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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Fantasy Tennis Women's Team World Cup - Championship Match



Championship Match

UNITED STATES 3
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Madison Keys

vs.

GERMANY 5
Angelique Kerber
Andrea Petkovic
Sabine Lisicki

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Germany is the 2014 Fantasy Tennis Women's Team World Cup Champion!

2014 Fantasy Tennis Women's Team World Cup - Bronze Medal Match



Bronze Medal Match

RUSSIA 5
Maria Sharapova
Ekaterina Makarova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

vs.

SERBIA 0
Ana Ivanovic
Jelena Jankovic
Bojana Jovanovski

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Russia wins the bronze medal.

2014 Fantasy Tennis Women's Team World Cup - Semi-final #2 - Serbia vs. Germany



Semi-final #2

SERBIA 4
Ana Ivanovic
Jelena Jankovic
Bojana Jovanovski

vs.

GERMANY 5
Angelique Kerber
Andrea Petkovic
Sabine Lisicki

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Germany goes into the finals.

2014 Fantasy Tennis Women's Team World Cup - Semifinal #1 - USA vs. Russia



Semi-finals #1

UNITED STATES 5
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Madison Keys

vs. 

RUSSIA 2
Maria Sharapova
Ekaterina Makarova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova


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United States goes into the finals.

2014 Fantasy Tennis Women's Team World Cup - Quarterfinal #4 - Germany vs. Czech Republic



Quarterfinal #4

GERMANY 5
Angelique Kerber
Andrea Petkovic
Sabine Lisicki

CZECH REPUBLIC 2
Petra Kvitova
Lucie Safarova
Karolina Pliskova

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Germany goes to the semi-finals.


2014 Fantasy Tennis Women's Team World Cup - Quarterfinal #3 - Serbia vs. Romania



Quarterfinals #3

SERBIA 5
Ana Ivanovic
Jelena Jankovic
Bojana Jovanovski

vs.

ROMANIA 2
Simona Halep
Irina-Camelia Begu
Monica Niculescu

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Serbia goes into the semi-finals.

2014 Fantasy Tennis Women's Team World Cup - Quarterfinal #2 - USA vs. Italy



Quarterfinals #2

UNITED STATES 5
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Madison Keys

ITALY 2
Flavia Pennetta
Sara Errani
Camila Giorgi

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United States goes into the semi-finals.


2014 Fantasy Tennis Women's Team World Cup - Quarterfinal #1 - Russia vs. Spain



Quarterfinal #1

RUSSIA 5
Maria Sharapova
Ekaterina Makarova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

vs.

SPAIN 2
Carla Suarez Navarro
Garbine Muguruza
Silvia Soler-Espinosa

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Russia goes to the quarterfinals.

2014 Fantasy Tennis Women's Team World Cup - Group D Eliminations - Round Robin





Group D Eliminations - Round Robin

USA 8 - 8 - 9 = 25 wins
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Madison Keys

SPAIN 7 - 8 - 0 = 15 wins
Carla Suarez Navarro
Garbine Muguruza
Silvia Soler-Espinosa

SWITZERLAND 2 - 1 - 7 = 10 wins
Belinda Bencic
Timea Bacsinszky
Stefanie Voegele

BELGIUM 1 - 1 - 2 = 4 wins
Kristen Flipkens
Yanina Wickmayer
An-Sophie Mestach

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USA vs. Belgium - 2 - 1 = 8 - 1

Spain vs. Switzerland - 7 - 2

USA vs. Switzerland - 8 - 1

Spain vs. Belgium - 8 - 1

Switzerland vs. Belgium - 7 - 2

USA vs. Spain - 9 - 0

Sunday, December 28, 2014

2014 Fantasy Tennis Women's Team World Cup - Group C Eliminations - Round Robin



Group C Eliminations Round Robin

GERMANY 8 - 7 - 5 = 20 wins
Angelique Kerber
Andrea Petkovic
Sabine Lisicki

ROMANIA 5 - 8 - 4 = 17 wins
Simona Halep
Irina-Camelia Begu
Monica Niculescu

FRANCE 4 - 2 - 5 = 11 wins
Alize Cornet
Caroline Garcia
Kristina Mladenovic

KAZAKHSTAN 1 - 1 - 4 = 6 wins
Zarina Diyas
Yaroslava Shvedova
Yulia Putintseva

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Germany vs. Kazakhstan - 2 - 1 = 8 - 1

Romania vs. France - 6 - 5 = 5 - 4

Germany vs. France - 9 - 5 = 7 - 2

Romania vs. Kazakhstan - 5 - 2 = 8 - 1

France vs. Kazakhstan - 4 - 7 = 5 - 4

Germany vs. Romania - 12 - 12 = 5 - 4

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Germany and Romania go to the quarterfinals.

2014 Fantasy Tennis Women's Team World Cup - Group B Eliminations


Group B Eliminations - Round Robin

CZECH REPUBLIC 6 - 8 - 3 = 17 wins
Petra Kvitova
Lucie Safarova
Karolina Pliskova

SERBIA 7 - 8 - 6 = 21 wins
Ana Ivanovic
Jelena Jankovic
Bojana Jovanovski

AUSTRALIA 2 - 1 - 5 = 8 wins
Samantha Stosur
Casey Dellacqua
Olivia Rogowska

CROATIA 3 - 1 - 4 = 8 wins
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
Ajla Tomljanovic
Donna Vekic

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Czech Republic vs. Croatia - 8 - 3 = 6 - 3

Serbia vs. Australia - 14 - 7 = 7 - 2

Czech Republic vs. Australia - 19 - 5 = 8 - 1

Serbia vs. Croatia - 2 - 2 = 8 - 1

Australia vs. Croatia - 1 - 4 = 5 - 4

Czech Republic vs. Serbia - 9 - 13 = 3 - 6

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Czech Republic and Serbia are going to the quarterfinals.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

2014 Fantasy Tennis Women's Team World Cup - Group A Eliminations Round Robin


GROUP A

RUSSIA - 7 - 6 - 5 = 18 wins
Maria Sharapova
Ekaterina Makarova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

ITALY - 7 - 7 - 4 = 18 wins
Flavia Pennetta
Sara Errani
Camila Giorgi

SLOVAKIA - 2 - 3 - 6 = 11 wins
Dominika Cibulkova
Magdalena Rybarikova
Jana Cepelova

CHINA - 2 - 2 - 3 = 7 wins
Peng Shuai
Zhang Shuai
Zheng Jie

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Russia vs. China - 9 - 2 = 7 - 2

Italy vs. Slovakia - 12 - 8 = 7 - 2

Russia vs. Slovakia - 5 - 5 = 6 - 3

Italy vs. China - 12 - 6 = 7 - 2

Slovakia vs. China - 6 - 3

Russia vs. Italy - 5 - 4

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Russia and Italy  go to the quarterfinals.

Top 16 Teams in Women's World Cup Tennis 2014



Here are the 16 teams that qualify for the 2014 Fantasy Tennis Women's Team World Cup:


#1
RUSSIA 37
Maria Sharapova
Ekaterina Makarova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

#2
CZECH REPUBLIC 43
Petra Kvitova
Lucie Safarova
Karolina Pliskova

#3
GERMANY 48
Angelique Kerber
Andrea Petkovic
Sabine Lisicki

#4
USA 49
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Madison Keys

#5
ITALY 60
Flavia Pennetta
Sara Errani
Camila Giorgi

#6
SERBIA 77
Ana Ivanovic
Jelena Jankovic
Bojana Jovanovski

#7
ROMANIA 90
Simona Halep
Irina Camelia-Begu
Monica Niculescu

#8
SPAIN 103
Carla Suarez Navarro
Garbine Muguruza
Silvia Soler-Espinosa

#9
SLOVAKIA 116
Dominika Cibulkova
Magdalena Rybarikova
Jana Cepelova

#10
AUSTRALIA 122
Samantha Stosur
Casey Dellacqua
Olivia Rogowska

#11
FRANCE 123
Alize Cornet
Caroline Garcia
Kristina Mladenovic

#12
SWITZERLAND 159
Belinda Bencic
Timea Bacsinszky
Stefanie Voegele

#13
CHINA 173
Peng Shuai
Zhang Shuai
Zheng Jie

#14
CROATIA 204
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
Ajla Tomljanovic
Donna Vekic

#15
KAZAKHSTAN 213
Zarina Diyas
Yaroslava Shvedova
Yulia Putintseva

#16
BELGIUM 221
Kristen Flipkens
Yanina Wickmayer
An-Sophie Mestach











 


































2014 Fantasy Tennis Men's Team World Cup - Championship Match - Spain vs. Switzerland



CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

SPAIN 40 = 5
Rafael Nadal
David Ferrer
Feliciano Lopez

SWITZERLAND 33 = 2
Stan Wawrinka
Roger Federer
Marco Chiudinelli

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Spain wins the Men's Team World Cup for 2014.


2014 Fantasy Tennis Men's Team World Cup - Bronze Medal Match - USA vs. Czech Republic





Bronze Medal Match

CZECH REPUBLIC 11 = 5
Tomas Berdych
Lukas Rosol
Jiri Vesely

UNITED STATES 3 = 2
John Isner
Sam Querrey
Steve Johnson

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Czech Republic wins the bronze medal this year.


2014 Fantasy Tennis Men's Team World Cup - Semifinal #2 - USA vs. Switzerland



Semifinal # 2

USA 7 = 4
John Isner
Sam Querrey
Steve Johnson

SWITZERLAND 11 = 5
Stanislas Wawrinka
Roger Federer
Marco Chiudinelli

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Switzerland goes into the finals

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

2014 Fantasy Tennis Men's Team World Cup - Semifinal #1 - Spain vs. Czech Republic




Semifinal #1

SPAIN 24 = 5
Rafael Nadal
David Ferrer
Feliciano Lopez

CZECH REPUBLIC 4 = 0
Tomas Berdych
Lukas Rosol
Jiri Vesely

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Spain goes into the finals.

2014 Fantasy Tennis Men's Team World Cup - Quarterfinal #4 - France vs. Switzerland


Quarterfinal #4

FRANCE 18 = 3
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Gael Monfils
Gilles Simon

SWITZERLAND 26 = 5
Stanislas Wawrinka
Roger Federer
Marco Chiudinelli

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Switzerland goes into the semifinals.

2014 Fantasy Tennis Men's World Cup - Quarterfinal #3 - USA vs. Serbia



Quarterfinal #3

USA 3 = 5
John Isner
Sam Querrey
Steve Johnson

SERBIA 5 = 2
Novak Djokovic
Dusan Lajovic
Filip Krajinovic

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The United States goes into the semifinals.


2014 Fantasy Tennis Men's World Cup Tennis - Quarterfinal #2 - Czech Republic vs. Italy



Quarterfinal #2

CZECH REPUBLIC 13 = 5
Tomas Berdych
Lukas Rosol
Jiri Vesely

ITALY 9 = 3
Fabio Fognini
Andreas Seppi
Simone Bolelli

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Czech Republic goes into the semifinals.

2014 Fantasy Tennis Men's Team World Cup - Quarterfinal 1 - Spain vs. Argentina


Quarterfinal 1

SPAIN - 5 = 5 wins
Rafael Nadal
David Ferrer
Feliciano Lopez

ARGENTINA - 0 = 0
Leonardo Mayer
Federico Delbonis
Diego Schwartzman

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Spain goes to the semifinals.

2014 Fantasy Tennis Men's World Cup - Group D Eliminations Round Robin


Group D Eliminations - Round Robin

CZECH REPUBLIC - 6 - 7 - 6 = 19 wins
Tomas Berdych
Lukas Rosol
Jiri Vesely

ARGENTINA - 6 - 5 - 3 wins = 14 wins
Leonardo Mayer
Federico Delbonis
Diego Schwartzman

RUSSIA - 3 - 2 - 7 = 12 wins
Mikhail Youzhny
Teymuraz Gabashvili
Andrey Kuznetsov

UKRAINE - 3 - 4 - 2 = 9 wins
Aleksandr Dolgopolov
Sergiy Stakhovsky
Ilya Marchenko

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Czech Republic vs. Ukraine - 7 - 1 = 6 - 3

Argentina vs. Russia - 1 - 4 = 6 - 3

Czech Republic vs. Russia - 11 - 7 = 7 - 2

Argentina vs. Ukraine - 1 - 0 = 5 - 4

Russia vs. Ukraine - 9 - 4 = 7 - 2

Czech Republic vs. Argentina - 2 - 0 = 6 - 3

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Czech Republic and Argentina go to the quarterfinals.

2014 Fantasy Tennis Men's World Cup - Group C Eliminations Round Robin


Group C Eliminations Round Robin

USA - 4 - 7 - 5 = 16 wins
John Isner
Sam Querrey
Steve Johnson

CROATIA - 6 - 3 - 4 = 13 wins
Marin Cilic
Ivo Karlovic
Borna Coric

JAPAN - 3 - 2 - 5 = 10 wins
Kei Nishikori
Tatsuma Ito
Go Soeda

SWITZERLAND - 5 - 6 - 4 = 15 wins
Stanislas Wawrinka
Roger Federer
Marco Chiudinelli

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USA vs. Switzerland - 7 - 11 = 4 - 5

Croatia vs. Japan - 6 - 6 = 6 - 3

USA vs. Japan - 6 - 4 = 7 - 2

Croatia vs. Switzerland - 7 - 30 = 3 - 6

Japan vs. Switzerland - 6 - 5 = 5 - 4

USA vs. Croatia - 9 - 11 = 5 - 4


2014 Fantasy Tennis Men's World Cup - Group B Eliminations Round Robin





Group B Eliminations - Round Robin

FRANCE - 7 - 6 - 9 = 22 wins
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Gael Monfils
Gilles Simon

GERMANY - 5 - 5 - 0 = 10 wins
Philipp Kohlschreiber
Benjamin Becker
Jan-Lennard Struff

SERBIA - 4 - 3 - 5 = 12 wins
Novak Djokovic
Dusan Lajovic
Filip Krajinovic

COLOMBIA - 2 - 4 - 4 = 10 wins
Santiago Giraldo
Alejandro Falla
Alejandro Gonzalez

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France vs. Colombia - 9 - 3 = 7 - 2

Germany vs. Serbia - 2 - 9 = 5 - 4 

France vs. Serbia - 7 - 32 = 6 - 3

Germany vs. Colombia - 5 - 6 = 5 - 4

Serbia vs. Colombia - 3 - 0 = 5 - 4

France vs. Germany - 25 - 3 = 9 - 0

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France and Serbia go to the quarterfinals.

2014 Fantasy Tennis Men's World Cup - Group A Eliminations Round Robin




Group A Round Robin Eliminations

SPAIN - 7 - 7 - 7 = 21 wins
Rafael Nadal
David Ferrer
Feliciano Lopez

ITALY - 5 - 6 - 2 = 13 wins
Fabio Fognini
Andreas Seppi
Simone Bolelli

AUSTRALIA - 4 - 2 - 7 = 13 wins
Lleyton Hewitt
Bernard Tomic
Nick Kyrgios

CANADA - 2 - 3 - 2 = 7 wins
Milos Raonic
Vasek Pospisil
Frank Dancevic

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Spain vs. Canada - 17 - 3 = 7 - 2

Italy vs. Australia - 7 - 8 = 5 - 4

Spain vs. Australia - 17 - 11 = 7 - 2

Italy vs. Canada - 5 - 5 = 6 - 3

Australia vs. Canada - 4 - 4 = 7 - 2

Spain vs. Italy - 34 - 5 = 7 - 2

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Spain and Italy go into the quarterfinals.

Top 16 Teams for the Men's World Cup Tennis 2014


Here are the top 16 teams who qualify for this year's Fantasy Men's Tennis World Cup -


#1
SPAIN 27
Rafael Nadal
David Ferrer
Feliciano Lopez

#2
FRANCE 51
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Gael Monfils
Gilles Simon

#3
USA 91
John Isner
Sam Querrey
Steve Johnson

#4
CZECH REPUBLIC 104
Tomas Berdych
Lukas Rosol
Jiri Vesely

#5
ITALY 120
Fabio Fognini
Andreas Seppi
Simone Bolelli

#6
GERMANY 123
Philipp Kohlschreiber
Benjamin Becker
Jan-Lennard Struff

#7
CROATIA 127
Marin Cilic
Ivo Karlovic
Borna Coric

#8
ARGENTINA 149
Leonardo Mayer
Federico Delbonis
Diego Schwartzman

#9
AUSTRALIA 158
Lleyton Hewitt
Bernard Tomic
Nick Kyrgios

#10
SERBIA 171
Novak Djokovic
Dusan Lajovic
Filip Krajinovic

#11
JAPAN 199
Kei Nishikori
Tatsuma Ito
Go Soeda

#12
RUSSIA 208
Mikhail Youzhny
Teymuraz Gabashvili
Andrey Kuznetsov

#13
CANADA 210
Milos Raonic
Vasek Pospisil
Frank Dancevic

#14
COLOMBIA 212
Santiago Giraldo
Alejandro Falla
Alejandro Gonzalez

#15
SWITZERLAND 222
Stanislas Wawrinka
Roger Federer
Marco Chiudinelli

#16
UKRAINE 224
Aleksandr Dolgopolov
Sergiy Stakhovsky
Ilya Marchenko







































Friday, September 19, 2014

You'll Be Missed Li Na!



One of the funnier and endearing players in the women's tour, Li Na will be sorely missed! 
We will miss you Li Na! You brought so much inspiration and joy to your fans and you definitely brought a new dimension to the women's game. Good luck on your retirement plans!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Marin Cilic Emphatically Trumpets that the Next Ones Have Finally Arrived


It's amazing to note that since the Australian Open 2005, each of the succeeding grand slam finals had either Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the final.  That's an incredible nine long years of consistency from the three guys - who have really dominated men's tennis for a decade or so.

I am actually surprised myself that it happened in this particular US Open, long a bastion of these three guys, that finally, their combined stronghold is broken.  

Well, it has happened several times in the women's game, when the two finalists aren't any of the top four seeds. I think the last time it happened was when Marion Bartoli lifted the Wimbledon crown last year, after demolishing Sabine Lisicki.  Once in a while, in the women's game, some of the lower seeds just assert themselves and play their best tennis on the big stage of a grand slam.

It has finally, it happened in the men's game - and I am quite excited!

That it is Marin Cilic who is the other participant is also another big surprise!  Marin has been the bridesmaid of so many quarterfinal matches, so for him to finally break it through the final, in a breathtaking three set demolition of Roger Federer was spectacular to see.


Congratulations Kei!


It was thrilling to see Kei Nishikori win over Novak Djokovic today!  It was great that Kei immediately took the reins in the first set because we know that Novak would respond immediately, giving Kei only one game in the second set.

However, the third set tiebreak was very crucial since I felt that if Kei loses here, the momentum might shift to Novak.  Interestingly, Kei immediately established a 3-0 lead and went on to win the third set.

He then consolidated everything in the fourth set, which was still full of drama and tight games.  I was just happy to see Kei holding it together and playing at his best and not be overwhelmed by the occasion!

Finally, an Asian male player in a final of a grand slam.   It's about time!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Martina Hingis: Just Like the Rest of Her Fans, I'm Excited to See Her Playing Again!


Without any warning, our favorite Swiss miss, Martina Hingis, finds herself in the finals of the women's doubles in the 2014 US Open, along with partner Flavia Pennetta.  She won the women's doubles here way back in 1998 along with her singles trophy in 1997.

Doesn't really matter. For us, who are big fans of hers in the late 90s and early 00s, just seeing her play again, and achieving a certain level of success is enough to get us excited!

She and Flavia have a tough Russian doubles opponent though in Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.  Makarova is riding on a wave of success as she reached her first grand slam semi-final.

Well, that promises to be a tough match and that's what we want! A deserving winner!  

Novak Djokovic: No Need To Play Runner-Up This Time Around



Although Novak Djokovic just recently said that there's more to life than tennis, alluding to the fact that he and his wife are expecting their first baby, when you watch him play, you wouldn't think he just relegated tennis to the backburner!

In fact, I think he's really playing well, and that intensity to do well in this US Open is just there - especially now that there's more at stake - like adding another mouth to feed! 

He has been runner up here four times already so he really loves this tournament and wants to perform well here.  With the way he's playing now, he may not need be a runner up anymore this year.


Marin Cilic: Finally Out of the Shadows and Into the Limelight



Marin Cilic is a very competent and well-regarded player in the ATP circuit and everytime I watch him during the slams, he would usually reach the 4th round or the quarters. This US Open was actually the 11th time he reached the 4th round or better in a slam, but this is more special because it marks the first time that he finally reaches a semi-final.

Watching him at Wimbledon, I knew something was already brewing in his game and that he had finally taken that step to push even deeper into the slam, so watching him early morning today, I was not surprised that he completely dominated Tomas Berdych from the outset.  Although Berdych tried to stage a late third set surge, Cilic continued to press on his game and defeated the Czech in an emphatic three-setter.

He will either meet Roger Federer or Gael Monfils in the next round and hopefully, he brings his A game as well to that match!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Kei Nishikori: Ran An Equivalent of Two Marathons in Two Rounds to Reach US Open Semi's


Talk about being so close and really getting it, even if it took four hours, more or less, for each match to finish. Kei Nishikori of Japan did just that, by defeating Milos Raonic in the fourth round and Stan Wawrinka in the quarters, to finally book his slot as the first guy into the 2014 US Open men's semi's.

Nishikori has been tipped to be one of the younger set of players waiting to dominate tennis soon as Federer and his contemporaries retire.  Well, Roger, Novak and Andy are still in the draw so there's a good mix of the veterans and the newbies.  Milos Raonic, Jerzy Janowicz and Grigor Dimitrov have already reached a grand slam semifinal, it's great that Kei finally gets his chance this time.

Well, I just hope he gets enough rest after two grueling matches.  His potential opponents in the semi's and finals are all very tough and very experienced so he really has to play his best if he wants to perform well.

Ekaterina Makarova: Finally Breaks Through in a Grand Slam



I knew it was only a matter of time before Ekaterina Makarova moved away from the shadows and into the limelight.  A very competent player, Makarova has been in the quarters of a major four times before this US Open.  However, this time, she has been playing very well and it was evident during her quarterfinal match today against Victoria Azarenka.

I was actually surprised that Makarova defeated current tennis 'it' girl, Eugenie Bouchard in the fourth round.  I wasn't able to see the match, but when I learned of the result, I knew Makarova was doing something right - and it showed in her match today.

She looked very confident and her groundstrokes were phenomenal.  She was also serving well.  Just like Peng Shuai, she played good, clean tennis, with minimal unforced errors and powerful and accurate groundstrokes.

Interestingly, she has defeated Serena in a grand slam before so whether she meets Flavia or Serena in the semi's, she has a fighting chance of making it through her first grand slam final.