US Open

Source: buzzstation.net

After Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic had set up their semi-final clash day before, Day 10 was the day to decide the remaining 2 semi-final berths at the US Open 2010.  It was the turn of World No 1 Rafael Nadal to try and show his class and inch one step closer to his maiden US Open title. Also, it was a chance for Wawrinka to reach his first ever Grand Slam semi-final in the other match. Let us have a summary of both matches:

Rafael Nadal (1) v/s Fernando Verdasco (8)

If Roger Federer looked ominous in his quarter final victory a day before, Rafael Nadal was just as emphatic, destroying Verdasco in straight sets 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in 2 hours and 20 minutes. On a cold and windy night at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Nadal was in sizzling hot form and he was as relentless and ruthless one could be, thereby making a strong statement to everyone that he means business.

The first set was a close affair as Verdasco came out all guns blazing and Nadal made some uncharacteristic unforced errors. Verdasco got the break of serve and lead 4-3 with serve in hand. Then Nadal rose to the occasion, broke back and never looked back thereafter. Infact, Nadal didn’t face a single break point in the entire match after losing his serve for the first time in the tournament. Nadal, after making 11 unforced errors in the first set, made just 5 in the next 2 sets combined, which was quite sensational in windy conditions. To put things into perspective, Verdasco made as many as 41 unforced errors and got frustrated with the wind and Nadal’s imperious stroke-making. Nadal is now 11-0 against Verdasco in their head-to-head battle. Nadal, after this superb win said:

“It’s great news for me, especially this year without losing a set,” Nadal said. “So is very good news. I think I played every day better. Today I played ‑‑ for the conditions, I think I played a great match against very difficult opponent like Fernando. So for me, be in semifinals is amazing. But I have to keep going and keep playing better if I really want to have chances to be in the final”

Yes, Nadal looks determined to finish his Career Grand Slam and we are even closer now to a final showdown between Federer and Nadal. Watch out!

Stanislas Wawrinka (25) v/s Mikhail Youzhny (12)

Wawrinka, who had made it a habit of winning long battles, after his Round 3 win over Murray (in 4 hours) and Round 4 win over Sam Querry (in 4 hours 30 minute), once again tried to do the same. Unfortunately, this wasn’t his day as he lost to Youzhny after winning the first set, in exactly 4 hours of gripping battle. Youzhny eventually won 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to reach his second US Open semi-final.

The unforced errors were flowing from both raquets as they struggled to cope with the wind. Wawrinka made 71 of them, while Youzhny made 57. Quite astonishingly, both players won a total of 154 points each in the match. The key differentiator was the one extra break of serve achieved by Youzhny (7 breaks to Wawrinka’s 6), which really won him the match in the end.

While Youzhny fought really hard for this win and he has played good tennis in the tournament, I just cannot see him giving Nadal a scare. Nadal should be able to get past Youzhny in Saturday’s semi-final and reach his first every US Open final.

Mixed Doubles Championship

There was good news for American fans as the top-seeded American mixed-doubles team of Bob Bryan and Liezel Huber won the Mixed Doubles Championship in the first final of US Open 2010.

Bob Bryan said after the win:

“We tell each other to be aggressive. I think that’s when we play our best tennis. We sometimes have a tendency to guide the ball a little bit. So, you know, I tell her, be aggressive, she tells me (the same thing).”

Matches to watch out for Today:

Men’s Doubles Championship Match:

Bob Bryan (USA)/Mike Bryan (USA) (1) v/s Rohan Bopanna(IND)/Aisam-Ul-Haq-Qureshi (PAK) (16)

Will the dream run of the Indo-Pak pair end as a fairy tale Or Will the Bryan brothers be too strong for them? We will find out tonight at 9.30 PM IST.

Women’s Singles Semi-Finals:

Caroline Wozniacki (1) v/s Vera Zvonareva (7)

Venus Williams (3) v/s Kim Clijsters (2)

Which two women would hold their nerves in the big semi-finals to earn the right to fight in the final showdown for the US Open 2010 title?

It promises to be a great day of tennis at the Arthur Ashe Stadium for sure…

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