Del Potro downs Federer in US Open Final!

September 15, 2009 in Tennis by pacejmiller

Del Potro wins the 2009 US Open!

Del Potro wins the 2009 US Open!

In one of the more exciting US Open Finals in recent memory, 20-year-old Juan Martin Del Potro dethroned 5-time defending champion Roger Federer- in 5 sets, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2. The win marked Del Potro’s first ever Grand Slam title, and denied Federer his 6th consecutive US Open title, his 41st consecutive win at the US Open, and his 16th career Grand Slam title.

Personally, I think few people expected Del Potro to win.  Federer had never lost to anyone other than Nadal (disposed of by Del Potro in the semis) in a Grand Slam final and had never lost to Del Potro in 6 previous matches.  However, the agile 6-6 giant was able to keep his composure despite being down 1 set to love and 2 sets to 1, and rallied down the stretch for a memorable victory.  The win is certainly great for tennis and marks the official arrival of Del Potro into tennis superstardom.  He definitely has the size, talent and potential to be a multiple GS winner, so let’s hope the young Argentine can keep his head on straight and excite us for many more years to come.

Wrapping up a fantastic year in tennis

What a weird, fantastic and memorable year this has been in tennis!  It started off with Nadal capturing the Australian Open in January over Federer, with the latter reduced to a sobbing wreck at the presentation ceremony.  Most believed at the time that it signalled the end of Federer’s dominance of men’s tennis and some suggested that he’d never win another Grand Slam.

Then what do you know, Nadal gets bounced in the French Open unexpectedly by Robin Soderling, and Federer delivers in the final to win his first ever French Open, adding the last trophy missing in his cabinet and tying Pete Sampras’s record of 14 Grand Slams.

Next, Nadal shockingly pulls out of Wimbledon due to injury, and Federer battles a rejuvenated Andy Roddick in another epic 5-set Wimbledon Final.  Federer wins his record-breaking 15th career Grand Slam, and ends up in a position no one thought he would be in after the Australian Open.  Guys like Djokovic and Murray keep hanging around but they never seem to have it when it comes to the Grand Slams.

And finally now, Del Potro spoils the end of what would have a fairy-tale year for Federer by coming from behind to snatch the US Open from his grasp!  Who could have imagined all this drama at the start of the season?

ATP World Tennis

The end-of-year event is now called Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

So now men’s tennis heads into a period of uncertainty.  Will Roger finally start to lose his edge in Grand Slams?  Will Nadal ever be the same again after his injury woes?  Can Djokovic be a serious Grand Slam threat again or just consistently good?  Will Roddick ever recapture his Wimbledon final form and win his second Grand Slam?  Is Del Potro for real or a one-slam wonder?  Can the young guns like Soderling, Tsonga, Simon and Monfils break through and win a major?  And will Andy Murray ever win anything?

Bring on the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (the heck?) and 2010!