Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Novak Djokovic wins men's US Open singles title

Novak Djokovic wins men's US Open singles title

Del Potro is up against Novak Djokovic in the final, which will decide the victor of the last Grand Slam of the year.

For World No 3 Del Potro, it was a heartbreaking experience coming in just his second Slam final, nine years after he was crowned US Open champion before a long battle with wrist injuries pushed him into depression and to the brink of retirement.

He had grown frustrated by the pro-del Potro crowd that sang and chanted his name throughout the three-hour, 16-minute match as if it were a soccer game.

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 behind from the all-time record 20 held by Roger Federer.

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But Nadal retired in the semifinals when his troublesome right knee gave way to what the world No. 1 said was a flare up of preexisting tendinitis.

Having worked so hard to resist Del Potro's charge, Djokovic saw his tenacity rewarded as Del Potro's forehand again went missing at the worst moment, successive errors from 4-4 in a tie-break proving costly.

The Serb has saved 72 per cent of break points against him during the tournament, while getting 82 per cent of his returns in, more than any other competitor at Flushing Meadows this year.

The key was his success with a lung-busting 22-shot rally and he pocketed the set when the 29-year-old del Potro netted a forehand. Not against Djokovic, who always seemed to have all the answers - and who said he convinced himself that all of those "Oles" were actually people calling out his own nickname, "Nole".

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For quite some time after that Djokovic looked towards Del Potro's singing friend with utmost anger, unable to get them out of his head and that showed on the court.

The Serb, who was back in the final for an eighth time and contesting his 23rd Grand Slam final - the third most in men's tennis history - was serving exceptionally well and earned a break in the eighth game after showing tremendous patience before successfully serving out the set.

"Del Porto, who turns 30 later this month, might have reached the final unexpectedly, but the 6'6" Argentine's blistering serve is something that could bring trouble for Djokovic. It all bothered Djokovic, who started yelling and gesturing toward the seats. It's awesome. I don't feel sad that I couldn't win Grand Slams because of them.

For Djokovic, it was an illustration of him growing into the championships as he took his run of consecutive sets won to 14, stretching back to the second round against Tennys Sandgren. "But I'm happy for Novak and his team. You deserve to win".

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