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Aces and faults: U.S. Open Day 12

Novak Djokovic with the backhand against Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic with the backhand against Roger Federer in their semifinal match. Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the men's semifinals 6-7 (9-7), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5. (Sept. 10, 2011) Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

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Novak Djokovic’s agreement to do a little dance after his rousing semifinal victory over Roger Federer, but only “if everybody dances with me in the stadium.” All obliged.

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Djokovic confirmed that he was talking to himself after Federer broke his serve to go up 5-3 in the fifth set of their semifinal. Then again, “I talk to myself all the time,” he said. “You don’t want to know what’s going on in my head at that moment.”

FAULT

Another rain delay before Super Saturday action commenced. (Glub, glub.)

LET

Eclectic fashion among Open tennis fans, some seeming to dress for the opera, others for mowing the lawn, and everything in between.

By the numbers

41
Aces by Serena Williams in her first five matches. Second in total aces among the woman is Julia Goerges, with 19, who was eliminated after three matches.

1992
The last year that all four of the top men’s seeds (Jim Courier, Stefan Edberg, Pete Sampras, Michael Chang) made it to the Open semifinals.

Furthermore

Among the final words from Andy Roddick after he was eliminated in the quarterfinals was the “disconcerting’’ quiet in the stands during his straight-sets loss to Rafael Nadal. “You don’t ever want them to think you’re giving less than you can. It’s almost like you have a guilt complex and you want them to know you’re trying your best. I think you’d rather be booed than have silence.’’

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