US Open 2010

10 days of high level tennis have been played at the US Open 2010, and this, the last Grand Slam of the year, is heading to what looks like and exciting finish. And for most fans, if things keep going on the way they are, this will mean US Open Tennisa final that they have been waiting for, since quite a while now. The ultimate in tennis rivalry looks all set to make yet another appearance, and who knows how that will turn out. For those of you that haven’t quite caught on to what I am alluring to, it is a Rafa-FedEx final. Things are looking good for this to take place, though one should never underestimate the other players in the draw. Let’s see what happened in the singles event at the 2010 US Open on day 10.

Men’s Results – Quarterfinals

The first of the quarterfinals featured the 3rd seed Novak Djokovic’s take on the 17th seed Gael Monfils in what was supposed to be a tough match up. However, the 3rd seed has been playing some of his best tennis, and completely outplayed the 17th seed Monfils to make it to the final 4. Though Monfils has had an amazing tournament so far, Djokovic made it look easy and never allowed the Frenchman to win even a single set. After a first set tie break, which was the only time Monfils seemed to come close to giving any resemblance of a fight to Djokovic, the rest of the match was an easy affair for the 3rd seed. Early breaks of serve on the 2nd and 3rd sets ensured that Djokovic didn’t have to play longer than necessary, and indeed, since he was playing in the afternoon, a 5 setter match might have turned out differently. But at the end of the day, it was Novak Djokovic, the 3rd seed who made it to the semifinals of the US Open 2010.

In the other quarterfinal of the day, it was the 2nd seed Roger Federer taking on the 5th seed Robin Soderling. Federer was looking to avenge the loss he suffered at the hands of Soderling at the French Open earlier this year, while Soderling, on the other hand, was looking for the elusive Grand Slam title, which he has failed to get in spite of consistently beating players in the top 5. Unfortunately for the 5th seeded Swede, he could not manage it at the US Open 2010 as well and lost to Roger Federer in straight sets. On a windy evening in New York, Federer outplayed his opponent, and never allowed the match to go to even a single tie break. The 5 time US Open champion has yet to drop a set in the 2010 US Open, and is looking good to get back the title that he lost to del Potro here last year. He will play Novak Djokovic in the semis, in a match that should be very interesting.

Women’s Results – Quarterfinals

The last 2 of the women’s singles quarterfinals were played on day 10, and in the first of these it was the top seed Caroline Wozniacki taking on the unseeded Dominika Cibulkova. Cibulkova had had a dream run in the US Open 2010, but that was rudely brought to a halt by the top seeded Wozniacki. A straight set victory over Cibulkova ensured that no unseeded player would make it to the final 4 of the last Grand Slam of the year. A comeback late in the 2nd set was not enough for Cibulkova, and she lost 2-6, 5-7, giving Wozniacki a ticket to the semis. Wozniacki is the runner up of the 2009 US Open, where she lost to Kim Clijsters in the final. She will no doubt be looking to exact her revenge if they meet again, a fact that is looking more and more likely as the event moves to the end.

The other quarterfinal was played between Kaia Kanepi the 31st seed, and Vera Zvonareva, the 7th seed. Kanepi was on a run here at the US Open, having defeated the 4th seed Jelena Jankovic in the 3rd round and following it up by defeating the 15th seed Yanina Wickmayer in the 4th round. However, her quarterfinal opponent, the 7th seed Vera Zvonareva was just too good for her, and she lost in straight sets to the higher ranked Zvonareva. Zvonareva has moved to the final 4 for the first time at Flushing Meadows, and the second time in the career (SF Aus Open 09). She has never won a Grand Slam title, and this might be the chance for her to achieve that, though it will definitely be a tough task for her to defeat Wozniacki, who she will be playing in the semis.

Schedule on Day 11

The morning session on day 11 will feature the first of the men’s quarterfinals, and that will take place between:

12th seed Mikhail Youzhny vs 25th seed Stanislas Wawrinka
Both players have had an amazing run in the US Open 2010, with Wawrinka getting rid of the 4th seed Andy Murray, and the 20th seed Sam Querrey on his way to the quarters. He looks all set to add another big name to his list of wins, and take a place in his first Grand Slam semi final. Incidentally this is his first Grand Slam QF appearance as well. Mikhail Youzhny, on the other hand, has reached a semi final before, and it was here at the US Open that he did it, way back in 2006. He has, however, never advanced to the final, which he will be hoping to do this year. On his way to the quarterfinal he got rid if John Isner and Tommy Robredo, and will be looking to add the Swiss Wawrinka to his spoils.

The second quarterfinal will be the more interesting one by far, and this will be played between:

Top Seed Rafael Nadal vs 8th seed Fernando Verdasco
Rafael Nadal has never won a US Open title, and to be very honest, the 2010 US Open title is his best chance of wining in Flushing Meadows. Though he had a tough draw to start out with, the losses of key played early in the tournament have made his task easier. A potential matchup with Tomas Berdych early in the US Open and another potential match up with Andy Murray in the semis, have both dissolved into thin air, with both Berdych and Murray losing early in the US Open 2010. However, there are still 3 big names to go through before he can get his hands on the trophy, and one of them is the 8th seed Verdasco. While Nadal has not played a high ranked opponent till the quarters, (the highest seed he has played has been the 25th seed Feliciano Lopez), Verdasco has defeated the 10th seed David Ferrer in a tough 5 setter in the 4th round. This should be first test that Rafa will face on this fast surface, which incidentally, is not his best. Be ready for an exciting match, that will in all probability go down to the wire.

That’s it for the singles events at the US Open 2010. Day 11 will also feature the double events, and the mixed doubles events among others. Day 11 is a rest day for the women’s singles event, which has reached the semifinal stage.

Some of the best tennis action coming to you from Day 11 of the US Open 2010, the final Grand Slam of the year. Stay Tuned.

Posteb by: Alejandro X

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