September 15, 2009

Juan And Willie

Juan Martin Del Potro outplayed Roger Federer yesterday to win the US Open men’s singles title. During the first set it seemed that Federer was going to pick Del Potro’s game apart for his sixth title in a row but after that Federer’s unforced errors and double faults kept adding up until it was too late. It was match point and Federer hit a shot over the baseline. Del Potro fell to the court, half laughing and half crying.

This is the second time an Argentine has won the US Open. The first was Guillermo Vilas, winning over Jimmy Conners in 1977. Vilas was a big hero of mine back in the 70’s. He won four Grand Slam titles: the 1977 French Open, 1977 US Open, and the 1978 and 1979 Australian Open. He had a 46-match all surface winning streak which is still unrivalled.

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