2018 U.S. Open Amazing Matches
During the 50th anniversary of the tennis U.S. Open, from August 27 to September 9, 2018, there were many unbelievable matches, including a couple of surprising upsets.
One of the upsets included the number 2 player in the world, Roger Federer, lost to an unranked player, John Millman, in the round of sixteen. In this match, Federer got off to a fantastic start, winning the first set 6-3. Although, after the first set it, Millman dominated. He won the next three sets, 7-5, 7-6, (9-7), and he won the fourth and final set 7-6 (7-3). Federer seemed to get extremely tired as the match went on and was unable to keep up with the speedy Australian. Spectators announced, “Who’s John Millman?” and they were really surprised to find out that Roger Federer lost to a player they had never heard of before.
Another unbelievable upset was that the number one women’s tennis player in the world, Simona Halep, lost in the first round to an unranked player, Kaia Kanepi. This was a shock to many tennis fans and no one saw it coming. In this match, Kaia Kanepi won in straight sets winning 6-2, 6-4. Even after losing in the first round, Halep is still the number one player in the world.
Rafael Nadal, the number one men’s tennis player in the world, had to retire in the semifinals against Del Potro, the number three men’s player in the world, due to a knee injury. Del Potro would go on to the finals but lost to Novak Djokivic in straight sets.
On the women’s side of the draw, 23 time grand slam champion, Serena Williams, lost in the finals to a young new star Naomi Osaka. The umpire of the match, Carlos Ramos, took a game from Serena after she was called for her third penalty of the match. The first penalty was for coaching which Serena disagreed with saying, ” I don’t cheat to win, I’d rather lose”. The second penalty was for slamming her racket and she lost a point for doing so. Her third penalty was for calling the umpire a thief for taking a point from her. All this drama seemed to take away from Osaka’s first ever grand slam win and her lifelong dream of playing Serena Williams in a grand slam final.