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Top offbeat moments of the 2014 US Open

Stan Wawrinka in action against Tommy Robredo during their fourth-round match in Louis Armstrong Stadium.
By Liz Kobak
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The 2014 US Open was filled with fascinating happenings outside of point play. Here is USOpen.org's list of these top moments that took place at this year's tournament:

In her post-match interview after beating Aleksandra Krunic to advance to the quarterfinals, Victoria Azarenka hit some interesting notes. The Belarusian suddenly broke into song, singing “Happy Birthday” to dear friend Gael Monfils. While she clearly meant well and wanted to optimize her on-air opportunity, it also did not seem that she tried singing in tune. The gesture might have motivated the Frenchman, though, as the just-turned 28-year-old wound up easily winning his next match over Dimitrov the following day.

When Tommy Robredo struck an easy overhead in his fourth-round match against Stanislas Wawrinka, no one could have possibly returned it – but Wawrinka tried, anyway. He tried so hard that he inadvertently ran into Robredo’s box. From the fall, it seemed he might have tweaked a leg muscle. But that did not bother him too badly, as he went on to win the match.

The wind heavily swirled during Caroline Wozniacki’s lopsided quarterfinal match against Sara Errani. Suddenly, a plastic bag almost made contact with the court. Without any hesitation, a ballperson named Jemila Brady started running towards the plastic intruder and took it down. Her snag was good anticipation, rivaling some great tennis shots.

No one prefers playing friends over rivals, and it’s infrequent that the person standing on the other side of the net wears both hats. But that’s something that may happen on tour. Take the second-round match between No. 11 seed Ernests Gulbis and Dominic Thiem. The Latvian was leading two sets to love when his 21-year-old friend and hitting partner made one memorable comeback

When Kei Nishikori played Stan Wawrinka for his record-breaking berth into his first Grand Slam semifinal, there was a familiar face in his box. It was 1989 Roland Garros champion Michael Chang. The former world No. 2 announced last year that he’d coach Nishikori throughout the 2014 season. But Chang had a conflict. He, too, was scheduled to compete in a US Open match. Preoccupied with watching his student’s four-hour-plus marathon, Chang could not participate in his men’s champions doubles match alongside fellow US Open finalist Mark Philippoussis. As a result, their match was rescheduled for the following day, and the team lost in straight sets to Pat Cash and Todd Martin

Immediately following Kei Nishikori's win over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, four-time US Open singles champion Martina Navratilova proposed to girlfriend Julia Lemigova. The 57-year-old legend stunned fans – and Lemigova – when she got down on one knee inside of Tennis Channel's suite. Thankfully, she said "yes."

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