US Open 2009 Winners
The 2009 US Open will be remembered for springing several surprises on the tennis public. The tournament started with Roger Federer a hot favourite to add another US Open title to his rapidly growing grand slam collection.
Federer breezed through the opening rounds of the tournament, losing just one set before joining the likes of Fernando Gonzalez, Robin Soderling, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Fernando Verdasco in the tournament’s quarterfinals.
Federer then went on to roll over Robin Soderling to book a place opposite Novak Djokovic in the semis. In the other half of the draw, Rafael Nadal put away Fernando Gonzalez to book a place opposite Juan Martin del Potro.
Federer proceeded to impress in his match against Djokovic, cementing an unhappy year for the Serb by eliminating him in straight sets. Meanwhile, the second semifinal witnessed a stunning upset as del Potro put away an out-of-sorts Rafael Nadal without losing a single match.
Federer and del Potro then met in an epic final. The heavily favoured Federer won the first set before del Potro won the second. The third set went to Federer, leaving del Potro needing to win two consecutive sets to win the US Open title.
Del Potro proceeded to do just this, edging the fourth set with a tie-breaker before closing the door on Federer with an imperious display in the fifth and final set of the 2009 US Open men’s final.
The women’s draw also produced a stunning upset in 2009. The tournament started with Serena Williams as the hot favourite to win the US Open crown. Williams made few mistakes as she battled to the semifinals, winning every one of her matches in straight sets.
However, the semifinals proved to be Williams’ undoing as she found herself up against tournament wildcard Kim Clijsters, back from a prolonged absence from the game. The physical Clijsters matched Williams shot-for-shot, putting away the reigning champion in straight sets.
Clijsters went on to meet another surprise finalist, Caroline Wozniacki, in the final. Clijsters needed just two sets to put Wozniacki away, and become one of the few players in the open era to have won a grand slam on a wildcard entry.
Despite failing to defend her US Open singles title, there was consolation available to Serena Williams in the form of yet another doubles title. Together with sister, Venus, she claimed the US Open women’s title by beating Cara Black and Liezel Huber in straight sets.
There was an absence of singles seeds in the men’s double at the 2010 US Open. The title in this draw eventually went to the pairing of Lukáš Dlouhý and Leander Paes, who defeated Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles in straight sets in the final.