When he pushed a backhand long after 1 hour, 25 minutes of play and shook his head, Zverev trailed by two sets, a deficit the 23-year-old German never had overcome. Never had been to a Grand Slam final, either. Done and done. Zverev constructed quite a comeback, getting his game in gear to beat a fading Carreño Busta 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 and reach the title match at Flushing Meadows. … [Read more...] about Zverev erases 2-set hole, will face Thiem in US Open final
“There was a time, maybe for 1½-2 years after I became a mom, where I didn’t really picture coming back to the tour at all. I was, you know, happy with the moment, just wanted to live through everything, through this new exciting time in my life,” said Pironkova, who was a semifinalist at Wimbledon in 2010. “But then I started thinking about tennis more and more.” … [Read more...] about Thiem OK with how many of Big 3 are in US Open (hint: zero)
There was his gripe with ESPN courtside commentator Brad Gilbert, whose reports on live TV in an empty Arthur Ashe Stadium bothered Zverev enough that he told the former player and coach: “You’re talking too loud, man. ... I can hear every single word you’re saying.” … [Read more...] about Zverev overcomes 12 double-faults at US Open; Osaka into SF
"For me personally, it never mattered. I just always tried to focus on my next match," said the Austrian. "My focus or my concentration, it's the same. It doesn't matter if I play one of the Big Three members or if I play somebody else. … [Read more...] about Novak Djokovic’s default opens the door for young stars to win a grand slam, but will success come with an asterisk?
Pironkova dropped onto her back, chest heaving; she left so much sweat on the court that a ball person was beckoned to wipe it away with a towel. That afforded Williams a third break point, which was converted for a 1-0 lead when Pironkova sent a forehand long. … [Read more...] about ‘It’s how you finish’: Serena Williams into Open semifinals