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NEW YORK -- Echoes. Long after the USTA demolishes Louis Armstrong Stadium, work that will begin immediately after the conclusion of this US Open, the echoes will remain. They will resound even after a state-of-the-art roofed stadium is built and inaugurated on the venerable Armstrong footprint in 2018.Younger tennis fans might not even know that Armstrong, originally built for the 1964 Worlds Fair and called the Singer Bowl after the sewing machine manufacturer, was the main stadium of the US Open until 1996. When Arthur Ashe Stadium was completed and put to service in 1997, Armstrong became the subordinate. It continued to produce thrilling matches, many of which lasted well into the morning hours.The very first match on Armstrong was between Bjorn Borg and Bob Hewitt. The final one was a quarterfinal mens doubles clash Tuesday between the Hall of Fame American team of Bob and Mike Bryan and Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez (they arent related) to close out an era.Everyone probably has a list of favorite Armstrong matches. Here is our top 10 countdown:No. 10: 1993 second round, Mats Wilander d. Mikael Pernfors 7-6 (3), 3-6, 1-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4This match didnt even start until 10:26 p.m. Pernfors, a Swede who had played collegiate tennis at the University of Georgia and won the hearts of many fans with his appealing clay-court game, was in the midst of a comeback. Wilander, a fellow Swede who had lost his drive after becoming No. 1 in 1988, was also trying to reinvent himself. Mounting a furious comeback, Wilander finally won the match before a sparse but enthralled and enthusiastic clutch of fans at 2:26 a.m.No. 9: 1995 final, Steffi Graf d. Monica Seles 7-6 (6), 0-6, 6-3This match was tantalizing because it featured one of the most remarkable, and bizarre, backstories in tennis history. Seles had been successfully challenging Grafs supremacy until a deranged Graf fan stabbed Seles during a match two years earlier. The US Open was just Seles second tournament, and first Grand Slam, back on tour. When Seles blanked Graf in the second set and it appeared that she might be picking up right where she left off, Graf roared back to win her 18th career Grand Slam singles title.No. 8: 1984 semifinals, Ivan Lendl d. Pat Cash 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4)This match was one of four epic battles on what still might be the greatest and certainly most competitive day in Open tennis history. This Super Saturday began at 11:07 a.m. with Stan Smith defeating John Newcombe in the senior mens semifinals 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. Later, Martina Navratilova captured her second straight US Open singles title, defeating Chris Evert 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors ended the days play at 11:14 p.m. with McEnroe eliminating the two-time defending champion in a five-set barnburner. But the first semifinal featuring Lendl and Cash was the most thrilling match of them all, with Lendl surviving a match point to win it. Lendl played eight US Open finals in a row starting in 1982, winning three.No. 7: 1980 final, John McEnroe d. Bjorn Borg 7-6 (4), 6-1, 6-7 (5), 5-7, 6-4This was McEnroes second straight US Open title, but the path to it was agonizing. He dismantled rival Ivan Lendl in four sets in a quarterfinal, eliminated Jimmy Connors in one of their epic five-setters in the semifinals, and finally whipped Borg in final. McEnroe avenged his loss to Borg in the Wimbledon final of a few months earlier. Borg would not be the same player again after this final.No. 6 1981 final, Tracy Austin d. Martina Navratilova 1-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1)This was the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Championship. Fittingly, Americans would claim both singles titles as well as the mens and womens doubles titles. One day before McEnroe defeated Borg in the mens final for the second year running and drove Borg from the game, 18-year old Austin also toppled an icon. The blonde youngster from Rolling Hills, California, had barged right into the developing rivalry between Chris Evert and Navratilova, rattling both veterans. Navratilova was just coming to the peak of her powers at the time of this match and playing in her first US Open final. She attacked relentlessly, but Austins accuracy, consistency and nerve were too much. Navratilova, who had upset Evert in the semifinals, double-faulted on match point.No. 5: 1999 third round, Serena Williams d. Kim Clijsters 4-6, 6-2, 7-5This was the year 17-year-old Williams went on to win her first US Open title, and she remembers this three-setter on Armstrong well. No one knew who Kim Clijsters was at the time, Williams said. She became such a wonderful, great player. I was just on the come-up myself. That propelled me to win my first Open. Thats something Ill never forget.No. 4: 1992 semifinals, Stefan Edberg d. Michael Chang 6-7 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-4This match was the centerpiece of one of the greatest ironman runs in Open tennis history. Edberg had rebounded from fifth-set deficits against Richard Krajicek in the round of 16 and Ivan Lendl in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals he faced the same hopeless situation against one of the toughest, most consistent players on tour. Chang had a reputation as indefatigable, but Edberg found stamina even he didnt know he possessed to outlast Chang in the longest match in US Open history, five hours and 26 minutes. Edberg went on to defeat 1990 US Open champ Pete Sampras in the final.No. 3: 1996 quarterfinals, Pete Sampras d. Alex Corretja 7-6 (5), 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7)This was the last year Armstrong was the main stadium at the US Open. Sampras was an established talent by this point, and Corretja a young Spanish clay-court artisan. Some critics still felt that it all came too easily for Sampras, that he was not prepared to dig deep and leave it all out on the court in order to win. But in this match, Sampras demonstrated that his heart was as big as his serve. He overcame a spirited opponent, dehydration and cramps. At one point he retreated to the back of the court and vomited. Woozy and struggling to focus, he still managed to win in a fifth-set tiebreaker. It showed the tennis world that I have heart, Sampras later said of that remarkable performance.No. 2: 1991 fourth round, Jimmy Connors d. Aaron Krickstein 3-6, 7-6 (Cool, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4)This match might not have had the superb shot-making or big-picture resonance of some on this list, but who hasnt seen it repeated during a US Open rain delay (in the pre-roof era) or cited in any number of documentaries? Connors was 39 years old, and it was his birthday. He roared back from a 5-2 deficit in the fifth set as the crowd sang Happy Birthday. This match was the apex of Connors remarkable run at that US Open. Its resolution was as improbable as a feel-good sports movie, even if it left Krickstein feeling lousy, like he had been reduced to a prop in the narrative created by a man whom he considered a friend and mentor.No. 1: 1988 final, Mats Wilander d. Ivan Lendl 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4This match was played on a Monday, which unfairly diminished its impact. Its the least acknowledged of all the greatest tennis matches. But it is right up there on the short list of the most compelling tennis matches of this or any other era. At four hours and 55 minutes, its still the longest singles final in US Open history. Lendl was well-nigh invincible at the US Open by then, having won the three previous finals. But Wilander was in the midst of his career year. A win in the final would earn him the No. 1 ranking for the first time in his career and make him one of the few men in tennis history to win three majors in the same year (Wilander never did win Wimbledon).The match was a brilliant struggle in which each player freely changed tactics each time his opponent seemed to gain some comfort. Games were fought over as bitterly as sets. Unforced errors were scarce. That Wilander seemed a David against Lendls Goliath only enhanced the occasion. Winning the match took so much out of Wilander that he soon went into a motivation and rankings swoon from which he never really recovered. Wholesale Jerseys . MORITZ, Switzerland -- Fog prevented downhill racers from getting their Olympic dress rehearsal. Cheap Jerseys From China . Pence singled in the winning run with no outs in the ninth inning to give the Giants a 7-6 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. http://www.wholesalejerseyscheap.net/ . 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MADISON, Wis. -- Coming off a difficult early season stretch, playing in front of a tepid home crowd and with final exams looming, the conditions were almost in place for No. 17 Wisconsin to suffer a letdown Wednesday night.Only one thing was missing: a worthy opponent.Bronson Koenig scored 21 points, Ethan Happ had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and the Badgers rolled past Idaho State 78-44.Wisconsin (8-2) scored the first 10 points and opened up a 21-3 lead as the Bengals (1-Cool could only muster a single 3-pointer in the opening 11 1/2 minutes.It kind of took a while there to get going, kind of a little dead, Wisconsin guard Zak Showalter said. Weve just got to create our own energy sometimes. Its games like this where you kind of get tested, and youve just got to be ready to go every game. I think we responded well.The Badgers were coming off a stretch of four games that included three against schools that played in last seasons Final Four. Wisconsin lost to North Carolina in Maui on Nov. 23, then beat Syracuse on Nov. 29 and Oklahoma on Saturday, both at home.The Badgers held Bengals leading scorer Ethan Telfair (19.8 ppg) to two points on 1-of-9 shooting, with his only basket coming with 5:57 left in the game.I think they know if you can stop him, theres a good chance were going to have a hard time scoring the ball, Bengals coach Bill Evans said. I think thats about as good a job as anybody has done on him in two years.Balint Mocsan had 10 points to lead Idaho State.BIG PICTUREIdaho State: The Bengals had their first winning record last season under Evans in his fourth year at the helm, but with only one victory so far in the non-conference season, that feat will be hard to duplicate. Idaho State never threatened to earn its first victory over a Power 5 conference oppponent in 30 years.ddddddddddddWisconsin: The Badgers held Idaho State to a season low in points, the eighth time in 10 games Wisconsin has done that to an opponent. The Badgers ranked 21st in the nation in scoring defense coming into the game.POLL IMPLICATIONSThis game likely wont register much with poll voters. The Badgers were expected to dominate an overmatched opponent, and they did. The game Saturday game against Marquette in Milwaukee might carry more weight.COLD AIRWisconsins Showalter and Vitto Brown each failed to draw rim on 3-point attempts, and Happ and Nigel Hayes both missed everything on a free throw. But Idaho States Geno Luzcando had the worst luck -- the junior guard lost control as he tried to shoot a 3 in front of the Wisconsin bench, and the ball went over his head out of bounds. On his next shot attempt, he launched an airball from almost the same spot.HE SAID ITIt was one of those days for Evans, the reigning Big Sky Conference coach of the year. He had one question when he entered the interview room and found a sports drink waiting for him at the table. First thing is, is this tequila, or is it something else? Because if its not tequila, Im not really interested, Evans said. I dont drink either, and Im about ready to try it.UP NEXTIdaho State: Hosts Bristol, a third-year California program that plays all its games on the road, to begin a stretch of four games in 11 days.Wisconsin: Will be tested by two in-state rivals, playing at Marquette on Saturday and hosting Wisconsin-Green Bay on Dec. 14, before a break for final exams.---More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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