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US Open Evolves Into Grand Slam Spectacular

The US Open bears little resemblance to the tournament started 130 years ago. It has evolved from an exclusive men's singles and doubles tournament in 1881 to a two-week sports and entertainment extravaganza held in Flushing, N.Y. More than 700,000 fans enter the gates annually at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

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last one of the season..

No RAFA :clapping-hands:

Now you can support his good pal Roger!!

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Murray tipped for major win

Goran Ivanisevic and Mats Wilander have backed Andy Murray to finally end his wait for a first grand slam at the upcoming US Open. Roger-Federer_2813856.jpg

Fed top seed

Roger Federer will head into the US Open as the top seed while Andy Murray moves up to third for the year's final grand slam.

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Federer targets record sixth US Open

23 August 2012

Roger Federer aims to cap his dramatic renaissance by becoming the first man in 87 years to win six US Open titles when the season's last Grand Slam event takes place from Monday.

World No 1 Federer currently has five New York wins, a mark he shares with US legends Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors, an equal-best performance in the Open era.

But the last man to win six was Bill Tilden, who achieved the feat in the strictly amateur days of 1925 before finishing his career with seven in 1929.

Having just turned 31, Federer is back at world No 1 thanks to a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title, his 17th Grand Slam trophy.

He was a silver medallist at the Olympics and has six tour titles in total this year, a statistic capped by a record fifth Cincinnati Masters last week where he swept past Novak Djokovic in the final.

Federer won his five straight US Open titles between 2004 and 2008 but missed the chance of a sixth in 2009 when he lost a five-set thriller to Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro.

Rafael Nadal, missing through injury this year, and Djokovic claimed the 2010 and 2011 editions.

"Even though I reached almost all my goals already this year by securing a medal, winning Wimbledon, and getting back to world No 1, it's important for me to push forward," said Federer.

His record at the majors remains one of outstanding consistency – he has reached the quarterfinals or better at 33 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments.

"It's a completely different atmosphere in New York. The pressure is going to be different," said Federer, who has scores to settle over the next two weeks.

Despite beating Djokovic in Cincinnati, to follow his win over the Serb in the semifinals at Wimbledon, he is still pained by throwing away a two-sets to love lead and match point in the US Open semifinals last year against the world No 2.

Djokovic, the Australian Open winner and defending champion in New York, is hitting form at the right time – his runner-up spot in Cincinnati came on the back of a Toronto Masters triumph seven days earlier.

The Serb, five years younger than Federer, is adamant that the key to beating the great Swiss is not to be cowed by his opponent's reputation.

"He has won everything that a tennis player can win and he's coming back for more. He has a lot of respect from me, from all the players. There is no question about it," said Djokovic.

"But we are all rivals, we are all opponents. I don't think about his history or his success or whatever too much when I'm on the court. I just want to win that match."

In the absence of seven-time French Open champion Nadal, who hasn't played since his shock second round exit at Wimbledon, Andy Murray will start as third seed.

The Scot won the Olympic gold medal, a triumph which helped ease his tearful defeat to Federer in the final at Wimbledon in July where he was the first Briton to reach the championship match in 74 years.

But he goes into the US Open, where he was runner-up to Federer in 2008, under a fitness cloud having withdrawn from Toronto after one match with a knee injury and then losing to French lucky loser Jeremy Chardy in his second match at Cincinnati.

"Sometimes I've won tournaments in the build-up (to a major) and it hasn't helped me," said 25-year-old Murray, shrugging off the setbacks.

Outside of the big three, the likes of David Ferrer, Del Potro and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will be favoured to pounce in case of a slip-up.

Spanish world No 5 Ferrer, a semifinalist at the French Open and quarterfinalist at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, has a best New York finish of the semifinals in 2007.

World No 8 Del Potro is still to back-up his 2009 US Open triumph after missing the 2010 season with a wrist injury.

Tsonga, the world No 6, was a Wimbledon semifinalist for a second successive year in July, made the last eight in New York in 2011, his best performance in four visits.

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Arthur Ashe Stadium 6 PM

Women's Singles - 1st Round

Petra Martic (CRO) vs. Samantha Stosur (AUS)[7] Not

Not Before:8:00 PM

Men's Singles - 1st Round

Andy Murray (GBR)[3] vs. Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) Women's Singles - 1st Round

Maria Sharapova (RUS)[3] vs. Melinda Czink (HUN)

Arthur Ashe Stadium 2:00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Round

Victoria Duval (USA) vs. Kim Clijsters (BEL)[23] Men's Singles - 1st Round

Roger Federer (SUI)[1] vs. Donald Young (USA)

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Weird that Supersport are showing no live coverage this week of the US Open Grand Slam.

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Federer in action on opening day of US Open

27 August 2012, 13:50PM

Roger Federer looks to cap an "incredible" season when he launches his bid for a sixth US Open title against American Donald Young on Monday.

Federer beat Briton Andy Murray to win the 2012 Wimbledon title, regained his world No 1 ranking and comes into the final grand slam of the year in ominous form.

"I'm just happy how I'm playing," said Federer. "I already reached my goal for the year becoming world No 1 and getting Wimbledon again and getting a medal for Switzerland.

"It's been incredible."

Murray, who lost to Federer in the Wimbledon final is also in action on Monday against Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr.

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Roger very impressive, but although he won in straight sets, Murray battled in his match...

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Federer rolls on as Murray struggles

28 August 2012, 06:48

World No 1 Roger Federer launched his quest for an 18th career Grand Slam title by defeating American Donald Young 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 on Monday to reach the second round of the US Open.

The 31-year-old Swiss star, seeking a record sixth title on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts, showed the form he used to win last month at Wimbledon and two weeks ago in Cincinnati by advancing in only 94 minutes.

That lifted Federer to 22-0 in night matches at Arthur Ashe Stadium before a typically raucous New York crowd.

"Being back in New York as World No 1, it's crazy and I enjoy it," Federer said. "It definitely brings out the best in me. The crowds are incredible.

"For me I hope we can keep it going out here."

Top seed Federer broke Young in the eighth game of the match and held to claim the first set in 27 minutes and then broke him three times to claim the second after only an hour on the court.

Young delivered a final-game fightback before falling on Federer's third match-point opportunity, after which the winner said he felt pressured at times by Young, who ended a 17-match losing streak only last week.

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Arthur Ashe Stadium 5:00 PM

Women's Singles - 1st Round

Nina Bratchikova (RUS) vs.Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[2] Not Not Before:7:00 PM

Men's Singles - 1st Round

Andy Roddick (USA)[20] vs. Rhyne Williams (USA)

Women's Singles - 1st Round

Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) vs. Venus Williams (USA)

1:00 AM

Men's Singles - 1st Round

Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) vs. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[2]

Women's Singles - 1st Round

Coco Vandeweghe (USA)vs. Serena Williams (USA)[4]

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