No. 1 Djokovic nearing rarefied air

Sep 15, 2015

No. 1 Djokovic nearing rarefied air

Novak Djokovic could not find his keys. Alone in a parking lot outside Arthur Ashe Stadium at about 2 a.m. Monday, a handful of hours after beating Roger Federer in the U.S. Open final for his third major title of 2015 and 10th overall, ...

Pennetta savors first Grand Slam triumph

Sep 14, 2015

Pennetta savors first Grand Slam triumph

Even Flavia Pennetta was a tiny bit disappointed that Serena Williams didn’t complete the first Grand Slam since 1988 at the U.S. Open. “Of course,” she said hours after she won her first major title in her final chance before retiring — well aware ...

No. 1 Djokovic beats rival Federer in final

Sep 14, 2015

No. 1 Djokovic beats rival Federer in final

Thrilled to win a point in the U.S. Open final, and bent on proving a point, Novak Djokovic leaped and roared and threw an uppercut, then glared at some of the thousands of spectators pulling for Roger Federer. After winning another point in that ...

Unheralded Vinci stuns Serena in U.S. Open semis

Sep 12, 2015

Unheralded Vinci stuns Serena in U.S. Open semis

For Serena Williams’ first 26 matches this year at major tournaments, no deficit was too daunting, no opponent too troublesome, no victory too far from reach. She was unbeaten and, seemingly, unbeatable, nearing the first Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century. All Williams ...

Serena not looking past U.S. Open semifinal opponent Vinci

Sep 11, 2015

Serena not looking past U.S. Open semifinal opponent Vinci

Let everyone else go ahead and assume Serena Williams will beat Roberta Vinci of Italy in the U.S. Open semifinals. Williams, at least publicly, is not taking anything for granted as she closes in on tennis’ first Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century. ...

Federer to face countryman Wawrinka in U.S. Open semis

Sep 10, 2015

Federer to face countryman Wawrinka in U.S. Open semis

Even Roger Federer is wowed by how well he’s playing at 34 — and the ease with which he’s winning at this U.S. Open. Federer is into his 10th semifinal at Flushing Meadows, and record 38th at all major tournaments. To get back to ...

Serena gets past sister Venus in U.S. Open quarterfinals

Sep 9, 2015

Serena gets past sister Venus in U.S. Open quarterfinals

For stretches of the 27th edition of Williams vs. Williams, Venus gave Serena all she could handle. And after Serena took control down the stretch to emerge with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 victory in a well-played U.S. Open quarterfinal, allowing her to continue pursuing ...

Anderson ends Murray's run

Sep 8, 2015

Anderson ends Murray's run

Andy Murray watched a 210 kph ace zoom by to create a two-set deficit at the U.S. Open, and then sat in his changeover chair and cursed at himself, over and over and over. A little later, Murray cracked his racket against the court ...

Serena rolls; will face Venus

Sep 7, 2015

Serena rolls; will face Venus

No need for any extra practice after this performance by Serena Williams. Plus, it’s not as if she needs to study too hard to figure out how to deal with her next opponent. Playing the best she has in the U.S. Open as she ...

Federer unveils new tricks in win over Kohlschreiber

Sep 6, 2015

Federer unveils new tricks in win over Kohlschreiber

Roger Federer might not be so keen to try out his old-dog-new-trick, rush-the-net “SABR” — “sneak attack by Roger” — return strategy against his next opponent at the U.S. Open. “I don’t think so,” Federer said. “I can always try. But it’s probably not ...

Nadal tumbles out of U.S. Open

Sep 5, 2015

Nadal tumbles out of U.S. Open

Rafael Nadal made his earliest U.S. Open exit in a decade Friday, suffering his first Grand Slam defeat after leading by two sets, while Serena Williams rallied to keep her calendar Slam dream alive. Spanish No. 8 seed Nadal, whose 14 Slam titles include ...