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10 September, 2018, 06:45 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Championship preview del Potro vs. Djokovic

He won two Grand Slams in one year.

Djokovic claimed his second Grand Slam in succession and 14th in his illustrious career with a 6-3 7-6 6-3 victory at Flushing Meadows.

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 behind from the all-time record 20 held by Roger Federer.

A focused Djokovic continued to apply pressure in the third set until Del Potro finally cracked on serve to fall behind 5-3, with the Serb closing out the match with a ferocious overhead victor.

Djokovic was far superior to del Potro in the opening set but he dropped three consecutive games in the second to trail 4-3. He had the upper hand in the second set tie-breaker but couldn't convert, and after fighting back from a break down in the third set he served up a double fault to give Djokovic a chance for the final break of serve.

He closed his win with a yelp, barely audible over del Potro's ebullient fans.

"We are proud to be close to these legends", Del Potro said.

"I think most of all, the respect they had for other player, they never went over the line and that's something truly unbelievable tonight", Djokovic said at the presentation ceremony.

The Novak Djokovic vs Juan Martin del Potro US Open 2018 men's singles final match will be played at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY.




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

With the quality of tennis only on the rise, the noise level inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium was deafening.

Novak Djokovic celebrates his US Open 2018 victory at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Djokovic, the No. 6 seed, missed this tournament a year ago as he struggled with an elbow injury that ultimately required surgery. "But I'm happy for Novak and his team".

"There was always part of me that believed I could come back relatively quickly to the level of tennis that I once was playing", Djokovic, 31, said before Sunday's match.

"Difficult times but you learn from adversity".

Djokovic went on to congratulate Del Potro for his achievements despite all the injury trouble and made a massively sporting gesture by saying he knew Del Potro will stand as champion at this podium one day.

It is Djokovic's thid U.S. Open title and first since 2015. Since then, he's missed extensive time with injuries to both wrists.

Amidst the searing heat and disturbing humidity of NY for the past two weeks, Djokovic battled through and rose above it all to shine under the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights for the third time. "I really wish him all the best and I know he's going to stand here again with the champions trophy".

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