Novak Djokovic leads US Open final
- Author: Steve Townsend Sep 10, 2018,
Sep 10, 2018, 5:41
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.
Both men had one grand-slam title to their name, but for some Del Potro looked the safer bet.
With the win now, Djokovic has extended his head-to-head record against Del Potro to 15-4 as the Argentine was unable to upstage the Serb.
With the victory, Djokovic, 31, re-asserts himself in the greatest of all time debate.
Djokovic was far superior to del Potro in the opening set, then dropped three consecutive games in the second to trail 4-3.
No controversy here: Novak Djokovic is the U.S. Open men's singles champion.
A year after missing the US Open because of an injured right elbow that would require surgery, Djokovic showed that he is unquestionably back at his best and back at the top of tennis.
"I want to say Pete, I love you, you're my idol", said Djokovic of Sampras.
The disappointment on Sunday belonged to a teary Del Potro who was back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since the big Argentine won his one and only title at Flushing Meadows in 2009. Djokovic applied constant pressure and kept every rally at his pace and eventually Del Potro folded.
Djokovic was better than del Potro on their many lengthy exchanges, using his trademark body-twisting, limb-splaying court coverage to get to almost every ball, sneakers squeaking around the blue court in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where the roof was closed because of rain.
"When I had the surgery in my elbow earlier this year, I could truly understand what Juan Martin was going through".
In the tiebreak, Del Potro looked susceptible to forehand errors and Djokovic showed vast courage and quality to take it away from Del Potro, going up 2-0 in the final.
"Difficult times but you learn from adversity".
Never was that more apparent than the game that stood out on this evening: with Djokovic serving while down 4-3 in the second set.
"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".
"Of course I'm sad I [lost]", del Potro said.
"I tried to take the best out of myself in those moments and get myself in this position".