Don’t sleep on Roger Federer

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Don’t sleep on Roger Federer

‘He no longer surprises me,’ Agassi says of the 31-year-old legend
Roger Federer won Wimbledon, stretching his record total to 17 Grand Slam championships. He’s ranked No. 1, stretching his record total for most time atop the ATP rankings. And heading into today’s start of the U.S. Open, the 31-year-old Federer is the favorite to reach the final.
Novak Djokovic bids for a second consecutive U.S. Open championship in New York and his fifth major title in two years.
Serena Williams will try for her 15th major trophy, and she’s prepared for anything, of course, at the U.S. Open. “My mind frame this year is that something is going to happen, for sure, because something always happens to me at the Open,” she said.
Venus Williams returns to the U.S. Open a year after withdrawing from the tournament and revealing she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.
U.S. Open

NEW YORK – A look at the U.S. Open, the year’s last Grand Slam tennis tournament:
Surface: Hard courts.
Site: The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Schedule: The two-week tournament will start today. The women’s singles final is Sept. 8; the men’s singles final is Sept. 9.
2011 Men’s Singles Champion: Novak Djokovic of Serbia.
2011 Women’s Singles Champion: Sam Stosur of Australia.
Last Year: Djokovic won his first U.S. Open title, coming back to erase match points and beat Roger Federer in the semifinals before defeating defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1 in the final. Stosur surprisingly dominated Serena Williams 6-2, 6-3 in the women’s final to earn her first Grand Slam trophy.
Not There This Year: Nadal, the 2010 U.S. Open champion and runner-up a year ago, pulled out of the tournament. Bothered by bad knees, he also missed the London Olympics.
Farewell: Three-time U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters, who is 29, says this year’s tournament at Flushing Meadows will be the last event of her career. She has a 21-match winning streak at the Open.
Key Statistic: Federer is playing in his 52nd consecutive Grand Slam tournament – all four, every year, since the start of 2000. Nadal withdrew for the second time in the last 14 majors.
Rain, Rain, Go Away: 4 – Consecutive years that rain has forced the U.S. Open men’s final to be played on a Monday, instead of the scheduled Sunday.
Prize Money: A total of at least $25.5 million, with $1.9 million each for the men’s and women’s singles champions.
TV: CBS, CBS Sports Network, ESPN2, Tennis Channel.
Associated Press

Don’t sleep on Roger Federer

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Roger Federer won Wimbledon, stretching his record total to 17 Grand Slam championships. He’s ranked No. 1, stretching his record total for most time atop the ATP rankings. And heading into today’s start of the U.S. Open, the 31-year-old Federer is the favorite to reach the final.
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Novak Djokovic bids for a second consecutive U.S. Open championship in New York and his fifth major title in two years.
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Serena Williams will try for her 15th major trophy, and she’s prepared for anything, of course, at the U.S. Open. “My mind frame this year is that something is going to happen, for sure, because something always happens to me at the Open,” she said.
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Venus Williams returns to the U.S. Open a year after withdrawing from the tournament and revealing she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.
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