The U.S. Open Men’s Final is set and although Roger Federer was expected to make it to his sixth consecutive final, few predicted that rising star Juan Martin Del Potro would make it to his first Slam final. However those who have closely followed the game for the last eighteen months would not be surprised at all considering how greatly improved the big man from Argentina has played all season.
Federer still goes in as a heavy favorite being 6-0 lifetime against JMDP. But their last match at Roland Garros was a tight five setter and the beatdown, for lack of a better word, that JMDP gave Rafael Nadal in their semi, bodes well for Del Potro who goes into this match with nothing to lose.
Federer’s serve will be a bigger factor as he will earn more cheap points and force JMDP to return well. Del Potro will have to swing free as he did in his last match and hope he can get find the opportunities to unleash his atomic forehand. His backhand has also improved quite a bit and will not be the easiest to attack.
If the match does run long, fitness could be a factor but I suspect JMDP will be ready. However, Federer’s ability to come up with multiple attack plans should be the difference especially if it gets into tiebreaks.
JMDP will still have to play the match of his life, which is possible, to win the whole thing. But one feels destiny is on Federer’s side again to win again and earn his sixth consecutive U.S. Open title.
Who do you think will win the U.S. Open?