Wow – talk about an upset. Juan Martin del Potro (the #6 seed) upset #1 seed Roger Federer in 5 sets to claim the 2009 U.S. Open Men’s Tennis Championship. Unbelievable – one of the greatest tennis upsets of all time.
Federer had won 5 straight US Open titles in Flushing Meadows and a string of 40 straight matches. Federer – who owns the most Grand Slam titles of any player in tennis history – was just 2 points away from the match in the 4th set. But Federer lost control of his serve and del Potro continued to rack up forehand winner after forehand winner – 37 total – en route to the 5-set upset. Del Potro battled back to win the 4th set tie-breaker 7-6 (7-4) and then cruised through the 5th set, winning easily 6-2. Beating Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals was a great accomplishment, but finishing it off with a win over the best player in tennis was a dream come true. Del Potro had this to say about the win – “When I would have a dream, it was to win the U.S. Open, and the other one is to be like Roger. One is done.”
Roger Federer will likely remain the #1 seed for the rest of the 2009 tennis season, but we might have to add a 3rd name to the top 3 players in tennis today – Federer, Rafael Nadal & del Potro…
It was a match for the ages as Roger Federer defeated American Andy Roddick in a record Men’s Wimbledon Finals. The final score – 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14. The 77 games played by the 2 competitors was a record for a 5-set match. The 16-14 5th set score was the highest score ever in a 5th set Wimbledon match. The 30 games played in the 5th set was also the most games ever played in a set. Federer had 50 aces in the match – a personal record for him. Shockingly, Federer never even broke Roddick once until that 77th game that gave him the win. Roddick had broken Federer twice during the match.
Federer became the game’s greatest player ever – winning a record 15th Grand Slam title. Pete Sampras previously held the record with 14 Grand Slam Titles. Sampras and legendary tennis players Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver were on hand to congratulate Federer at the end of the match.
Any reason to show more pics of hottie Brooklyn Decker. American Andy Roddick defeated Swiss player Andy Murray in 4 sets to advance to the Men’s Wimbledon Finals on Sunday morning. It was a huge accomplishment for Roddick, as Murray had beaten Roddick 18 of the 20 times the 2 tennis players had met. But Roddick saved a big break point with Murray leading 4-3 in the 4th set and then went on to make great plays in the 3rd and 4th set tie-breakers en route to the 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5) win. Roddick had this to say about reaching the finals: “To be honest, the last couple of years I didn’t know if I’d ever get a chance to play for another Grand Slam title. Now I get to. It’s just a dream… I had to play my best tennis out there to win today. I can’t say enough good things about Andy’s game, but I can play some tennis sometimes, and not many people were giving me much of a chance at all and I knew if I could stay the course that I had a shot and that’s all you can ask for.” Great and congrats Andy. But now on to better things. Enjoy our sensational friend Brooklyn – Roddick’s fiance…
Since we’ve been focusing some of our attention on attractive women tennis players in this year’s French Open in Paris, we thought it only fair to chat about some men tennis players in the French Open as well. For the 1st time in his career, American Andy Roddick advanced to the 4th round of the French Open at Roland Garros. Roddick had 3 straight set victories over Romain Jouan of France, Ivo Minar of the Czech Republic and Marc Gicquel of France. But Roddick couldn’t make it 3 wins over French tennis players as he lost to Gael Monfils in straight sets yesterday. Poor Andy.
But at least Andy has a hot wife – check out these great pics of Brooklyn Decker. Decker is a superstar in her own right as a top global model. Decker has appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue for several years now and will likely continue to please our senses over the next few years to come…