How late did Roger Federer's match go?

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How late did Roger Federer's match go?

From Comcast SportsNet Tuesday, September 6, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) -- Roger Federer waited at the U.S. Open for hours, eager to get on court for his fourth-round match. Once he finally started playing, shortly before midnight, he didn't take long to win. Still, Federer enjoyed each of the 82 minutes he needed to hit 14 aces -- including four in one game -- and generally overwhelm 36th-ranked Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 in a match that ended shortly before 1:15 a.m. on Tuesday. "Other sports start at 8 in the morning, like golf. It's crazy how our schedules change all the time. As tennis players, it makes it extremely difficult to be on your 'A' game every single day," said Federer, whose record 16 Grand Slam titles include five at the U.S. Open. He watched some of the match before his in Arthur Ashe Stadium -- No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki's victory over No. 15 Svetlana Kuznetsova, which lasted 3 hours, 2 minutes -- and also warmed up several times, grabbed a bite to eat, and tried to relax. "Your body is also jumping out of your skin because you want to go, then you're held back again," he said. "It's tough." There was the matter of the mist that started falling early in the third set, raising the possibility of a rain delay -- or even a suspension of the match, with a resumption Tuesday afternoon. "There was not much margin there for us because it was already so late," Federer said. "So one rain delay and probably they would have sent everybody home." The third-seeded Swiss had 42 winners and only 21 unforced errors against Monaco in a match that took 1 hour, 22 minutes, less than half the time it took Wozniacki to get through. As late as Federer-Monaco ended, it doesn't even rank among the 10 latest-finishing matches in tournament history. The record: 2:26 a.m., for a Sept. 4, 1993, match in which Mats Wilander beat Mikael Pernfors. Given all the time-wasting before he got on court, Federer liked the way he played. "I'm extremely pleased with my reaction out there," he said. "I played really well, crisp, nice. I felt fantastic." Federer played brilliantly right from the start, taking the first five games -- and 20 of the first 25 points -- in only 12 minutes. He didn't miss a beat in the second set, hitting four aces in his opening service game. "Roger was playing unbelievable. I didn't have time to play," Monaco said. "The ball was coming very fast, he was serving unbelievable and I couldn't be quick like I can be in most of my matches." But he also blamed himself for not preparing properly. "Maybe I made a mistake: I warmed up about five hours before the match. We'd been waiting for four hours in the locker room," Monaco said. "I got on the court, I'm feeling a little tight. Then during the match, it takes me some time to feel my legs." Federer reached his 30th consecutive major quarterfinal. He also earned a rematch against 11th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who pulled off a stunner in the Wimbledon quarterfinals two months ago by becoming the first man to beat Federer in a Grand Slam match after dropping the first two sets. "It's sure something I'm looking forward to. Look, I live for the big matches, live for playing a guy who is explosive, has got some firepower," Federer said. "I like to play those kind of players, especially now that we're in the deeper stages of the tournament."

Kelly: Lynch expected back vs. Jets

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Kelly: Lynch expected back vs. Jets

Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch has missed give games with a high-ankle sprain and still appears to be restricted while moving in pre-practice drills.

But 49ers coach Chip Kelly said Friday morning on his radio show on KNBR that he anticipates Lynch will be able to get back on the field Sunday against the New York Jets for just his fourth game of the season.

Kelly was asked about why the 49ers have not promoted outside linebacker Marcus Rush from the practice squad. Rush led the 49ers with six sacks in the exhibition season. His best game came against the Denver Broncos, beating former Nevada tackle Kyle Roberts for three sacks. Roberts is not on an NFL roster or practice squad.

“We haven’t had an opportunity at outside linebacker,” Kelly said. “We didn’t put Aaron on IR, and we anticipate getting Aaron back this week. So we really don’t have a spot at that position he plays.

“If we were to lose a player at outside linebacker, then we’d certainly think about activating him. But we ahven’t lost an outside linebacker, so we still have Ahmad Brooks, Eli Harold, Tank Carradine and Aaron. We carry four outside linebackers on our team. Aaron’s been out for a little bit here with his ankle, but it wasn’t a season-ending injury, so we just really don’t have a spot for him.”

Lynch has one sack in three games this season. He was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s policy on substances of abuse. He has not returned to action since sustaining an ankle sprain in the Oct. 23 game against Tampa Bay.

Cooper 'didn't stumble,' NBC says incompletion didn't hit camera cable

Cooper 'didn't stumble,' NBC says incompletion didn't hit camera cable

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had pass rushers all around, but evaded them just long enough for Amari Cooper to do his thing.

He put an extra move on Marcus Peters and came free over the top. Carr saw his favorite target wide open, stepped up amid the chaos and let it fly. His volley went skyward, and Cooper veered right, tracking it as gravity brought the ball back. The pass ended up falling left, too far for Cooper to catch it.

“That’s a play we typically make,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said Thursday. “We didn’t make it tonight.”

The Raiders were down 21-13 in the fourth quarter when that opportunity came about. Neither team scored again, and that result moved Kansas City over the Raiders and atop the AFC West.

There were other chances to score, including a long drive that stalled at the Kansas City 19-yard line with two minutes remaining. The deep incompletion came on 3rd-and-7 on the Raiders’ penultimate series, and a missed connection proved costly in their comeback efforts.

The whole exchange was uncharacteristic. Cooper doesn’t believe he misread the pass or took a false step to his right. He said it altered course and the worst time.

“I didn’t stumble,” Cooper said. “The ball, as it was coming down, moved at the last minute. That’s why it looked like I might have stumbled. I was running in the right direction and it kind of moved inside at the last minute, and I didn’t have time to get it.”

That has led many on social media to claim Carr’s pass hit a cable supporting a Skycam, a mobile camera that gets aerial shots during a game. The technology uses a series of cables to give the camera free motion over the field.

There is no conclusive video to show whether a ball hit the cable. Carr’s pass leaves the frame and doesn’t come back into view until it’s already off course.

NBC is certain the camera didn’t play a role in one of many missed opportunities to complete a comeback and beat the Chiefs.

“The camera is always behind the play and cables are really high over the surface,” NBC executive producer Fred Gaudelli said in an email to Deadspin. “Look at the replay we showed from sky cam - if anything hits the wire it would effect a bump in the camera and you would see that on the air.”

Punts have hit camera cables before, and NFL rules mandate a down be replayed if interference occurs.

The NFL mandates the camera always be behind the play. On the third down in question, the camera was in the Raiders backfield as it should’ve been.

There’s no solid evidence that the ball hit a cable, it’s entirely possible Carr’s pass simply went awry. The typically accurate quarterback struggled with touch all night, and never found the passing rhythm characteristic of his MVP-caliber season.

Arrowhead Stadium often has unpredictable wind gusts that could’ve changed trajectory upon descent. No Raiders or official questioned the play at the time, which fell harmlessly incomplete when the Raiders needed a big play.

Here’s the play in slow motion, courtesy of Deadspin.

http://deadspin.com/derek-carrs-pass-to-amari-cooper-did-not-hit-a-camera-1789911192