02
Sep
11

In five matches, the top players played 12 sets and lost a grand total of 14 games. All five matches combined took 5 hours, 32 minutes! As I wrote earlier the Grand Slams need a new format!

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Would anybody in their right mind pay $100 to watch this charade?

“The crowd was standing and the tension built as the rally got longer and longer. Could Carlos Berlocq really do it? No, not take down top-seeded Novak Djokovic. Just get a game off him. As it turned out, yes. In fact, he got two.”

The kind of night Berlocq would certainly like to forget, but he wasn’t alone on a strangely uncompetitive Thursday at the U.S. Open. His 6-0, 6-0, 6-2 loss to Djokovic was very similar to the fate suffered by every underdog who stepped into Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Francesca Schiavone were the five headliners on the U.S. Open show court.

The other mismatches on Ashe included Williams’ 6-0, 6-1 win over Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands on the day after her sister, Venus, withdrew from the tournament with an autoimmune disease. It made for some drama in the Williams household but Serena, the 28th seed, was able to set it aside.

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