Saturday, August 30, 2008

Day 6: The Red Badge of Courage



Two amazing comebacks have highlighted the action on the Men's side on Saturday. Man, I love me some 5-setters.

Stan the man Wawrinka lost the first two sets to Italian Flavio Cipolla, but recovered to win in 5 sets, 5-7, 6-7, 6-4, 6-0, 6-4. (4 hours, 14 minutes)

On Grandstand, Andy Murray performed a minor miracle of his own, taking the last three sets to defeat a beleagured Jurgen Melzer of Austria, 6-7, 4-6, 7-6, 6-1, 6-3. (3 hours, 52 minutes)

Murray and Wawrinka, seeded 6 and 10 respectively, will meet in the round of 16 on Monday.

Elsewhere:

Both Williams sisters cruised.
Nadal gutted another helpless foe.
Querrey surprised the giant karlovic.



And that Ain't all! Click here for draws from the official U.S. Open website.

The Woman's draw: a mess as usual

We are just starting day 6 and already the # 1 and # 3 seeds have tasted asphalt. I'm referring to Ivanovic and Kuznetsova.

Who's next?


Here are the draws, for those that are curious.

If it weren't for Serena and Venus meeting in the quarters I'd say it'd be another all-Williams bonanza. But since one of them will be choking on asphalt by early next week, I'm holding out hope that either Safina or Jankovic can find some magic and make this a tournament to remember. The draw also looks favorable for #5 seed Elena Dementieva, since Kuznetsova went down.

I think the best woman's match today will be #9 Radwanska v. # 18 Cibulkova. Both girls have been having decent years. I'm also keeping an eye on # 17 Alize Cornet from France. The girl is tough from the baseline when she gets it going. It'd be fun to see her win her third round match and set up a round of 16 showdown with Safina.