Novak Djokovic sweeps aside del Potro in US Open final

Sep 10, 2018, 04:47
Novak Djokovic sweeps aside del Potro in US Open final

One day after the women's singles final was marred by a confrontation between Serena Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos, Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Potro, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 with a minimum of fuss to secure his third title in Flushing Meadows and his 14th Grand Slam singles crown.

Djokovic, whose progress among the pantheon of tennis' best ever players stalled suddenly following his 12th major title at the 2016 French Open, is now back at the very top of his game courtesy of his impressive 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 win over the third-seeded Argentine.

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.

He has dropped just one set in getting to the final, and will be roared on by a vocal support base that will make the Big Apple feel like Buenos Aires tonight.

It was Djokovic's 15th win over the Argentine and fifth in five at the Slams. He finished with a flourish, taking the last three games.

"Well it's not easy to speak right now but I love you too guys", Del Potro said in his on-court interview after being met with huge cheers from supporters inside the arena in NY.

Del Potro was right in the match but couldn't win the points that mattered.

Twelve months ago, Novak Djokovic wasn't even playing in the US Open while trying rehab a nagging elbow injury that eventually required surgery.

"I'm so, so happy to be playing the final against this magnificent idol". It will be Djokovic's second back-to-back final after winning the Wimbledon in July after returning from injury.

Del Potro was looking at having to become the first man since Pancho Gonales in 1949 to win the U.S. title from two sets down.

After taking just two points off Del Potro's first three service games, Djokovic, in his eighth final in NY and 23rd at the majors, pounced to break for 5-3.

For Del Potro it wasn't to be, but his return to a Grand Slam final nine years after his first with four wrist surgeries in between deserves enormous credit.

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