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September 26, 2021

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Novak Djokovic finally earns the adoration he so desired, even in defeat

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NEW YORK — Novak Djokovic covered his face with a towel, but he couldn’t hide his sobs from his courtside chair in Arthur Ashe Stadium. As he desperately tried to conceal his eyes from sight, he inadvertently exposed more of his face and his emotions were on full display for......

What we learned from a completely unpredictable US Open

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NEW YORK — The 2021 US Open is officially in the books, and it ended with titles for Emma Raducanu and Daniil Medvedev. Just as we all predicted, right? Needless to say, it was one of the most unexpected and surprising tournaments in memory and provided unforgettable introductions to the......

US Open 2021 men’s final: Will Novak Djokovic complete the Grand Slam and beat Daniil Medvedev?

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3:25 PM ET ESPN staff Novak Djokovic, the No. 1-ranked men’s player in the world, has a chance to make history: complete the calendar-year Grand Slam and break a tie with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who also have 20 major titles, for the most in men’s tennis history. Daniil......

Medvedev earns 3rd straight berth in Open semis

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NEW YORK — Daniil Medvedev is the first player into the US Open semifinals. The No. 2 seed from Russia got there for the third straight year Tuesday by eliminating qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-0, 4-6, 7-5. Medvedev, the runner-up to Rafael Nadal in 2019,......

Djokovic drops 1st set, then rallies into quarters

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NEW YORK — For half an hour and a full set at the start, then one particularly compelling and competitive game later, Novak Djokovic‘s opponent in the US Open’s fourth round, Jenson Brooksby, gave him fits and created a raucous atmosphere under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium. That let......

Tiafoe: Guys ‘trying extra hard’ with no Rafa, Fed

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NEW YORK — The massive absence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal might be creating a feistier men’s field at the US Open. At least that’s what American Frances Tiafoe saw in the first week of the calendar’s last Grand Slam, where there were plenty of competitive five-setters and some......

Carlos Alcaraz was supposed to be this good — just not this soon

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NEW YORK — Two days after making his auspicious introduction to tennis fans, Carlos Alcaraz took the court in front of a capacity crowd of more than 8,000 in Grandstand stadium for his fourth-round match at the US Open on Sunday. Even with the looming threat of rain, there was......

Alcaraz youngest man in Open quarters since ’63

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NEW YORK — Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest man to reach the quarterfinals of the US Open since 1963 on Sunday. The 18-year-old from Spain reached the final eight at Flushing Meadows by beating 141st-ranked qualifier Peter Gojowczyk of Germany 5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0. Alcaraz now plays No. 12......

US Open 2021 experts’ picks: Can Djokovic achieve the calendar-year Slam? Who is the women’s favorite?

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4:00 PM ET ESPN staff One week into the US Open, there has been no shortage of excitement, upsets, and yes, drama. No. 1 Ash Barty was stunned in the third round by American Shelby Rogers on Saturday night. A day earlier, Naomi Osaka lost in third round to Leylah......

US Open loss latest in Stefanos Tsitsipas’ frustrating run since the French Open final

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NEW YORK — From the very first game, it looked like Stefanos Tsitsipas had a big problem: 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz’ crosscourt forehand. It came in at a deep angle, and it was incredibly fast. And before Tsitsipas could readjust after going on the defense to return that crosscourt forehand —......

Tsitsipas irked by ‘sudden’ furor over toilet breaks

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NEW YORK — Stefanos Tsitsipas shared his frustrations on becoming the center of attention over his bathroom breaks at the US Open, saying after his third-round loss to 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz on Friday that he didn’t understand “why everyone suddenly is against me.” Tsitsipas, who lost a grueling five-setter to......

How is it that US Open fans, but not players, are required to be vaccinated?

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NEW YORK — On Day 1 of the US Open, the first time in two years fans were allowed into the stands at Flushing Meadows, 53,783 people walked through the gates. Some were masked, some were unmasked, but all attending were supposed to have had at least one dose of......

Tsitsipas on boos: Toilet breaks not against rules

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NEW YORK — Stefanos Tsitsipas heard boos from the crowd for yet another long trip off court at the US Open after dropping a set during his second-round victory over Adrian Mannarino. Unbothered by that reaction Wednesday night, or the criticism he received from Andy Murray after taking breaks while......

Wild weather disrupts US Open play despite roof

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NEW YORK — Rain pelted down the gaps in the roof of Louis Armstrong Stadium on Wednesday night, disrupting second-round play at the US Open. Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong are the only courts at Flushing Meadows that can be covered during bad weather, but even that was an......

Murray ‘lost respect’ for Tsitsipas over long breaks

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NEW YORK — After his first-round loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas on Monday at the US Open, Andy Murray said his opponent had unfairly gained an advantage by taking a lengthy bathroom break and an opportune medical timeout. “It’s just disappointing because I feel it influenced the outcome of the match,”......

Tsitsipas bests Murray in grueling 1st-round match

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NEW YORK — Andy Murray tumbled to the ground on his artificial hip, losing his balance in sweat-soaked shoes and leaving splotches on Arthur Ashe Stadium’s blue court from his soggy clothing. Murray muttered to himself, as he often does. He yelled toward his team about needing new footwear. Soon......

How Novak Djokovic mastered his few faults to become the GOAT

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By winning the 2021 US Open, Novak Djokovic would both lock up the first calendar Grand Slam on the men’s tour in more than 50 years and become the first man to ever win 21 Slams in his career. With his natural athleticism and defensive abilities, Djokovic was destined to......

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