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US Open Diary: Djokovic's A-List Support

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P Diddy© Getty ImagesSean Combs, a.k.a. "P Diddy", sat in Novak Djokovic's player box for the semi-finals.

ATPWorldTour.com takes a look at the news and talking points at the US Open on Super Saturday.

P Diddy In The House
Sean Combs, a.k.a. “P Diddy”, lent his support from the player box to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic during the Serb’s dramatic semi-final victory over Roger Federer.

"It was great to have him there," said Djokovic afterwards. "We met at one party that I cannot talk about the details. (Laughter.) It was fun. He's a huge star obviously in show business, and he's a character and a very successful man. So it was great to have him there. I think it was very interesting the way he supported me."

Other A-listers in attendance on Super Saturday included Hollywood funnymen Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell, singer and actor Justin Timberlake, model Bar Rafaeli, Friends actor Matthew Perry, and Hollywood couple Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas.

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Tweet Of The Day
@BryanBros: We (tennis fans) are spoiled week in & week out by insane tennis, drama, and pure adrenaline by these great champions. How lucky are we!?

Too true, Bob!

Doubles Generates Good Turn Out
Tennis fans couldn’t get enough on Super Saturday at Flushing Meadows, and despite the doubles final not starting till close to midnight, a good number stayed in their seats to witness Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner win the title in straight sets. They were rewarded as the USTA let all those sat in the upper tier move down to seats closer to the court.

Djokovic 9/11 Tribute
Djokovic may have won one of the best matches of the season on Saturday in the US Open semi-finals, but the World No. 1 kept things in perspective as he paid tribute to those that lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks 10 years ago.

Writing on Twitter and Facebook, the Serb said, “I'm off to bed now, it was a long day but very successful. I am happy to be through to finals, it seemed so far away 2 weeks ago, but here I am.

“Ten years ago, more than 2000 people went to bed without knowing that it will be their last day...I hope and wish that the terror that happened 10 years ago on 9/11/01 will never ever happen, that we never forget people who lost their lives on their duty, firefighters, paramedics, police officers, employees...My heart goes to all the families who lost their beloved ones.”

Watch: Players’ 9/11 Tribute

The Life Of A Tennis Player’s Feet
“'James Blake is a beautiful man, but his feet are disgusting,'" said former pro Justin Gimelstob in an article in the NY Times that discusses the pain tennis players’ feet are subjected to throughout the course of a season.

“They are young and rich, world travellers who play a gentleman’s game. Hours of training outdoors have given them, men and women alike, bodies that are taut and tanned. Often exceedingly photogenic, they are the smiling faces for some of the world’s most exquisite consumer products. And yet just beneath the surface, their world is far from perfect. But to know that, you would have to peek inside their shoes.

“Oh, those gnarly, festering feet: bunioned and blistered, callused and corned, with nails that are split, ingrown and blackened, if not gone altogether. By the end of a long, grueling hardcourt season, they can resemble fresh hamburger. Think of podiatry’s equivalent of Chuck Wepner’s face after 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali.

“’I’ve always said the best way a tennis player knows his significant other really loves him is if that person sees his feet and still stays with him,’ Gimelstob said.

“’It’s painful, really painful,’ said Jim Courier, a former world No. 1 and 1991 Open finalist who would go through as many as five pairs of shoes in a tournament. ‘It was painful in the ’90s; now, nearly 20 years later, the amount of sliding on hardcourts that these players do is something that’s foreign to me. Players these days are moving faster, they’re stopping faster, and that’s putting more pressure on their feet.’”  

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