ATP Tennis 360

September 14, 2009 2:36 PM

Amazing Roger

Roger passed through to his 17th Grand Slam final in the last 18th majors after a 76 75 75 victory after Novak Djokovic. But in everyone's minds, more than the winners, more than the aces or the diffulties on his serve (3 points out of the first 16), more than his records, will remain the between the legs passing shot to go 65 040 on Djoko's serve in the final set. A solution he already showed succesfully against the Italian Bracciali in Dubai and against Schalken in Holland. Here's the point.

Probably he learnt this stroke from the Magician Fabrice Santoro who used the same weapon against the Swiss in the 2005 Us Open 2nd round.

In the other semifinal, Del Potro profited from a stuttering Nadal, affected by an abdominal strain making him multiplicate errors with serve, too many counter-strategical doublefaults handed the Palito fundamental breaks, and with his forehand, traditionally his most solide side.

The fifth seeded from Tandil will now play his first Grand Slam final. And Federer will now face a "debutant" in a major final for the third time in a row in Flushing Meadows, after Djokovic and Murray, the sixth considering all the four majors.

Now Federer, defeating Del Potro, would become the first to conquer six Us Open title in a row since Bill Tilden (1920-1925), and the fourth to win six Grand Slam titles after the same Tilden, Richard Sears (who won American Championships from 1881 to 1887) and the legendary William Renshaw (six times winner at Wimbledon in the period 1881-1886). But, above all, he would become the first to win two Grand Slam titles at least six times.

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