Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
It appears the Tennis Gods don’t want to see Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer play in New York. Ever.
Juan Martin del Potro made sure the tennis world won’t see that match this year when he beat Federer, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(8), 6-4 in 2 hours, 52 minutes in a dramatic semifinal Wednesday night before more than 23,000 in Arthur Ashe Stadium. It was the second straight time del Potro has beaten Federer in New York, dating to his memorable win in the 2009 US Open final.
After he hit a forehand winner on match point, the 6-foot-6 Argentine looked to the sky and extended both arms out in celebration.
“I played my best match of the tournament,” del Potro said on court. “I served good and I hit my forehand as hard as I can and I think we played a good match.”
To the crowd, he added, “I know against Rafa the crowd will be tough for me, but I hope you are there cheering for me again.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.