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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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Daniil Medvedev Targets French Open Breakthrough After Rome Disappointment

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Daniil Medvedev believes there will be more title contenders at the French Open than previous editions with the Russian hoping to be one of them. 

The world No.4 heads into the Grand Slam after what has been a mixed clay swing. Medvedev suffered a third round defeat in Monte Carlo before bouncing back in Madrid where he reached the quarter-finals before retiring from his match with a minor injury. Meanwhile, at this week’s Italian Open, his title defence came to an end in the fourth round on Tuesday when he fell 6-1, 6-4, to Tommy Paul. 

“Mentally I had to be much better,” Medvedev said of his latest performance.
“I started to calm myself down and focus on the match only at the end of the match, and it was too late. I had to do better. I was expecting myself to play better.’
“It’s disappointing, but that’s how sport is. You lose and you go for the next tournament, which is a pretty important one.” He added. 

28-year-old Medvedev recently stated that he is seeing improvements in his game when it comes to playing on the clay. A surface which he has struggled on during stages of his career. Out of the 38 ATP Finals he has contested, only two of those were on the clay. Barcelona in 2019 when he finished runner-up and Rome last year which he won. 

As for the French Open, he has lost in the first round on five out of seven appearances. But did reach the quarter-finals in 2021 and the last 16 the following year. So could 2024 be his year?

“Now it’s maybe a little bit more open than it was ever before,” he said of this year’s event. 
“Good for me, too, because usually in Roland Garros I don’t play that well. The more open it is, the better it is for me.”

All of the top three players on the men’s tour are currently experiencing problems. Novak Djokovic crashed out of the Italian Open and recently underwent a medical assessment after getting hit in the head by a bottle in a freak accident. Jannik Sinner is reportedly on the verge of withdrawing from the French Open due to a hip issue and Carlos Alcaraz has been hindered by a forearm injury in recent weeks. 

“I’m feeling much better on clay,” Medvedev commented. “What is tough for me on clay sometimes is getting used to conditions. Every court – in every tournament in the world – is a bit different.
“On hard courts it’s the same: every court is different. On hard courts I have this ability to kind of quite fast get used to it. On clay, I need more time.”

Medvedev aims to become only the second Russian man in history to win the French Open after Yevgeny Kafelnikov in 1996. The tournament will begin a week on Sunday. 

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Stefanos Tsitsipas Says Expanded Masters Events ‘Playing A Massive Role’ In Player Injuries

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Stefanos Tsitsipas has slammed the decision to extend the length of Masters 1000 tournaments to two weeks by warning that more injuries could occur in the future as a result. 

This week’s Rome Masters is taking place without two out of the world’s top three players. Jannik Sinner pulled out of his home event due to a hip injury and Carlos Alcaraz has been troubled by a forearm issue in recent weeks. Other players missing from the draw include Tomas Machac (Illness), Ugo Humbert (Left Knee) and Stan Wawrinka (Right Wrist). 

The tournament is taking place immediately after the Madrid Open which is also a Masters event that has been expanded to a two-week format in recent years. Supporters of the move argue that a bigger draw provides lower-ranked players with more opportunities to play in these events whilst others will have a day off between matches. 

However, world No.8 Tsitsipas isn’t completely happy with the schedule which he openly criticised on Monday following his 6-2, 7-6(1), win over Cameron Norrie. The Greek has won 12 out of 14 matches played on clay so far this season. 

“It’s a type of thing that hurt the sport a little bit, to have these types of things happen to the highest of the players,” Tsitsipas commented on his rival’s injuries.
“Without them, the show is not kind of the same. You have obviously the guys behind them (in the rankings). These kinds of tournaments deserve names like this to be playing and have the opportunity to play in front of these big stadiums and crowds.
“I’ve spoken about the fact that the schedule has a big toll on our bodies. It starts from the mental side, and it follows to the physical side. The extension of the days in the Masters 1000s I think plays a massive role and contributes a lot to the fact that these players are getting injured.”

The ATP’s extended format is set to be applied to seven out of the nine Masters 1000 tournaments from 2025. The only two yet to make or plan for such changes are Monte Carlo and Paris. However, Tsitsipas has called for changes to be made to the schedule.

“It was perhaps already a lot the way it was before with the seven-day events. Adding more days to that, well, you got to be some type of superhero to be consistent back-to-back 10 days in each event getting to the very end of it.” He commented.
“It’s not a very easy thing to do. Some people need to try it first to get an understanding and how it is to pull that off. Then they should make decisions based on that.
“I think this is not going to be the first time we see these types of things (player injuries). If these types of things continue with the same schedule not being adjusted or customized to the needs of the players, we might see more of these things occur in the future.”

It is not the first time a player has raised concerns about the extended format. Alexander Zverev previously said that the schedule is a disadvantage for the top players. Meanwhile, on the women’s Tour Caroline Garcia has criticised the move to expand WTA 1000 tournaments whilst Maria Sakkari said achieving the Madrid-Rome double has become harder to do

On the other hand, Daniil Medvedev has spoken in favour of the new format and describes injuries on the Tour as ‘part of the sport.’ The former US Open believes the issue is related to the quick surface changes players face and not the duration of tournaments. 

Tsitsipas will play Alex de Minaur in the fourth round of the Italian Open on Tuesday. 

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Novak Djokovic To Undergo Medical Check After Rome Thrashing, Bottle Incident

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Novak Djokovic has indicated that he will speak to doctors following his lacklustre performance at the Italian Open where he crashed out in straight sets. 

The five-time champion was far from his best against Chile’s Alejandro Tabilo as he struggled to generate any rhythm in his tennis or a single break point opportunity. Djokovic’s below-par performance caught many off guard, including the tennis player himself who admitted afterwards that he was ‘completely off’ his game. 

Trying to find the reason behind his latest performance, the world No.1 isn’t ruling out the possibility that it might be linked to an incident that took place at the tournament two days ago. Following his win over France’s Corentin Moutet, Djokovic suffered a blow to his head after a fan accidentally dropped a metal bottle from the stands. Immediately afterwards, he experienced nausea, dizziness and bleeding for up to an hour but was checked by medical officials.

“I don’t know, to be honest. I have to check that.” Djokovic replied when asked if the incident affected his form on Sunday.
“Training was different. I was going for kind of easy training yesterday. I didn’t feel anything, but I also didn’t feel the same.
“Today under high stress, it was quite bad – not in terms of pain, but in terms of this balance. Just no coordination. Completely different player from what it was two nights ago.
“It could be. I don’t know. I have to do medical checkups and see what’s going on. “

The tennis star said he managed to sleep fine after his head blow but did experience headaches. He looked to be in good spirits the day after it happened and even turned up to practice in Rome wearing a safety helmet.

Djokovic’s concerns come two weeks before the start of the French Open where he is seeking a record 25th Major title. He will undoubtedly be one of the contenders for glory but admits there is a lot of work that needs to be done in the coming days. 

“Everything needs to be better in order for me to have at least a chance to win it,” he said.
“The way I felt on the court today was just completely like a different player entered into my shoes. Just no rhythm, no tempo, and no balance whatsoever on any shot.
“It’s a bit concerning.”

The French Open will begin on Sunday 26th May. 

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