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  • Take my sweat, please: Tennis' gross ritual

    September 2, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - In a sport known for its genteel traditions, tennis has one increasingly common ritual that stands apart for its ickiness - the passing of the sweat-soaked towel.It happens dozens of times in a long match and is in full glory on the courts at Flushing Meadows: Players call for a towel to be brought to them in the middle of a game, and they quickly wipe the sweat from their faces, sometimes even their necks, arms and legs.

  • Nishikori beats Raonic in 5 sets at US Open

    September 2, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - Japan's Kei Nishikori rallied for a five-set victory over fifth-seeded Milos Raonic to reach his first U.S. Open quarterfinal.The 10th-seeded Nishikori won 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-4 in a match that ended at 2:26 a.m. Tuesday, tying the latest finish in tournament history.

  • Azarenka tops qualifier Krunic to reach US Open QF

    September 1, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - Trailing against a woman trying to become the first qualifier in the U.S. Open quarterfinals since 1981, Victoria Azarenka needed every ounce of experience and skill to advance.Twice a major champion, and twice a runner-up at Flushing Meadows, Azarenka took four of the last five games Monday night to come back and win 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, ending the surprising, out-of-nowhere run by 145th-ranked Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia.

  • What to watch at US Open: Bencic, 17, eyes semis

    September 1, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - A year ago at the U.S. Open, Belinda Bencic was ranked 331st and playing in the junior tournament, where she lost in the quarterfinals.Still only 17, she will be participating in the women's quarterfinals Tuesday, playing 39th-ranked Peng Shuai of China.

  • Wawrinka pulls away to beat Robredo at US Open

    September 2, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka tumbled into the stands, kept calling for the trainer to treat cramping, and still pulled away to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals.The third-seeded Wawrinka won 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2 on Monday against Tommy Robredo, who has given him trouble in the past. The 16th-seeded Spaniard had a chance to serve out the first set and had two set points in the third, but Wawrinka rallied both times, and then dominated the final set.

  • US Open Glance

    September 2, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - A look at Monday's play at the $38.3 million U.S. Open tennis championships:WEATHER: Mix of sun and clouds, warm and humid. High of 87.ATTENDANCE: Day: 38,129. Night: 24,674. Total: 62,803.MEN'S RESULTS (Fourth Round): No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated No. 22 Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets; No. 3 Stan Wawrinka beat No. 16 Tommy Robredo 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2; No. 10 Kei Nishikori outlasted No. 5 Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-4 in 4 hours, 19 minutes; No. 8 Andy Murray beat No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-5, 6-4.

  • US OPEN SCENE: Azarenka's 'Happy Birthday' wish

    September 1, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - As a singer, Victoria Azarenka makes for a really good tennis player.With her on-court interview after a fourth-round victory nearing a close, Azarenka asked the crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium to join her in a rendition of ''Happy Birthday'' for the person she called her ''best friend'' - Gael Monfils, the 20th-seeded Frenchman who turned 28 on Monday and will play in the U.S. Open quarterfinals Tuesday.

  • Murray beats Tsonga in 3 long sets at US Open

    September 1, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - An hour-and-a-half into his stay at the U.S. Open, Andy Murray had to wonder whether it would end quickly.A week later, the same guy who hobbled through head-to-toe cramps in his first-round match looked strong on a day that was even more hot and humid - and now he's in the quarterfinals. The eighth-seeded Murray beat No. 9-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 in 2 hours, 35 minutes on Monday.

  • Dizzy in heat, Bouchard out of upset-heavy US Open

    September 2, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - Bothered by the heat and stifling humidity, Eugenie Bouchard felt dizzy and her vision was blurry.She got her blood pressure checked. Plastic bags filled with ice were rubbed on her shoulders, arms and legs during a second-set medical timeout.