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  1. Federer on His Exit and Holding Nadal’s Hand: ‘It’s Maybe a Secret Thank You’ Sports, September 27

    In an interview, Roger Federer opens up about the emotions of his goodbye at the Laver Cup and about the future of men’s tennis. “Nobody needs to play like me, by the way,” he said.

  2. Federer’s Goodbye a Reminder of the Events and Shots That Make His Legacy Sports, September 24

    Federer kept alive a one-handed backhand, tried rushing the net on returns and helped popularize the between-the-legs shot. And with the Laver Cup, he showed that tournaments can be different, too.

  3. Federer, Even in Defeat, Gets Fitting End to Storied Career Sports, September 23

    Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were defeated by Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe in a tight Laver Cup match that included plenty of highlights and fond sentiments.

  4. The September 23 Roger Federer Nadal Laver Cup live blog included 18 standalone posts:
  5. Meet the opponents for Federer and Nadal: Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock. Sports, September 23

    Tiafoe had plenty of big moments in the U.S. Open. And Sock has won four Grand Slam doubles titles.

  6. A climate activist set himself on fire on court at the Laver Cup. Sports, September 23

    The protest disrupted the tournament on a day when Roger Federer was scheduled to play the last competitive match of his career.

  7. A Look Back at Federer’s Legacy Video, September 23

    After more than 25 years on the professional court, Roger Federer announced his plans to retire. Federer is the first man to win 20 Grand Slam titles and is considered one of the greatest athletes ever.

  8. Federer and Nadal Were the Best of Rivals. In the End, They’ll Be Partners. Sports, September 22

    One of the greatest rivalries in tennis history will end in harmony on Friday when Roger Federer plays his final competitive match with Rafael Nadal as his doubles partner.

  9. As Roger Federer Retires, Two Great Rivalries Come to an End Sports, September 22

    A look at the great matches between Federer and Rafael Nadal as well as Federer and Novak Djokovic.

  10. London Is a Sensible End to Roger Federer’s Long Career Sports, September 21

    Wimbledon may have been more fitting. But the Laver Cup, which Federer helped create, will offer a poignant send-off at O2 Arena for one of the greatest players of this era.

  11. Federer Says He Will Close Career With Doubles Match at Laver Cup Sports, September 21

    Federer, who announced his retirement last week, hinted his final competitive tennis could come Friday alongside his longtime rival Rafael Nadal.

  12. Who’s the Best in Men’s Tennis? It Depends How You Measure. Sports, September 16

    Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic all have credible claims to be considered the best. Here are a few ways to consider their gaudy stats.

  13. Who’s the Best in Men’s Tennis? It Depends on How You Measure Sports, September 16

    Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic all have credible claims to be considered the best. Here are a few ways to consider their gaudy stats.

  14. The Reliable, Graceful and Fallible Roger Federer Sports, September 16

    Federer’s moves made even blowout matches worthy of watching. And the moments in which he fell short made his legacy even more intriguing.

  15. The Big Three Are Now Just Two. Who Will Lead Tennis’s Next Generation? Sports, September 15

    Roger Federer’s retirement will augur opportunities for a new generation of players not named Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic.

  16. Roger Federer Came Along When Tennis Desperately Needed Him Sports, September 15

    Tennis had lost its cachet in the early 2000s before Federer made the classic sport modern and the modern sport classier.

  17. The Shots That Made Roger Federer Interactive, September 15

    His one-handed backhand, inside-out forehand and powerful serve helped fuel his championships.

  18. Federer in Photos: A Career of Major Successes Sports, September 15

    For more than two decades, tennis fans admired Roger Federer’s every move as he won 20 Grand Slam singles titles.

  19. Roger Federer to Retire From Tennis: ‘He Made the Game Look So Easy’ Sports, September 15

    Federer, who won 20 Grand Slam singles titles, said injuries and surgeries had taken their toll on his body. His final competitive matches will be next week in London.

  20. Timing Is Everything for Carlos Alcaraz Sports, September 12

    Alcaraz, the 19-year-old winner of the men’s U.S. Open, said he “worked really hard so that things like this could happen.”

  21. On the Quiet Hardcourts in Spain, Carlos Alcaraz’s Star Was Already Shining Sports, September 12

    No matter how clear the potential, you never truly know what a tennis player is capable of until they have to fight for the biggest points on the biggest occasions.

  22. Carlos Alcaraz Wins U.S. Open Men’s Singles Title, and Becomes No. 1 Sports, September 11

    Alcaraz, the 19-year-old Spanish sensation, beat Casper Ruud of Norway in four sets to capture his first Grand Slam championship and take the top spot in the ATP world rankings.

  23. Iga Swiatek, U.S. Open Winner, Is Ready for Global Stardom Sports, September 11

    At 21 years old and already a superstar in her home country of Poland, Swiatek is a bona fide No. 1 with a package of tennis skills both innate and acquired.

  24. Iga Swiatek Downs Ons Jabeur to Win U.S. Open Women’s Singles Title Sports, September 10

    Swiatek, the world No. 1, beat Jabeur in straight sets to capture her first U.S. Open singles title. It is her third Grand Slam title and first on a surface other than clay.

  25. Does Casper Ruud Stand a Chance Against the Tireless Carlos Alcaraz? Sports, September 10

    Sunday’s match is not only a battle for the U.S. Open men’s singles title. It will also determine the next world No. 1, and whoever wins will rise to the top spot for the first time.

  26. Looking for More Frances Tiafoes Sports, September 10

    Frances Tiafoe’s rise to the top echelon of tennis is an inspiration, but tennis officials are trying to build a U.S. system that relies less on kismet to produce a Black champion.

  27. Ons Jabeur and Iga Swiatek Face Mental Test in U.S. Open Final Sports, September 10

    Swiatek will look to affirm her place as the top-ranked player, while Jabeur could become the first African woman to win the U.S. Open.

  28. The September 9 Tiafoe Alcaraz Us Open live blog included 17 standalone posts:
  29. Carlos Alcaraz Outlasts Frances Tiafoe to Reach the U.S. Open Final Sports, September 10

    The 19-year-old from Spain ended the talented American’s deep run in New York in five sets and will play Casper Ruud of Norway for the men’s singles title.

  30. What makes Casper Ruud a worthy opponent in the final. Sports, September 10

    Ruud, the No. 5 seed, has already played in one Grand Slam final this year.

  31. U.S. Open Semifinals: The 4 Men Left Interactive, September 9

    Men’s tennis will have a first-time Grand Slam winner by Sunday: Frances Tiafoe, Carlos Alcaraz, Karen Khachanov or Casper Ruud.

  32. The September 9 Tiafoe Alcaraz Us Open live blog included one standalone post:
  33. Frances Tiafoe vs. Carlos Alcaraz in the U.S. Open Men’s Semifinals: How to Watch Sports, September 9

    Fans will get to see what one of the next great tennis rivalries could look like on Friday at 7 p.m.

  34. At the U.S. Open, Ons Jabeur Cruises to the Women’s Final Sports, September 9

    Jabeur, who lost this year’s Wimbledon final, will get another chance to win her first Grand Slam singles title after beating Caroline Garcia of France in straight sets.

  35. Ons Jabeur Will Play Iga Swiatek for the U.S. Open Women’s Singles Title Sports, September 9

    Top-ranked Swiatek will play for her third Grand Slam title. Jabeur, who lost this year’s Wimbledon final, will get another chance to win her first major title.

  36. Tiafoe Is the Latest Hope for the Rise of Black Men in Tennis Sports, September 8

    Frances Tiafoe’s ascent has been the talk of the U.S. Open, but his path to the pros is difficult to follow for other young Black men hoping for a career in tennis.

  37. The Tennis Umpire With the Velvet Voice Makes His Call Sports, September 8

    Kader Nouni, called the “Barry White of tennis,” used to worry that his deep baritone distracted from the job, but now he’s comfortable in the umpire chair.

  38. At the U.S. Open, Future College Tennis Stars Are an Unsung Draw Sports, September 8

    College coaches can be found across the U.S. Open’s outer courts during the juniors competitions, displaying their school colors while searching for the next star recruit.

  39. U.S. Open Semifinals: The 4 Women Left Interactive, September 8

    Caroline Garcia, Ons Jabeur, Aryna Sabalenka and Iga Swiatek have a title in their sights.

  40. In Maryland, Frances Tiafoe’s Former Home Rallies Behind Him Sports, September 8

    At the junior tennis club in College Park that gave Tiafoe his start and where he still trains, coaches and aspiring players cheer him on, and never stop working.

  41. Alcaraz Leaves It (Very, Very) Late in Defeating Sinner at U.S. Open Sports, September 8

    The Spanish teenager needed five sets and more than five hours to reach the semifinals in a match that ended shortly before 3 a.m. in New York.

  42. Ukrainians Find Russian Coming-Out Party Hard to Celebrate at U.S. Open Sports, September 8

    Wimbledon barred players from Russia and Belarus over the war in Ukraine. At their first Grand Slam since the French Open, Karen Khachanov and Aryna Sabalenka are making a run.

  43. Frances Tiafoe Rolls On to the Semis Sports, September 7

    Tiafoe backed up a win over Rafael Nadal with a quarterfinal victory over Andrey Rublev, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (0), 6-4.

  44. Nick Kyrgios’s U.S. Open Run Ends One Match After Beating the Top Seed Sports, September 7

    Karen Khachanov of Russia needed five sets to put Kyrgios away, 7-5, 4-6, 7-5, 6-7, 6-4. He will play Casper Ruud of Norway in the semifinals on Friday.

  45. Frances Tiafoe Has Them Talking About Tennis in Freetown, Sierra Leone Sports, September 7

    Tiafoe, whose parents emigrated from the war-torn country before he was born, is the youngest American man to reach a U.S. Open quarterfinal in 16 years, and he has enough talent for two nations.

  46. Coco Gauff Drops U.S. Open Quarterfinals Match to Caroline Garcia Sports, September 7

    Garcia, the No. 17 seed from France, beat the 18-year-old American, who was playing her first quarterfinal at the U.S. Open, in straight sets.

  47. WTA Finals Set for Texas This Year, but a Return to China Is Uncertain Sports, September 6

    The year-end event is due to return to China in 2023, but the tour said its suspension of tournaments there after Peng Shuai accused a former government official of sexual assault remained in place.

  48. The Great U.S. Open Ball Debate of 2022 Sports, September 6

    The Open is the only Grand Slam tournament where women use different balls than men, and the Wilson ‘regular-duty’ ball has gotten into some players’ heads.

  49. The Void Serena Williams Left in Tennis Doesn’t Need to Be Filled Sports, September 6

    Tennis has long thrived on singular stars, no one bigger than Serena Williams. But perhaps women’s tennis doesn’t need one big name to be interesting.

  50. Rafael Nadal Loses His Serve and His Way at the U.S. Open Sports, September 6

    His loss to Frances Tiafoe was Nadal’s earliest defeat at a major tournament in more than five years and the first time he had been beaten in any major in 2022.

  51. Nick Kyrgios Is Having a Very Good U.S. Open. Make That Summer. Sports, September 5

    The often tortured tennis player said he was “really sick of letting people down,” after beating No. 1 ranked Daniil Medvedev to advance to the quarterfinals.

  52. John McEnroe Gets His Revenge Sports, September 5

    While other stars fade, the notorious “Super Brat” has become a subject of fascination and a ubiquitous presence, inside tennis and outside it, too. You have a problem with that?

  53. Frances Tiafoe Downs Rafael Nadal at U.S. Open Sports, September 5

    The next generation of top American players has struggled heavily against Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in Grand Slams. Tiafoe broke through by winning, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

  54. Nick Kyrgios Upsets No. 1 Daniil Medvedev at the U.S. Open Sports, September 5

    Medvedev grew frustrated in a four-set loss that ensured neither singles draws will have a repeat winner this year. Kyrgios will play another Russian, No. 27 Karen Khachanov, in the quarterfinals.

  55. Picture(s) of Excellence at the Open Sports, September 5

    Images of Serena Williams at the U.S. Open from the past 25 years.

  56. What You Missed at the U.S. Open While You Were Glued to Serena Williams Sports, September 4

    In case you missed it: The defending women’s singles champion, Emma Raducanu, is out, and a few players not named Serena retired, too.

  57. Seven Days That Closed Out a Career Sports, September 4

    At the U.S. Open, Serena Williams laughed, rocked sparkly shoes, rang the bell at the stock exchange, beat two opponents, teared up and said goodbye. She didn’t win, but she didn’t lose.

  58. How Ajla Tomljanovic Faced Down Serena Williams and 24,000 Others Sports, September 3

    On the advice of her father, Tomljanovic channeled Kevin Costner to beat the six-time U.S. Open champion in front of a raucous, partisan crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

  59. Serena Williams Willed Her Way to a Glorious Goodbye Sports, September 3

    Her last match — at the U.S. Open and probably of her career — was a gutsy display of the power and resilience that have kept fans cheering for nearly 30 years.

  60. Serena’s Magic Comes to an End Interactive, September 3

    This composite photo shows Serena Williams’s last match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

  61. The September 3 Serena Williams Us Open live blog included 17 standalone posts:
  62. Serena Williams, Moving Toward Retirement, Ends Her Magical Run at the U.S. Open Sports, September 3

    “It’s been the most incredible ride and journey I’ve ever been on in my life,” Williams, wiping tears, said on court after the match.

  63. At the U.S. Open, Coco Gauff Is Playing With a Veteran’s Confidence Sports, September 2

    The 18-year-old has advanced to the round of 16 in singles at the U.S. Open for the first time in her career. On Sunday, she will face the unseeded Shuai Zhang of China.

  64. Russell Wilson, Ciara among the celebrities in the stands for Williams’s match. Sports, September 2

    Also in attendance to watch Williams in Round 3 of the U.S. Open were the rapper Pusha T and the actress Heidi Gardner.

  65. All Eyes Are on Serena, but What Are Venus’s Plans? Sports, September 2

    Venus Williams has not been clear about when (or if) she plans to retire from tennis.

  66. Is Andy Murray About to Become Andy Murray Again? Sports, September 2

    Like Serena Williams, Andy Murray, finally healthy and fit, has given glimpses of yesteryear at the U.S. Open. Unlike Williams, he has no intention of walking away.

  67. Serena Williams Prepared a Little Differently for This U.S. Open Sports, September 2

    Analytics, scouting first-time opponents, additional coaching input, new footwork drills and treating doubles like practice — so far it’s adding up to winning.

  68. His U.S. Open Run Could Influence Tennis in China Sports, September 2

    Wu Yibing became the first Chinese man to reach the third round of a Grand Slam since 1946. He says it’s his “responsibility” to pick up where the retired champion Li Na left off in growing the game.

  69. The September 1 Serena Venus Williams Doubles Us Open live blog included 14 standalone posts:
  70. The Williams sisters, after a tight first set, are overpowered in doubles. Sports, September 2

    Serena and Venus Williams lost the first set even after having a set point. They eventually were defeated, 7-6 (5), 6-4, by Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova of the Czech Republic.

  71. The Serena Williams ticket demand keeps going up (and up and up). Sports, September 1

    Fans are anticipating that Williams may go on a run — and that their chances to see her in person are waning.

  72. How do doubles teams partner up? Sports, September 1

    Sometimes, all it takes is a text (or a DM).

  73. With Serena Williams on Center Stage, U.S. Open Tries to Draw New Fans Sports, September 1

    Here’s how the U.S. Open’s Twitter account described Serena-mania: “SO MUCH CONTENT” (then 31 exclamation points).

  74. No Handshake After Ukrainian Loses to Belarusian at the U.S. Open Sports, September 1

    Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine, who lost to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, said she had no interest in shaking hands with players who had not spoken out publicly against Russia’s invasion.

  75. The September 1 Ukraine Russia War News live blog included one standalone post:
  76. From Start to Finish, Venus and Serena Williams Always Had Each Other Sports, September 1

    Since the Williams sisters first burst into tennis in the 1990s, their legacy has been tied to one another. They will play doubles in perhaps the final tournament of their careers.

  77. ‘I’m Just Serena,’ Swinging Freely for Another Grand Slam Run Sports, September 1

    Of course Serena Williams is confident. She deserves to be. And her opponents know that her improving game and overwhelming crowd support make beating her in this U.S. Open all the more difficult.

  78. It Was Anett Kontaveit Against Serena Williams, and the Crowd Sports, September 1

    Kontaveit was up for the challenge of facing Williams in front of fans who had little interest in her winning as they celebrate Williams’s career. She forced a third set, but the fans got what they wanted.

  79. Serena Williams Will Face Ajla Tomljanovic in the Third Round Sports, September 1

    Tomljanovic beat Evgeniya Rodina of Russia in three sets, 1-6, 6-2, 7-5.

  80. Serena Williams’s Magical Run at the U.S. Open Isn’t Over Yet Sports, September 1

    If two nights earlier was about posterity and sweet send-offs, Round 2 was about doing everything possible to win a tennis match, as Williams beat the world No. 2, Anett Kontaveit, in three sets.

  81. The August 31 Serena Williams Us Open live blog included five standalone posts:
  82. Who’s Who in Serena Williams’s Player’s Box Interactive, September 1

    Her entourage has included her 4-year-old daughter, two sisters and a handful of other celebrities.

  83. Coco Gauff Warms Up the Court for Serena Williams, and Gets a Win Sports, August 31

    The 18-year-old American beat Elena-Gabriela Ruse of Romania, 6-2, 7-6 (4), to advance to the third round at the U.S. Open.

  84. Tiger Woods among the celebrities who show up to see Serena Williams in the U.S. Open. Sports, August 31

    Tiger Woods was among the celebrities at Arthur Ashe Stadium, along with Zendaya and Dionne Warwick.