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Novak Djokovic after winning US Open 2018

Novak Djokovic after winning US Open 2018”

Djokovic, patient and strong through two punishing weeks, became a three-time U.S. Open victor and 14-time Grand Slam champion with his 6-3, 7-6 (4) 6-3 victory over del Potro under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

That put the 29-year-old Argentine back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since his breakthrough nine years ago.

An eight-time finalist in NY who had only previously lifted the trophy in 2011 and 2015, the Serbian was made to work hard on Sunday as Del Potro came from a break down in the second and third sets.

Roger Federer, known as one of the most complete tennis players of all time, has 20 Grand Slams titles and has a record 98 titles to his name.

"That's kind of my approach and my thinking", said Djokovic, who missed last year's U.S Open because of his elbow. Having won 21 of his past 22 matches, the Serbian will play Juan Martin del Potro, who is now in third in the ATP Race To London, in his seventh US Open final on Sunday.

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.

In a nice gesture, Djokovic consoled del Potro moments after he was seen weeping in his chair.

He was barking at himself, at his entourage, at a crowd vocally supporting his opponent, Juan Martin del Potro. He will climb above Del Potro to third in the rankings and could yet overtake number one Nadal by the end of the season.

When he led 3-1 in the second, Djokovic appeared to be cruising to a 15th win in 19 attempts against del Potro.

With the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof closed as heavy rain swept NY, conditions were slow and sluggish.

We started the tournament by asking the question as to whether the new wave of rising stars on the men's tour could finally start to make their mark on the Grand Slams.

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.

Djokovic said he believes del Potro will win another major title.

The result also means that 50 of the last 55 majors have been won by the "Big Four" of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray.

"I was playing nearly at my limit all the time, looking for winners with my forehands, backhands, and I couldn't make them because Novak was there every time", Del Potro said.

Williams was eventually slapped with a $US17,000 ($A23,920) fine by the USTA for the code violations she received during her match up against Osaka.

But in that critical eight deuce game, the three break chances evaporated and Djokovic leveled for 4-4.

Del Potro is known as one of tennis' good guys and modesty like this further reinforces that reputation.

Novak Djokovic and the WTA shared their opinions on what transpired between Serena Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos during Saturday's U.S. Open women's final.

"I really wish him all the best". It was even louder because of the closed roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium to keep out the rain. "I'm glad that Novak is the champion". "Hard times but you learn from adversity", Djokovic said.



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