led a contingent of Spanish players winning today including 10th seed David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo, 23rd seed Feliciano Lopez, and 8th seed Fernando Verdasco. Verdasco defeated David Nalbandian who is still on the mend and should be proud of what he's done this summer. For the Americans, it was mixed results. While Sam Querrey defeated higher-ranked Nicolas Almagro, his countryman John Isner fell to Mikhail Youzhny under the lights of Ashe Stadium.

But it was the HUGE upset of 4th seed Andy Murray today by Stanislas Wawrinka that all anyone could talk about. Before the tournament, I predicted Murray to lose to a player from Switzerland, but not Wawrinka and certainly not in the third round. This was an extremely disappointing result from the Brit who couldn't back up his great summer season. Will he ever get his first Grand Slam title?

There were only four matches today on the women's side with all of the higher seeds prevailing reserving their places for the quarterfinals. The day started with both recent major champions Kim Clijsters and Francesca Schiavone routing Ana Ivanovic and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova respectively, giving their opponents just three games each. Fellow Grand Slam winner Venus Williams took out Shahar Peer who put up a great fight in the first set, but couldn't recover for the next one.

The day ended with the latest-finishing woman's match at the US Open fought between 12th seed Elena Dementieva and 5th seed Samantha Stosur, which ended just a couple of minutes ago. Even though she was the lower seed, Dementieva was seen as the slight favorite. Both players split the first two sets and bringing their best tennis for the final set took it to a tiebreak with Stosur snatching the win. Dementieva was unfortunately unable to convert four match points and like Murray in the men's side will go home yet again without a major title.

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