What the U.S. Open Can Teach Us About Life

Juan Martin del Potro defeats Roger Federer to win his first Grand Slam title. Photo by Getty Images (CC)
Juan Martin del Potro defeats Roger Federer to win his first Grand Slam title. Photo by Getty Images (CC)

Football isn’t the only reason why this is may favorite time of year. The U.S. Open is also being played. I love tennis. I grew up playing it and enjoy watching it. Yesterday’s men’s final was no exception.

After the first set, I thought Federer had it in the bag. However, subsequent sets were a rollercoaster of aces, volleys, and well-placed (as well as not so strategic) shots. The end result was that the sixth-ranked player, Juan Martin del Potro won. Not only was it the a 20-year-old Argentine’s first Grand Slam tournament win, but he defeated the two most dominant players—Federer and Nadal— of the game since Sampras and Agassi on his way to the title.

What’s more: he created some excitement in men’s tennis. These aforementioned titans have battled each other in seven Grand Slam finals as the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds. This time neither were left. Instead del Potro held the silver trophy  Monday night; the first Argentine to do so since 1977. He proved that determination, eill and some well-placed shots can make a difference.

For me, it’s turn of events such as this one that I’m grateful. In our world, it’s easy to fall in line and do the expected. Sometimes we need someone like del Potro to quietly rise to the top and achieve greatness as to remind us that we can all do the same.

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What the U.S. Open Can Teach Us About Life

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