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|Wawrinka pulls away to beat Robredo at US Open
NEW YORK -- 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.
The third-seeded Wawrinka won 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2 on Monday against Tommy Robredo, who has given him trouble in the past. The 16th-seeded Spaniard had a chance to serve out the first set and had two set points in the third, but Wawrinka rallied both times, and then dominated the final set.
"That's why I'm normally so strong, because I know that I have (a) few lives," Wawrinka said. "Even if I can feel really bad, I always find solution how to get better, how to relax physically, and at the end I was feeling good."
Leading 4-3 in the third, Wawrinka chased after Robredo's overhead and realized he was about to crash into the barrier behind the sideline. Wawrinka hurdled it and landed on some spectators.
He quickly scrambled back onto the court and stayed down on his knees for a few moments. After walking over to his chair, he stretched his right leg, and then rotated it around.
Once play resumed, his movement seemed fine. The trainer had already been working on that leg during changeovers.
Wawrinka, who likes the intimacy of Louis Armstrong Stadium, said he had never crashed into the crowd like that before.
"It was quite a bad fall," he said. "But I'm lucky I didn't have any big problem with that. I was already struggling physically, so was nothing from the fall."
Robredo upset Wawrinka's Swiss Davis Cup teammate, Roger Federer, in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows last year. He came into Monday's match with a 6-2 record in this series, though Wawrinka beat him in Australia in the same round on his way to his first major title.
Frustration started to boil over for Robredo after he failed to capitalize on his chances in the third set. The two players exchanged words, though they wouldn't say later what it was about.
"It's something that can happen in a match," Robredo said.
|Azarenka tops qualifier Krunic to reach US Open QF
NEW YORK (AP) 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.
Twice a major champion, and twice a runner-up at Flushing Meadows, Azarenka took four of the last five games Monday night to come back and win 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, ending the surprising, out-of-nowhere run by 145th-ranked Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia.
"Obviously, I didn't have a lot of data on her," the 16th-seeded Azarenka said about her 5-foot-4 (1.63-meter) opponent. "I was a little bit surprised that she's not that tall, and she hits the ball and unleashes her forehand with so much power."
The varied game played by Krunic, a 21-year-old from Serbia, worked wonders earlier in the tournament, when she used her mix of spins and speeds to eliminate two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the third round, and 27th-seeded Madison Keys in the second.
That run of success, which followed three victories in qualifying rounds, meant that Krunic, as she described it, "started maybe loving myself a little bit more."
"Everybody can hit forehand or backhand or serve," Krunic said. "Yeah, it's more about how you get it all together."
By making it to the fourth round, she earned a check for $187,300 - nearly matching her career take coming in. Asked if she knew what her U.S. Open prize money would be, Krunic replied: "No. I know it's 30 percent tax. That makes me very sad."
Her ranking would have been the lowest for a quarterfinalist in U.S. Open history, although other women - such as 2009 champion Kim Clijsters - have made it that far without any ranking at all because of a lack of activity.
And the crowd showered Krunic with loud support throughout the 2-hour, 19-minute match under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium, something she said surprised her.
Azarenka, who lost to Serena Williams in the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Open finals, took a more aggressive approach in the latter stages of the match, pushing forward to win nine of 10 points at the net in the final set.
Azarenka was down 3-2 in that set, but broke to go ahead 4-3 with a backhand winner down the line off one of Krunic's many attempted drop shots.
When the match ended, and Azarenka was pulled aside for an on-court interview, Krunic stuck around so the players could walk off together - the sort of thing that rarely happens at the U.S. Open.
Next up for Azarenka is 17th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia, who advanced earlier Monday by beating No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (2), 6-4.
Azarenka has won the Australian Open twice and used to be ranked No. 1, but she has struggled during an uneven 2014 because of health problems.
She entered Monday having played 20 matches all season, including one from January to June because of a left foot injury, and only four in the time between Wimbledon and the U.S. Open because of a bothersome right knee.
She bristled at her news conference when a reporter used the word "suffered" while referencing Azarenka's problems.
"You're making it sound like ... I almost died and, you know, there was 10 sharks, and I got attacked, and I survived. And, you know, I saved a dolphin, as well," Azarenka said. "It's not that complicated, really. What I enjoy is to play tennis. To be talking about what happened with my injuries, I mean, it's useless already."
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|Raiders tab rookie Derek Carr as starting QB
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Oakland rookie Derek Carr will start the season opener against the New York Jets, becoming the first Raiders quarterback to start the first game of his rookie season.
Coach Dennis Allen announced Monday that Carr would be the starter for the foreseeable future ahead of Matt Schaub, who struggled in the preseason and has been hampered by a sore elbow.
"We've seen signs of Derek Carr's development from the day he stepped on campus here to where he is at right now," Allen said. "We've seen him grow by leaps and bounds and I think he's ready to accept the challenge."
Schaub was anointed starter after being acquired in a trade from Houston in March but has been outplayed by Carr all summer. Carr solidified the starting job by throwing three touchdown passes and leading the Raiders to the end zone four times in as many drives against Seattle last week.
"It's not an indictment on Matt Schaub at all," Allen said. "I feel very confident in Matt Schaub. I think it says more about we feel Derek Carr is in his progression."
Neither Carr nor Schaub was available in the locker room Monday. Both are scheduled to talk to the media Tuesday.
Carr, a second-round pick out of Fresno State in May, will become the 18th starting quarterback for the Raiders since the start of the 2003 season.
Carr was one of the most prolific quarterbacks in college football last season. He threw for 5,083 yards and 50 touchdowns with only eight interceptions in a spread offense at Fresno State that included many quick screens and almost exclusively shotgun formations.
But he also played one year in college in a pro-style offense under former coach Pat Hill and has made the transition back to that kind of system since joining the Raiders.
Carr played well in the preseason, completing 66.7 percent of his passes with four touchdowns, one interception and a 108.2 passer rating. He showed the strong arm needed to stretch the field, completing 11 of 18 passes more than 10 yards downfield for 234 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Receiver James Jones, who spent the past six seasons catching passes from Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, had high praise for the rookie.
"It didn't surprise me at all," Jones said. "I've been calling him baby A-rod since he got here."
Carr joins his older brother, David, as rookies to start in the season opener. According to STATS, they are the only brothers to do that since at least 1950. David won his debut for the expansion Houston Texans against Dallas in 2002 but never developed into the quarterback the Texans were hoping for when they picked him first overall.
Derek Carr faces a tall task in the opener as Jets coach Rex Ryan's defenses have been tough on rookie quarterbacks. Russell Wilson is the only rookie in eight tries to beat Ryan's Jets in his first start against them, with the eight quarterbacks combining to complete just 48.3 percent of their passes and posting a 61.1 passer rating.
"He's not your typical rookie," center Stefen Wisniewski said. "He's got an NFL quarterback older brother that's been teaching him for years. He understands defenses at a very advanced level more than most rookies would. I think Derek gets way more prepared than most rookies would be."
This marks the second straight season that the veteran quarterback acquired by general manager Reggie McKenzie in the offseason to be the starter has lost the job before the season opener.
Last year, Matt Flynn struggled in the preseason and had a sore elbow before being beaten out for the starting job by Terrelle Pryor. Flynn started one game when Pryor was hurt before being released.
Now Schaub is following a similar pattern.
"He's disappointed," Allen said. "I think any competitor would be. He's handling it like a pro. Listen it's not an easy situation to be in. But he's a real pro. He's been around football for a long time, he understands how things operate. ... He'll be ready when his number is called."
NOTES: Starting MLB Nick Roach did not practice as he recovers from a concussion sustained in the third exhibition game. ... TE David Ausberry was back at practice for the first time since undergoing knee surgery in early August.
AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL
|Dreamy 'Downton' star, Pippa Middleton party at same GQ event
The best of British high society doesn't get much better than when a "Downton Abbey" lad (back from the dead!) and the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge step out for the same event.Actor Dan Stevens and socialite Pippa Middleton both made red-carpet appearances at the GQ Men of the Year Awards on Tuesday in London.
|Cloudy with a chance of … blood? Seth Green reports the weather on TODAY
Al Roker may be our main man when it comes to weather, but he doesn't mind sharing the forecast with a famous friend on occasion. On Monday, actor Seth Green stopped by TODAY and showed off his meteorological method.But be warned, it looks messy out there!
|Ricky Gervais' celebrity photo hacking comments draw backlash from Dunham, Watson
Ricky Gervais likes to speak his mind — and as his Golden Globes hosting gigs have proved, he doesn't mind if he draws the ire of fellow celebrities. But recent comments he made on Twitter about famous folks whose intimate images were hacked and posted on the internet may have proved to be a tweet too far.
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