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Novak Djokovic wins men't title in U.S. open Tennis

Novak Djokovic wins men't title in U.S. open Tennis”

Juan Martin del Potro set up a US Open final clash against Novak Djokovic on Friday after defending champion and world number one Rafael Nadal quit his last-four clash against the giant Argentine with a knee injury.

The Serbian has completed a remarkable comeback from injury and after winning at Wimbeledon earlier in the year he has won back-to-back Grand Slams for the first time since 2016.

Del Potro's forehand is among the most intimidating weapons in the sport, but it misfired under relentless pressure towards the end of the first set, Djokovic breaking in the eighth game - at the end of a 22-shot rally - and taking the opener.

A focused Djokovic continued to apply pressure in the third set until Del Potro finally cracked on serve to fall behind 5-3, with the Serb closing out the match with a ferocious overhead victor.

After seizing an early break in the second set, Djokovic suddenly found himself on the run, dropping three straight games before he dug in to salvage a service hold in a 20-minute marathon game that went to deuce eight times.

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

Federer's haul of 20 Grand Slam titles is more than any other man in history - six more than Djokovic, who only also trails Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras in terms of major wins.

"I got here to the final after nine years which is fantastic because this is my favourite tournament on tour". He played a great match, a very smart game. "And I keep getting asked questions about it, but I'm not too sure", said Osaka, adding that the penalties had not diminished her sense of accomplishment in winning the match. Ahead of this match, he had a return percentage of 82 per cent, the most by any US Open competitor this year. "I think more than passion, it's just the will to work and to be dedicated every day".

But everything - his health, his backhand and his confidence - has come together this season for the Argentine to have his best year since 2009, when he won the US Open and snapped Roger Federer's 40-match NY win streak in the final.

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

"I was playing nearly at the limit all the time, looking for winners with my forehands, backhands, and I couldn't make it because Novak were there every time". He lost a set in two of his first three matches.

He has rarely looked so ecstatic in his moment of victory: falling on to his back on the same court where his idol won his 14th and final Grand Slam 16 years ago.

"The first thing I saw related to tennis on the TV was his first or second Wimbledon championship".

If there were still any question marks after he won Wimbledon this summer about whether this was Djokovic back to his best, they are surely gone now. Djokovic, up a set, was serving at 3-4 when the two proceeded to play 23 points.

However, the odds were stacked against the 29-year-old journeyman took on the sixth seed Djokovic for a spot in the semi-finals on Thursday.



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