A New Era in Men's Tennis

Sasi SekaranContributor ISeptember 17, 2009

On 13th September 2009 when i saw Del Potro demolishing Rafa Nadal in semi finals of US Open making it the worst loss of Nadal's career on the number of games that he won in losing a match.(6-2 6-2 6-2) totally winning just 6 games in the entire match I thought it would be another easy day at the office for Fedex who i thought would run over any opponent except Nadal based on the way he played his semi final match against Novak Djokovic. I assumed Del Potro would not handle the pressure of the grand slam final and would fail like Murray, Soderling, Roddick etc you have been unable break the Fedex jinx in the grand slam finals.

To the world's astonishment the 20 year old Argentian giant was able to break the Federer strangle hold when it comes to Grand slam finals. He was not the same player who had lost to federer in Australian open (6-3 6-0-6-0) and in the french open semi finals.But this time he was able to sustain pressure and come up with winners when it really matters. I am happy in way that there is a challenger for Federer other than Nadal.

Not to take anything away from Federer who has had a brilliant summer winning the French open as well as Wimbledon and hereby surpassing the great Sampras for the most number of grand slam wins. He is already 28 and according to me he has achieved everything in tennis except beating Nadal in a french open final which he would want the most. Many might say Fedex wasn't his very best in US Open final but the matter of fact that we all need to understand is that he is getting old day by day and he can't win them all.

The world of Tennis needs competition and people want to see different faces and different winners in each of the 4 grand slams in the coming years and with the down fall of Roger Federer at flushing meadows to Juan Martin Del Potro a New Era for Men's Tennis has began.