Classic Match – 2009 US Open – Roger Federer
This entry was posted on Sunday, September 11th, 2011
As this year, the 2009 US Open Mens Final was played a day later than scheduled due to rain the week before. It was well and truly worth waiting for however. In an epic lasting over four hours, Juan Martin del Potro beat Roger Federer in five wonderful sets of tennis.
In the lead-up to the final, Federer was in imperious form, even doing things like this in his semi-final with Novak Djokovic. But having disposed of Nadal in the semi-final (in straight sets), del Potro had the grit between his teeth, and fancied his chances.
Federer took the first set 6-3, but the Argentine hit back immediately, taking the second set to 5 on a tie-break. Federer again went into the lead winning the third 6-3, but del Potro took a tense tie-break 7-4 to take the match into a decider.
In an astonishing display of powerful hitting, del Potro pushed the accelerator button in the fifth, and hammered the greatest player of all time 6-2.
Del Potro became the first South American to win a Grand Slam on a hard court. At the age of 20, it seemed he had the world at his feet, in a similar way to Marat Safin had in 2000. Sadly for him, a terrible wrist injury the following year prevented him from truly kicking on but he remains the only man to have beaten both Roger and Rafa in the same Grand Slam tournament.