Novak Djokovic wins 3rd US Open title

11 Septembre, 2018, 12:12 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Novak Djokovic wins 3rd US Open title

Former world number one Djokovic equalled Pete Sampras' haul of 14 slams after outlasting Del Potro 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to lift the trophy for a third time in NY.

After holding his serve easily, an amped-up del Potro aggressively attacked Djokovic from the baseline in the next game. But even the straight-sets win had its moments, moments of vintage Djokovic: an on-the-line victor, an overhead smash, a passing shot, a backhand cracker.

Del Potro is known as one of tennis' good guys and modesty like this further reinforces that reputation.

No controversy here: Novak Djokovic is the U.S. Open men's singles champion.

"I was so close to the desired level, and then I completely underplayed that match".

Top-seeded Nadal had been favored to win this tournament from the start.

That's only a shade more than the $548 that 23-time grand slam victor Williams earned every second she was on court while losing 6-2 6-4.

But Nadal retired in the semifinals when his troublesome right knee gave way to what the world No. 1 said was a flare up of preexisting tendinitis.

Another US Open title would move the 31-year-old into a tie with John McEnroe for fourth, behind only Sampras, Federer and Jimmy Connors.

Del Potro was playing in his first Grand Slam final since lifting the US Open title in 2009 at the age of 20, beating Nadal and Federer back-to-back.

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. Against Djokovic, del Potro is 4-14 in his career, including 0-3 in majors.

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"I was hoping [Pete Sampras] was going to be here tonight", Djokovic said during the awards ceremony.

"There is a lot of significance of me being now shoulder to shoulder in terms of Grand Slam wins with him". But well done guys, the atmosphere from all of them was awesome, the support they gave to both Juan Martin and me. Djokovic smashed his racquet in frustration on a subsequent point but did not receive a code violation for it.

"To actually be here, it's a dream come true".

Djokovic's most hard opponent this tournament has been the heat and humidity, so Sunday's cool and wet conditions, resulting in the roof being shut on Arthur Ashe Stadium, were perfectly to his liking.

Djokovic says he owes his own success to the rivalries which he has developed with 37-year-old Federer and 32-year-old Nadal over the past decade. It was even louder because of the closed roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium to keep out the rain.

There may have been no game more important to Djokovic's win or simply entertaining than the eighth game of the second set.

Eventually, the Serb held. "My last two months have been insane".

Those were high-risk shots, but as del Potro put it: "It's the only way to beat these kind of players". He had all but deflated.

"Of course he can", said Del Potro when asked if Djokovic can claim the record over Federer who is nearly six years his senior. Off court, it was a story of two comeback kids.

Djokovic, who won Wimbledon in July, will climb to third in the world after back-to-back Grand Slam victories. During the time in-between, he had four wrist surgeries, including three on his left wrist, and contemplated quitting the sport altogether. "He knows that he's one of my friend [s] on tour".

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