| By Ricky Becker

1.  Verdasco's match point against Ferrer was awesome.  If you haven't seen it yet, youtube it.  Seeing him fall to the ground after curling that passing shot inside the court brings the goose bumps.  Man, why couldn't that be me?

2. Since when does hot weather get so windy so fast?  The first week was hot.  The second week was windy.  It is kind of fun to see the pros deal with windy conditions.  They look like some of the kids I teach!  Problem with the wind though is that it takes some of the sizzle out of a match.  (Federer/Soderling anyone?)

3. Can The USTA open up its already stuffed wallet and figure out a way to get a roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium?  It's not fair to the fans who buy tickets and can't miss work the next day.  It's not fair to the players either.  Nadal deserved more than playing in front of a half-filled stadium. Plus there is something that doesn't feel right when the finals end around 10pm on a Monday night on ESPN2 with the bottom scroll stating that the match will go to ESPN Classic if it goes past 10:15.  Then at 10:15 the video cuts to Monday Night Football without a warning from the announcers.  By the time I found ESPN Classic, I missed Nadal holding the trophy.

4.  I still don't know whether I like Djokovic.  Is he a jovial, funny guy? Or a pr puppet whose true colors came out a couple of years ago when he trashed Andy Roddick in the last USA Network post-match on-court interview?

5.  If one of my kids ever makes the U.S. Open, please don't let me wear a shirt with her picture on it.

6.  How cool is Kim Clijsters?  She gets dumped by boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt for an Australian soap-opera star years ago...still seems friendly and happy...then she gets so nervous, she can't win a slam...still seems friendly and happy...then goes out and wins a slam... still seems friendly and happy...then quits for a year or two to get married and have a child...still seems friendly and happy...then goes out and wins a couple of more slams...and yes, friendly and happy.  She deserves to have an attitude and doesn't. Go Kim..you are cool.

Ricky Becker is The Director of Tennis at Glen Oaks Club.  Ricky also coaches high-performance juniors throughout the year and has been the Director of Tennis at three of Long Island’s biggest junior programs.  As a player, Becker was the Most Valuable Player for the 1996 NCAA Championship Stanford Tennis team and ranked in the top-five nationally as a junior.  He can be reached at rbecker06@yahoo.com, 516-359-4843 or via juniortennisconsulting.com.