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Del Potro Stops Federer’s Run In U.S. Open Final

Now that was a U.S. Open Final!

The mere fact that Juan Martin Del Potro, who let’s face it, outside of diehard tennis fans, few had heard of until this weekend, was mentally and physically fresher than Roger Federer in the fifth set and after four hours of play was truly remarkable. Few gave the big man from Argentina much of a chance to even win a set. But Del Potro’s stunning 3-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 win is a fitting end to what has been a truly dramatic U.S. Open.

It could have turned out much differently as Del Potro, clearly in awe of his first Grand Slam final played tentative tennis for a set and a half. His bad play only masked Federer’s sub par play, especially Federer’s first serve which was non-existent for the first set or so. But when Del Potro hit a forehand down the line late in the second set which was called out first then challenged to be shown that was in, it seemed to irritate Federer so much that he couldn’t regain concentration causing him to eventually lose the second set in a tiebreaker.

Federer’s serve was his undoing throughout the match and although it got better, he simply had no answer for Del Potro’s atomic forehand which gave the big man 36 winners. We kept for Del Potro to self-destruct, especially after he double faulted twice to lose the third set, but his strategy of getting a high percentage of first serves in and then extending Federer in the rallies worked.

Once the fifth set began, it was much like what happened in the Australian Open final as Federer just went away. By the end, Federer was all out of sorts, hitting wild errors, while Del Potro remained calm even though the crowd was getting very rowdy. When Del Potro finally served it out at 5-2, he fell to the ground.

What happened to the “greatest player of all time”? Throughout the event, Federer looked good, but never great. Although he displayed true artistry in the Djokovic match, his other matches were at a lower level but he was good enough to get away with it. Federer almost did today but ran into a player who believed he could play better and did.

Having beaten Nadal and Federer in the same Grand Slam, the first time that has ever happened, Del Potro has leapt from potential Grand Slam champion to the player to watch in 2010. If Del Potro will be able to handle this instant fame will be interesting as he is a very quiet guy and been under the radar for a long time.

As for Federer, his reaction during the trophy presentation was odd to me. He was smiling. No crying or pouting like in previous losses. I’m sure he can’t believe he lost, but he didn’t looked destroyed by it. Perhaps winning the French Open and having twins this year has put things into perspective for him. Even the “GOAT” can’t have it all.

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Serena Apologizes While P. Mac Wants Full Contrition

Before her U.S. Open Women’s Doubles Final today, Serena Williams issued another statement on her website in which she apologized in more explicit terms about the incident during her semifinal match with Kim Clijsters.

“Hey guys!!!

I want to amend my press statement of yesterday, and want to make it clear as possible – I want to sincerely apologize FIRST to the lines woman, Kim Clijsters, the USTA, and tennis fans everywhere for my inappropriate outburst. I’m a woman of great pride, faith and integrity, and I admit when I’m wrong.

I need to make it clear to all young people that I handled myself inappropriately and it’s not the way to act — win or lose, good call or bad call in any sport, in any manner.

I like to lead by example. We all learn from experiences both good and bad. I will learn and grow from this, and be a better person as a result.

Xxxx,

S”
Here is the link to the statement

This response was probably required after the media, especially those working for ESPN, continually suggested that Williams suffer harsher penalties and even a default from the doubles final for her outburst.

Serena and Venus Williams did go on to win the doubles final over the number one seeds Cara Black and Liezel Huber 6-2, 6-2. In the trophy presentation, Serena did thank the New York crowd for their support and mentioned the new statement. Patrick McEnroe of ESPN desperately tried to get Serena to say more about the incident which only got boos from the crowd. When he tried one more time, it was big sister Venus who stepped in and said, “I think we can tell from the crowd that it’s time to move on Patrick.” which prompted a big roar of approval.

It remains to be seen whether or not Serena will suffer any more backlash or penalties from either the WTA or ITF. It’s very clear that the tennis media will try and wring as much out of this as they can since there’s nothing better to talk about as it’s basically the end of the season.

The idea of defaulting Serena and Venus from the doubles was ludicrous since Venus had nothing to do with the incident. Suspending Serena from future events would not change what happened and only hurt the sport. Serena admits what she did was wrong and that it cost her a chance of defending her title. Talking about it ad nauseam will only take more attention away from the real story of the U.S. Open which was Kim Clijsters’s amazing comeback run to take the title.

I think Venus said it best. “Let’s move on.”

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Can Fed Stop Del Potro’s Atomic Forehand in Open Final?

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?

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Cljisters/Wozniacki to play for title of the most drama filled U.S. Open ever.

Rather than analyze the “Serena Incident” which will be overanalyzed for the next six months, let’s take a quick look at the Women’s Singles Final for the U.S. Open.

On one side we have Caroline Wozniacki who has used her great defensive game and sharp two-handed backhand to wear down harder hitting opponents. What she lacks in power, she makes up for in great movement. Her serve though is a liability.

On the other side, there’s the story of the year now, Kim Clijsters, who after a two and half year layoff is back in her second consecutive U.S. Open final. Clijsters is hitting the ball harder and with more precision. Her serve is a bigger weapon now and she appears to have a lot more clarity on where she places the ball.

If this were say a quarterfinal or semifinal, I would give the immediate edge to Clijsters just for her level of play this whole summer. But since it is the finals, and an unexpected one for both players, nerves will be a factor going in. If Wozniacki is to win, she will somehow have to negate Clijsters’s groundstrokes and keep the rallies going hoping that Clijsters will miss a lot like in the Kuznetsova match. If Clijsters connects for winner after winner and also returns well, especially on Wozniacki’s second serve, it will be a quick match.

Even though Serena lost, the “incident” will still linger on the court, especially for Clijsters, who must find someway to forget it happened and just focus on Wozniacki.

For Clijsters to win the whole thing would be a remarkable achievement simply because she has played at a higher level than anyone on the WTA this summer. If Wozniacki does pull off the “upset”, she will have proven that the hype around her was for real and that many more Grand Slam Finals are around the corner.

Who Will Win the U.S. Open Women’s Title?
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Day 12 Schedule – Is it fixed for Serena?

I just did a quick glance at the schedule for Day 12 at the U.S. Open and had to read it twice to make sure. The very first match on Ashe at 12:30pm is the Clijsters/Serena semifinal. That is followed by the continuation of the Nadal/Gonzalez quarterfinal followed by the Wozniacki/Wickmayer semi and then the Men’s Doubles’ Final.

Is this right?

The weather forecast for tomorrow is 90% rain so it’s very likely that the only “big” match that will get played tomorrow (and televised on CBS, very important) will be Clijsters/Serena.

Interesting.

It gets more interesting when you go through the schedule and find the other women’s doubles semifinal between world number ones Black/Huber against the third seeds Stosur/Stubbs on Court 11. Yet Serena/Venus played their doubles semi today on Ashe. Why couldn’t the other women’s doubles semi get on at least the Grandstand court?

I understand that the U.S. Open will do everything it can to get every match played but it’s very obvious that the heavy hand of CBS is making sure Serena makes it to Saturday night’s primetime event. I don’t have a problem with it per se but if you look at it from Nadal’s viewpoint, he will now have to play potentially three days in a row to win the title.

What are your thoughts?

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