Djokovic Takes US Title

14 September, 2018, 19:09 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • From 1,042 to US Open final del Potro relishes return to Grand Slam title match

He almost quit tennis in 2015, after four wrist surgeries that wouldn't let him regain the form that carried him past Roger Federer to win the 2009 U.S. Open.

Novak Djokovic's US Open title win over Juan Martin Del Potro moved him joint third with Pete Sampras in the all-time list of men's tennis grand slam champions.

The Argentine competed in his first Grand Slam final in nine years after the last time he reached a summit clash was back in 2009 when he had defeated Federer to win the title at the Flushing Meadows.

The powerful player couldn't hit the ball hard enough with his backhand to threaten top players, let alone the rulers of the sport like Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic beat Del Potro, who has had his own injury issues, 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3, and in turn goes level with his hero Pete Sampras or winning 14 career Slam titles.

The three-time US Open victor said his hike in France had given him a fresh perspective on life.

The 29-year old then missed a golden opportunity in game eight, failing to take one of three break chances during a 20-minute game that saw Djokovic jeered by spectators as he approached the umpire mid-game to complain about the balls, the packed crowd sensing he was just playing for time.

Novak Djokovic has won a tiebreaker to take a 95-minute second set, moving a set away from the U.S. Open title.

Del Potro - the third seed - had earlier lauded Djokovic, telling ESPN: "So happy to play in the final against this magnificent idol".

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Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, celebrates after defeating Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina.

Osaka, whose next scheduled tournament is the Toray Pan Pacific Open later this month in Tokyo, said she was still too exhausted to celebrate her U.S. Open win. He was earmarked as the next big force, the man alongside Djokovic to rattle the two great champions he had just felled to break through.

No. 1 Simona Halep retained the top spot even though she became the first No. 1 seed to lose in the first round of the U.S. Open, and Caroline Wozniacki stayed at No. 2 after her second-round exit.

US Open finalist Juan Martin Del Potro has backed Novak Djokovic to surpass Roger Federer's current mark of 20 Grand Slams.

"I was so close to desired level, and then I just completely underplayed that match". Three times, Djokovic steeled himself.

Since the 2003 Wimbledon, the Big 3 have won 51 of 62 Grand Slams on the men's side.

"I feel like these guys, rivalries with these guys, matches with Federer and Nadal, have made me the player I am, have shaped me into the player I am". "She gave me some experience to play the final, because she played in the Australian Open final". "But I was playing nearly at the limit all the time, looking for winners with my forehands, backhands, and I couldn't make it because Novak was there every time".

Last year is the only time in the last eight years he failed to pick-up at least one major trophy in a season.

After his latest performance, it's a safe bet Sampras is admiring Djokovic as well - along with many others.

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