CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Sept. 15, 2009: A 20-year-old Argentinean on Monday night made history at the U.S. Open by becoming only the second South American to win the men`s finals of the tourney and the first to end the five year reign of Roger Federer.
Juan Martin del Potro took the win at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center before a massive crowd that turned out to see the underdog take on the reigning champion.
At the end, it was the fearless South American who tearfully raised the trophy high and who walked away with a purse of $1.8 million dollars and a brand new Lexus convertible.
It was Del Potro’s first grand slam but he managed to score 3-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 against Federer to win the title.
Del Potro had beaten Rafael Nadal in another surprise upset – 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 to secure his place in the final yesterday. In an on-court interview last night, he called Monday`s thoughts on the win as `much better.`
`It`s amazing for me,` Del Potro added as his fans celebrated. `I`m very happy to be with this crowd, this people, this court. This will be in my mind forever in my life. I don`t have words for this.`
The last player to win his first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open was Andy Roddick in 2003.
`Juan Martin played great,` Federer commented. `He hung in there and played great and in the end, he was a better man. I had chances today to win, but couldn`t take them. It was unfortunate.`