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TENNIS US OPEN 2014 – Al the results, draws, order of play and the interviews from Flushing Meadows for the last Grand Slam of 2014

 

Results

Order of Play

Men’s Singles Draw

Women’s Singles Draw

Men’s Doubles Draw

Women’s Doubles Draw

Interviews

08.09.14

Cilic: “It means everything. It’s just a huge accomplishment for myself and for my team”

Nishikori: “I didn’t expect nothing coming here. Yeah, there is so many positive things for sure”

07.09.14

S. Williams: “I just could never have imagined that I would be mentioned with Evert or with Navratilova”

Wozniacki: “I had a game plan in mind. I tried to push her back, but that really didn’t work for me”

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan

06.09.14

Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina

Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta

Cilic: “I was absolutely playing the best tennis of my life”

Goran Ivanisevic: “You saw everything. It was the best match of his life”

Federer: “It’s fairly simple: I think Marin played great”

Nishikori: “I just started playing points few days ago before the tournament. I didn’t even know if I should come”

Djokovic: “I think he just played better in these conditions than I did”

05.09.14

Chang: “If he beats Djokovic, Kei can win the tournament”

S. Williams: “Definitely wasn’t sure I’d be here. So I’m just elated”

Makarova: “She’s hitting so early the ball, so it’s always tough to be more aggressive than she is”

David Brewer tournament director

Wozniacki: “Health is more important. I just was hoping that she was going to be okay”

Peng: “Start from the leg. The front, the back, and then it was my back. Horrible”

04.09.14

Pennetta and Hingis: “We had a tough draw. We have never thought to rise the final”

Federer: “It’s just unbelievable to win matches like this at slams”

Monfils: “Suddenly he start to mix everything. You know, that’s why he’s the greatest player”

Cilic: “It angered me how all the process went because it was not fair to me”

Berdych: “I start pretty terribly. Then obviously was really tough to catch up”

03.09.14

Heinze Gunthardt

Wawrinka: “What’s happen he start to play better. He start to be more aggressive”

Nishikori: “I always love to play five sets. I think I have good records for winning third or fifth sets”

Djokovic: “Andy started to go for his forehand more in last couple of years since he started working with Ivan”

Murray: “I’d say definitely physically he was fresher”

S. Williams: “I always ask my dad why wasn’t I a lefty?”

Pennetta: “Just go on the court and try your best. You don’t have so many things to do”

Azarenka: “Can I play better? Absolutely. Will I doubt that I can play on a higher level? No chance”

Makarova: “I felt that I’m ready. I’m feeling good my game and believe in myself”

02.09.14

Wozniacki: “I had a game plan in mind, and I just went for my shots”

Errani: “She’s very good. She don’t miss a ball”

Federer: “Monfils has a wonderful serve, really, which nobody really talks about because of his athletic movement”

Cilic: “I’m serving much better. That allows me to have more opportunities”

Monfils: “For me tennis is a sport, you know. It’s not a job”

Dimitrov: “I did a lot of unforced errors, especially with my forehand”

Shuai: “I almost stopped playing like three or four years is really tough with the mentally”

Bencic: “Today I really didn’t play my best, but I can take definitely so much positive out of this tournament”

01.09.14

Nishikori: “It’s going to bring confidence for sure for the next round. Really tough five sets”

Raonic: “I wish I could have been let’s say more efficient in many aspects”

Azarenka: “I just really try to focus on each day at a time. I don’t look back of how tough it was”

Krunic: “I just enjoyed the moment and I tried to stay in the moment as much as I could”

Wawrinka: “I have no problem with him. What’s happen on the tennis courts, you have to keep it there”

Bouchard: “I was feeling very light headed and dizzy on the court. Just seeing things a little blurry”

Murray: “I don’t feel like I’m that far away from playing my best tennis”

Makarova: “It was really help for me also because I had some time to recover. It was kind of good medical timeout”

Murray: “I don’t feel like I’m that far away from playing my best tennis”

Djokovic: “Obviously when I won second set I wanted to get the job done in three”

S. Williams: “I can run down any ball on the court. But, if I don’t have to move as much, that’s fine with me”

Pennetta: “I like the city all the time. When I get to New York, I feel much better”

Dellacqua: “I’m obviously disappointed for that loss. But overall I’m happy with where I’m heading”

31.08.14

Art Seitz’s images from days 5, 6 & 7

Bencic: “The last 12 months were really great for me. I improved my ranking always”

Dimitrov: “Obviously that wasn’t the best part, changing the court”

Monfils: “I’m cool. As usual. Still the same. Hanging around. No coach. I’m happy”

Federer: “It almost never happened to me that they would take me off before it started raining, but it was the right decision”

Wozniacki: “I make the right decisions at the right moment. And I enjoy playing”

Sharapova: “ It was warm, it was windy, but we’re in New York; it’s summertime”

Errani: “I don’t serve very fast. Of course you see that. It’s difficult for me”

Lucic-Baroni: “Everything I have done so far I absolutely earned it, and I’m very proud of it”

30.08.14

Pennetta

Murray: “The wind swirls a lot on that court. It can be windy on Ashe, but normally it goes in one direction”

Krunic: “I kicked out Djoko from the quiet room in the gym before my match with Madison”

Kvitova: “I knew a little bit what she’s playing, but I didn’t really expect how she played so well”

Djokovic: “This is where I want to play my best tennis. I haven’t done as well in leadup tournaments”

Hingis: “Who would have that Mirjana Lucic with all she had to come through to beat Halep”

Azarenka: “Feel different. As I always say, I don’t look too much in the past”

29.08.14

Sharapova: “I’m not someone that doesn’t look at the draw. I enjoy watching matches occasionally when I have some free time”

Federer: “The difference between 142mph and 147mph, there’s none really. Once you pass the 135 everything is just really fast”

Groth: “I was trying not to get caught up in the whole Roger act out there”

Gulbis: “Late in the third I thought that I pulled something. Then I started to cramp afterwards”

V. Williams: “I think she just played one of the best matches of her life”

Errani: (AUDIO) “5 all in the tie-break I made that volley, unbelievable”

Lucic-Baroni: “After so many years to be here again, it’s incredible. I wanted this so bad”

Halep: “After I had 5-2 and the two set points, she came back really well. Everything was in for her”

Bencic: “Obviously it was Martina (Hingis) which I was looking up to, and I was also practicing by her mom”

Tomic: “My hip’s a little bit not in shape. I’m feeling it inside”

Shuai: “I need to be more courage, be more like stronger, and then try my best”

Jankovic: “I wake up in the morning, and I’m excited. I want to go out there and hit balls”

28.08.14

Art Seitz’s images from day 4

Listen to Robredo talk in spanish to Ubaldo about his match against Bolelli

Bellis: “This whole experience has been unbelievable, like mind-blowing”

Djokovic: “I have nothing to complain about, I wanted to get my job done as quick as possible”

Murray: “I hope I feel better every day now. I felt fine the last couple days”

Estrella Burgos: “People from Dominican, I think they are in the party now”

S. Williams: “I’ve had three tries to get to 18. Hopefully I’ll get there one day”

Kyrgios: “To have gone to the third round, having beaten some quality opponents, feels good”

Pliskova: “I think I played one of my best matches this year”

Ivanovic: “it’s very disappointing. It’s never easy to finish, and especially this early”

Querrey: “Serve felt good, forehand felt good, I was making the right decisions”

Azarenka: “I don’t expect. I just play. That’s what’s important”

27.08.14

Art Seitz’s and Melchiorre Di Giacomo’s images of day 3

Sharapova: “I’m healthy enough to compete at this level. That’s the most important thing for me”

Gulbis: “I completely swap his rhythm and his vision of the court”

V. Williams: “Finally I did something I couldn’t do the last couple years. That’s good stuff.”

Wawrinka: “I was serving big. I was moving really well and taking the ball early”

Wozniacki: “She wasn’t an easy opponent. She’s young and hungry”

Berdych: “It’s a tough opponent, a big challenge. The conditions were extremely tough today”

Hewitt: “I was ready for the match today, but in the end he was just too good”

Shuai: “Two times almost stop playing. So it’s really lucky I’m still here”

Radwanska: “I didn’t play bad today. I think it was just her day”

26.08.14

Art Seitz’s images from day 2

Bellis: “I’m feeling amazing. I’m still speechless. I’m still in shock about that match”

Listen to the interview to CiCi’s father

S. Williams: “We offered to play five sets many times. They don’t want the women to play five sets”

Federer: “Jordan was just my hero of all sports. That’s what he was for me growing up”

Kvitova: “I’m just glad I can play New Haven”

Bouchard: “I want to kind of get on a roll and keep the momentum going”

Ivanovic: “The confidence is on a high level. I had a great season behind me”

Nishikori: “Just start play points couple of days ago. Still I was playing almost same level as usual”

Stosur: “I think I served well; tactically used the right serve at the right time”

25.08.2014

Art Seitz’s images from Day 1

Djokovic: “Last three weeks actually, Toronto and Cincinnati, were a bit tough emotionally”

Sharapova: “I think you feel the goosebumps when you go out on a night match on Arthur Ashe”

Tommy Robredo talks about Spanish success

Murray: “I don’t know exactly why it happened today. I need to just try and find out what went wrong”

V. Williams: “To have a great family behind me and a sister on tour, for me that’s the best part”

Kyrgios: “It was just an outburst, and hopefully I will be able to control that the next time”

24.08.2014

Djokovic: “I’m feeling better and better as the days go by”

Federer: “I believe in rest in a huge way. Whenever I get a chance to rest, I do”

Murray: “I lost to guys who had won the events, and had quite big opportunities”

S. Williams: “I think Ashe would be really proud to see so many young African-American players”

Sharapova: “As the weeks progress, I’m certainly feeling better”

Bouchard: “Definitely proud of how I have come such a long way in a short time”

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Dominic Thiem Rules Federer Out Of GOAT Debate

The Austrian puts forward his theory on who should be regarded as the best player in history.

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The honour of which player deserves to be regarded as the greatest of all time (GOAT) should be decided based on one factor, according to Dominic Thiem. 

 

The former world No.3 has weighed in on the debate by suggesting that the argument should be settled by the number of Grand Slam titles a player has won as they are the most prestigious tournaments in the sport. In tennis, the four major tournaments are the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. 

Thiem’s GOAT criteria have therefore ruled Roger Federer out of contention. The Swiss maestro was at one stage the frontrunner due to the numerous records he has broken throughout his career. However, he retired from the sport last year with 20 Grand Slam trophies under his belt which is less than both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic who are currently on 22 each. 

“In my opinion, the Grand Slam titles should be the defining criteria when determining the best of all time, they are the four most important tournaments in tennis,” Eurosport quotes Thiem as saying. 
“Everything else is fine, but it’s not the same. The Slams are what counts, so the GOAT will probably be the one with the most Grand Slams.”

Others will argue that more factors should be taken into account in the subjective debate. For example, Federer has won 103 ATP titles which are more than his two rivals, Djokovic holds the record for most weeks as world No.1 and Nadal has won more tournaments on clay than any other player in history. Furthermore, there is the players’ win-loss rate on the Tour and their records against the top 10 players. 

Recently at the Australian Open Djokovic won the men’s title for a historic 10th time in his career. An achievement that has been hailed by Thiem who was runner-up to the Serbian at Melbourne Park in 2021. 

“I am not very surprised, Djokovic still looks young,” he said. “Physically and mentally, because of the way he moves on the court. It’s like he was 25 years old.
“We have to be honest, he is the best, so his victory was not very surprising.”

Thiem has won one Grand Slam title which was at the 2020 US Open when he became the first man in the Open Era to come back from two sets down to win in the final. He has also been runner-up at the French Open twice, as well as the Australian Open once. 

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Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open Injury ‘Hard To Believe’ In The Eyes Of His Opponent

Some details surrounding Djokovic’s battle with a hamstring issue ‘doesn’t make sense,’ according to Enzo Couacaud.

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The only man to take a set off Novak Djokovic during the Serbian’s run to a historic 10th Australian Open title believes there are unanswered questions over his injury. 

 

France’s Enzo Couacaud took a set off the world No.1 before losing their encounter in the second round at Melbourne Park. At the tournament Djokovic was dealing with a hamstring problem which he picked up at the Adelaide International earlier this year. Throughout the tournament, he was wearing strapping on his leg and there was uncertainty about if he would be able to continue playing in the Grand Slam event. 

Despite the issue, Djokovic claimed a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam title by disposing of Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in the final. Afterwards his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, claimed that 97% of players would not have played if they were in a similar situation. The exact diagnosis of Djokovic’s injury hasn’t been addressed by his team but Australian Open director Craig Tiley said he suffered a 3mm tear. 

However, Couacaud has questioned the significance of the injury to begin with. During an interview with Tennis Actu, the world No.172 believes that some of the details appear to be ‘far-fetched’ as he draws parallels with Rafael Nadal, as well as footballer Kylian Mbappe.  

“Novak claimed he was playing with an injury, a big injury,” said Couacaud. “When athletes are injured in combat sports, they often can’t continue. When Rafael Nadal is injured, he can’t run. Kylian Mbappe, for example, is out for two weeks.
“And those are the greatest athletes, not those who don’t have access to top-notch care. It is therefore difficult to believe that only one man in the world can continue with an injury.
“When you take the examples of Nadal or Mbappe, but especially Rafa, with an injury to Wimbledon, he couldn’t even serve. When you see the greatest who can’t set foot on the pitch and another who wins a Grand Slam by playing every day for 15 days. It still seems a bit far-fetched.
“There are little things that don’t make sense to me. I was always told not to stretch with an injury. You saw Novak stretching all the time. You say to yourself, either they have a new method in Serbia, or it’s weird. Little things like that, he has his staff, but I’m too far to judge the authenticity of anything. It is true that it seems hard to believe.”

It is not the first time Djokovic has faced accusations that he has in some way exaggerated the significance of an injury. He encountered a similar situation during the 2021 Australian Open where he suffered an abdominal injury. After winning the tournament, he confirmed that he sustained a tear in the region. 

Speaking to journalists at Melbourne Park last month, the tennis star once again hit back at his critics and claimed that he was being singled out. 

“I leave the doubting to those people – let them doubt,” Tennis Majors quoted Djokovic as saying in Serbian following his fourth round win over Alex de Minaur. “Only my injuries are questioned. When some other players are injured, then they are the victims, but when it is me, I am faking it. It is very interesting… I don’t feel that I need to prove anything to anyone.
“I am not really interested at this point what people are thinking and saying. It is fun, it is interesting to see how the narrative surrounding me continues, narrative that is different compared to other players that have been going through similar situation. But I am used to it, and it just gives me extra strength and motivation. So I thank them for that.”

Djokovic has won 93 ATP titles during his career which is the fourth-highest tally in history. Only Ivan Lendl (94), Roger Federer (102) and Jimmy Connors (109) have won more. 

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Novak Djokovic ‘Hurt’ By Father’s Absence From Australian Open Final

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Novak Djokovic said he mutually agreed with his father that he did not attend his latest Australian Open match but admits it was a bitter pill to swallow. 

 

Srdjan Djokovic had attended his son’s matches throughout the majority of the tournament but has recently been caught up in controversy. On Wednesday a video surfaced on social media of the 62-year-old posing for a photo with pro-Russian supporters with one of the fans waving a flag with the face of Vladimir Putin on it. Another fan was also wearing a t-shirt with the ‘Z’ symbol on it which is used to support the Russian army. 

The Russian and Belarussian flags were banned from the tournament this year following an incident in the first round. A Russian flag was shown during a match between Ukraine’s Kateryna Baindl and Russia’s Kamilla Rakhimova. Prompting anger from Ukraine with its ambassador to Australia calling for a ‘neutral flag’ policy to be implemented. 

Srdjan has since issued a statement saying the incident was ‘unintentional’ and said his family ‘only wish for peace in the world.’ He subsequently also missed Djokovic’s semi-final match to avoid any possible ‘disruption’ before doing the same for Sunday’s final.

“I thought things would calm down in terms of media and everything, but it didn’t. We both agreed it would probably be better that he is not there,” Djokovic said after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas to win a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam title
“That hurts me and him (Srdjan) a lot because these are very special, unique moments. Who knows if they repeat again? So it was not easy for him.”

Whilst he was not in the stands, Djokovic was reunited with his father shortly afterwards. Although the tennis star said Srdjan ‘was not feeling his best’ due to the situation. 

“It is what it is. I think in the end also what he told me is that it’s important that I feel good on the court, I win the match, and he’s here for me,” Djokovic continued. 
“If it’s going to be better for me as the outcome of the match so that he’s not in the box, then so be it. That was the whole conversation.’
“In a way, I’m also sad that he was not there, present, in the stands. But he was throughout the entire tournament, so it’s fine. In the end, we have a happy ending.”

Djokovic has now won five out of the past seven Grand Slam tournaments he has played in. At the Australian Open alone he has won 28 matches in a row.

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