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09/21/12

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A TENNIS CLASSIC FOR TENNIS FANATICS Briton Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic to win the 2012 U.S. Open tennis tournament. Photo: Zairbek Mansurov | Dreamstime.com By Harriet Cuthbert Contributing Writer I recently participated in a five-hour tennis match at the U.S. Open. Actually, I was home watching it in the air-conditioned comfort of my bedroom, while Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic were doing all the work. They were com- peting in the men's final at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Queens, New York. The U.S. Open is one of the four major ten- nis tournaments played annually around the world. It is a grueling two-week contest and a challenge, both mentally and phys- ically, of such high caliber that I think it deserves its own place in tennis as the most difficult of them all. Just being able to play on hard courts, be- ing the best in three out of five sets and earning your way into the second week of the games, is a reward in itself. Then, at that point, when the top players are about to be tested, and the average match lasts well over three hours, if you're a tennis fan like me (a fanatic), you feel compelled to watch every shot, every bounce and every match that you can emotionally withstand. The men's semi-final matches are both played on a Friday, followed by the final match on a Sunday — unless it rains. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic prevailed against wind, rain, cold and flying debris on the court and became the finalists this year

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