US Open Men Single Final Match Highlights:
∙ Djokovic won 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-3
∙ This was his third US Open title and 14th grand slam
∙ He extended his record against Del Potro to 15-4 in 19 meetings and to 4-0 in major cups
∙ This was the world no.3’s second grand slam of the year, adding to his Wimbledon trophy from earlier in the year
Novak Djokovic continued his meteoric comeback to the top with a stunning victory against Martin Del Potro in the US Open Men’s Single Final. Playing in a long and arduous final that lasted three and a quarter hours, Djokovic showcased his immense tennis portfolio of shots, skills and talent in front of an adoring crowd that was left breathless by the Serb’s endeavors. Winning 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-3 to lift his third US Open title, Djokovic announced his challenge for the world no.1 ranking in grand style.
A high-quality final between two of the finest players in the 50th edition of 2018’s closing open ensured that tennis was once again the talking point after a controversial women’s final between Williams and Osaka that had seen Williams reduce the morality of the occasion, slandering the game with her antics.
With Djokovic winning the first set relatively easily, Del Potro roared back in the send. His stirring comeback tested Djokovic’s patience and calibre in the longest second set of the tournament that lasted 95 minutes.
Djokovic maintained his calm and composure to ensure that the marathon second test ended his way. It was a crucial moment in the game for Djokovic as he warded off Del Porto’s rallying cry to gain a significant step towards his third title. Exquisite drops, returns and forehands saw him blitz to a 7-6 win in the all-important set.
Running out of steam in the third set, Potro who was having to fight harder than Djokovic finally surrendered the third and final set 6-3. Djokovic maintained his balance, poise, and timing to defeat an opponent who is known for overcoming perilous situations many times in his career.
The win saw Djokovic level his idol’s Pete Sampras’ record of 14 grand slam titles. Falling to the floor after winning the last shot of the game, emotions ran high among Djokovic and his entourage who burst to celebrations.
Djokovic said court-side: “When I had my [elbow] surgery this year I could understand what Juan Martín went through. When you’re down, you learn. I tried to take the best out of those moments. I was hoping Pete [Sampras] was going to be here, so I want to say: ‘I love you, hope to see you soon.’
Del Potro added: “It’s not easy to speak right now, but I am so happy to play in the final against this magnificent player. I’m sad to lose but happy for Novak. I never gave up during my wrist problems. I got back after nine years, which is amazing.”
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