In Monday action at the 2011 U.S. Open, a packed house in Louis Armstrong Stadium saw top-seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic survive an epic tie-breaker and advance in straight sets to the quarterfinals after defeating the number 22 seed, Ukranian Alexandr Dolgopolov, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2. This is the closest that Djokovic has come to almost dropping a set thus far at the 2011 U.S. Open. Djokovic advances to face Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, the number 20 seed, who defeated the unseeded Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero in four sets, 7-5, 6-7, 7-5, 6-2. Many wonder if this could have been Ferrero's last U.S. Open prior to retirement.
American Mardy Fish, the number eight seed, put up a battle against the 11th-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wifred Tsonga taking the match to five sets. After Tsonga dropped the second and third sets, he battled back in the fourth and fifth to take the match and advance to the quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-7, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Tsonga moves on to the quarterfinals to face the number three seed, Switzerland's Roger Federer, a 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 winner under the lights over the unseeded Argentinian Juan Monaco in just over an hour.
And while it took Federer a little more than 60 min. to dispatch Monaco, it was a marathon under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium for the women's draw as top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki took on the 15 seed, Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, in math that lasted over three hours. Kuznetsova took the first set in a nailbiting tie-breaker where she edged ahead of Wozniacki. In the second set, Kuznetsova was up 4-1 over Wozniacki and led 40-30 in the service game when Wozniacki battled back to break Kuznetsova from advancing to a 5-1 lead. This fight back continued throughout the entire set, where Kuznetsova would not be able to keep up the momentum to eventually drop the second set 5-7.
“I was basically out of the tournament at one point," acknowledged Wozniacki.
Wozniacki did however battle back to take the match in three sets, 6-7, 7-5, 6-1, over the two-time major champion Kuznetsova. After the match, Wozniacki stated that, " Yeah, she took a long break. I think she wanted to regroup and try to just stay positive. I knew I had to try to get a good start, and I did. You know, I started stepping closer to the baseline and tried to dictate the game more."
Wozniacki advances to the quarterfinals where she will face Andrea Petkovic, the number 10-seeded German who was a 6-1, 6-4 winner over the unseeded Carla Suarez Navarro from Spain at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
The afternoon session saw the 28-seed, American Serena Williams, easily win over the number 16 seed, Serbian Ana Ivanovic, in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. Williams has been on top of her game throughout the Open and many have her as a favorite to win the 2011 U.S. Open title. When asked if she intends to be intimidating Serena jokingly answered with, "Yeah. I walk out there, do the Crip walk and try to intimidate them. No I don't try. I just am. I am who I am. I don't know whether that's intimidating or not. I am just me." This is the ninth time that Serena has reached a U.S. Open quarterfinal.
Serena advances to the quarterfinals to face Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the number 17 seed, who upset seventh-seeded Francesca Schiavone from Italy in three sets, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 earlier in the day at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Of local relevance, Oyster Bay, N.Y.'s Julia Elbaba was defeated in first round action in the Junior Girls Singles draw by Japan's Risa Ozaki, 6-3, 6-1.
Credit all photos to Kenneth B. Goldberg
Francesca Schiavone from Italy lost to Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 7-5, 3-6, 4-6 in Monday afternoon action
Frenchman Jo-Wifred Tsonga advanced to the U.S. Open quarterfinals with a win Monday over American Mardy Fish
Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, the number 20 seed, defeated the unseeded Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero on Monday in four sets, 7-5, 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals
The 28-seed, American Serena Williams, advanced to the quarterfinals with a win over the number 16 seed, Serbian Ana Ivanovic on Monday at the 2011 U.S. Open
Oyster Bay, N.Y.'s Julia Elbaba was defeated Monday in first round action in the Junior Girls Singles draw by Japan's Risa Ozaki, 6-3, 6-1
American Mardy Fish was defeated on Monday by Jo-Wifred Tsonga