Djokovic tops del Potro to win U.S. Open, 14th Slam title
10 September, 2018, 06:45 | Author: Rachael Silva
Playing on the same court where Pete Sampras claimed his 14th and finalGrand Slam crown, Djokovic had endured more disappointment than joy on Arthur Ashe, mining just three titles from eight finals.
Britain's Alison Hughes, the second woman to umpire a U.S. Open men's singles final, kept a low profile as the two former champions went to work. Only Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17) have more. "And so, so happy to be playing the final against this magnificent idol".
"To the support of the loved ones, my kids, my wife, my small team of people that has been there with me through hard times as well", added the Serb who underwent elbow surgery after the Australian Open in January".
After a 2017 season in which Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal left tennis fans blinking in disbelief at their ability to turn back time and own majors as if they were in their 20s, Djokovic closed 2018 with a dominant performance against Juan Martin del Potro to claim his third U.S. Open title - and first since 2015.
"I was hoping he was going to be here, but he's not", Djokovic said about Sampras.
Thankfully, Del Potro's injury woes look to be behind him. Djokovic, Federer, Nadal and Andy Murray have now won 50 of the past 55 Grand Slams.
"He knows that he's one of my friends on tour and he knows he's one player I want to watch win on tour. You deserve to win".
He had grown frustrated by the pro-del Potro crowd that sang and chanted his name throughout the three-hour, 16-minute match as if it were a soccer game.
It was only the second set dropped by the Argentine at the tournament.
When it ended, thanks to a three-game closing run by Djokovic, he flung his racket away and landed on his back, arms and legs spread wide.
The Serb then continued the brilliant sportsmanship by consoling a shattered del Potro as he sat courtside. But when Djokovic faced three break points in the following game, an epic that required 22 points to settle, he saved them all. Since the start of Wimbledon, Djokovic has only lost a match and has won two Grand Slam title and the Serb thanked his support system for it.
In the immediate aftermath of Djokovic's victory, he embraced del Potro at the net in a heartwarming show of class and respect between the friends and foes.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with the championship trophy after winning his men's Singles finals match as Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina looks on on Day Fourteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.
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