Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with the championship trophy after winning his men's Singles finals match as Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina looks on on Day Fourteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.
That left Djokovic, who missed the U.S. Open a year ago because of a right elbow injury, as the last man standing to defend the "Big Four's" title streak against a man who had broken it once before.
Djokovic had lost five previous finals at Flushing Meadows, but he was determined to make amends for his lack of trophies in NY as his defensive ability combined with his ruthless prowess saw him break in the fourth game, although Del Potro was not in the mood to give up so easily as he hit straight back. He won two Grand Slams in one year. Serbian sixth seed is making his eighth US Open final appearance, tying an professional era record, while Del Potro, seeded third, is playing in a Grand Slam final for just the second time.
It is his 14th Grand Slam title, which ties him with Pete Sampras for third on the all-time major singles titles list behind Federer's 20 and Nadal's 17. "He's my idol. Pete, I love you". In the years between toppling Roger Federer in the 2009 final and Sunday's match, del Potro almost quit tennis after undergoing four wrist surgeries, three of them on his left wrist, that left him in a deep depression and had him seriously weighing retirement.
"I'd just like to congratulate Juan Martin. for still having faith, for still having belief in himself", said Djokovic, who gave his pal a hug at the net, and then went over to console del Potro as he wiped away tears at his sideline seat. Not against Djokovic, who always seemed to have all the answers.
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After three solid service games in the opening set, he threw in two unforced errors to drop serve and the set.
Even Del Potro accepts that the odds are on Djokovic's side.
It was a magnificent night of tennis from both players, where Djokovic's athleticism, court coverage and tennis brains came out triumphant against Del Potro's big serve and forehand. He made one last stand by breaking and holding for 3-all.
It took him some time to find the right form, as evidenced by his quarterfinal loss at the French Open to a guy who was ranked 72nd and had never won a Grand Slam match until that tournament. It will be Djokovic's second back-to-back final after winning the Wimbledon in July after returning from injury.
"I tried to take the best out of myself in those moments and get myself in this position".