ACE. Reader Richard Siegelman of Plainview suggests that because Roger Federer and Serena Williams are "tied" with 17 major-tournament titles apiece, instead of separately playing in the men's and women's finals, they should play each other in his newly created "mixed singles" championship.
ACE. Regarding that: Williams, once asked if she feared any player on tour, said, "Yeah. Roger Federer."
ACE. Oyster Bay's Julia Elbaba, who plays for the University of Virginia, defeated Stanford's Kristie Ahn, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, and will play in the Open's new collegiate tournament championship final Saturday against North Carolina's Jamie Loeb.
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8.29 Miles run by Andy Murray during the Open, according to IBM data, the most by any player.
15 Straight years (1996-2010) that the top two seeds did not meet in the men's championship match. If No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Roger Federer win Saturday, Nos. 1 and 2 will tangle for the third time in four years.
Prize money to be split by mixed doubles champions Sania Mirza and Bruno Soares. The singles champs will win $3 million apiece.
FURTHERMORE . . . Going into the juniors' semifinals, only one American is still alive in the boys tournament, No. 6 seed Francis Tiafoe of College Park, Maryland. Two remain alive in girls competition: wild card Katerina Stewart of Miami and qualifier Caroline Dolehide of Hinsdale, Illinois. In boys play, No. 4 seed Stefan Koslov of Pembroke Pines, Florida, quit with a foot injury while trailing Quentin Halys of France, 3-1, in the first set.