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Aces and faults: U.S. Open Day 8

Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia returns to Juan Carlos

Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia returns to Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. (Sept. 5, 2011) Photo Credit: AP


Janko Tipsarevic's beach-volleyball sunglasses, with the white rims. Very cool.


Bad news for Julia Elbaba of Oyster Bay. She lost in the first round of girls singles to Risa Ozaki of Japan, 6-3, 6-1.

Guest faults from readers:


TV commentators using pronouns -- he, she; "How in the heck can we tell who they are talking about." (From Margarete Susko.)


"The U.S. Open is the only one of the majors that plays a final set tiebreaker." (From Ron Wood.)

By the numbers

Years between Pancho Gonzalez's second straight U.S. Open title and his next appearance in the tournament, because he turned pro in 1949 and the open era didn't dawn until 1968.

Cost of a grounds pass, good for entry into any court except Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Number of aces by Ivo Karlovic before the 6-10 Croatian was eliminated in the third round. That number could hold up as best in the tournament.


In her first match after setting one record -- the longest U.S. Open women's match in history, 3 hours, 16 minutes against Nadia Petrova -- Samantha Stosur played Maria Kirilenko in the longest tiebreaker in Grand Slam history with Stosur losing, 17-15, but winning the match. "I didn't know at one point if I was serving or receiver or when we should change ends, what was going on," Stosur said of the tiebreaker.


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