Djokovic headed for bright finish with US Open win

14 September, 2018, 17:22 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina reacts during his men's singles semi-final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on Day Twelve of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

The Serbian now has equalled Pete Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slams after he defeated Del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 in the US Open final on Sunday, to lift up the trophy for the third time in his career.

Djokovic, who struggled with the NY humidity in the first two rounds, did not drop a set from the third round onwards.

Juan Martin del Potro was gracious in defeat and said Djokovic can end his career as the most successful Grand Slam title victor, surpassing Roger Federer's current mark of 20.

The second set immediately saw the Argentine under pressure on his serve, and though he managed to fend off Djokovic in game one, the relentless pressure told in game three as Del Potro sprayed two forehand errors to lose serve again.

After taking just two points off Del Potro's first three service games, Djokovic, in his eighth final in NY and 23rd at the majors, pounced to break for 5-3. Nadal, Federer and Djokovic last occupied the top three spots in the rankings in April 2015.

Djokovic is now level on 14 grand-slam titles with Pete Sampras and, in men's terms, behind only Rafael Nadal on 17 and Roger Federer's 20.

But Djokovic is almost six years younger than Federer and - prior to a two-year barren spell that was ended by his Wimbledon triumph - had been winning slams at an average of almost two a season.

It's del Potro's first major final since he won his only one in the 2009 U.S. Open by beating Roger Federer. He showed off all of his court-covering, foe-frustrating, defense-to-offense skills down the stretch on the way to his third U.S. Open title, claiming the last 16 sets he played. "But for me, I felt like I really had to focus during this match because she's such a great champion, and I know that she can come back from any point".

"For me.I think it's still a win, so I'm just going to count it as that".


Asked if he can catch Federer, Del Potro said: "Of course he can". Del Potro broke down in uncontrollable tears on his chair.

Federer and Nadal have made me the player I am today.

Ironically, John McEnroe, who quarreled with umpires throughout his career, presented Djokovic with the trophy.

Djokovic's most hard opponent this tournament has been the heat and humidity, so Sunday's cool and wet conditions, resulting in the roof being shut on Arthur Ashe Stadium, were perfectly to his liking.

After Djokovic, 31, watched them increase their advantages over him while he went more than 2 years without a major, hampered by an injured right elbow that required surgery in February, he is now got his game in order.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with his wife Jelena Djokovic after winning his men's Singles finals match.

It was a brief request, though, unlike her many other pleas for quiet, mainly as fans were shouting and chanting and clapping in support of del Potro.

While Streep was beside herself, Jerry Seinfeld had more of a skeptical look. Later, after winning a point, Djokovic put that finger to his ear, as if to say, "Who are you cheering for now?!" "But I'm happy for Novak and his team".

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