Djokovic dismisses Del Potro to win U.S. Open

Djokovic dismisses Del Potro to win U.S. Open

On Sunday, Novak Djokovic became that third man, defeating Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, for his third U.S. Open title at Flushing Meadows.

Djokovic particularly struggles in the hot and humid conditions that hit NY over much of the fortnight and looked out of sorts against Marton Fucsovics in the first round - splitting the first two sets, he trailed 4-2 in the third - Joao Sousa in the fourth and giant killer John Millman in the quarterfinals.

Juan Martin del Potro was gracious in defeat and said Djokovic can end his career as the most successful Grand Slam title victor, surpassing Roger Federer's current mark of 20. Djokovic survived that one, fending off break points in the process to steel himself for a two-set lead. But then he was broken in his next game.

Djokovic was far superior to del Potro in the opening set, then dropped three consecutive games in the second to trail 4-3. But Djokovic was in no mood to hang around, winning the last three games to clinch the crown.

They are also atop another important ranking: most career Grand Slam titles by a man. Federer holds the record of 20, followed by Nadal with 17, and Djokovic, who equaled Pete Sampras at 14.

Del Potro said he was most proud of not giving up in pursuit of another Grand Slam final, adding: "I got it after nine years, which is wonderful to me because the US Open is my favourite tournament and I'm proud of that".

Djokovic is trying for a third U.S. Open title and 14th major overall, which would tie Pete Sampras for third place on the career list.

'I don't know the answer.

Working his way back from elbow surgery he underwent following the Australian Open, Djokovic did not expect to feature in the Grand Slam picture this season.

The quest to win a second major will have to wait until next year, but del Potro, who turns 30 this month, feels good about his chances with the way his wrist held up over the last two weeks.




Federer and Nadal have made me the player I am today.

There is just no stopping Djokovic right now.

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.

Admitting it would have been hard to believe back in February that he would go on to collect such prestigious titles this year, he also felt the barren spell had actually helped get him back on track.

Ironically, John McEnroe, who quarreled with umpires throughout his career, presented Djokovic with the trophy.

Statistically, the men's final was relatively even.

The three-time US Open victor said his hike in France had given him a fresh perspective on life.

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.

Leading 4-3, Djokovic caught Del Potro off guard with his exceptional patience and strong strokes to break Del Potro's serve.

"Of course, I'm sad because I lost but I'm happy for Novak and his team".

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