Congrats to Crazy Fed, who heads into his fifth straight US Open final (but notably, this is the first final for Crazy Eyez Fed). Two keys to this match: (1) Fed was serving bombs, thus holding fairly easily and (2) Nole just didn't want to be there.
Nole's mindset was understandable given the circumstances, but his performance was still disappointing. It wasn't that he played poorly per se. But he played with no intensity, which for him, is a death nail. Time to go home and regroup, kiddo. Luckily for him he doesn't have to step foot back in the States for a long, long, time.
It's really too bad, too. Because though Fed played well, he still looked beatable. Had Nole gone on to win this tournament he would have actually ascended to the #2 ranking, bumping Fed to #3.