Us Open: considerations- View: 1045 by Federico Coppini
After looking forward to the men's final at the US Open so much, the biggest disappointment was the rain delay causing the final to start after most of our bedtimes this side of the pond in England. And this being England, there was no re-run of the highly anticipated match between the best two players in the world.
Instead I had to avoid the result all day just to watch the highlights at 5.30pm Monday.
As a result, I can only give my take on the match from the highlights I watched. I think the biggest stat to jump out at me was Roger Federer only managing to convert 4 of his 23 break points, almost half of which he had a chance to attack Novak Djokovic's 2nd serve.
The encouraging thing for Federer from what I saw was that he played much better than he did in the Wimbledon final where he mishit a large amount of backhands and hit a huge amount of simple forehands into the net.
I feel this time he played with more confidence and aggression and many of his mistakes were the result of going all out with his forehand and backhand against the best defensive player I have ever seen.
Though he played more confidently and aggressively than in their SW19 final, he still didn't play with quite as much self-belief and willingness to attack the net as he did in the Cincinnati Masters Final last month.
I think we would all love to see Fed win at least one more Slam and though I believe he's playing the best tennis he's ever played, I feel he just has that little bit of doubt to beat Novak over 5 sets.
I hope that if he continues to improve the way he has of late (which is astonishing when you think about what he has already accomplished and the fact that sadly he is nearer the end of his career than the beginning) that he finds that real belief in himself to produce the tennis he plays against Djokovic in 5 sets as he does over 3 sets.
After all these years, Federer is still an inspiration.
The fact that he is still working on his game to improve all aspects when most players' level of play is decreasing at this stage of their careers. But also the fact that despite being the most successful player of all time, confidence isn't just a given.
It shows us that even Federer is human and that confidence is something we all need to work on.
Saying all this, let's not take anything away from Djokovic. He played a fantastic match. This year he has reached the final of all 4 Slams, winning 3 of them.
He's closing in on Federer's 17 Slam titles and the way he's dominated 2015, you have to think he's going to be challenging Fed's record over the next few years.
From a British perspective, I expect Andy Murray to challenge for more Slams next year.
Though Kevin Anderson played a superb match to knock him out in the 4th round, I was surprised to not see him challenging for the title after he was in such good form and so confident leading up to the Open.
His brother Jamie had another fantastic tournament reaching his 2nd doubles Slam final in a row.
And for me, one of the players of the tournament was Johanna Konta who played amazing tennis, qualifying and reaching the 4th round, beating a couple of seeds on the way.
Roll on the rest of the year and an equally exciting 2016! By Leon