Friday Fourhand: U.S. Open Finals Edition
It's semifinals day in Flushing for the women's singles competitors. Here's a visual roundup of audibles and oddballs on the grounds in Queens:
(1) Tomas Berdych's press conference following his defeat of Roger Federer involved a query for him about Czech men winning big matches, namely himself and Lukas Rosol, who thumped Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon. Berdych didn't take kindly to the question, at the end of this video:
I see Berdych's point: He is No. 6 in the world, reached the 2010 Wimbledon final, and beat Federer in that event two-plus years ago. Rosol he's not. The other Czech, who will be Berdych's Davis Cup teammate even next week, shocked Nadal and the world by catching lightning on his racquet for one solitary match and then losing in the next round. Not the same.
(2) Here's Andy Roddick's retirement address on court, in its entirety, after he bowed out (forever) to Juan Martin del Potro:
Quotable: "One thing I'm not scared of about retirement is the people I go home to," Roddick said. "They're great."
(3) She sputtered out against Maria Sharapova, but you have to give Marion Bartoli credit for ... whatever this training regimen is exactly.
(4) A U.S. Open fan visiting from Ecuador was arrested and charged with "wrongly being on the playing area of a major venue sporting event" in a New York City court. Scary stuff, always. The harmful or hapless fan (who truly knows?) got onto the court after Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka finished their match in Louis Armstrong Stadium, and both pros were still present.
Enjoy the Sharapova-Vika and Serena-Errani matches, everyone—or as I like to call them, Shriek Fest 2012 and Davette versus Goliatha.
—Jonathan Scott (@jonscott9)