Djokovic legend continues to grow following US Open triumph

10 September, 2018, 03:08 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • No doubts anymore Novak Djokovic has returned to tennis elite

Brace yourself for a stunning men's singles final between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro.

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns a shot to Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, during the men's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in NY.

The Novak Djokovic vs Juan Martin del Potro US Open 2018 men's singles final match is on September 10, Monday. But Djokovic was in no mood to hang around, winning the last three games to clinch the crown.

Breaking del Potro's fearsome serve four times, Djokovic won thanks to his always strong return game and an unexpectedly aggressive game at the net. The final score was 7-6, 6-2.

Djokovic took just 42 minutes to win the opening set, taking it 6-3, and battled past Del Potro in an enthralling tie-break in the second which enabled him to hold the ascendancy.

Djokovic and del Potro have squared off 18 times but never in a major final.


Before Friday, Djokovic seemed likely to face Rafael Nadal in the final until Nadal was forced to retire due to injury after his second set against del Potro.

Despite the typically enthusiastic backing of his fellow Argentinians, Del Potro was denied a second U.S. Open title nine years after his dramatic 2009 triumph.

Djokovic collects $3.8 million and his third U.S. Open championship.

The victory Sunday comes a year after Djokovic sat out the tournament at Flushing Meadows because of an injured right elbow that eventually required surgery.

Djokovic, who won Wimbledon in July, has now won 14th grand slam titles - putting him level with Pete Sampras and behind only Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17) on the all-time men's singles list.

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