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No other tournament can match the excitement of the U.S. Open, which is why I consider it the greatest of the all the Majors. The night matches have provided some of the most memorable moments in tennis history.

We will repeatedly hear about the 1991 U.S. Open this week and the great run that Jimmy Connors had at age 39. And while it was certainly exiciting watching Connors dispatch the likes of (Patrick) McEnroe, Michiel Schapers, Karel Novacek, and Paul Haarhuis on his way to the semi-finals, I vividly remember how easily Jim Courier beat him in their match.

Then, when it seemed like Courier was the strong favorite in the Final, the always understated Stefan Edberg, the last great and true serve-and-volley men's player, absolutely stifled Courier in the Final to win his first of two consecutive U.S. Open titles.

I like Serena Williams and Djokavic to win this year.
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Originally posted by redknife:
The Williams sisters are looking pretty strong

Really? Venus pulled out before her first match and likely won't be seen on a court again soon. Her illness isn't going to be a quick fix. Serena is trying hard to recover her past form, although I wouldn't put much money on it. But perhaps I'm selling her short...
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Originally posted by on the wine:
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Originally posted by redknife:
The Williams sisters are looking pretty strong

Really? Venus pulled out before her first match and likely won't be seen on a court again soon. Her illness isn't going to be a quick fix. Serena is trying hard to recover her past form, although I wouldn't put much money on it. But perhaps I'm selling her short...

Venus completed one match before withdrawing.

If Serena is anywhere near 100%, I believe that she will win this tournament. The top of the women's draw lacks much experience. I would only give Sharapova a puncher's chance of challenging her.
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Originally posted by gigabit:
Perhaps the remaining women should just concede the tournament to Serena now? Eek

Uhhuh. Serena trounced Michaella Krajicek who is ranked #183 and should have retired many years ago. You might call it dominance, but I'd call it a lucky draw and wishful thinking. Smile

Anyway, time will tell who's right...
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Originally posted by on the wine:
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Originally posted by gigabit:
Perhaps the remaining women should just concede the tournament to Serena now? Eek

Uhhuh. Serena trounced Michaella Krajicek who is ranked #183 and should have retired many years ago. You might call it dominance, but I'd call it a lucky draw and wishful thinking. Smile

Anyway, time will tell who's right...

If you beat any player in a Grand Slam tournament -0 and -1, that is absolute dominance, regardless of their ranking.

It is certainly not wishful thinking on my part, just an objective observation. I am not necessarily a fan of Serena. In fact, I have found her increasingly less tolerable over the past several years.

I really enjoyed the exhuberance with which she played the game when she was younger. I hope she can recapture some of that in her return to the women's tour.

As I've stated in previous posts, I believe her focus and experience will be too much for the competition.
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Originally posted by gigabit:
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Originally posted by on the wine:
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Originally posted by gigabit:
Perhaps the remaining women should just concede the tournament to Serena now? Eek

Uhhuh. Serena trounced Michaella Krajicek who is ranked #183 and should have retired many years ago. You might call it dominance, but I'd call it a lucky draw and wishful thinking. Smile

Anyway, time will tell who's right...

If you beat any player in a Grand Slam tournament -0 and -1, that is absolute dominance, regardless of their ranking.

It is certainly not wishful thinking on my part, just an objective observation. I am not necessarily a fan of Serena. In fact, I have found her increasingly less tolerable over the past several years.

I really enjoyed the exhuberance with which she played the game when she was younger. I hope she can recapture some of that in her return to the women's tour.

As I've stated in previous posts, I believe her focus and experience will be too much for the competition.

I don't think there is any one player on the women's side who can be considered a heavy favourite for the title this year. Did you see Serena in Cincinatti?

On the men's side, Nadal didn't look all that solid in his opening match, and there's no telling about Djokovic's shoulder injury based on his match. I'd have to say that Federer has looked most solid so far in the opening rounds. I'd be inclined to place a speculative bet on his chance of winning one more grand slam here.

Good suspense going into the second week...
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Originally posted by ThistlinTom:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
I LOVE watching Federer play.

He almost makes it too easy, awesome player


TT, have you ever watched Roger in person? It is truly something to behold.

I have observed him numerous times in person, including twice at the US Open. There is not a wasted movement or any uncalculated decisions.

It is a thing of beauty, and the greatest player of my generation, and without debate.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by ThistlinTom:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
I LOVE watching Federer play.

He almost makes it too easy, awesome player


TT, have you ever watched Roger in person? It is truly something to behold.

I have observed him numerous times in person, including twice at the US Open. There is not a wasted movement or any uncalculated decisions.

It is a thing of beauty, and the greatest player of my generation, and without debate.

I'm certain that Laver was the greatest of your generation. Razz
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Originally posted by gigabit:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by ThistlinTom:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
I LOVE watching Federer play.

He almost makes it too easy, awesome player


TT, have you ever watched Roger in person? It is truly something to behold.

I have observed him numerous times in person, including twice at the US Open. There is not a wasted movement or any uncalculated decisions.

It is a thing of beauty, and the greatest player of my generation, and without debate.

I'm certain that Laver was the greatest of your generation. Razz


HEY, Laver is older than my mom! Razz
I did not watch the Williams-Stosur match as I was completely engaged in the NFL action.

That is a great win for Stosur. I'm glad to see her hold up and finally break through in a Major championship.

Regarding Serena, the official made the proper ruling. She (Williams) has been trying to verbally exhort herself throughout the entire tournament; she just picked the wrong time to shout out her typical, "COME ON!"

Stosur already seemed to be in control of the match at that point. Serena allowed the official to distract her further, which made it nearly impossible to beat an opponent that was clearly the better player on that day.

I don't necessarily have a problem with her words to the official. Unless there was something I missed on the replay, there was no abusive language. I have seen and heard much worse from a multitude of players throughout the years, many of whom were not penalized for their tirades. Some of those players, famously, played better tennis after an outburst, others, as in the case of Serena, did not.

The $2,000 fine is an absolute joke.

Djokovic was clearly too much for Nadal. Even after the early break, I had no doubt that he would win the set.

He is simply better than Nadal in every aspect of the game. Furthermore, if Nadal is unable to improve his service game he should expect the same result whenever he faces Djokovic in the future.

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