It took three sets and two rain delays, but No. 13 seed Oliver Golding of Great Britain provided a monumental upset against No. 1 Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic, shocking those in attendance on Court 11 with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 win in the boys' singles final to win his first Grand Slam singles title.
"It's something I've been working for a long time and feels unbelievable," said Golding. "I have no words."
The match was a sharp contrast in styles of play, with Golding hitting a hard and flat ball in an attempt to approach the net, while Vesely was content to hang far behind the baseline and draw his opponent into unforced errors. While Vesely held his serve comfortably throughout most of the set, Golding found himself in trouble in the majority of his service games. The Brit fought off four break points at 2-2 and another four at 4-4 before finally holding serve with an ace. An uncharacteristically loose service game from Vesely gave Golding four set point opportunities, but the Brit began to go for too much on his groundstrokes, allowing the No. 1 seed to hold serve with an overhead winner from the baseline.
A pair of double faults from the Brit gave at 5-5 Vesely break points nine and 10, and the Czech player finally converted on his tenth opportunity when Golding dumped a forehand into the net and threw his racket to the ground in disgust. A brief drizzle halted play for 10 minutes, but then Vesely came out and easily closed out the first set, hammering down a service winner to take it 7-5.
With Vesely serving down 1-2, Golding began to rush the net more frequently and force Vesely to come up with winning passing shots. The plan worked as the Brit earned a break point opportunity and converted on it with a rifling backhand passing shot. The lone break of serve was all Golding needed to comfortably take the second set 6-3.
Three points into the final set, a steady rain took the players off court for more than 45 minutes. When play resumed, the pair traded easy service holds until 3-3, when two groundstroke errors from Vesely gave Golding a break of serve. The Brit easily held twice more to take the title, hitting a cross-court backhand winner on match point and raised his arms in celebration.
"When I sat down for the changeover at 5-4, I saw there were a load of cameras in line," said Golding. "When I was serving for the match, I was trying to think this is just another game. Just completely forget about the situation and, you know, just try to play each point as it comes."
- Golding is ranked No. 795.
- The match took 138 minutes to complete.
- Vesely won the boys' singles title at the Australian Open this year.
- Golding had not won an ITF junior titlle since January 2009.
- Golding is the first British player to win the boys' singles title at the US Open since Andy Murray in 2004.
|Jiri Vesely CZE (1)||7||3||4|
|Oliver Golding GBR (13)||5||6||6|