Novak Djokovic sweeps aside del Potro in US Open final

Lynette Rowe
September 11, 2018

Djokovic, patient and strong through two punishing weeks, became a three-time U.S. Open victor and 14-time Grand Slam champion with his 6-3, 7-6 (4) 6-3 victory over del Potro under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Novak Djokovic was thrilled to match Pete Sampras with a 14th Grand Slam title at the US Open yesterday, but he said it's Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who have made him the player he is.

"There was always part of me that imagined and believed and hoped that I can get back [to] the desired level of tennis very soon, " said Djokovic, whose operation was in February.

Djokovic missed last year's tournament with an injured right elbow that eventually required surgery, but he is back at the top of his game now and won Wimbledon in July. "I just want to create from this moment onwards the most I can create for myself, to get the best out of myself in every possible moment".

It was Djokovic's 15th win over the Del Potro and fifth in five at the Slams.

"When I had the surgery on my elbow I could truly understand what Juan Martin was going through".

The win at Flushing Meadows enabled Djokovic to complete a Wimbledon-US Open double after lifting his fourth Wimbledon title earlier this year at the All England Club in London.

"That inspired me to start playing tennis".

Asked if Djokovic could surpass Federer's record, del Potro was emphatic in his response.

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[Saturday's] match showcased one of tennis's new stars as well as one of the greatest players of the game.

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Potro to clinch his third US Open title on Sunday.

Despite the typically enthusiastic backing of his fellow Argentinians, Del Potro was denied a second U.S. Open title nine years after his dramatic 2009 triumph.

The tension and fireworks of the Osaka-Williams clash were left behind during a relatively calm and composed baseline battle between two friends and familiar foes who had played each other 18 times, with Djokovic holding a commanding 14-4 edge.

The match's true turning point came in the eighth game of the second set, after Djokovic had lost three straight games and was trailing 3-4 on serve.

From 1-3, Del Potro won three games in a row and had Djokovic rattled. The most common utterance from chair umpire Alison Hughes aside from the score was undoubtedly, "Quiet please, players are ready", as she tried to stifle the rowdy spectators so del Potro and Djokovic could serve.

"I will keep playing tennis for a few more years", he said.

The quest to win a second major will have to wait until next year, but del Potro, who turns 30 this month, feels good about his chances with the way his wrist held up over the last two weeks. "I'm glad I managed to do that". I don't see it's necessary really to debate that.

Djokovic is trying for a third U.S. Open title and 14th major overall, which would tie Pete Sampras for third place on the career list.

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