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In a first for the elder royal son, Prince William took on his first formal knighthood ceremony Thursday, filling in for Queen Elizabeth II at an investiture at Buckingham Palace in London.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have built the best rivalry in tennis on a mountain of big-time matches, the likes of which they'll play Monday in the U.S. Open final
Third-seeded Murray won his first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows last year and his second at Wimbledon this July. But he was overmatched from the beginning on a blustery day in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
So far in his first Grand Slam title defense, Murray needed to beat players who are ranked 47th, 49th, 65th and 81st. He's well aware things probably will get a tad tougher the rest of the way at the U.S. Open.
Stephens beat a hobbling Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in January. But in the rematch Sunday, the 16-time Grand Slam champion served big and controlled points against the 20-year-old.
Murray needed a set to find his rhythm against 47th-ranked Florian Mayer, then rolled the rest of the way to a 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-2 victory in the third round of the U.S. Open.
Each took a step forward Friday, shaky at moments and sensational in others, in second-round victories. The top-seeded Djokovic faced two early set points, while defending champion Murray had to go four sets.
Thanks to the rain and the schedule makers, Serena Williams got an unexpected day off Wednesday at the U.S. Open.
The match lasted 3 hours, 2 minutes — making it the longest between women in the tournament so far — and the third set alone went 1½ hours, closing when Williams missed a volley, then a return, on the last two points.