Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 6th 2015 Contents NEW YORK---Roger Federer might not be so keen to
try out his old-dog-new-trick, rush-the-net "SABR"---
"sneak attack by Roger"---return strategy against his
next opponent at the US Open.
"I don't think so," Federer said. "I can always try.
But it's probably not the right guy to do it against."
That's because the second-seeded Federer, who
advanced yesterday by beating 29th-seeded Philipp
Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, will have to
deal with 6-foot-10 American John Isner and his massive
serve in the fourth round.
Federer has been doing that rather well, lately. While
dropping a total of only 20 games and zero sets through
three matches, he has been broken only twice---both
times by Kohlschreiber.
Of Federer's 17 Grand Slam titles, five came at Flushing
Meadows from 2005-08, and he has reached the fourth
round for the 15th year in a row.
The 13th-seeded Isner, meanwhile, had lost in the
third round each of the past three years---and each time,
coincidentally, against Kohlschreiber.
After moving on when Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic
retired because of a neck injury after dropping the first
two sets, Isner was asked about the possibility of dealing
with Federer's newfangled return on Monday.
Vesely is the 16th player---14 men, two women---to
stop during a match at this year's US Open because
of injury or illness, a record for a major tournament in
the Open era, which began in 1968.
Isner is one of two US men left, because 68th-ranked
Donald Young came all the way back to eliminate 22nd-
seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia 4-6, 0-6, 7-6 (3), 6-
2, 6-4. Young had never won a match after losing the
first two sets until Tuesday, when he did it against 11th-
seeded Gilles Simon in the first round.
Three past major champions in the women's draw
won yesterday afternoon---No 5 Petra Kvitova, No 20
Victoria Azarenka No 22 Sam Stosur---while No 2 Simona
Halep, the 2014 French Open runner-up, was scheduled
to face Shelby Rogers of the US at night.
Twice the title winner at the Australian Open, and
twice beaten by Serena Williams in the US Open final,
Azarenka needed six match points and nearly three
hours to close out 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber 7-5,
On Friday night, for the first time in his career, Rafael
Nadal lost a Grand Slam match after taking a two-set
And for the first time since 2004, he will end a season
without winning at least one Grand Slam title.
Once so seemingly invincible, able to run down every
last ball and tough to slow down once out in front,
Nadal was beaten 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 by 32nd-
seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy in the third round.
Serena Williams secured a comeback win in the third
round, emerging to grab the last eight games for a 3-
6, 7-5, 6-0 victory over American wild-card entry
Bouchard out of Open doubles
Eugenie Bouchard, the runner-up at Wimbledon
last year, slipped and fell in the US Open locker room
and sustained a head injury, forcing her to withdraw
from doubles and mixed doubles yesterday, according
to tournament director David Brewer.
"The severity of the injury was, and continues to
be, assessed by the on-site medical personnel," Brewer
said in a statement issued by the US Tennis Associ-
Brewer said Bouchard was injured Friday after winning
matches in singles and mixed doubles.
Medical staff "recommended" that Bouchard with-
draw from both doubles events, and she "is following
that advice," Brewer said, adding that it had not yet
been determined whether the 25th-seeded Canadian
would remain in the singles tournament.
Brewer promised an update on Bouchard's condition
later in the day.
Bouchard is scheduled to face Roberta Vinci of Italy
in the fourth round of singles today.
In women's doubles yesterday, Bouchard and her
partner, Elena Vesnina of Russia, were supposed to
play a second-round match against Raquel Kops-Jones
and Abigail Spears of the United States. And in mixed
doubles, Bouchard and Nick Kyrgios of Australia were
scheduled to meet International Tennis Hall of Fame
member Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Leander
Paes of India. (AP)
September 6, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday GuardianFederer cruises into
fourth round at US Open
Roger Federer, of
Switzerland, returns a shot
to Philipp Kohlschreiber, of
Germany, during the third
round of the US Open
yesterday in New York.
Federer won 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
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