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Vic Braden, longtime tennis instructor and former player (via Twitter)

Vic Braden, legendary tennis coach, dies at 85

- Associated Press

“Rest in Peace, Vic Braden.,” Chris Evert wrote on her Twitter account. “Innovative, cutting edge kind of guy. Will miss his enthusiasm and knowledge of the game. He’ll be greatly missed.”

Serena Williams, reacts after a shot against Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, during the championship match of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Serena Williams cruises to 3rd straight U.S. Open title

- Associated Press

Williams equaled Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 major singles titles, the fourth-most in history. Williams also matched Evert’s total of six championships at the U.S. Open.

Mike, left, and Bob Bryan watch a replay on the screen during a semifinal doubles match against Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Bryan brothers win U.S. Open doubles title for 5th time

- Associated Press

It’s the Bryan brothers’ 16th Grand Slam title, extending their record. But it’s their first since 2013 Wimbledon. They were in danger of finishing a year without a major championship for the first time since 2004.

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, wipes sweat from his face between points against Marin Cilic, of Croatia, during the semifinals of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Who are these guys? Federer, Djokovic stunned in U.S. Open semis

- Associated Press

Instead of the No. 1-seeded Djokovic against the No. 2-seeded Federer — who have combined to win 24 major championships — in Monday’s final, it will be No. 10 Kei Nishikori against No. 14 Marin Cilic, neither of whom has ever appeared in a Grand Slam title match.

Serena Williams, returns a shot against Ekaterina Makarova, of Russia,  during the semifinals of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Pals Williams, Wozniacki play for U.S. Open trophy

- Associated Press

Back in May, in the aftermath of early losses for both at the French Open, good friends Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki - who also was about a week removed from the end of her engagement to golf’s Rory McIlroy - flew from Paris to Miami and hung out.

Kei Nishikori, of Japan, reacts after defeating Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, during the semifinals of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Nishikori stuns Djokovic in U.S. Open semifinals

- Associated Press

Japan’s Kei Nishikori became the first man from Asia to reach a Grand Slam final, stunning top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in stifling heat Saturday at the U.S. Open.

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, celebrates his win over Gael Monfils, of France, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. Federer defeated Monfils 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Federer saves 2 match points, reaches U.S. Open semifinals

- Associated Press

Roger Federer saved two match points while coming all the way back from a two-set deficit to beat Gael Monfils 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 Thursday night and reach the U.S. Open semifinals for the first time since 2011.

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