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…
#7 Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated #1 Dinara Safina in straight sets on Saturday to capture the French Open Women’s title. She won 6-4, 6-2 as Kuznetsova swept the final 4 games to close out the match. The #1 ranked Safina has had her ranking criticized because she has never won a grand slam event and is now 0-3 in grand slam finals matches. She committed 7 double-faults and was near tears by the end of today’s match.
On Sunday in the Men’s Franch Open Finals, Roger Federer will be playing in his 4th consecutive French Open Finals match. If Federer wins on Sunday, it wouold be his 1st French Open title and he would become only the 6th player ever to win all 4 Grand Slam titles. It would also be Federer’s 14th major title, which would tie him with Pete Sampras for the most major title wins ever. One thing going for him – he does not have to face his clay court nemesis Rafael Nadal who was ousted from the tournament.