images-1Juan Martin Del Potro is really wicked tall, and he is now the U.S. Open champion after outlasting five-time defending champion Roger Federer in a five-set thriller 3-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 Monday afternoon/evening (the match started at 4 p.m. and lasted four hours). At 6-6, Del Potro became the tallest man ever to win a Grand Slam tournament and the first man to beat Roger Federer at the tournament in 2,200 days (which is utterly ridiculous).  After winning the fourth set in a tie-breaker, Del Potro blew Federer away in the fifth and final set, as the defending champion seemed to wilt under the pressure in front of a stunned crowd.

A word about the crowd.  How fickle are U.S. Open fans? The New York crowd spent much of the first four sets urging on Del Potro, but as soon as he started winning, they turned on him and began pulling for Federer.  It’s almost as if they were saying, “Hey Roger, we just wanted you to sweat a little bit.  We didn’t actually want you to lose.”

But lose he did.  Now yesterday, we dismissively referred to Del Potro as “some Argentinean guy,” but that was before yesterday’s win.  The pride of Tandil, Argentina has now pushed his way  into the pantheon of super famous Argentines, joining Jose de San Martin, Eva Peron, and Lorenzo Lamas.  Congratulations, DelPo.

In other tennis news, Serena and Venus Williams managed to win the U.S. Open’s women’s doubles finale without Serena shoving anything down anybody’s fucking throat.

Water Cooler Cheat Sheet

As we’ve said before, in most water-cooler type conversations, you will only be required to utter one or two throwaway lines in order to appear knowledgeable.  And as we all know, appearance is everything.

“I almost felt bad for Federer in that 5th set because Del Potro looked like he was in a zone.  Every ball was hitting a line.”

Juan Martin Del Potro is only 20-years-old and has a lot of tennis in front of him, but we’re willing to bet that he has never before and will never again play as well as he did in the 5th set last night.  It was almost unreal the way that every close shot went his way and every ground stroke of his managed to stay in the court.  A truly magnificent performance.

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