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  • Djokovic wins over tough crowd

    Novak Djokovic staged an epic comeback against Roger Fededer
    to reach the US Open final and in doing so won over the hearts of the New York
    crowd.

    Federer has long been the darling of the Flushing Meadows
    crowd - you don't win five titles there without picking up a little bit of love
    on the way - but things might just have changed on Arthur Ashe on what did indeed
    prove to be a super Saturday of action.

    They love a winner in New York and Djokovic is most
    certainly that. But Federer has long been the crowd's favourite, deservedly so,
    and it was the Swiss who enjoyed most of the support during

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  • Grand Slam, grand finale

    Andy Murray and Rafa Nadal did what was expected of them -
    one rather more convincingly than the other - to ensure that the top four seeds
    are the final four men standing at the US Open.

    And, thanks to the rain - oh, glorious rain! - we can now
    sit back, relax and marvel at a day of tennis action that hardly needs ramping
    up, despite the television networks best efforts with their moniker of Super
    Saturday.

    Nadal takes on Murray on Arthur Ashe after Novak Djokovic kicks
    off the day's proceedings against Roger Federer. And if that isn't enough to
    sate the average tennis fan's needs, there's

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  • Sharapova fancied for good reason

    It
    took 80 minutes. That is it. They say 'there's something about Maria', and Miss
    Sharapova found that intangible quality which saw her sweep past Sabine Lisicki
    despite there being seemingly nothing between the two players in terms of
    quality.

    Sharapova
    held aloft the Venus Rosewater Dish as a glamorous teenager back in 2004 and,
    while the designer handbag which rather inappropriately carries her kit on to
    court remains, it is a significantly more mature player that wields it.

    The
    Russian is much fancied, and for good reason. Since adding US and Australian
    Open victories to her Grand Slam

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  • Player power rules in New York

    Muscles were flexed off the court to good effect on Thursday
    as player power once again prevailed at the US Open. And once again it was shop
    steward-in-chief Rafael Nadal who was at the forefront of the complaints.

    A day after having led a player revolt after having been
    forced to play in dangerously wet conditions, the Spaniard was again at it,
    this time expressing his displeasure about the hectic schedule he was facing
    due to the backlog of games caused by inclement weather in New York.

    After dispatching Gilles Muller, Nadal faced up to the prospect
    of having to win four matches in as many

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  • Leave Kvitova alone to enjoy Wimbledon title

    The women's game has been crying out for a dominant player for some time now and, based on today's showing, it would appear that it may just have found one in the six foot (1.83m) shape of Petra Kvitova.

    Clearly the girl can handle pressure.

    Having never won a match on grass before, the then 20-year-old turned up at Wimbledon 12 months ago ranked 62 in the world and stormed through to the semi-finals where she eventually came undone against Serena Williams.

    Fast-forward a year and the big-serving left-hander has shot up through the ranks to eight in the world and now has her first Grand Slam

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  • Gone in 960 seconds

    Sixteen minutes. That was it for the US Open on Wednesday: a
    paltry 960 seconds of tennis action as the rain once again ruined play at the
    final Grand Slam event of the year.

    It took a hardy fan to turn up considering the inclement
    weather forecast for the day, but this time fortune did not favour the brave
    and those present under the umbrellas at Flushing Meadows were rewarded with nothing
    more than a fleeting glimpse of their heroes.

    But the fans' disappointment at the lack of action on the soggy
    courts was nothing compared to the anger of the players, who felt aggrieved at being
    forced to

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  • Stars prove points on windy Monday

    Trammers loves an epic point and Monday's action at the US Open showcased three tasty morsels.

    First up in the swirling New York wind was hot favourite Novak Djokovic's straight-sets win against tricky Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgolopov.

    The final result - 7-6 6-4 6-2 - seems straightforward enough but the first set and its tie-breaker in particular were very, very close.

    Nole admitted that he was "confused" by his notoriously awkward opponent - and it showed as, while the Serb won it 16-14, he could not handle some of the A-Dog's shots.

    The Ukrainian may have won this manic point, but Nole showed

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  • Press conference cramps Nadal’s style

    When reigning US Open champion Rafael Nadal
    suddenly stopped talking and began to slump in his chair, Tramlines almost fell off its own seating device.

    It must have been even more shocking for those assembled for the press conference - hacks with glazed-over eyes, so used are they to perfunctory
    post-match platitudes from players.

    Here
    was one of the greatest players to grace the sport of tennis, one minute in
    full flow - and the next seeming to lose control of his motor functions.

    The truth of the matter was, thankfully,
    relatively mundane: Nadal had cramp. Nothing more, nothing less.

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  • Injury can be easy way out

    Tennis players really need to grow a pair.

    There, Tramlines said it. You see, there
    is nothing - NOTHING - more frustrating than a match that suddenly ends with
    one of the protagonists suddenly claiming that a splinter in the foot means
    they cannot possibly go on.

    At this year's US Open, a record number of
    players have quit. A few you could understand - after all, if you really are
    injured, then you can't play top-level tennis. However, with walkovers and
    withdrawals added to those who start and cannot finish their games, a total of 18
    have pulled out of matches at Flushing Meadows in 2011.

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  • Murray on track after swerving Haase

    Just a day after Novak Djokovic raced through his match
    against Carlos Berlocq like a turbo-charged Ferrari, Andy Murray coughed and spluttered
    against Robin Haase before the Scot finally found the right gear and roared
    into the third round.

    To indulge in this rather lame analogy further, it was as if
    Murray was an old banger that had been left out in the cold overnight and
    needed to be warmed up for an hour before it could function properly.

    Perhaps that is slightly unfair on Murray, because once he
    had been revved up and was ready to get going, he more resembled Djokovic's super
    car than a

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