JNP’s day three wrap



Lots of good tennis on Day Three. Notable straight set winners include Elena Dementieva, Serena Williams, and Alize Cornet. On the men’s side Rafael Nadal had some trouble against Alun Jones but pulled through in four sets. Americans John Isner and Ahsha Rolle both had big upset wins; Dinara Safina prevented an upset fairly loosely by beating Kateryna Bondarenko 6-2, 6-1. However, Kateryna’s sister had better luck: Alona Bondarenko beat Eleni Daniilidou 6-4, 6-7, 6-3. Lastly, Philipp Kohlschreiber won his match with ease. He will play Mikhail Youzhny, the eleventh seed, in his next match… I smell a showdown.

TSF contributor JNP is in the trenches and checking in with us everyday.

fashion focus: roger federer wears black



First off, TSF made an error reporting that Roger Federer would be wearing the Body Map Polo for this year’s U.S. Open.

Turns out he’s wearing a non-production shirt that’s a take on the Heritage Polo from Nike‘s Fall ’07 collection. Roger wore the one in the Argon/White colorway for his first round match (above, middle and right).

And for last night’s match he pulled out the Black/White shirt (above, left) to complete, as he said, his “tuxedo” look: a head-to-toe all-black ensemble with bandana, wristbands, this bag and a limited-edition all-black version of the Nike Vapor IV (50 pairs of which will be available at the Open).

The Vapors: Nike made Roger’s version of the shoe with three circular Swiss flags on each shoe (the flags represent his three consecutive U.S. Open singles titles). Like the white version of this shoe, an embossed “RF” monogram appears on the heel and tongue.

Shirt deets: The Dri-FIT Polo has a satin-backed placket laser-etched with his monogram (the laser cut exposes the satin behind it). I have not seen the back of his polo, but apparently there’s a monogram at the collar which fades into a sublimated pattern down the back. (via MW)

Mining Nike’s archive?: The Daily News called him the “Grim Reaper“, while discussion forums have found the outfit ugly and tacky (esp. the black socks/shoes). I think the outfit is great, and reminds me of Serena‘s sleek Nike U.S. Open look from 2004 (above).

We love Roger in all-black. Do you? Tell us!

(photos via Getty Images)

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for federer, fashion elite at the front row



Last night’s second-round match between Roger Federer and Paul “MC” Capdeville brought out the big hitters: Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, and busy bee Vogue EIC Anna Wintour.

Of course, Roger’s devoted girlfriend, Mirka Vavrinec, was on hand to entertain the guests.

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waitaminute: mary carillo



I feel 20000x better knowing that if ever something happens to Mary Carillo (heaven forbid!), we’ll know where to find her replacement: call the ATP and ask for Paul Capdeville.

The Chilean wore Lotto as he lost his second-round match 1-6, 4-6, 4-6 to R-Fed at this year’s U.S. Open.