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Venus' wingspan

ESPN staff
August 28, 2012
Yes, Venus Williams' arms are that long © PA Photos
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We take a look at the best moments from day two of the US Open in Plays of the Day

Grumpy Giraldo
Santiago Giraldo was in command of his match with Milos Raonic, being two sets to one and a break up, when a contentious line call changed the pattern of the match. Giraldo played a drive that he thought caught the line. The line judge agreed by keeping hands down. It was at the farthest point from the chair umpire who elected to overrule and call it out. With no Hawkeye on Court 11, the call stood and it incensed Giraldo who went on to lose the game and the fourth set.

Giraldo's gift
Having lost the fourth set on the back of that call, Giraldo was looking to regroup. He had Raonic scampering across the baseline in the fourth game and had an easy put away, with Raonic having given up the unequal struggle. With the whole court at his mercy, Giraldo opted to be cute. Too cute as it turned out, as his volley hit the top of the net and fell back on his side. It was a gift for Raonic who took it on his way to victory.

90 per cent
Andy Roddick may not be the force of old, but he still has a serve that makes him a danger against even the very best. Rhyne Williams proved no match for his fellow American and it was little surprise, give Roddick cracked down 20 aces and won 90 per cent of points on first serve.

Put a sock in 'em
Philipp Petzschner came through in five punishing sets with Nicolas Mahut, but he could easily have just come through 90 minutes at Old Trafford. The German was decked out in a pair of knee length socks for his epic clash on Court 13. We are no experts, but you've got to think there's little benefit in running around in a pair of socks that are crying out to have shinpads stuck down them.

Wingspan
Venus Williams stands at 6ft 1in and that certainly helped her during her impressive win over Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Venus was well on top during the second set, but she had no intention of taking her foot off the gas and during the fifth game of the second set she stretched out wide to reach a ball Mattek-Sands must have thought was a winner. Venus' long arm reached out, the racket made contact and sent the ball flashing past her stunned opponent for a clean winner.

The entertainer
Novak Djokovic wowed the crowd with his mauling of Paolo Lorenzi on Tuesday night, but he was arguably as entertaining during a light-hearted practice session. Djokovic is never slow to play the joker and with packed crowds watching the players practice, he took on the role of ballboy as Caroline Wozniacki limbered up. And later in the session he invited a young fan on to court and allowed him to hit a few shots. Sports needs entertainers and Novak is one in every sense of the word.

Hot stuff from Garcia-Lopez
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez showed he has nerves of steel and a touch of flair when going for the forward hodog. Roger Federer is the king of the reverse, running back, hotdog. But the opposite is when you play the ball between your legs facing forward. It's not a shot that you're going to win many games with if you play it all the time, but it has a surprise factor and mid-way through the fourth set Garcia-Lopez pulled it out of the bag and it helped him win the point, with his opponent Juan Monaco seemingly baffled by the audacity and failing to put an easy kill away.

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