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US Open victor overtakes Swiss great

Rafael Nadal of Spain retires with a injury against Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina during their Men's Singles Semi Finals match at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York There are few more popular players on the tour than Del Potro Credit AFP
| 14 September, 2018, 17:20

But he had a 4-14 losing record against Djokovic, including four at the Slams - two of them at the US Open in 2007 and 2012.

A clinical Novak Djokovic dismissed Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-3 to collect his third U.S. Open title on Sunday.

Del Potro, a sentimental favorite after nearly retiring in 2015 due to four wrist surgeries, couldn't overcome Djokovic's steely baseline game.

Williams was fined £13,000 for her meltdown during he US Open final defeat to Naomi Osaka, which saw her issued with three code violations, including a game penalty after calling Ramos a "thief" for docking her a point. One game alone in the second set lasted 20 minutes.

6-3 victory over the 2009 victor under the roof at Arthur Ashe stadium - rain in NY meant cover was needed - gave the Serb a third crown at the US Open and 14th grand slam title overall. If he beats del Potro, Djokovic will equal Pete Sampras for third place among men for major singles titles, trailing only Roger Federer's 20 and Rafael Nadal's 17.

Djokovic, playing in his eighth final in NY and already the champion in 2011 and 2015, is now just three Slams behind Rafael Nadal and six back from the record 20 held by Roger Federer. Del Potro, the 29-year-old Argentinian who won the 2009 Open, is back at his best after a series of wrist surgeries, ranked a career high No. 3.

Djokovic, who won Wimbledon in July, will climb to third in the world after back-to-back Grand Slam victories. "I know that he will be here again with the champions trophy".

"When I had my surgery I could truly understand what Juan Martin was going through when he had surgeries that kept him away form the tour for two or three years", added Djokovic.

Del Potro backed Djokovic to surpass Federer's mark of 20 Slams.

Del Potro cracked first when serving in the eighth game of the first set.


Things looked ominous for Del Potro as Djokovic seized control early on, moving magnificently and constructing a number of superb points with precision striking.

Del Potro might have beaten other players Sunday, same as some of the losses to Federer and Nadal through the years may have been victories against lesser foes.

It made for a partisan atmosphere in the biggest tennis stadium in the world and, with the roof closed because of rain, led to a cauldron of noise.

Djokovic continued a remarkable summer after missing the end of last season with a right elbow injury.

Statistically, the men's final was relatively even.

"You learn when you're down, when you have doubtful moments, when things are not working out as you want them to".

In the tiebreak, Del Potro looked susceptible to forehand errors and Djokovic showed huge courage and quality to take it away from Del Potro, going up 2-0 in the final.

While Simona Halep of Romania retained her top spot on the list, Germany?s Angelique Kerber moved one spot up to acquire the third position.

But in that critical eight deuce game, the three break chances evaporated. "I'm sad because I lose but I'm happy for Novak".

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