Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Novak Djokovic wins men't title in USA open Tennis

Novak Djokovic wins men't title in USA open Tennis

Britain's Alison Hughes, the second woman to umpire a U.S. Open men's singles final, kept a low profile as the two former champions went to work.

The 20-year-old Osaka became the first Japanese woman to claim a Grand Slam crown by outgunning her childhood idol and six-time U.S. Open champion Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 in a controversy-marred final on Saturday at Flushing Meadows.

It was after watching Pete Sampras win Wimbledon - while sitting in his parents' pizza parlour as a six-year-old - that Djokovic decided tennis was the sport for him.

It's was del Potro's first major final since he won his only one in the 2009 US Open by beating Roger Federer.

And then came Sunday's pivotal game, a 20-minute, 22-point epic.

Defeat for Argentina's Del Potro ended his chances of claiming a second US Open crown following his victory in 2009 but still capped a remarkable run after he almost quit the sport in 2015 because of ongoing injury problems. After the third round, he did not lose a single set as he was able to outlast a fan favorite in Del Potro.

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, celebrates after defeating Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina.

"I've been - during all my career - learning with Novak, Roger, Rafa, seeing them winning these events very often". Kevin Anderson of South Africa fell four spots to ninth in the rankings after he losing to eighth-placed Dominic Thiem of Austria in the US Open round of 16.

Early in the tournament the extreme heat and humid conditions in NY were clearly troubling Djokovic.

The Serb walloped a forehand volley to safety on his first match point, dropping to the floor and spreading out on his back with his arms and legs outstretched in celebration.

Djokovic is now level on 14 grand-slam titles with Pete Sampras and, in men's terms, behind only Rafael Nadal on 17 and Roger Federer's 20.

In their first meeting in a Grand Slam final it was Del Potro, back at this stage for the first time since 2009, who won the coin toss and elected to receive under the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof with heavy rain falling in NY. He played a great match, very smart game. Actually, today I am.

"For me.I think it's still a win, so I'm just going to count it as that".

Del Potro was looking at having to become the first man since Pancho Gonales in 1949 to win the U.S. title from two sets down. Del Potro would not rue how many of those could have been his had he been injury-free all those years.

Djokovic then got right back to work, and announced that he was, once more, himself by winning Wimbledon.

It also marked the Serbian's second straight major success, while he holds a 26-2 win-loss record since his quarter-final defeat at the French Open.

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