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U.S. Open aces and faults

Roger Federer hits a backhand return against Marcel

Roger Federer hits a backhand return against Marcel Granollers in a fourth-round men's singles match on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 at the U.S. Open. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

ACE. A bonus for holders of last night's evening-session Open tickets was to have the Roger Federer match, begun in the afternoon before rain stopped play, restarted in Ashe Stadium just before 7 p.m.

FAULT. Day-session ticket holders were sent home without seeing how the match would play out, with Federer trailing Marcel Granollers, 5-2.

ACE. Milos Raonic, the 23-year-old Canadian with the slick 1950s hairstyle, would not comment on how he keeps it neat during play. "I'll let the hair speak for itself," he said. "It has a Twitter account."

FAULT. Shouldn't all doubles partners dress alike, to further the impression they are on the same team?

 

BY THE NUMBERS

2More years until that roof is supposed to be ready for Arthur Ashe Stadium, to deal with an occasion such as the downpour that suspended play late yesterday.

2nd Time in tournament history -- dating to 1881 -- that no American man has advanced to the round of 16. (The first time was last year.)

69 Unforced errors by Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in her fourth-round loss to No. 13 Sara Errani yesterday.

 

FURTHERMORE . . .

Thirty-seven years ago today, Renee Richards, a 43-year-old transsexual who fought for more than a year for the right to play women's singles in a major, made her Open debut and lost to Virginia Wade.

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