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U.S. Open Day 9 aces and faults

Serena Williams and Venus Williams strategize against Ekaterina

Serena Williams and Venus Williams strategize against Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina during a women's doubles quarterfinal match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

ACE. Volley wars in doubles!

FAULT. Saying farewell to the eliminated Milos Raonic before it became clear where the sleeve on his right extremity is for fashion or if it's hiding a bionic arm.

ACE. If you like tennis ball souvenirs, attend a doubles match in the show courts, where fans are allowed to keep any ball hit into the stands -- something doubles players, with their slam-dunk overheads, do a lot.

DOUBLE FAULT. Just what Serena Williams committed on match point as she and sister Venus lost their quarterfinal doubles match, 7-6 (5), 6-4, to No. 4 seeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.

BY THE NUMBERS

2:26 a.m. When the Monday night-Tuesday morning match won by Kei Nishikori over Milos Raonic ended. That tied the record for latest ending (Kohlschreiber-Isner, 2012 and Wilander-Pernfors 1993).

4:19 Length of the Nishikori-Raonic match, longest of the 2014 Open. (A first-round match won by Paul-Henri Mathieu over Gilles Muller lasted 4:18.)

103 Most aces in the tournament, by Raonic. But he and the next six leaders in that department all have been eliminated -- John Isner, Nick Kyrgios, Kevin Anderson, Ivo Kalovic, Sam Querrey, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

FURTHERMORE . . . Dennis Uspensky, a 17-year-old from Atlantic Beach, was eliminated with partner Mikael Ymer of Sweden in junior doubles by second-seeded Brazilians Orlando Luz and Marcelo Zormann. That came the day after Uspensky lost to top-seed Andrey Rubley of Russia in the junior singles competition.

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