No one expected surprises and there were none Sunday afternoon at the U.S. Open final. They like winners in Queens, and if they respect underdogs and appreciate the drama of unlikely upsets, they go for the champion when the champion gets going. Rafa Nadal was indomitable for two weeks and there was no reason not to cheer him on to his third U.S. Open title, his 16th Slam.
Civilization as we have known ended a few minutes before 3 p.m. on a hot Friday afternoon at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, as Serena Williams blew the thrilling third set of her semifinal against Roberta Vinci.
Marin Cilic gave Japan’s rising son a tough match in the semi-finals of Washington’s Citi Open, a small gem of a tournament that warms players up for the end-of-summer U.S. Open. It was competitive enough to say he coulda had he only woulda.
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