Tuesday, September 15, 2009

All hail Juan Martin del Potro:The 2009 US Open Champion

Juan Martin del Potro was two points away from the defeat in the 4th set.

Fast forward to the end of the 5th set; He was laying back on the court and the tears came from his eyes, realizing that he had achieved his dream as Federer's backhand sailed long pass the baseline,

Juan Martin del Potro, 20 year old from Argentine finally prove his talent to the world in this year US Open final by beating Roger Federer, 5 times defending champion and also 15 times Grand Slam winner in five tight sets. With his win, he becomes the 1st South American to win US Open since Guilermo Vilas' victory in 1977. He also become the youngest winner of US Open since Andy Roddick in 2003. The most important fact is he is the only player other than Rafael Nadal to beat Roger Federer in Grand Slam final. He had achieved something that Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick and many more could not achieve. This shows how good is del Potro physically and also mentally as he managed to compete head to head with Federer in five long sets after brutally demolished Nadal in the semi finals. In my view, he will win many more Slams if his body can withstand vigorous stress and injuries. He has the packet to dominate tennis' world; booming serve, bullet forehand, solid backhand and also mentally strong. If he improves his volley and his net play, it is pretty sure that he will become one of the strongest force in the next decade.

"I don't have words to explain," Juan Martin del Potro on his victory over Roger Federer to become 2009 US Open Champion.

In the first set, Del Potro showed that he was nervous in his first Grand Slam final. He was missing his massive forehand and Federer managed to find his range to claimed the first set 6-3. Del Potro was calmer in the second set and starting to find his weapon. In the end the second set went into tie break which was won by Del Potro. The third set was also a tight encounter. Both player were matching each other shots. However, once again the Del Potro lost his composure at the end of the set, producing consecutives double faults to give Federer the set. In the fourth set, both players continued to show their superlative skills and shot making. All looks bleak for del Potro however when he served during 4-5 down in this set, as he were two points way from losing to Federer but somehow del Potro finally found his massive forehand in this tight moment and managed to steal the set in tie break. With two sets a piece, both players need to held their composure in the fifth to continue the fight for the trophy. Roger Federer is known to have very good composure during this tense moment. However, his composure was totally missing in the final moment of this match. Instead, del Potro upped his tempo and broke Federer's serve two times, finally broke down in tears when he won the match point. Congratulations to Juan Martin del Potro!!!

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