U.S. Open in Photos: Nadal Clinches Title, Grand Slam

Two weeks of top-notch tennis and world-class grunting.

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World no. 1 Rafael Nadal won his first-ever U.S. Open title Monday night, becoming just the 7th man in history to complete a Grand Slam Circuit. Check out more dramatic photos from this year's U.S. Open.
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Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic in a thrilling, if not classic, rained-delayed four sets -- 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 .
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It was a sweet moment for the Spaniard, who had never in his illustrious career made the U.S. Open finals. He very nearly became the first man in history to run through the Open without dropping a set -- but Djokovic saw to that.
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It was a fantastic tourney for Djokovic, who defeated no. 2 Roger Federer in the semis and then took his slot in the rankings.
Liv Tyler was super excited -- she's just a really, really good actress.
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Djokovic got his shots in, but even he seemed to know he was lucky to hang in for four sets. Nadal has won the last three majors.
The match was scheduled for Sunday, but weather wasn't having it. Nor were the skies helpful on Monday -- after Nadal won the first set, the pair played to 4-4, 30-30 with Djokovic serving before rain interrupted and caused a 2-hour delay.
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The second set was the first Nadal had dropped since the Open began. Surprisingly, the most dominant player in the world had never made it to the finals in Flushing. He has now won 9 Grand Slam events, and he is just 24.
Thanks to defeating world no. 2 Roger Federer, Djovic moved from no. 3 to take over his spot just behind Nadal. It was enough to prompt his parents to wear shirts screenprinted with his face in the stands.
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Let this be a lesson to Novak Djokovic's replacement racquet: do not cross him.
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Jeremy Piven and Wilmer Valderrama bro's it out in the stands before rain interrupted the match.
Charlize Theron applauds -- probably for the sun.
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Nadal now joins Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Rod Laver, Fred Perry, Don Budge and Roy Emerson as a Grand Slam champ.
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Belgian comeback kid Kim Clijsters celebrated her U.S. Open tournament win -- her third overall -- with a movie-worthy smooch from husband Brian Lynch...
...and one really big trophy. The defending champ defeated 7th-seeded Vera Zvonareva handily, 6-2, 6-1, to become the first back-to-back champion at the U.S. Open since Venus Williams in 2000 and 2001. She is now 27-1 in her last four Opens.
It was not a great night for the Russian Zvonareva. She notched 24 unforced errors, hit only six winners, and couldn't convert on either of the two break points she managed to reach. The whole thing was over in an hour, a far cry from the five-set firecracker between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic earlier in the day.
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Before the match, the pair posed with former champs Chris Evert (6 singles titles) and Martina Navratilova (4).
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And it got way hot -- red hot, in fact -- when the legendary Chaka Khan belted the national anthem.
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In earlier -- but certainly more thrilling -- action, Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrated after defeating world no. 2 and five-time champ Roger Federer in their men's singles semifinal match.
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It's all over now, baby blue: Federer exits the court after the match in which he piled up 66 unforced errors. He'll have to wait another year to try for a sixth Open championship.
Djokovic was a human hound, chasing down everything Federer sent his way. The upset, which he earned at 5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5, is "just one of those matches you will always remember in your career," he said.
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Djokovic will face a well-rested Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final. The no. 1 seed dispatched of no. 12 Mikhail Youzhny in the other semifinal, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. Surprisingly, it will be Nadal's first U.S. Open final.
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Youzhny, who if nothing else can pride himself in being just the second man to break Nadal's serve in the entire tourney, was smiling with his eyes.
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If Nadal beats Djokovic, he will become just the seventh man ever to complete a career Grand Slam. The No. 1 player in the world has yet to drop a set at this U.S. Open.
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At least Youzhny still has his looks.
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...along with this very intimidating face.
The men's semis brought a bevy of celebs to Queens. Actress Kate Walsh was in attendance...
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...along with Charlize Theron...
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...and Israeli swimsuit model Bar Refaeli.
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Chef Mario Batali made work of the concessions...
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...while Gene Wilder looked sharp in the stands.
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Tony Bennett, as per usual, was cool as a cucumber.
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Sweet victory: no. 2 seed Belgian Kim Clijsters defeated no. 3 Venus Williams Friday in the women's semifinals of the U.S. Open. As one of sport's favorite comeback kids, Clijsters will be the crowd favorite when she takes on No. 7 Vera Zvonareva for the title on Saturday.
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Though Williams was up a set in Flushing, Queens, Clijsters went on to 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4. Williams, thoroughly defeated after a series of errors cost her the second-set tiebreaker, didn't even move as Clijsters landed her match point.
It wasn't always pretty, though we don't refer to this photo. Windy weather conditions on the court again made service difficult, but it wasn't enough to stop Clijsters from notching her 5th straight win over the lower-ranked Williams.
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Our body broke in half just thinking about doing this.
Serena Williams, who withdrew from the tournament with a foot injury, watched as her sister attempted to make her first finals appearance since 2002. Though Serena has three U.S. Open titles to her sister's two, each has reached the final match four times.
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While there are no Americans left in the singles, twins Bob and Mike Bryan helped themselves to the doubles championship trophy with a win over Indian Rohan Bopanna and Pakistani Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi.
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The runners-up posed with Pakistan's UN Ambassador Abdullah H. Haroon and his Indian counterpart, Hardeep Singh Puri. The unlikely playing pair took advantage of the U.S. Open stage to call for an end to hostilities between their homelands, making an appeal for peace after receiving their trophies.
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Playing against type, meltdown artist and 7th-seed Vera Zvonareva of Russia coolly dispatched tourney darling and no. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki, 6-3, 6-4, in the other women's singles semifinal.
Wozniaki never got comfortable, unable even to break Zvonareva's unassuming serve. Her nails were cute, though!
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Day 12 drew The Hangover star and Renee Zellweger-dater Bradley Cooper.
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Also on hand? Dr. Frasier Crane himself, Kelsey Grammer.
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Day 11 was another blustery day at the U.S. Open, but a day that would be seized by Mickhail Youzhny. The 12th-seeded Russian trailed two sets to one before notching a 3-6 7-6 3-6 6-3 6-3 victory over Stanislas Wawrinka.
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Youzhny will fist-pump his way into the semi-finals...
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...while Wawrinka just needs a moment. A long, sad moment.
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Perhaps cake would make it better? This sugary replica of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the Queens home of the U.S. Open, was delivered by Food Network 'Ace of Cakes' star Duff Goldman.
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It was the cutest. tennis cake. EVER.
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There is no possible segue from a cake into Kim Kardashian. The reality show starlet took in a match with mom Kris Jenner.
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Long Island resident and legendary swimsuit model Christie Brinkley showed up for the late match between no. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco of Spain.
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It would be an uphill battle for Verdasco: not only was Nadal 28-2 against fellow Spaniards in the last three years, but he had yet to lose his serve once in U.S. Open.
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Nadal lost his serve in the third set, but overcame a slow start to surge into the semi-finals, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.
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The 10th day of the U.S. Open blew windy to the point of "torturous," according to broadcaster Pam Shriver, but harsh conditions couldn't stop Caroline Wozniacki -- they could only force her to pull her hair back. The great Dane blew kisses after her quarterfinals win over Dominika Cibulkova.
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Cibulkova gave it a go and a grimace, but couldn't stand in Wojniacki's way. The Slovakian fell 6-2, 7-5, in conditions that prevented even television cameras for performing properly.
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Just about the only thing that failed to blow over was Donald Trump's formidable hairflap.
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To make up for it, he brought along wife Melania. We're not staring at her beauty, we're just watching the match in her eyes. You know how it is.
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Star Jones and Friend of Oprah Gayle King were having a fabulous time.
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In the first men's quarterfinals match, Novak Djokovic got hoppy against France's Gael Monfils. The Serbian will move on to the semis after a 7-6, 6-1, 6-2 wind-plagued victory.
A last hurrah for the Monfils, an enthralling, rangy player neutered by weather. "With the wind, you can really find my weakness," he said afterward. "I'm very physical and [fast], and now we need to be very focused on every shot. Sometimes for me, this is very frustrating.''
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French soccer star Thierry Henry -- recently signed to MLS' New York Red Bulls -- was on hand to pull for his countryman. And drink something that looks really, really delish.
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Also on hand in Flushing, Queens: musician Rob Thomas and wife Marisol Maldonado. (This is the point at which "Smooth" gets stuck in your heads.)
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Retired tennis star Billie Jean King made an appearance Wednesday at the tennis center bearing her name. King won the U.S. Open four times in 1967, 1971, 1972, and 1974.
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The leaning tower of Vera Zvonareva of Russia faced off against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia during a women's singles quarterfinal match. She got a little help from Kanepi's 60 unforced errors.
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The Russian, a finalist at Wimbledon, won 6-3, 7-5 and will face Caroline Wozniacki in Friday's semis.
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The evening men's match got a dose of mildly evil glamor as "The Devil Wears Prada" inspiration Anna Wintour, editor of American Vogue, joined Mirka Federer to watch husband Roger take on Sweden's Robin Soderling.
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So did actors Tea Leoni and David Duchovny. Do we even need to tell you how it ended?
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Oh, fine: Roger Federer is very, very good, and he won. The Swiss superstar dispatched of Soderling 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Kaia Kanepi of Estonia follows through on a return against Vera Zvonareva of Russia during her women's singles quarterfinal match on day ten of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Two Americans entered the 9th day of the U.S. Open, but only one survived. Venus Williams defeated Franchesca Schiavone during this packed evening match, but Sam Querrey fell to Stanislas Wawrinka earlier in the day. A nation's hopes now rest on the lesser Williams sister.
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Who, by the way, is totally prepared for it and brought seven dresses.
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Not so prepared: Francesca Schiavone, whose face muscles may be sore tomorrow.
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Star Jones, Alec Baldwin, and baseball Hall of Famers Frank Robinson and Hank Aaron were on hand to watch Samantha Stosur of Australia and Kim Clijsters of Belgium.
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...as was former NBA'er and professional boyfriend of Eliza Duschku, Rick Fox.
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A horribly windy stadium was no match for Kim Clijsters, and neither was Samantha Stosur of Australia. The Belgian won her 19th straight match at Flushing Meadows, 6-4. 5-7, 6-3.
Perhaps her fist-pumping technique needs work? Fernando Verdasco of Spain gets his hair into it after coming back from a two-set deficit to win his men's singles match agianst David Ferrer of Spain.
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What does a man who gave up a two-set lead halfway through the U.S. Open look like? This guy.
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American Sam Querrey had his moments against Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka is the pair's grueling, five-set match, but couldn't pull out a win.
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Actors Michael Ian Black and Tom Cavanagh were surely disappointed -- or would be, if they appeared to be watching tennis.
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Tommy Robredo of Spain went mildly MacEnroe during his fourth-round match against Mikhail Youzhny of Russia.
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Youzhny, however, went full Youzhny -- and took the match, 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. The fourth and final stop of the Grand Slam Tournament, the U.S. Open is halfway through its two-week tourney.
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It always looks effortless for Roger Federer, who took on Jurgen Melzer of Austria during day eight of the 2010 U.S. Open in Flushing, Queens. The fourth and final leg of tennis' Grand Slam tournament, the U.S. Open is halfway through its two-week stranglehold on the racketing world.
Federer did falter ever so slightly in the second set, making things interesting en route to a predictable win (because he's Roger Federer, that's why!). Also making it interesting: an overhead, back-to-the-net no-look return.
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A bevy of celebs -- including actress Cameron Diaz -- turned out to watch the evening matches.
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Also on hand: singer Gwen Stefani, who brought along husband Gavin Rossdale. (Don't make us admit he's a singer, too.)
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New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez headed into Mets territory to sit alongside television tennis analyst Mary Jo Fernandez.
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It was an day of improbabilities in the women's field, starting with Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova's win over Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova. The world no. 45 took advantage of no. 13's 42 unforced errors, winning 7-5, 7-6 (4).
Sign autographs? Cibulkova was happy to!
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No. 1-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates after knocking out Russia's Maria Sharapova in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. She's a machine!
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For Sharapova, the 2006 U.S. Open champ, there will be no repeat trip to the quarterfinals.
Perhaps the most improbable run belongs to Kaia Kanepi. The No. 31 seed upset No. 15 Yanina Wickmayer, 0-6, 7-6, 6-1, in the fourth round despite making 46 unforced errors.
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The women's quarterfinals were set when its only seeded player, no. 7 Vera Zvonareva, sent Andrea Petkovic packing.
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Where the boys are: Novak Djokovic returns a shot against Mardy Fish as his left hand attacks.
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Won, Fish? Lose Fish. Red Fish? Blue Fish. Mardy Fish's fall at Djokovic's feet capped a terrible run by the American men in their home country -- Andy Roddick and John Isner were already long gone.
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Albert Montanes of Spain returns a shot against Robin Soderling of Sweden, but not enough of them to win. Soderling, one of only two men to have wins over both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at Grand Slam events, served 15 aces in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win.
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Gael Monfils of France faced off against countryman Richard Gasquet and didn't blink: Gasquet fell to the first-time quarterfinalist, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.
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There was fun and games on the eighth day of the two-week tourney as a blindfolded Melanie Oudin played around with visiting television host Ellen DeGeneres.
The ability to see can only help so much with spindly arms and an unpracticed grimace. Our money's on Oudin.
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No. 4 seed Andy Murray made an early exit on day 7 of the U.S. Open.
Murray got off to a shaky start with the first two sets going into tie breakers against No. 25 seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland.
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Murray never recovered and Wawrinka won the match 6-7(3), 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-3 in one of the biggest upsets of the tournament so far.
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Top seeded Rafael Nadal cruised past Gilles Simon of France for a third round victory on Sunday.
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Rafa fired serves as fast as 135 mph at Simon, advancing to the fourth round of the tournament in less than 2 hours.
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Venus Williams felt an early threat when Shahar Peer of Israel forced their first set into a tie breaker.
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But Williams' serve and power proved too fierce for Peer, as Venus took the match 7-6(3), 6-3.
Serena Williams kept one eye on the match as her sister Venus Williams squared off against Shahar Peer. Serena withdrew from the U.S. Open because of a foot injury.
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Serbian beauty Ana Ivanovic never had a chance in her match against No. two seed Kim Clijsters.
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Clijsters from Belgium breezed by Ivanovic 6-2, 6-1.
The swirling winds at Arthur Ashe stadium were no match for five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer as he sailed to an easy victory over Paul-Henri Mathieu of France on Day 6 of the tournament.
With serves from Federer as fast as 131 miles-per-hour, Paul-Henri Mathieu looks like he is holding a fly swatter instead of a racket. Federer won the match 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.
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Will Ferrell and his wife, Viveca Paulin watched Federer cruise to victory in the 3rd round of the Open. Could Ferrell be taking notes for a tennis-inspired comedy? We hope so.
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2006 U.S. Open champ, Maria Sharapova pummeled Beatrice Capra, 6-0, 6-0, also known as a double bagel in tennis. Sharapova will go onto the next round to face No. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki.
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Eighteen-year-old Capra had hopes of making a plucky run like Michelle Oudin last year, who made it to the quarterfinals at age 17. Young Capra, battling high winds, never came close.
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Bronx Bomber, Derek Jeter took in some tennis action Saturday night to watch Novak Djokovic and James Blake with girlfriend, Minka Kelly.
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No fights broke out in the stands for Novak Djokovic's third round match against hometown favorite James Blake on Saturday night.
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Djokovic blew by Blake in three straight sets. Blake rallied to bring the second set into a tie breaker but the winds and Djokovic were too stong to hold on. Next up for No. 3 seed Djokovic will be another American, Mardy Fish.
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U.S. hopeful, Mardy Fish took in a standing ovation from the crowd as he defeated Arnaud Clement of France to advance to the next round of the tournament.
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Clement held on tight during the match, forcing Fish to five long sets.
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Kaia Kanepi of Estonia served up a gigantic upset in the third round of the women's tournament, toppling the 4-th seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia.
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After the match, Jankovic complained that swirling winds from tropical storm Earl affected the play in Queens, New York. "You toss the ball, and it was all over the place," Jankovic said. "You're just getting ready to hit the ball and it just moves away from you."
Robin Soderling, seeded 5th in the men's tournament, cruised to the round of 16 by defeating Thiemo de Bakker in under 2 hours.
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Gael Monfils of France bested Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia in afternoon action at Flushing Meadows to advance.
Janko could not put together the same game that pushed him past 9th seeded Andy Roddick in the 2nd round.
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Spain's reigning king of tennis, Rafael Nadal, celebrates a second round victory over Uzebekistan's Denis Istomin on day five of the U.S. Open.
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Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan did his best against Rafael Nadal, but couldn't topple the world no. 1. Nadal has yet to drop a set, and overcame a 1-5 deficit in the in the second-set tiebreaker.
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Naturally, because he's Rafael Nadal, he was dressed hideously.
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Kim Clijsters started slow, but eventually picked up enough steam to top Czech Petra Kvitova.
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18-year-old American Ryan Harrison's charmed run ran into Sergiy Stakhovsky of the Ukraine. And it wasn't wearing a helmet. The teenager squandered three match points while up 6-3 in the fifth-set tiebreaker.
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The temperature was in the 90s, but Ana Ivanovic was pretty in pink in a win against Virginie Razzano. She'll next face Kim Clijsters, and the knowledge that she has never escaped the fourth round in Flushing.
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Maria Sharapova showed up in a tuxedo lapels to get formal on Iveta Benesova.
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The sun, however, decided he couldn't stay. And neither could Benesova, who couldn't defeat the 2006 tourney champ.
Brit Andy Murray, meanwhile, went casual while congratulating Jamaica's Dustin Brown for not winning. The No. 4 seed broke Brown's serve six times en route to victory.
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If orange and green shoelaces can't help this man, what good are they to the rest of us? That is why no one else wears them.
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Sequined spiders attacked Venus Williams during her match against Mandy Minella of Luxembourg, but she prevailed against both her outfit and her opponent.
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It must have been hard for Minella to keep a straight face. It was even harder to win.
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A large crowd gathered to watch Venus convert 82 percent of her first-serve points and win 18 of her 21 approaches at the net.
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...including one related lady in red. Sister Serena was present in the players box, watching just behind what appears to be the waxed statue of Tina Turner.
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Samantha Stosur of Australia serves against Sara Errani of Italy. Her Lacoste dress is easily the most popular of the tournament, having been spotted on 485 (est) different women in 394 (est) different colors.
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Philipp Petzschner gave a riotous post-game interview on Day 4. When asked if he had anything in his arsenal like Roger Federer's between-the-legs shot, he replied: "No, I have something else between my legs...[crowd erupts into laughter]...Don't worry. I will not show it to you tonight."
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A fight broke out between spectators in the upper deck of the grandstands of Arthur Ashe Stadium during the men's singles match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Philipp Petzschner of Germany. It was the most excited tennis has been since...ever.
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Oh, Andy! Mr. Roddick can't believe his misfortune any more than we can: he was knocked out of the second round of the U.S. Open for the first time ever, and at the hands of the man who eliminated him from Wimbledon competition in 2008, Janko Tipsarevic.
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In Serbia, the duck celebrates by eating you. Janko Tipsarevic celebrates a win over 2003 tourney winner Andy Roddick. Meanwhile, America weeps.
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A scary situation arose during women's singles play when Victoria Azarenka of Belarus collapsed during her second round match. Originally thought to be a result of the sweltering heat, Azarenda released a statement say it was related to a concussion sustained during a fall in practice.
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SI reports it was well over 90 and with humidity of 47% in Flushing on Day 3 of the Open.
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Day three was chock ful 'o nuts as Rapper Kanye West ruled a celebrity outpost containing Gossip Girl actress Jessica Szohr and model Selita Ebanks.
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Also on hand: musician John Legend and his model girlfriend Christine Teigen.
Rebecca Marino streeeeetched -- and nearly beat two-time champ Venus Williams.
But Williams eventually composed herself and took the match 7-6, 6-3.
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At least Ms. Williams didn't struggle in the fashion department. Taylor Dent signed things from the confines of a shirt reading, "I'd hit that." It's a pun, sure, but...no, thanks.
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It really was a hot time in Queens. So much so that we can't tell if Elena Dementieva's dress is soaked, or supposed to look this way.
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Francesca Schiavone of Italy gave her best grunt face serving to coutnrywoman Maria Elena Camerin. The final slot in tennis' annual Grand Slam tournament, the U.S. Open last for two weeks --- or until everyone involved succumbs to heat stroke.
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John Isner of the United States was part of last Wimbledon's lengthy record-holding match -- and for about five minues, he'll be remembered chiefly for beating Portugal's Frederico Gil.
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American Sam Querrey looks like he could use a ruler. His opponent could probably use a cup -- Querry nailed fellow American Bradley Klahn right in the babymaker.
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With the heat and one girl down already, Andy Murray was taking no chances. He won handily over Lukas Lacko despite the weather, and will move on to round two.
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And he said "Yeaaaah!" -- or at least we presume: Usher was present to take in a little tennis.
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Last year's sweetheart Melanie Oudin of the United States got her dream handed to her on a platter -- no note -- by the Ukraine's Alona Bondarenko.
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Hungarian Agnes Szavay reacts after losing a point to Flavia Pennetta. Hey, has anyone seen a headband?
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Serbia's Ana Ivanovic: too cute. Can't resist.
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World no. 1 Rafael Nadal kept everyone up late on the U.S. Open's second day in a needlessly dramatic game against Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili. We do not share this face, mister. You have a curfew!
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Woah, we think he heard us. Or maybe his ears detect an entire stands full of people talking about his hair.
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Fresh off losing 30 pounds, American Mardy Fish kicked off his U.S. Open with a win over Jan Hajek. Nothing tastes as good as winny feels, Mardy!
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Great Agassi's ghost! Is that...could it be...NEON on Peter Polansky's shirt? Yes. Blame Canada, and hope the bike-shorts-under-actual-shorts combo doesn't follow. No one is ready for THAT.
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Russian Maria Kirilenko was pretty in purple in her match against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic. The U.S. Open got underway in Flushing, Queens, on Monday, and will last for the next two weeks.
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It was the late, late show with No. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki as she handily defeated first-time qualifier Chelsey Gullickson of the United States in a match that didn't begin until almost midnight.
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Iveta Benesova, lady in red. She did not dance cheek to cheek with Nuria Llagostera Vives, but she did knock her out of the U.S. Open.
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Forget jazz hands and tennis claps -- it's all about the hand turkey.
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His scrappy opponent, Teymuraz Gabashvili, didn't actually say he'd chew his own lip off if it meant beating Rafael Nadal. He didn't have to. And in the end, it was all for naught.
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Jelena Jankovic and Simona Halep combined for a sloppy match that prompted ESPN's Cliff Drysdale to say the two looked like "punch-drunk boxers." Yeah, but at least her dress is cute!
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Aussie Jarmila Groth made her best groth face against Maria Sharapova, to no avail.
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Sharapova's face was anything but groth. The former world no. 1 won the whole shebang in 2006 -- can she do it again as a no. 17?
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2004 champ Svetlana Kuznetsova explains how shuttles launch. She forgot her booster rockets, which might explain how 38-year old Kimiko Date Crumm -- who last played in the Open's main draw in 1996 -- took her to three sets.
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Fabio Fognini knocked Fernando Verdasco out of Wimbledon in June. But this time, despite Fognini's photogenic form, Verdasco prevailed.
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She rules our list of worst outfits in tennis, so we should be grateful a tatted arms is all we noticed when Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues in day 2 U.S. Open action.
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Viktor Troicki of Serbia reacts after a point against countryman Novak Djokovic. But the relief wouldn't last: Djokovic took the match in five sets.
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Jelena Ristic, Djokovic's girlfriend, was on hand to cheer him in the considerable heat. More impressive than a win? Pulling an NBA-grade WAG.
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Don't think Djokovic doesn't know.
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To the thrill of local fans, James Blake of the United States dispatched of Belgian Kristof Vliegen, advancing out of the opening round.
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Perhaps, considering this terrifying Tennis Face from Alexandr Dolgopolov, it was best Blake played in shade.
Five-time Open champ Roger Federer wowed the crowd on day one with an incredible between the legs shot. Roger Federer is better than you, especially if your name is Brian Dabul of Argentina.
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Kim Clijsters is making a point with that fist, and it's don't mess with Belgium. The no. 3-ranked woman in the world made quick work of Greta Arn of Hungary.
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Model Brooklyn Decker was on hand to watch hubby Andy Roddick beat France's Stephane Robert. Roddick, currently ranked no. 9, won the U.S. Open in 2003.
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We're not entirely sure what sort of shadowplay contributed to this striking image of Romania's Edina Gallovits at the U.S. Open, but we're pretty sure it means she's a vampire.
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It was both bright and warm, and Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain appears to have lost his Color Me Badd bandmates in the sun. Separation anxiety didn't stop the world no. 24 from disposing of Slovakia's Martin Klizan, 6-1, 6-3, 6-0.
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Doesn't tennis have a dress code? Pretty sure Wimbledon doesn't have to deal with man nipples.
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Tennis players make the best faces. Yes, Melanie Oudin, the ball comes back.
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It must be hard for Oudin to play with a detached and floating left hand, but she won one for the United States over Ukrainian Olga Savchuk.
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Djokovic blew by James Blake in three straight sets. Blake rallied to bring the second set into a tie breaker but the winds and Djokovic were too stong to hold on. Next up for No. 3 seed Djokovic will be another American, Mardy Fish.
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Elena Baltacha does her best Renee Zellwegger. Unfortunately, this face does not magically summon Bradley Cooper. We've tried it.
Ayumi Morita's face was under control, but her hair went full gremlin when she returned a shot to Francesca Schiavone of Italy.
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Another American down: Ryan Sweeting dropped to Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania, but not before eating 14 people. Someone should have told him they're serving crab cakes at concessions that we hear are pretty darn good.
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Editor-in-chief of American Vogue Anna Wintour watched the opening ceremonies Monday evening in trademark bob and sunglasses. An avid tennis player, Wintour escapes the office each year for a match or two, but never has the crab cakes. GET THEM OUT OF HER DARKENED SIGHT!
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Gayle King, Oprah's BFF, was courtside.
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Opening ceremonies got underway at dusk. Sadly, this does not involve shooting a flaming arrow into a tennis ball or Rafael Nadal. One point to the Olympics for their entertaining pyromania.
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It does, however, involve Gloria Estefan and a choir stylist with a fetish for mental institution wear.
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...and one giant American flag.
Swizerland's Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland really, really likes fireworks. Oh, and winning a point against Jie Zheng of China. That too.
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