US Open Week 1: Q&A with tennis blogger Brian Stacey

Do you think there will be any early upsets like at Wimbledon?
It’s always my fear buying tickets to a tennis event that everyone I want to see will be long gone by the time I sit down to watch the semifinals. I’m sure if you’ve bought your US Open tickets for the second week, you’ve been fearing another Wimbledon-style upset fest. I think we’ll see one or two upsets, but not the bloodbath that was week one of Wimbledon.

IMG_1090On the men’s side, I think the likeliest upset is David Ferrer getting knocked out by Ernests Gulbis in Round 3 – if not before then. Ferrer hasn’t had a great summer and I don’t think an open draw is enough motivation to get him through. He took advantage in Paris only to get rolled by Rafa in the finals. That may get in his head a bit here too. As for earlier upsets, I think the top seven will have no problem making it through the first two rounds.

On the women’s side, I think Kvitova’s good run in New Haven could spell trouble for her second round match against Andrea Petkovic. Petko’s been slowly coming back from injury and, before her absence, was a real presence at slams. I think Petko takes it in three long sets. Ana Ivanovic has a tough second round against Varvara Lepchenko. Lepchenko will have the home crowd behind her and her heavy hitting could be a bit much for Ivanovic.

Roger Federer goes in seeded 7th – how badly does this hurt his chances?
Whether he goes in as the seventh seed or the 107th seed, I think Federer’s chances are always good. Sure, on his worst days, he can lose to 116th Sergiy Stakhovsky, but on his best days, Roger Federer is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. The problem with being ranked outside the top four is that Federer has found himself in Rafa’s quarter. Does this destroy his chances? Surely not, but it does make the path significantly harder. At least he’d have an easier Semifinal to rest up for either Djoker or Murray in the finals. Possible matchups aside, Fed’s biggest obstacle isn’t his seventh seed but his back. If he hasn’t fully healed, that could be problematic from the first point of the tournament.

Which American has the best chance at making the finals?
Obviously Serena on the women’s side has the best chance. She’s on fire this summer and probably more motivated than ever to make sure she doesn’t end the season with one lonely slam title. She’s got a tough draw, but if she can make it through Sloane Stephens in the fourth round, she’s golden until the finals against rival Victoria Azarenka.

There’s no way to be anything but bold on the men’s side, so I’ll be very bold: Ryan Harrison. If he makes it through Nadal in the first round, this could be the breakout slam we’ve all been expecting from him. That confidence, along with his big serve and heavy baseline hitting could be just what he needs to see his first major final. Long shot? Definitely, but it really is for all the US men this year.

What are Radwanska’s chances of breaking through?
You could argue that winning one of her three Premier titles would be a breakthough. Or, taking a set off Serena in the 2012 Wimbledon final. But, with so many slamless #1’s, I think it’s fair to say it’s not a breakthrough until you’ve earned that grand slam title. Unfortunately for Agnieska Radwanka, she’s had a rough summer and I’m not sure it’s going to translate to a good run at Flushing Meadows. She’s likely to hit a very tough R4 against Wimbledon Finalist Sabine Lisicki before a quarterfinal matchup against Li Na (or Jelena Jankovic if she finds her form, which may be more worrisome than Li Na). After that, she’d have the semifinals against Serena and Final against Azarenka. With her consistency looking shaky this summer, I’m not sure she has it in her.

Brian Stacey is a longtime tennis fan who joins TicketCity for the two weeks of the US Open to to talk all things tennis & answer your questions via social media during the tournament. Brian tweets his thoughts over at @Roddickulous and blogs when time permits. He still believes that Andy Roddick will win a Wimbledon title and has eternal optimism about US Men’s tennis. When not tweeting about tennis, Brian works to bring the best credit card offers and advice over at CreditCardGuide.com.

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Understanding US Open Tennis

If you’ve never been to the US Open, picking the right tickets can be a bit confusing. Between the different courts, times, sessions and locations, it’s definitely enough to make your head spin. But have no fear–TicketCity is here to help!

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What a Wimbledon

It was 2003 when the Switzerland native Roger Federer burst on to the scene of the ATP and took home his first Wimbledon Championship. From this point on, Federer would go on to prove why critics, analysts, players, and fans all consider him to be the greatest of all time. With a total winning amount of nearly $73 million he is the all-time leader in career prize money earnings. With a countless track record of awards including four consecutive years (2005-2008) of being named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, there is no doubt that Federer is among few considered a tennis fan favorite.

The Federer Express, as he is often referred, especially caught the eye of tennis fan Nick Newlife. It was back in 2003, after Federer’s first Wimbledon win, that Newlife decided to place a bet that was so unique not even his English bookie, William Hill, had considered it. After Hill’s first response to the offer, Newlife accepted the 66-1 odds that the young Swiss Maestro would go on to win seven Wimbledon titles by 2019. At the age of 63, Newlife laid down $2,350 on the wager. For the next four years (2004-2007), Newlife, arguably Federer’s greatest fan, watched as the tennis phenomenon took home four consecutive Silver Cups, bringing the total titles to five. After his 2008 loss to Nadal in the greatest tennis rivalry to date, Federer added number six to his collection of Cups the following year in ’09. Sadly, Newlife would not live to see the 2009 win that would put him one Silver Cup away from a check to the tune of $158,000. Nick Newlife would pass away at the age of 69, only months before the 2009 Wimbledon. With Federer getting close to the age of 30 and experiencing a two year hiatus from a Wimbledon victory, many believed that Mr. Newlife’s bet and Federer’s reign found the grave as well.

The latest TicketCity Play of the Week not only goes to the 30 year old Roger Federer for winning his seventh Wimbledon title to tie both William Renshaw and Pete Sampras for the most Gentlemen’s Singles titles, but also to the man who nine years ago predicted it all. With no family or friends to leave the six figure winnings to, Nick Newlife bequeathed the Wimbledon betting slip, along with countless others, to UK charity Oxfam.

Here are the highlights from the 2012 Wimbledon Final where Roger Federer beat Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, and 6-4. My personal favorite and what I am delegating as the official Play of the Week are Federer’s three consecutive volley’s which start at the minute mark in the video.

Tennis’ Best Kept Secret

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Occuring now through April 4th, tennis fans can catch Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic, Venus Williams and many more. 

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