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Photos from Flushing Meadows: Day 10

Thursday, September 05, 2013 /by

“I’m up all day to get lucky”: Richard Gasquet can’t get Daft Punk out of his head, and has to let it out. (Photos by Anita Aguilar)

Each day during the U.S. Open, we'll publish a photo gallery of on-site images from Anita Aguilar. Steve Tignor will provide the captions, but he's also looking for your best work. Can you beat his caption of the above photo? Write yours in the comments below, or email Steve at, and he'll announce the winner in tomorrow's gallery.

NEW YORK—Flushing Meadows is quiet these days. The hustle of the first week has been replaced by casual milling, as fans wander past junior matches and make their way into Ashe Stadium. There are no other singles matches anywhere else. It was a shame, really, that more people couldn’t have been there yesterday, perhaps the nicest day of the two weeks thus far. Here’s a look at the matches and the grounds on Day 10.

Rafael Nadal was fierce and precise from the first ball on Wednesday. It’s going to take someone’s best effort to keep him from his second Open title.

The second week of a Grand Slam is all-business time for the Big 4.

Tommy Robredo has a very good backhand, but you wouldn’t have known it last night. He had to scramble just to get a swing at it.

Robredo, to his credit, didn’t give up. His comeback has still been an impressive one this year.

But Martina Hingis, who was in Robredo’s player box, seemed to have an idea of how this one would end.

Ashe Stadium in the afternoon.

The Unisphere on a photogenic evening in Corona Park.

When it comes to size and scale, as well as places to drink alcohol and buy T-shirts, no Slam compares to the U.S. Open. 

The closest you’ll come to seeing stars in New York City.

The Open is also the most elaborately miked of the Slams. Can you imagine if we could hear everything that football players say during a game?

Victoria Azarenka, after a scare against Ana Ivanovic, had no trouble with Daniela Hantuchova in the quarters. She moves on to play Flavia Pennetta and is a heavy favorite to reach her second straight U.S. Open final.

Richard Gasquet finishing his most formidable stroke, the backhand, during one of his biggest wins, over David Ferrer. He and Ferrer both said that shot made the difference in the match yesterday.

Let’s try it from this angle.

Gasquet knocking the felt off the ball.

Ferrer on the hunt again. 

Ferru came back from two sets down to win in the Australian Open quarters, and it looked he was going to do it again on Wednesday. But his U.S. hard court season was mostly a disappointment.

Man of steel?

We’ll see how Reeshard holds up against this man on Saturday. Last night was win No. 20 in a row on hard courts for Nadal. He hasn’t had his serve broken since...when? Sometime back in Cincinnati.

Caption Contest:

“Stan Wawrinka starts to tell people that he’s the No. 1 player in Switzerland, but can’t quite make himself do it.”

—StanFan, via email


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