Ooof this is an out of date update, to say the least. All right I'll try do better from now on. Anyway - we decided to go to the US Open semifinals. Sure why not. That's tennis by the way... Why the semis and not the finals? Well, the finals were on a Monday or something terrible. The semis were the same price, but for two games instead of one. Also, more chance of seeing Federer! In fact, that ended up being a big deal, since (SPOILER ALERT SLOWPOKE) he lost his game... Djok lost his game too, so this way we got to see both of them play, instead of neither in the final.
First, Novak (who was the 1 seed) against Nishikori (10 seed). Was a good game, but a neat four set victory for Nishi made him the first Japanese dude to reach a Grand Slam final - poor ol' Djok didn't have the best game, plus the crowd weren't behind him at all (except one hero near us who must have been the loudest guy in the whole stadium - I think he was Serbian too, just like Novak). 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-3. Here's a little gallery of the match (note the clothing change in the last pic, hot stuff):
Rain delay! Good times. Not really though, but we were oddly well prepared, so we just sat it. Was comical to see the lads in their little zamboni looking things clearing the water.
Next up, Federer (<3 <3 <3, and the 2 seed) against Cilic (14 seed). It was great to see him, and he looked as sexy and smooth as ever, but sadly he got #rekt on the day, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. As always, the crowd were behind Roger the whole time, but still couldn't get it done. Oh well. Pictures of the man in action:
Cilic hammered Nishikori in the final too, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Tough times.
Got a sweet photo of Manhattan from the stadium. You can see Downtown on the left, with One World Trade being the standout. Midtown on the right is a battle between the Empire, and 432 Park Ave (left and right respectively). Actually by roof height, 432 is the tallest building in the US.
Handily, the women's doubles final was on right after. We even got to move much closer since most people left. Martina Hingis was playing! I think she's the one with the red skort on (top right). For those that don't know, she ripped everyone apart in the late nineties, winning three of her five Grand Slam titles at 16! She had a few injuries after and first retired at 22, but eventually came back to the game.
That was mostly it - we had a nice relaxing time in NYC apart from that (I think we stayed in the West Village? Maybe Chelsea). Lemme throw in some last few photos here, of the East Village, Arthur Ashe stadium, Joe Coffee after being transformed for a car ad that's being filmed, and the nearest bin to the original Magnolia bakery.