Novak Djokovic (SRB) beat Rafael Nadal (ESP) - Producing a nearly perfect performance to match his nearly perfect season, the No. 1-ranked Djokovic returned brilliantly, whipped winners from all angles and beat No. 2 Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6 ( 3 ) -7, 6-1 in a match chock-full of lengthy, mesmerizing points to earn the first U.S. Open championship of his career and third Grand Slam trophy of 2011.
Samantha Stosur has become the first Australian woman in 31 years to win a grand slam title, defeating American Serena Williams in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 to take out the US Open in New York. This was only the 27-year-old Stosur's third title at any tour-level event, and what a way to do it. She took advantage of Williams' so-so serving and stayed steady throughout - finishing with 12 unforced errors to Williams' 25.
Rafael Nadal (ESP) beat Novak Djokovic (SER) to win his first US Open and join six of the game's greatest players as the owner of all four grand slam titles. But, as with much of this tournament, forecasts and perceptions did not go wholly to plan, and the score – 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 – hardly reflected the depth and quality of a tennis match that more closely resembled a world heavyweight title fight.
The second-seeded Kim Clijsters (BEL) defeated Russian Vera Zvonareva, No.7 seed, 6-2 6-1 in just 60 minutes, without dropping even one service game. The match started with consistent play from both players as the score went to 2-2, but from then on Clijsters won seven straight games and barely looked back. Clijsters, who won her third US Open title, had words of consolation for Zvonareva who easily lost her second straight Grand Slam final: "Vera just keep it going, it will happen."
Juan Martin del Potro ended Roger Federer's run of dominance at the U.S. Open on Monday, stunning the top-ranked Swiss great in five sets to win in his first Grand Slam final. The 20-year-old Argentine prevailed 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 to snap Federer's streak of five straight U.S. Open titles. The sixth-seeded del Potro had not beaten Federer in their six previous encounters. "Maybe I look back and have some regrets about it," said Federer, never before beaten by anyone other than Rafael Nadal in a major final. "But, you know, you can't have them all and can't always play your best."
Winning a doubles title brought some closure Monday to what has been an awkward, tumultuous U.S. Open for Serena Williams. Time to celebrate. Time to move on. Maybe even time to make amends with the line judge she verbally abused during that ugly finish to her semifinal loss two nights ago. Williams and sister Venus paired up for a 6-2, 6-2 victory over defending champions Cara Black of Zimbabwe and American Liezel Huber to win their 10th Grand Slam doubles title, and first at Flushing Meadows since 1999. Not surprisingly, the sisters answered very few questions about doubles when it was over.
The second-seeded former world number one Roger Federer beats Andy Murray in straight sets at the US Open to clinch his 13th grand slam title. Federer crushed Andy Murray in straight-sets, thus reaching at the pinnacle of glory in his US Open sojourn so far. Federer won the first set 6-2 before closing out the second at 7-5. In the third set, Federer broke Murray twice for a 4-0 lead, and eventually clinched it 6-2 to wrap up the match in just 1 hour, 51 minutes at a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The 27-year-old Federer now owns 13 career major titles, leaving him just one shy of Pete Sampras' record haul of 14. The Swiss beat reigning the Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic in last year's (2007) final, and also topped the Serb in this year's (2008) semi-finals held two days ago. Winning his fifth successive title at Flushing Meadows, Federer has also become the last man to win five straight US Open titles after legendary Bill Tilden, who tallied six in a row from 1920 to 25.
After winning the coveted title, Federer was beaming in all triumphant excitement and couldn't help but contain his evident contentment as he stated, "Definitely, it feels great, I can tell you that. This is a very special moment of my career. I had a couple of tough Grand Slams this year (2008), finishing in one semi-final and two finals, and then being one up at the Wimbledon. So to take this trophy back home is just incredible. It surely means the world to me."
World number one and third time US Open champion is what Serena Williams became on September 7 2008 after winning her final match against Serbia's Jelena Jankovic (6-4, 7-5). It was Jankovic's first ever Grand Slam final while Williams has come triumphant in 1999 and 2002 and had the advantage of playing in front of a home crowd. “I’m so excited,” Williams said after the match as quoted by usopen.org. “I wasn’t even going for number one. It’s just a bonus. But first, I’d like to thank my god Jehovah.” Jankovic said, “I was proud to be in the final, but obviously disappointed that I lost.”
Now Williams tops the WTA rankings with 4091 points, followed by Jankovic with 3965 points and Serbian Ana Ivanovic with 3523 points. Next are Russians Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina, Maria Sharapova ans Svetlana Kuznetsova.
In the end, though, the charismatic Djokovic crumbled in straight sets, a 20-year-old from Serbia more comfortable offering impersonations appearing continuously on YouTube than the prime time stage of the United States Open. He was not ready for the inimitable Roger Federer. At 26 and the No.1 player in the world for the last 187 weeks, Federer took advantage of Djokovic’s mistakes, capturing a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-4 victory that gave him his 12th Grand Slam title and his fourth straight Open title.
Federer became the first man in the Open era to win four straight titles, the first since Bill Tilden won six straight U.S. national titles from 1920 to 1925. Federer is now within two titles to tie Pete Sampras for the all-time career lead and even he was a bit overwhelmed with the moment.
Justine Henin was dressed in the colors of a deep orange sunset, a simple banner of farewell that she had already waved at a pair of Williams sisters during this United States Open. Then, in just one hour 22 minutes last night, Henin eclipsed No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova, capturing her second Open title and her seventh major title with a 6-1, 6-3 triumph in Arthur Ashe Stadium that left her with just one place to go. Henin, the world’s No. 1 player, jogged off the court and easily climbed over the court wall to her box, not noticing the security guard tumbling behind her the way other powerful players did in her wake. There, she hugged her coach and confidant of 11 years, Carlos Rodriguez, and allowed herself to celebrate, publicly, a very private achievement.
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