Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Djokovic equals Sampras Slam record with third US Open win

From 1,042 to US Open final del Potro relishes return to Grand Slam title match From 1,042 to US Open final del Potro relishes return to Grand Slam title match
Chelsea Rogers | 14 September, 2018, 17:20

For Novak Djokovic, a season that got off to a gloomy start is heading for a brilliant finish after he dismissed Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-3 to win the U.S. Open on Sunday and earn back-to-back Grand Slam titles.

Without much trouble, Djokovic held his own and took the Championship in NY for a third time.

In the absence of any representative body to speak for tennis officials, it fell to the ITF to say what should be evident to all: despite Williams's repeated insistence that Ramos owes her an apology, he was just doing his job when he penalised her a point and a game during Saturday's tumultuous women's US Open final.

A visit to the court from tournament referee Brian Earley and grand slam supervisor Donna Kelso failed to diffuse the situation and, having led 3-1 in the second set, a rattled Williams lost it completely as she went down 4-3.

Novak Djokovic's U.S. Open title moved him up three spots to No. 3 in the ATP rankings Monday, behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, making that trio the top three for the first time in 3½ years. Nadal, Federer and Djokovic last occupied the top three spots in the rankings in April 2015. It was also just the latest Slam for the "Big 3" of men's tennis - Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer. That put the 29-year-old Argentine back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since his breakthrough nine years ago, a comeback for a guy who had four wrist operations in the interim.

Djokovic is trying for a third U.S. Open title and 14th major overall, which would tie Pete Sampras for third place on the career list. "I know that he will be here again with the champions trophy".

Djokovic added: "I would like to congratulate Juan Martin for what he's done in the last four, five years".

He said: "I was hoping he was going to be here".

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

Playing on the same court where Pete Sampras claimed his 14th and final Grand Slam crown, Djokovic had endured more disappointment than joy on Arthur Ashe, mining just three titles from eight finals.

For Djokovic, this has been a triumphant summer after his difficulties of the past two years and the low of elbow surgery in February.

It was a brief request, though, unlike her many other pleas for quiet, mainly as fans were shouting and chanting and clapping in support of del Potro. Here's a look at those who expressed congratulations to Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with his wife Jelena Djokovic after winning his men's Singles finals match.

But against one of the best returners in the business, Del Potro needed to be far more assertive. Ahead 40-0 he wasn't able to capitalize on any of the three game points, then went onto make two forehand errors to surrender his serve.

"I was playing at my limit nearly all the time, looking for winners", he said.

Leading 4-3, Djokovic caught Del Potro off guard with his exceptional patience and strong strokes to break Del Potro's serve. "I'm sad because I lose but I'm happy for Novak".

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