Juan Martin del Potro won more than the 2009 US Open title and the first major of his career. He also earned a membership in Roger Federer’s steel racquet club. Here’s Roger talking about Del Potro’s accomplishment in his post-match presser:
It’s always an amazing effort coming through and winning your first in your first final. Got to give him all the credit because it’s not an easy thing to do, especially coming out against someone like me with so much experience. I think it’s not easy to have a steel racquet.
But what about the even more exclusive club that Roger failed to join – the six consecutive American Championships club? Roger says he’s not too disappointed:
Five was great, four was great, too. Six would have been a dream, too. Can’t have them all. I’ve had an amazing summer and a great run. I’m not too disappointed just because I thought I played another wonderful tournament. Had chances today to win, but couldn’t take them. It was unfortunate.
An interesting quote on why Roger seemed so chipper during the trophy presentation.
I can’t push a button. I don’t want to. I want it to be natural. Today I’m okay with it. I’m tired. I was tired in the other ones, too. Sometimes they hit you more than other ones.
Maybe here with the whole music thing, it’s maybe different. I don’t get hit emotionally as bad as maybe in Wimbledon and Australia where it becomes super quiet at the end of the finals and you have a lot of things going through your mind. Here it’s music, so your mind goes to the music instead of the match, which is a good thing I guess.
But don’t worry, Roger took the US Open loss well but he hasn’t lost any of his fighting spirit. He says there is still work to be done between now and the start of next season:
There’s a lot of time between now and the Australian Open. We have some big ones, you know, along the way. So I hope I can keep it up because I’m playing great tennis right now. I’m confident and I think I’m hitting a good ball. This doesn’t take away anything from how much I’ve achieved this year, so I’ve had a wonderful season in terms of Grand Slams. Next to that, I also got back to No. 1 in the world. I hope I can defend that until the end of the year and then hopefully win the World Tour final in London. Along the way, I hope I can get some other titles like my home tournament in Basel. We’ll see how it goes.
Federer is scheduled to play Davis Cup this weekend, when Switzerland takes on Italy in the world group playoffs, held in Genova, Italy.
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