Djokovic turns to ‘survival mode’ to win at steamy US Open

first_imgNovak Djokovic, of Serbia, puts an ice towel to his face during a changeover in his match against Marton Fucsovics, of Hungary, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — His cheeks red, hair matted with sweat, Novak Djokovic appeared to be in such distress as he trudged to a changeover on a steamy U.S. Open afternoon that someone suggested it would be a good idea to have a trash can at the ready, just in case he lost his lunch.Djokovic sat down and removed his shirt. He guzzled water from a plastic bottle. He placed one cold towel around his neck, a second across his lap and a third between his bare upper back and the seat.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The whole thing raised several questions: Should the genders have the same rules moving forward? Should the U.S. Open avoid having matches during the hottest part of the day, not just for the players’ sake but also to help spectators? Should the men play best-of-three-set matches at majors, instead of best-of-five? Should the 25-second serve clock, making its Grand Slam debut here, be shut off to let players have more time to recover between points?“At the end of the day, the ATP or a lot of the supervisors, they’re kind of sitting in their offices, where (there’s) an A.C. system on, where it’s cool. And we have to be out there. They tell us it’s fine; they’re not the ones playing,” said No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev, who won in straight sets in the early evening, when it was far less harsh. “For sure, the rule should be more strict. There should be a certain temperature, certain conditions where we shouldn’t be playing.”How bad was it out there at its worst Tuesday?“Bloody hot,” said two-time major semifinalist Johanna Konta, who lost 6-2, 6-2 to No. 6 Caroline Garcia.“Brutal,” said 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, who advanced when his opponent retired in the third set.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Travaglia also thought it wasn’t fair that the USTA’s decision to offer the 10-minute breaks came too late for him.“We all should play with the same rules in this sport. Unfortunately, they don’t ask (players) anything, and they decide,” he said. “If they’re going to have a break, they need to say so in the morning, before matches begin — not after I almost was going to pass out because my blood pressure was so low.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Consolationcenter_img “Really not easy,” said three-time Grand Slam title winner Angelique Kerber, who defeated Margarita Gasparyan 7-6 (5), 6-3.“Terrible. It’s awful out there,” said Tennys Sandgren, an American who won in straight sets and will face Djokovic in the second round. “I don’t know how guys are hanging in there. I was thinking in the third set, like, ‘It’s getting really bad. I just don’t know how long I have to play out there.’ And I think everybody kind of feels similarly.”Djokovic certainly did.“Everything is boiling — in your body, the brain, everything,” said Djokovic, who’s won two of his 13 Grand Slam titles in New York but sat out last year’s U.S. Open because of an injured right elbow.He is a popular pick to hoist the trophy again, coming off a Wimbledon title in July and a victory over Roger Federer in the final of the hard-court Cincinnati Masters in August. Federer was among those lucky enough to play a night match Tuesday, facing Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan.Djokovic was appreciative of the chance for a chance to recover a bit after the third set. He even took about a minute for a quick ice bath — as did Fucsovics, nearby.“Naked in the ice baths, next to each other,” Djokovic said. “It was quite a magnificent feeling, I must say.”Because action began at 11 a.m., and the USTA implemented the heat rule for men at about 1 p.m., those playing in the earliest matches weren’t able to get that sort of relief.That included Italy’s Stefano Travaglia, who quit in the fourth set of his match after feeling dizzy and cramps. Afterward, he said, he could barely walk.“My head was spinning. … I didn’t have any energy. I saw four balls when I swung. It was a terrible feeling. I couldn’t stay on court,” he said. “There was no sense in continuing. Things probably would have gotten worse. I probably would have hurt myself.” He was not even 1½ hours into his first match at Flushing Meadows in two years, and while Djokovic eventually would get past Marton Fucsovics 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 Tuesday, it was a bit of an ordeal.“Survival mode,” Djokovic called it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’With the temperature topping 95 degrees (33 Celsius) and the humidity approaching 50 percent — and that combination making it feel more like 105 (40 C) — nearly everything became a struggle for every player across the grounds on Day 2 of the U.S. Open, so much so that no fewer than six quit their matches, with at least four citing cramps or heat exhaustion.About 2 hours into the day’s schedule, the U.S. Tennis Association decided to do something it never had at this tournament: offer men the chance to take a 10-minute break before the fourth set if a match went that far. That is similar to the existing rule for women, which allows for 10 minutes of rest before a third set when there is excessive heat. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

No. 36 Men’s Tennis Escapes Past No. 65 Cornell, 4-2

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The 36th-ranked Drake University men’s tennis team held on for a 4-2 victory over No. 65 Cornell on Sunday at the Roger Knapp Center.The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead as Scotland natives Vinny Gillespie and Calum MacGeoch cruised to a 6-1 victory at No. 2 doubles and Bayo Philips and Ben Stride clinched the doubles point with a 6-1 win of their own at No. 3.MacGeoch extended is singles winning streak to seven matches with a dominating 6-2, 6-2 performance over Benardo Casares at the No. 4 spot and put Drake up 2-0.Cornell evened the match up at two with wins on courts two and six.The Big Red had the Bulldogs on the ropes with a set lead and a game away from wins on courts one and three.Senior Ben Lott managed to overcome a 5-1 second set deficit, forcing a third set with a 7-4 tiebreaker win and took some pressure from underclassmen Gillespie and Stride.After taking the first set 6-2, Stride dropped the second set 6-2, but regained his composure and rolled past Stefan Vinti in the third set, winning 6-2 at No. 5, putting Drake up 3-2.While Lott was making his comeback, Gillespie was also trying to keep the Bulldogs hopes alive as he overcame a 5-3 second set deficit, forcing a third set with a 8-6 tiebreaker victory of his own. Gillespie used his momentum from the second set and never gave Chris Vrabel a chance in the third, winning the decisive set 6-3 and securing the match for the Bulldogs.With the win over Cornell, Drake improves to 8-0 at home and earned its seventh win over a ranked opponent this season.The Bulldogs hosts Brown and No. 55 Wisconsin on March 11 and March 13, respectively.#36 Drake 4, #65 Cornell 2Mar 06, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) Singles competition1. Lott, Ben (DU) vs. Volfson, David (CORNELL) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 0-1, unfinished2. Sinclair, Colin (CORNELL) def. Philips, Bayo (DU) 6-4, 6-23. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Vrabel, Chris (CORNELL) 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-34. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Casares, Benardo (CORNELL) 6-2, 6-25. Stride, Ben (DU) def. Vinti, Stefan (CORNELL) 6-2, 2-6, 6-26. Lozic, Karlo (CORNELL) def. Hands, Tom (DU) 6-2, 6-4 Doubles competition1. Lott, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) vs. Casares, Benardo/Vrabel, Chris (CORNELL) 3-4, unfinished2. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Sinclair, Colin/Volfson, David (CORNELL) 6-13. Philips, Bayo/Stride, Ben (DU) def. Vinti, Stefan/Brown, Dylan (CORNELL) 6-1 Match NotesOrder of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,2,6,5,3)Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more