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Aces and faults: U.S. Open Day 6

John Isner of the USA serves to Robby

John Isner of the USA serves to Robby Ginepri of the USA during the U.S. Open tennis tournament. (Sept. 2, 2011) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

ACE

The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center grounds, now a small, bustling city well appointed with trees, flowers, shops, restaurants and musical entertainment. It is a far cry from the mostly concrete, odiferous joint that opened in 1978.

FAULT

As the tournament plays out and competitors are eliminated, there were only eight courts in action yesterday, squeezing the crowds into fewer options.

ACE

The mile-per-hour displays in the show courts. There is more to serving than speed, but it’s certainly fan-friendly information.

By the numbers

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Men advanced to the third round who are at least 6-5. (Ivo Karlovic, 6-10; John Isner, 6-9; Kevin Anderson, 6-8; Juan Martin del Potro, 6-6; Marin Cilic, 6-6; Tomas Berdych, 6-5.) After yesterday, only Isner and del Potro remain.

6-0, 6-0, 6-0
Still the only triple bagel in U.S. Open history, by Ivan Lendl over Barry Moir in the first round in 1987.

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Roger Federer’s career win percentage (47-4) in Arthur Ashe Stadium, highest of any player.

Furthermore

The late Pancho Gonzalez, who won the first of two U.S. titles at 20 in 1948 but spent the bulk of his career as a pro — thus ineligible for Grand Slam events until the open era dawned in 1968, when Gonzalez was 40 — was inducted into the U.S. Open Court of Champions last night. Gonzalez, who died at 67 in 1995, won his final tour event in 1972, three months shy of his 44th birthday.

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