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In what seemed to be a completely unfair final, Juan Martin del Potro defeated number 1 seed, Roger Federer in a five set victory, 3-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2. Roger Federer started out firing like his usual self. But when Juan Martin del Potro was taking too long to challenge line calls, that’s when he started to get annoyed. At one point, both of the players were in the chairs when del Potro decided to challenge. Of course, the umpire, Jake Garner, let him make the challenge, and the ball proved to be out. So, instead of Federer winning that game, they had to go back and finish it. But, that wasn’t the only time del Potro took a very long time to challenge calls. It became a routine. He would slowly walk up to the net to look at the ball, then he would look at his box (which he shouldn’t have been allowed to make the challenge after that), and then he would walk up to the umpire and challenge. And of course, the umpire let del Potro challenge every single time.

“Don’t you have any rules for this? I wasn’t allowed to challenge after two seconds. The guy takes, like, 10. You can’t allow that stuff to happen,” Federer said, having a point about the challenges. But all the umpire told him was to stop complaining.

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“I had two dreams this week. One was to win the US Open and the other one was to be like Roger. One is done, but I need to improve a lot to be like Roger,” Juan Martin del Potro said about winning the championship. “Roger fought until the final point. He is a great champion. I’m very happy to be here with this trophy, with these people, on this court. This will be in my mind forever.”

“I would like to congratulate Juan Martin on an unbelievable tournament. I had a great one but he was the best,” Federer said about his opponent. “I tried everything, you know. Didn’t work. I missed chances. He played well and in the end it was a tough fifth set. It’s acceptable. But life goes on. No problem.”

This was the first time Roger Federer had lost in New York since 2003.

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Photo courtesy of Alalam and Telegraph.

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Kim Clijsters from Belgium won her second US Open title Saturday, and it was only her third tournament back. Commentators were doubting she would be able to win this tournament, but they said she would have a better chance to win the Australian Open in January. Claiming this title makes her the first wild card to win the tournament, when she was already the first wild card to make the semi-finals. Kim Clijsters beat Caroline Wozniacki in a strong two set victory, 7-5, 6-3. She is the first mother to win a Grand Slam event since 1980 when Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

“I don’t have words for this,” she said about the win. “I’m just glad I got to come back and defend my title from 2005.”

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“I really thought I was coming here to get used to being at a Grand Slam again, get used to the emotions, and then that would set me up for next year. Winning is beyond my wildest dreams,” she said about winning the title at Flushing Meadows.

The last time Kim Clijsters won a Grand Slam tournament was back in 2005 when she won here at Flushing for the first time. She won against Mary Pierce 6-3, 6-1.

Kimmy’s comeback story is amazing. When all doubted her, she gutted out some amazing wins. Great job Kim!!!

Photo courtesy of WTA Women Tennis and Mail Online.

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While watching the Novak Djokovic match in Louis Armstrong Stadium, I noticed something above me. It looks like the commentating booth! I asked my mom if I wasn’t hallucinating, and she said she saw it too. At that point, I just HAD to get a picture of it. Who do you think is up there? I think I see Darren Cahill (Or Killer) there in the white shirt and tie. Do you see anybody else that you recognize?

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US Open Pictures Part Two

Yo (My best friend and my new greeting), I’m back for some more pictures from the US Open! This time, they’re from actual matches. Enjoy!

Pictures from Dinara Safina vs. Kristina Barrois

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Dinara Safina waiting to return serve from Kristina Barrois. This was the second game in the first set, after Safina got broken in the first.

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The break-down of Dinara Safina’s serve. This was not all in the same point, obviously because the service motion is very fast, and my camera can only go so fast.

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Barrois returning serve.

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Barrois serving in the first set.

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The end of the match, shaking hands. Dinara Safina won 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3.


Sam Querrey vs. Kevin Kim

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Kevin Kim serving in the first set. I missed the beginning of this match because I really wasn’t feeling great (the sun was getting to me) and I was dehydrated.

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Kevin Kim returning serve.

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Sam Querrey serving also in the first set.

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Sam Querrey returning.

Caroline Wozniacki vs. Petra Martic

We had to leave the Sam Querrey and Kevin Kim match early to make it to the Williams sisters doubles match. When we got there, the Wozniacki match was just finishing up.

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Petra Martic returning late in the second set.

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Martic serving in the second set.

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Wozniacki serving.

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Wozniacki returning. There was a bit of a sun problem that just happened right at that second. You’ll see it throughout a lot of my next pictures.

S. Williams/V. Williams vs. Goerges/Parra Santonja

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Goerges and Parra Santonja after a point in the first set.

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Serena and Venus after a point. I took a lot of these to get it to perfection. I’ll tell you now, it took a while because they’re so fast between points! These are just a couple out of my million pictures of them.

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Venus Williams serve broken down. Again, these were not taken during the same point. (That would be near impossible)

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Venus Williams getting ready for the serve.

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Venus and Serena getting ready to return serve.

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Goerges and Parra Santonja waiting for serve.

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Julia (that’s my name! Mostly how I remember it) Goerges serving.

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Serena Williams serving.

Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Anastasija Sevastova

We had dinner after the Williams sisters doubles match, because we were all hungry and a bit cranky from being out in the sun that long. After that, though, we went into Louis Armstrong to watch the Novak Djokovic match. We were a little early for that, so we got to watch the end of the Svetlana Kuznetsova match.

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Svetlana Kuznetsova serving at the end of the second set.

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Sveta returning serve.

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Sevastova serving.

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Sevastova returning serve.

Novak Djokovic vs. Carsten Ball

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Carsten Ball serving in the first set.

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Carsten Ball getting ready to return serve.

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Novak Djokovic serving.

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Novak getting ready to hit a backhand.

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Novak hitting a forehand.

Early in the second set we had to leave because it was a little before 7. Since we live in New Jersey, it takes us about two hours to get back home. We had a great time, and recommend it to any tennis-loving person or fan.

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This year, my parents got tickets for all four of us to go to the US Open!!! We went to Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on August 29th, and then we went again on September 3rd. While I was there, I was able to take some pictures that I’m going to be putting on here. Below are some pictures from Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.

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Jordin Sparks sang first, opening with her new song, Battlefield.

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James Blake, Kim Clijsters, Ana Ivanovic, and Devin Britton came on next to play a 7-minute timed match. Will Ferrell was the umpire, which made it very funny. To make it even funnier, he came out dressed in James Blake’s outfit, and confessed he was stalking James for give or take 10 years!

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The major names in tennis history came on next to earn some money for their foundations. Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, and Serena Williams are all among those names.

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This is my favorite picture that I took, and my mom agrees with me. This is a picture right after they played for their foundation. I never thought I would get a picture like this.

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Keenan Thompson came on next dressed in an umpire uniform from baseball. This was the start of the Will and Andy Match.

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I had a great time at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. It was really funny, and who doesn’t like a nice laugh? I hope I can go again next year and see even more funny things!

More to come from the US Open later today. Off to school!

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In last night’s interview with Roger Federer, he was asked what he thought about Melanie Oudin. He appears to be happy for Melanie, who has accomplished so much so young.

“…I was following it rather closely because I was playing right after, and being in the second set tiebreak, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be playing in five minutes or in maybe one hour.

I thought she did well, I mean, an incredible effort of coming through again from behind, you know. The players beaten here, I mean, many of them I picked almost as favorites to win the tournament, so it’s an amazing achievement, and I hope the run continues for her. I mean it’s a great story and I think especially on the women’s side, they need that right now.”

Will Melanie’s Cinderella story continue on?

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John Isner’s run at the US Open was stopped yesterday by 10th seed Fernando Verdasco. This is the first time an American man has not gotten in at least the quarter-finals of the US Open. Isner was the last American man left in the draw, having beaten Roddick in the Round of 16.

John started out firing, winning the first set 6-4. But everything went downhill from there. Fernando Verdasco won the three last sets, all at 6-4. In this match, Isner won two breaks out of the three break points he earned. Verdasco converted four breaks out of the seven break points. Isner served a total of thirteen aces, while Verdasco hit seven. Both players had four double faults.

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Fernando Verdasco will next meet Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals.

Thanks to Dailymail and the New York Times for the wonderful photos.

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