Fighting Tennis Fans Fail to Stop Novak Djokovic
The number three seed Novak Djokovic has progressed to the third round of the US Open in New York despite the distraction of brawling spectators.
It was a most unseemly skirmish. A somewhat overweight American woman seated in the higher part of the Arthur Ashe stadium took offence at something a young man who was seated a few seats away said. They shouted at each other for several minutes upsetting surrounding spectators. Eventually the woman’s father, who was even more overweight than she, moved her aside and launched into the attack grappling the young man to the ground. They both lost their footing and the portly gentleman went tumbling over several rows of seats. They were parted and eventually handcuffed by security staff who took them out all of the stadium and released them telling them not to return.
The Arthur Ashe stadium is enormous when compared with anything we have in Britain, and because of this the scuffle was so far away from the tennis action that Djokovic and Philipp Petzschner of Germany were able to ignore it and get on with their match. Djokovic won it comfortably in three sets with a 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) score line.
Roger Federer the number two seed beat Andreas Beck from Germany in three straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 and Robin Soderling the fifth seed beat the American Taylor Dent also in straight sets, however number six seed Nikolay Davydenko was beaten by Richard Gasquet of France.
Andy Murray remains the joint second favourite along with Rafael Nadal at 3/1 with Bodog. Murray’s next match is against Dustin Brown of Germany and on Murray winning at 1/50.