• Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Fabio Fognini, of Italy, during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Nadal blows 2-set Slam lead for 1st time, loses to Fognini

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rafael Nadal had never lost a Grand Slam match when taking a two-set lead until he was beaten 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 by 32nd-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy in the third round of the U.S. Open on Friday night.

  • Serena Williams reacts after a point against Bethanie Mattek-Sands during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Venus Williams moves closer to possible matchup with Serena

    NEW YORK (AP) — Even if her latest troublesome first set had finished only an hour earlier, it seemed a distant memory by the time Serena Williams smacked a cross-court forehand passing winner on the run and wound up doing the splits behind the baseline.

    Updated: 9:37 pm

  • Venus Williams, of the United States, watches a return to Irina Falconi, of the United States, at the U.S. Open tennis tournamen in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    US Open Lookahead: Venus Williams could use tips from Serena

    NEW YORK (AP) — Venus Williams’ opponent in the third round of the U.S. Open on Friday is 18-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, who just so happens to be the last player to beat Serena Williams.

  • Andy Murray, of the United Kingdom, reacts after beating Adrian Mannarino, of France, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Down 2 sets to none, Murray comes back to win at US Open

    NEW YORK (AP) — Before they stepped on court, there was nothing to suggest Andy Murray would have any trouble against Adrian Mannarino in the U.S. Open’s second round.

  • Serena Williams follows through as she returns a shot to Kiki Bertens, of the Netherlands, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Williams puts aside slow start to reach 3rd round of US Open

    NEW YORK (AP) — The enormity of what is at stake for Serena Williams at the U.S. Open — the first true Grand Slam in tennis in more than a quarter of a century — hit her Wednesday.

  • Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, rests on his chair before the third set against Andy Murray, of Britain, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Steady in face of Kyrgios’ ‘antics,’ Murray wins at US Open

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Kyrgios does what he wants and says what he wants on a tennis court, seemingly no matter the ramifications, and amid all the near-napping, cursing and racket smashing, he troubled Andy Murray for moments at the U.S. Open.

  • Mardy Fish reacts after defeating Marco Cecchinato, of Italy, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

    Dealing with anxiety disorder, Fish wins in US Open return

    NEW YORK (AP) — This, Mardy Fish said afterward, is what ran through his mind during his first U.S. Open match in three years — and the first match of his last tournament as a tennis pro: “I’m going to be OK. Everything’s going to be OK. You’re going to be fine.”

  • ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, AUG. 29-30 -  At left, in a Sept. 12, 2011, file photo, Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses the trophy after winning the championship match against Rafael Nadal at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. At right, in a Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, Roger Federer, of Switzerland, kisses the trophy after winning the championship match against Andy Murray at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Djokovic is the No. 1 seed for the 2015 U.S. Open. Federer is seeded second. (AP Photo/File)

    US OPEN 2015: What to watch aside from Williams in New York

    There is no question that the most talked-about topic heading into the U.S. Open is Serena Williams’ Grand Slam bid. Even if she does dominate the conversation, a certain “Big Four” of men’s tennis will provide plenty to discuss, too, as usual.