Juan Martin del Potro’s stirring five-set victory to dethrone five-time defending champion Roger Federer at the US Open will be aired in its entirety tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 15, as an “Instant Classic” on ESPN2 from 7 – 11:30 p.m. ET. Patrick McEnroe called the match with Darren Cahill.
The 20-year-old Argentine captured his first major title in a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory that lasted just over four hours. The #6 seed del Potro had been 0-6 against the 15-time Grand Slam event winner, and became the first man from Argentina to win the US Open since Guillermo Vilas did it in 1977.
In addition, ESPN Deportes, the Spanish-language U.S. network, will air the final two hours of the match at 9 p.m., with commentators Luis Alfredo Alvarez and Javier Frana.
All Four Slams, All in One Place
With programming on ESPN Radio, ESPN360.com, ESPNEWS and more – in addition to ESPN2’s 100+ hours during the two-week tournament – ESPN completed Grand Slam at the US Open, presenting all four of the sport’s majors, which no U.S. network has ever done before, let alone in a single year.