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U.S. Open primed and ready to party like it's 1999

Updated: September 9, 2010, 3:08 PM ET
By Patrick Hruby

What, Ricky Martin wasn't available?

Unlike the other Grand Slams, the U.S. Open isn't simply about tennis. It's Alec Baldwin in the stands, Donald Trump in Caroline Wozniacki's box -- ¿como? -- and Billy Joel belting out whatever it is Billy Joel remains capable of belting out on opening night. It's about entertainment -- pure New York City schmaltz. As such, it's not surprising that Thursday night's quarterfinal match between Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco will take place ...

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