WOMEN’S DOUBLES FINAL
The women’s Doubles final turned out to be a closely contested affair between 2nd seeds TimeaBabos/Kristina Mladenovic and 13th seeds Coco Vanderweghe/Ashleigh Barty. The Hungarian/French partnership got off to the better start taking the first 6-3 and then had an early break in the 2nd. However the US/Aussie team were tenacious and saved 2 match points to force the breaker which they won fairly convincingly. There were some delightful exchanges at the net along with some compelling baseline play along with some effective serves/returns. Breaks were exchanged in 3rd and went to another breaker which was tight. However Unfortunately Mladenovic double faulted at climax and Vanderweghe/Barty took it 8-6 for the title. https://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/articles/2018-09-09/coco_vandeweghe_and_ashleigh_barty_claim_us_op...hip=2
So final act on Sunday at around 4.30 (9.30 UK) was the final of the Men’s championship with two players who had come into impressive form throughout the fortnight in 6th seed Novak Djokovic (really the fav and I picked him but pundits expecting /hoping for a close contest) and the 3rd seed Juan Martin Del Potro. Del Potro won the event in 2009 upsetting Federer but first slam final since then. Having come back to form after a few injury layoffs for many he was the sentimental favourite but would there be a fairytale?
Certainly they were matched in the early stages and both fairly comfortable and serve and we seen some thunderous winners and strong baseline play. However at 3 all Djokovic went up a gear as he recovered from 40-0 down to break serve as he turned defence into attacking and was pinning Del Potro back. He got the first break and went on to take the first set 6-3. In the early stages of the 2nd it was more of the same as the Serb’s defensive skills were incredible, some shots which looked like winners were returned with interest. He was soon 3-1 up , however at 3-2 a few mistakes coupled with Juan using forehand to good effect and matters were level. At 3-4 we had a 20 minute game with some incredible rallies and winners, more from Juan but h could not take the 3 break points. The set went to a breaker but despite an early deficit Djokovic emerged the stronger 7-4 and was coming to the net in opportune moments more often than his opponent.
This set took 95 minutes and seemed likely it could be pivotal. Djokovic took command early on the 3rd with superb shotmaking/movement and Del Potro erred as he trailed 3-1. The Argentine was able to take his chance to get a break back but it only delayed the inevitable as the serb pounced again and made no mistake when serving the set out 6-3 . It had been a pretty special performance from Djokovic and Del Potro could not keep at bay. A similar number of winners from both ,Djokovic had 31 to opponent’s 32 but Del Potro had 47 unforced errors-nine more than the winner. However some of them under the upmost pressure.
Djokovic took his 14 th slam, 3rd in the all time list and matched Pete Sampras’ tally. It was also his 3rd Us Open, Novak expressed disappointment that Pete was not there but McEnroe handed over the trophy. After injury/loss of form in 2017/early 2018 seems right back on track and formidable!https://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/articles/2018-09-09/2018-09-09_novak_djokovic_defeats_juan_martin_...
A few interesting results, 2nd seed Alfie Hewitt of GB took singles tiltle beating top seeded Japanese player Shinigo Kudeia 6-3,7-5. Hewitt along with Gordon Reid the 2nd seeds also took doubles title over top ranked French team Houdet/Peifer 7-5,3-6, 11-9. In Junior Boys Doubles Bulgarian Adrian Andreev and Brit Anton Matusevich took title over Americans Nava/Nefve 6-4,2-6,10-8.
So that's the reporting for the final Grand slam this year over, overall impresssion is that Amazon's service did improve (some better reviews lately) though seems quite a number not particularly satisfied.