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Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic celebrates after defeating Dominic Thiem of Austria during their men's singles fourth round match on Day 9 of the 2014 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2014 in New York City. (credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Berdych Wins Spot In U.S. Open Quarters

Tomas Berdych schooled Dominic Thiem in straight sets in the youngster’s debut in the Grand Slam round of 16.

09/03/2014

Gael Monfils of France celebrates after defeating Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in their men's singles fourth round match on Day 9 of the 2014 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2014 in New York City. (credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA)

Monfils Follows His Own Rules In U.S. Open

The guy does things on a tennis court no one else has — or can. Just search his name on YouTube and watch any of many video clips showcasing his speed and agility; start with the parallel-to-the-ground, a-few-feet-in-the-air dive at this year’s French Open.

09/03/2014

Peng Shuai of China celebrates after defeating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in their women's singles quarterfinal match on Day 9 of the 2014 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2014 in New York City. (credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Peng Reaches U.S. Open Semis On 37th Try

Peng Shuai got so frustrated with her inability to make a serious run at a major title that she nearly quit the sport in 2006, a thought that crossed her mind only once before — when she had surgery to repair a heart defect at age 12.

09/03/2014

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates after defeating Sara Errani of Italy in their women's singles quarterfinal match on Day 9 of the 2014 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2014 in New York City. (credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Wozniacki Advances To U.S. Open Semis

Caroline Wozniacki knew, as anyone paying attention does, that the woman she played in the U.S. Open quarterfinals, Sara Errani, does not hit booming serves.

09/03/2014

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of the United States react against Max Mirnyi of Belarus Mikhail Youzhny of Russia during their men's doubles first round match on Day 3 of the 2014 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2014 in New York City. (credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Bryan Bros. Return To U.S. Open Semis

Top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan survived a scare in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open, beating seventh-seeded David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco of Spain 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 on Tuesday.

09/03/2014

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada reacts against Ekaterina Makarova of Russia during their womens singles fourth round match on Day 8 of the 2014 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2014 in New York City. (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Dizzy Bouchard Out In Upset-Heavy U.S. Open

Bothered by the heat and stifling humidity, Eugenie Bouchard felt dizzy and her vision was blurry.

09/02/2014

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates winning a point against Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia on Day 8 of the 2014 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2014 in New York City. (credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Azarenka Reaches U.S. Open Quarters

Trailing against a woman trying to become the first qualifier in the U.S. Open quarterfinals since 1981, Victoria Azarenka needed every ounce of experience and skill to advance.

09/02/2014

Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in their men's singles fourth round match on Day 8 of the 2014 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2014 in New York City. (credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Murray Wins In 3 Long Sets At U.S. Open

An hour-and-a-half into his stay at the U.S. Open, Andy Murray had to wonder whether it would end quickly.

09/02/2014

Kei Nishikori of Japan plays a backhand in his match against Milos Raonic of Canada on Day 8 of the 2014 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2014 in New York City. (credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Nishikori Wins To Reach U.S. Open Quarters

Japan’s Kei Nishikori rallied for a five-set victory over fifth-seeded Milos Raonic to reach his first U.S. Open quarterfinal.

09/02/2014

Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates match point against Tommy Robredo of Spain on Day 8 of the 2014 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2014 in New York City. (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Wawrinka Advances To U.S. Open Quarters

Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka tumbled into the stands, kept calling for the trainer to treat cramping, and still pulled away to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals.

09/02/2014

Maria Sharapova of Russia cools off during a break against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during their 2014 U.S. Open women's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2014 in New York. (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Gross Tennis Ritual: Take My Sweat, Please

In a sport known for its genteel traditions, tennis has one increasingly common ritual that stands apart for its ickiness — the passing of the sweat-soaked towel.

09/02/2014

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of the United States talks against Bradley Klahn and Tim Smyczek of the United States during Men's Doubles third round match on Day 8 of the 2014 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2014 in New York City. (credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Bryan Bros. Advance To U.S. Open Quarters

Americans Bob and Mike Bryan advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open doubles on Monday, downing countrymen Bradley Klahn and Tim Smyzek 6-3, 7-6 (5).

09/01/2014

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