When I watched the first part of the first set of the Haas / Del Potro semi, Haas was playing the most sublime tennis & Del Potro seemed at a loss. It was very late here & the rain delay meant I couldn't watch beyond 4-1 when they stopped play.
So when I saw the result yesterday, I was surprised that TH lost the match in straights - I expected it to be a better contested match regardless of who ended up winning it. Sorry Haas couldn't get through, Lugburz.
Perhaps Del Potro starts slow. For he got broken twice in the first set of the final, with Isner very much in control, playing some quite superb, attacking tennis, going for winners & painting the lines. But Del Potro remembered why he was there in the second set, and didn't look back. His booming forehand worked magic, he moved well & served well & basically dictated terms.
Well done to Isner for playing well & getting to another final. And congratulations to Del Potro for coming back after injury to play his game beautifully again. I like what I see & hope he can stay injury free, and give the top players something to think about during the US hard court season.
Swish - what did you think of Del Potro's game in washington?