Federer-Del Potro live coverage
Remember the 2000 U.S. Open final?
A 20-year-old Marat Safin was facing one of the game's all-time greats, Pete Sampras, in the Russian's maiden Grand Slam final. The substantial underdog, Safin crushed Sampras in straight sets to truly announce himself to the tennis world.
Federer, continually rewriting the record books, is trying to become the first man since Bill Tilden in 1925 to claim six straight U.S. Open crowns.
Federer is 6-0 against the Argentine, not dropping a set in their three hard-court encounters.
Del Potro, however, has steadily improved in a short time, extending Federer to five sets at the French Open. The gentle 6-foot-6 giant needs the serve to be on.
Having deprived us of a Rafa versus Roger final, the least del Potro can do for us is put up a good fight, right?
Ravi Ubha is a frequent contributor to ESPN.com.
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