Articles about the final/USO:
Racquet Reaction by Peter Bodo
Nadal Is Again Unable to Overcome Djokovic by Jorge Castillo (NY Times)
The game that crushed Rafael Nadal by Greg Garber (espn.com)
Mr. One More Ball by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
Djokovic Wins Most Electric Men’s Final in Years by Lindsay Sakraida (NY Mag)
Djokovic now the best of the best by Richard Deitsch (SI.com)
Photos from Monday’s Final.
Photos by REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi, Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images, EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images, Nick Laham/Getty Images, Al Bello/Getty Images, Chris Trotman/Getty Images, and REUTERS/Gary Hershorn
(Photos tomorrow – I’m so tired!)
More match highlights from PartidoaPartido here.
Match report via usopen.org.
Mary, Dick and JMac wrap-up the match:
Rafa’s trophy ceremony speech:
Odd that we have a very quickly posted transcript and no video yet, but I’ll take what I can get. Why? Because once again, Rafa proves he has more class, balance and wisdom than someone almost twice his age… No silliness from me, just Rafa:
Q. At any time was fatigue a factor in the match today?
RAFAEL NADAL: At the fourth. But, it was a tough match. Physical, mental, everything was, yeah, I think it was a quality
#1 verses #2 in the US Open final, that hasn’t happen since the Samprass/Aggasi days. Then, it was the #2 who ended up winning. But this is hard-court and one that requires non-stop aggressive play. When confident, Rafa can do that. When not? It’s damn tough. Add to that a player oozing confidence and no visible weaknesses, and it’s not good. Rafa fought, he fought hard, but it just wasn’t enough. Djokovic wins his first US Open: 6-2, 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-1.
This was my third visit to the US Open having been here in 2006/7. A lot has changed since I was here, the new Chase center(smash zone) on the left as you enter through the East gate is just one of the newly added features to the tennis center. The biggest change has been the addition of court 17. It’s a mini grand stand and, I must say, very intimate. You get so close to the action. Reminded me of watching a club championship as I watched Karlovic and Dolgopolov fight for a chance to play Novak Djokovic in the
Interview that aired on Tennis Channel last night.
Before tomorrow’s final, I just want to remind people, this is a pro-Rafa site; it’s not an anti any-other-player site. No matter the outcome tomorrow, no matter how either player conducts himself on the court, this is not the place for hate and passing judgements on the perceived character of others.
Vamos responsibly, my friends.
Wise Kid by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
For the Poet Laureate, the Joy of Tennis Is in the Effort by Geoff MacDonald (NY
Q. How does it feel to be going back to the final?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, for sure is emotional day for me, you know, winning against one of the best players of the world and being in another final of the US Open. So is very, very special, especially because it’s a final Grand Slam. That’s the first thing. Second thing, I had