Risk taker, shot maker: Dolgopolov wins Citi Open


Risk taker, shot maker: Dolgopolov wins Citi Open

Alexandr Dogolpolov likes risk, like driving racecars in excess of 200 miles per hour kind of risk. The 23-year-old brings that daring edge with him to his day job. When the rains stopped, the final ball struck on the slick Stadium court, it was the No. 2 seed taking the Citi Open checkered flag.Neither rain nor humidity nor playing into the gloom of night could stop Dogolpolov from the biggest win of his career. He put a stamp on a weeks worth of strong performances by delivering Tommy Haas a rare finals loss on U.S. soil, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-1 triumph in the Citi Open championship on Sunday.Absent throughout the week, cascading rain chose the inopportune time of the mens championship for its first substantial visit at the Fitzgerald Tennis Center. The match started shortly after 4 p.m. with a strong contingent watching on the Stadium Court. By the time play resumed after two first-set delays totaling two hours and 52 minutes, only an intimate crowd of 250 or so remained for the back-and-forth affair that turned one-sided late.With a match like that thats really tight, goes up and down, the rain breaks, I am really happy that I stayed concentrated and was in the match all the three sets, said Dogolpolov after his second career title. Im just happy to win it.Those that stuck around witnessed Haas tough out a first set tiebreaker, but also the start of the 34-year-old wearing down physically and mentally. Haas missed significant time in recent years with hip and shoulder injuries, but has reached three finals this summer including a win over Roger Federer.The tennis diehardsalso saw the continuation of Dolgopolov smacking ever-widening serves, finessing timely drop shots and taking chances with his groundstrokes others might deem unwise. I like risking in life so I do that on the court. I just like playing tennis like that, said Dogolpolov, who made his Washington debut this week. Im just a risky person. I dont think about the percentages, I like to do it my way.After squandering a set point at 6-5 in the first, Haas fired his racket to the ground. When he struggled with his first service game of the second set audible outbursts started becoming part of his routine. Frustration rose when Dogolpolov saved a break point at 2-all with a nifty volley winner. Facing break point at 4-all, 30-40, Haass backhand went long, one of his 43 unforced errors in the match. He lost the set, his first all week. When Haasdropped four straight points on his serve to fall behind 0-2 in the third, it was just a matter of time before he lost his second set.Hes a shot maker, he goes for his stuff, said Haas, who fell to 8-1 in finals played on U.S. soil. I thought I stayed with it until the middle, the end of the second set. Had a break point and he came up with a good shot and sometimes you just have to say it was too well played. When I lost the second set, I think I cracked a little bit mentally.Dolgopolov noticed.He was giving away more free points than he did in the first set and throughout the tournament, the Kiev, Ukraine native said. I think it was a part of him, a part of it being the final, a part of my game. It all helped it to go wrong for him.Dolgopolov jumped back into the top 20 after falling outside last week. His one win and three finals appearances on tour came in lower-tier events, making Washingtons 500 level opportunity the biggest of his career.Before the mens final and the skies opened, Alexandria native Treat Huey and former University of Virginia teammate Dominic Inglot defeated Sam Querrey and Kevin Anderson 7-6 (7), 6-7 (9) and 10-5 in a third-set super-tiebreaker.Huey, a St. Stephens and St. Agnes graduate, was a regular whenever the mens tour came to the Rock Creek Park courts. All these years, his first win on tour Huey and Inglot lost a finals appearance earlier this year - comes on the very same grounds.It has been unbelievable to play here in Washington, said the 26-year-old Huey. I always watched this tournament when I was a little kid. Dominic and I had a fun week here. Its always more fun when you win.

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Ravens announce inactives for Week 7 vs. Jets: Flacco in, Stanley, Suggs out

Ravens announce inactives for Week 7 vs. Jets: Flacco in, Stanley, Suggs out

EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J.  – Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (right shoulder) was active as expected Sunday, as was cornerback Jimmy Smith, who cleared concussion protocol.

However, seven key Ravens were inactive against the Jets – left tackle Ronnie Stanley, wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., right guard Marshal Yanda, cornerback Shareece Wright, and linebackers Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, and C. J. Mosley.

Some key points to follow in light of these injuries, as the Ravens (3-3) hoped to snap a three-game losing streak:


— It remained to be seen if Flacco would be 100 percent. He was later than normal coming out for pre-game warmups, perhaps getting treatment

—Without Suggs and Dumervil, the Ravens would face a challenge trying to generate a pass rush against Jets quarterback Geno Smith. Young pass rushers like Za’Darius Smith and Matt Judon will be counted on to step up.

—  Pass protection for Flacco could be an issue, with Stanley and Yanda both sidelined. It was surprise that Stanley was inactive, after practicing all week. Perhaps Stanley suffered a setback with the foot injury that had already kept him out the previous three weeks.

Here are the inactive players for the New York Jets.


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Ravens vs. Jets Live Updates: Week 7 scores, stats, highlights and analysis

Ravens vs. Jets Live Updates: Week 7 scores, stats, highlights and analysis

The Ravens have lost three straight games since starting 3-0, but a face a woeful Jets team that looks to quarterback Geno Smith for a spark. 

The Week 7 Ravens vs. Jets kicks off at MetLife Stadium at 1:00 p.m. on CBS. Be sure to watch Ravens Kickoff at Noon on CSN+.

CSN Mid-Atlantic will provide live updates of the Week 7 game between the Ravens and Jets.

You can find all the stats, scores, highlights, and analysis in the game thread below. Also, be sure to leave a comment in the section below the post.

Week 7 Ravens vs. Jets Live Updates:


1:55 p.m. - Justin Tucker drills a 49-yard field goal into the wind. He's 2-for-2 on the day and 17-for-17 on the year. He good.  Ravens lead 13-7.

1:50 p.m. - Joe Flacco connects with Dennis Pitta for a 12-yard gain. That pass gets Flacco over the 30,000-yard mark for his career. that's pretty good. 

1:47 p.m. - The second quarter begins with the Ravens facing another long third down. The Ravens held another early lead. They've pilfered early leads in their last two games. But Kamar Aiken comes up big with a 20-yard catch on third-and-19. 

FIRST QUARTER: Ravens 10, Jets 7

1:46 p.m. - And the first quarter ends with Joe Flacco getting hit hard by Mohammed Wilkerson, the first sack of the game. The Ravens are without Ronnie Stanley and Marshal Yanda. The Jets are now carrying all the momentum.

1:42 p.m. - And just like that, the Jets are on the board. Geno Smith hooks up with Quincy Enunwa, who puts on the burners and torches the Ravens' secondary for a 69-yard TD. It's the longest play of the year for the JEts, and their first offensive touchdown since Week 5. Ravens lead 10-7.

1:38 p.m. - Jets continue to drive. Geno Smith is 2-of-6 for 19 yards. Not flashy, but he's not making mistakes thus far. 

1:28 p.m. - Ravens get the ball after a Jets punt, and Joe Flacco finds Mike Wallace on a 57-yard bomb. The Ravens have opened up the pass attack in recent weeks. They are looking to hit the big shot (Or get a PI call). It's working early against the Jets. 

1:25 p.m. - Jets center Nick Mangold is down on the field. Hard to tell what the injury was. Mangold now off the field after some help from team staff. That is a huge loss foran already banged up Jets offense. 

1:15 p.m. - RAVENS TOUCHDOWN! The Jets punter Lachlan Edwards botches the snap, and the Ravens defense pounces on the ball, picking it up in the end zone. Reserve WR Chis Moore is there for the TD. Good guys lead 7-0. 

1:12 p.m. - Terrance West is up on the sidelines, working on the ankle. He could return next series. But still, something to monitor. West has rushed for 295 yards and three touchdowns over the past three games. 

1:10 p.m. - Terrance West is getting taped up on the sidelines. This is something to keep an eye on. 

1:07 p.m. - Ravens open with a run, then a short pass for first down> Flacco then looks deep, but over throws his target. Ravens go back to the ground, and Kenneth Dixon can't pick up any yardage. Ravens pass on third-and-10, and it falls incomplete. Ravens will punt. The Ravens called a timeout before the punt. That's weird. 

1:01 p.m. - The Jets win the toss and defer. The Ravens will get the ball to start. Look for a heavy dose of the run game today, what with Joe Flacco nursing a sore shoulder and Terrance West playing strong in the last two games. 


12:45 p.m. - Speaking of Geno Smith: Do you need some last-minute daily fantasy help? Our fantasy expert ben Standig has you covered, and although the Jets aren't great, Geno Smith might be worth a value-play. Seriously. 

12:25 p.m. - Oh that's right. Marshal Yanda is out too. Joe Flacco is going to need to protect that shoulder of his.

12:20 p.m. - Joe Flacco is looking healthy during warmups. 

12:10 p.m. - The Jets turn to Geno Smith at the quarterback for Week 7. Ryan Fitzpatrick struggled in the first six games, throwing a NFL-high 11 interceptions, which is three more than the second-most (8). The Ravens defense has not been an issue in the first six games. Despite not having Terrell Suggs on Sunday, the Ravens should be able to feast on Smith and the Jets' offense.

11:55 a.m. - The Ravens list of inactive players for Week 7 is in. Joe Flacco is starting, which is good news. The bad news? Ronnie Stanley and Terrell Suggs aren't in uniform. 

11:45 a.m. - Welcome to CSN Mid-Atlantic's game thread for the Week 7 game between the Ravens and Jets. You can follow me on Twitter, @TroyMachir. Be sure to follow our CSN Ravens Insiders Clifton Brown and Bo Smolka, who are providing live analysis of the Week 7 title.  You can also follow our CSN Ravens account for all the latest Ravens videos, news and articles.