Men’s Singles Final:
No.1 seed Roger Federer is pictured above once again striving to achieve lofty heights. In the men’s singles final at the US Open however, he was served some of his own medicine as Juan Martin del Potro played streaks of, as Federer often says “unbelievable tennis”.
Del Potro defeated Federer in his bid to win a 6th consecutive men’s singles title at the US Open. The 1.98m inspired 20 year old del Potro won in 5 sets after being 2 sets to 1 down 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.
Federer served for a 2 sets to love lead in the second set when he was leading 5 games to 4 after breaking del Potro’s serve. Federer was close to taking a huge lead but the No.6 seed’s fighting spirit was a delight to watch. From 1 set all the players put on a fantastic display with the world being treated to another great 5 set Grand Slam final.
Del Potro is the 1st Argentinean and South American player to win the men’s singles at the US Open since Guillermo Vilas in 1977. JMDP succeeds his countryman Gaston Gaudio as the last Grand Slam champion from Argentina. Gaudio came back from a 2 sets to love deficit to win in 5 sets in 2004 (at the French Open).
An interesting forecast from the OnCourt Advantage tennis website over 1 month ago: “Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina who is looking dangerously close to a big break through during the American summer’s hard court season. In 2009 he made his 1st ever semi-final of a Grand Slam at Roland Garros before losing to Roger Federer in 5 sets. Juan Martin is by far the youngest player in the Top 10 at 20 years of age. He is achieving a number of firsts on tour.” Direct quote from ATP Masters Events: Montreal & Cincinnati.
Women’s Singles Final:
Kim Clijsters comeback Grand Slam event after retiring to start a family has produced her 2nd Grand Slam singles title. The wild card entrant defeated the defending champion Serena Williams in straight sets in the semi finals to book her spot in her 6th Grand Slam singles final.
The 26 year old Belgian accounted for the No.9 seed Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets in the final 7-5 6-3. The mother of 18 month old daughter Jada became only the 3rd mother in the open-era to win a Grand Slam singles title. The new US Open women’s singles champion was unranked on the WTA Tour but now enters the rankings as the World’s No.19.
The 19 year old Wozniacki from Denmark played a competitive match and seemed very happy to have performed so well at the US Open and improve on her previous best result in a Grand Slam and on her career best ranking which is now world No.6.
Wozniacki got off to a strong start by taking a 4-2 lead. Once the dual US Open champion levelled the 1st set her strong self belief and experience held the top ranked teenager at bay for the remainder of the match. Wozniacki dropped 11 of the last 15 games.
Both players displayed great sportsmanship. Their results are well deserved and players like this are great for tennis and the WTA Tour. The fresh faces who upset all of the top seeds was a perfect example of how interesting and varied the results can be in tennis.
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