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Aces and faults: U.S. Open Day 5

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to Nicolas Mahut of France during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. (Sept. 2, 2011) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

ACE

SpiderCam: That weird, floating around Arthur Ashe Stadium TV camera that descends on barely discernable wires right down to the players’ chairs for changeovers, then wanders off toward the upper deck.

FAULT

It was an unfortunate scheduling move to put Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 Open champ, in the Grandstand Court to start the day Friday, instead of in larger Armstrong Stadium. The SRO crowd on the Grandstand left hundreds of fans stuck with less appealing matches.

LET

U.S. Open crowds lustily cheer the oddest things, such as the roar that went up when Flavia Pennetta, in the midst of upsetting former Open champ Maria Sharapova, reacted to her own service fault by precisely kicking the ball to a ball person at the net.

By the numbers

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Aces by Donald Young in his five-set victory over Stanislas Wawrinka.

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Former U.S. Open boys’ champions in action in the main draw Friday: Andy Murray, David Nalbandian, Andy Roddick and Jack Sock.

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Fewer games that Nicolas Mahut played Friday, in a 6-2, 6-2, ret., loss to Rafael Nadal, than he played in the record-length loss to John Isner that ended with a 70-68 fifth set at Wimbledon a year ago.

Furthermore

U.S. Open officials announced that both day and night sessions for Saturday and Sunday are sold out, and a few seats remain for both the day and night sessions on Labor Day.

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