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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 ‘Happy To Play Wimbledon’ If Ban Is Lifted

The world No.2 says he is willing to speak with other players about the situation ahead of his return to action following surgery.

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Daniil Medvedev (RUS) in action against Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) in the first round of the Gentlemen's Singles on No.1 Court at The Championships 2021. Held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 2 Tuesday 29/06/2021. Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Daniil Medvedev says he is still hopeful that he might be able to play at this year’s Wimbledon Championships should officials at The All England Club decide to change their stance.

 

At present the reigning US Open champion will not be allowed to play at the grass court major due to his nationality. Officials at the Grand Slam have confirmed that Russian and Belarussian players have been banned from the event due to the war in Ukraine. Ian Hewitt, who is the chairman of The AELTC, said the action was taken in order to prevent ‘the propaganda machine of the Russian regime’ from potentially benefiting from their players’ success.

The ban is a controversial move for the sport which until now had a united approach when it came to allowing those players participate in tournaments but only as neutral athletes. Former Wimbledon champions Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokopvic and Andy Murray have all expressed some degree of opposition to the decision. Meanwhile, the ATP and WTA are considering the possibility of removing the allocation of ranking points at the event.

Speaking about the ban ahead of this week’s Geneva Open, Medvedev acknowledges that it is a ‘tricky situation’ but is still hopeful that a u-turn could occur which would allow him to play. The 26-year-old has made four main draw appearances at Wimbledon with his best result being a run to the fourth round last year.

“There has been a lot of talk around it. I just tried to follow what’s happening because I don’t have any decisions to make. It’s right now about Wimbledon itself, the ATP, maybe the British government is involved,” news agency AFP quoted Medvedev as telling reporters in Switzerland.
“It’s a tricky situation and like every situation in life, you ask 100 players, everybody’s going to give a different opinion.
“I can play: I’m going to be happy to play in Wimbledon. I love this tournament.
“I cannot play: well, I’m going to try to play other tournaments and prepare well for next year if I have the chance to play.”

The former world No.1 has been among a group of Russian players who have previously called for peace in the region. Although none of them have gone as far as publicly condemning the actions of their government. Something which has drawn criticism from Ukraine’s Elina Svitoliva.

“I had some time to follow what is happening, yeah, it’s very upsetting,” Medvedev commented on the war.

Geneva will be the first event Medvedev has played in since reaching the quarter-finals of the Miami Open. He took time away from the Tour to undergo hernia surgery but has confirmed he intends to play at next week’s French Open despite his lack of match play on the clay.

During his time at those events, the tennis star says he is more than happy to speak with other players about the Wimbledon ban should they want to.

“Since I haven’t been on the tour, I haven’t talked to any of them face to face. It was the first time when I came here on Saturday when I can talk to players, and if they start talking about this, we can discuss,” he said.
“I don’t know exactly what’s happening, what’s going to happen, if there are going to be more decisions made.
“Same about Wimbledon. I don’t know if this decision is 100 percent, and it’s over.”

Granted a bye in the first round, Medvedev will start his Geneva campaign against either Richard Gasquet or John Millman.

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Denis Shapovalov gets revenge win over Nadal to reach quarterfinals in Rome

The Canadian avenged a loss he suffered last year by beating the king of clay in the eternal city.

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Denis Shapovalov booked his spot in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open after beating the world number four Rafael Nadal in three tight sets 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 in two hours and 36 minutes on Pista Centrale.

 

The Canadian fired 35 winners and served 13 aces while the Spaniard hit 34 unforced errors in a match that went back and forth.

“It’s definitely incredible to me to beat him. Having match points against him last year was kind of a hurtful feeling,” said Shapovalov who lost to the Spaniard at the same tournament 12 months ago. “Coming back here this year, I definitely remember that match. Obviously great tennis, but that one really hurt. Happy to get the win this time around”.

It was the Spaniard with the better start to the match, putting pressure right away on the world number 16 in the second game of the match and it took Shapovalov almost 10 minutes to save three breakpoints and hold serve.

At 2-1 Nadal kept pushing and struck setting up two breakpoints with his ferocious forehand and then broke the Toronto native with a solid backhand down the line winner.

After consolidating the break the world number four was hungry for more and again with his powerful forehand set up more break opportunities and broke again to take a 5-1 lead and served out the first set.

Shapovalov once again faced three breakpoints in the opening game of the second set but managed to save all of them and was able to hold serve. In the following game he broke Nadal to love for the early 2-0 lead.

He was able to consolidate the break but at 4-3 the Spaniard fought back and managed to break back to go back on serve. However, the Canadian at 6-5 was able to get the crucial break to take the second set and send the match to a third.

Nadal responded right away breaking the Canadian in the first game of the third set but the following game Shapovalov set up three breakpoints with a perfectly timed forehand winner.

He broke back the following point and at 3-2 Nadal struggled with his serve and double faulted to give the world number 16 a 4-2 lead as it seemed he was struggling with an injury.

After running down a ball he was seen hunched over at the towel box and was almost limping after points and wincing before serving or returning serve.

At 5-2 with the Spaniard serving to stay in the match and in pain, Shapovalov had three chances to seal the win and it was third time lucky as Nadal last shot went out.

I was trying to change something, he was completely outplaying me and I was hanging in there and I was really happy to turn it around,” said Shapovalov.

Shapovalov will next face Casper Ruud in the quarterfinals on Friday. In their last meeting the Norweigan was able to come out with the win when they played in the Geneva Open final last summer.

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After Multiple Surgeries, Comeback Kid Stan Wawrinka Books Djokovic Showdown In Rome

In only his third tournament of the year, 37-year-old Wawrinka admits the upcoming clash will be ‘really difficult’ but he is willing to give it his best shot.

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Until now 15 months have passed since Stan Wawrinka last experienced the feeling of recording back-to-back wins in a tournament of any sort.

 

The three-time Grand Slam champion was sidelined from the sport for a year due a foot injury which ended up requiring two surgeries. The first was done in March last year before he underwent another procedure in June. The surgeries occurred just four years after he underwent two other operations on his left knee. Despite the physical problems and frustration, the Swiss isn’t giving up on his career just yet and is proving why at this week’s Italian Open.

A day after knocking out 14th seed Reilly Opelka, Wawrinka battled on court for almost three hours to oust Laslo Djere 7-6(8), 3-6, 6-4, in front of a highly animated crowd. The rollercoaster battle saw him fight back from a 1-3 deficit in the deciding set. Then four match points came and went before he finally prevailed. Booking his place in the last 16 of a Masters 1000 event for the first time since Paris 2020.

“It’s helping me to keep doing what I love. Tennis is a passion. The crowd, the support, the atmosphere, these courts is the reason why after two surgeries and one year out (of the Tour) I’m still playing tennis at 37. To live those moments as much as I can and I’m enjoying it a lot,” Wawrinka told atptour.com following his win over Djere.

At 361st in the world, Wawrinka has become the lowest-ranked player to reach the third round of a Masters event since Taylor Dent at the 2009 Miami Open. In Rome specifically, he is the lowest-ranked third round player since Carrado Borroni in 1995.

The reward is a clash with world No.1 Novak Djokovic in what will be a true test for Wawrinka. The two have an extensive rivalry after playing each other on the Tour 25 times before, including the finals of the 2015 French Open and the 2016 US Open. Djokovic currently leads their head-to-head 19-6 with their last meeting taking place in 2019.

“It’s always special to play against him,” Wawrinka said of the 20-time Grand Slam winner. “As I’ve said many times I’m not where I want to be yet with my game and fitness level. I need those matches.’
“To have a chance to play against the best player (in the ATP rankings) it’s going to be really difficult for me because I think I’m not ready to compete at that level. (But) it’s what I need. I need those challenges and push myself as much as I can to keep improving.”

Wawrinka’s win over Djere is his 535th on the ATP Tour and his 24th at the Italian Masters.

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