CAROLINA CRISIS: THIS IS BIGGER THAN YOU By Michael...
Follow up to the US Open
The past US Open was the Open that History wasn’t as both Roger Federer and Serena Williams failed in their quest but under the radar screen, Novak Djokovic won his third major of the year. Serena had her chance to win her fifth straight major as she took a 6-2 games in the first set only to have the unheralded Roberta Vinci win the second set and then after falling behind 2 games to 0, roar back to win six of the remaining 8 games to take the match in the biggest upset of this century. Serena lost in the semifinals after winning a dramatic three set victory against her sister Venus in the quarters. So Serena lost her calendar slam and her chance to tie Graff for most majors in the Open Era.
Roger Federer looked like the Federer of old as he swept his way through first six matches to face Novak Djokovic in the final. While most eyes were on Federer 18th Major but overlooked was Djokovic great year. He won the Australia and Wimbledon but lost his shot at a calendar slam when he lost the French in the final. Djokovic great year was over shadowed by Serena quest for a calendar slam and Roger shot at his 18th major.
Federer won the first set 6-4 but Djokovic won the next three highly contested sets to win the title and his career tenth major. In some way, this victory was historic as we are witnessing something not seen in Tennis history before, three men with double digit majors playing at the same time. We are witnessing the golden age of men’s tennis as Roger Federer has 17 majors followed by Rafel Nadal with 14 majors and finally, Djokovic winning his tenth major.
As for the women final, it was an all Italian final as Flavia Pennetta defeated follow Italian Vinci to win the major and then Pennetta simply said good-bye to Tennis. No one will even remember this final as all eyes were on Williams and her quest and after her defeat to Vinci, the final was anticlimax. Vinci, who would win the biggest upset, fail to beat her fellow Italian in a final that she felt going in, she could win. She didn’t but her semi-final victory will overshadow Pennetta victory in the final.
Donald Young played an impressive Open as he twice overcame two sets deficit to win but lost to the French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. This was Young best major performance and even in defeat, he perform well as he took Wawrinka to four set.
Venus Williams played the best she has done in years as she made it to the quarter only to lose to Serena in three sets. Venus had her own pressure since she was playing to win her own major and at 35, there are not that many chances to win a major but she also was an obstacle toward her sister own march toward history. She played well against the best player and was the classy Venus we all know after the match as she hugged her sister.
Finally, Serena showed that she was the biggest draw in Tennis today as the women finals were actually sold out before the men’s finals but alas, the Serena William march to history ended in the semi-finals. Neither Roger nor Serena made history this Open but Djokovic proved that he was the best male player this year and Serena showed that even in defeat, she was the Queen of Tennis.