Both players defeated Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in their respective semi-finals to guarantee a new champion, the first Grand Slam final with a guaranteed new champion since the 2008 Australian Open (when Djokovic defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), and the first Grand Slam with two first-time Slam finalists since the 2005 French Open (where Nadal defeated Mariano Puerta).
It was also the first time since the 2005 Australian Open final (where Marat Safin defeated Lleyton Hewitt) that neither Djokovic, Federer, nor Nadal has featured in a Grand Slam final, and the first time since 2003 (when Juan Carlos Ferrero, Federer, and Andy Roddick all won their first major titles) that multiple first-time Grand Slam winners have been crowned in a single season due to Stan Wawrinka's win at the 2014 Australian Open.
on my computer itching to get the day started.”Roughly 12 hours after climbing off the stationary bike, Gimelstob checked his messages.
Despite making a concerted effort throughout the day to keep up with his correspondence, his unread emails and text messages had grown to nearly 400. On technology’s superhighway, he is not pedaling in place; he is losing ground. After a few hours’ sleep — a long nap, really — he would resume his striving.
“Some players might have a problem,” Steve Johnson, an American seeded 31st here, said, adding: “I think it’s a little different that he’s also coaching a player that we’re playing against.
His comfort zone is expanding, and not just on the court.In truth, they are more alike than it appears.“We’re both O. D.,” Gimelstob said, referring to obsessive-compulsive disorder. Gimelstob leaves cartons of ice cream on the counter, Isner said, and swigs of coffee in mugs that he neglects to rinse out.“I’m extremely, extremely domestic,” Isner said, adding, “He’s a hurricane.It just drives me crazy.”Gimelstob had never coached an ATP player, and his learning curve was steep.“I started out giving John way too much information because that’s how I liked it when I played,” said Gimelstob, whose father and uncle were basketball coaches.Between the end of the practice session and the start of Isner’s second-round match at 11 a.m., there was a two-hour lull, which Gimelstob had no trouble filling.He conducted interviews on an outside court with the legendary Australian players Fred Stolle and Ken Rosewall and consumed a quick breakfast that consisted of a raspberry muffin and two small containers of yogurt, which he washed down with a large extra-strong latte.