Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Novak Djokovic vs Juan Martin del Potro, US Open 2018 final

Novak Djokovic vs Juan Martin del Potro, US Open 2018 final

After months of struggle and doubt, Novak Djokovic's remarkable comeback has reached its peak.

Novak Djokovic felt like it was a football match as Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro and he locked heads in the men's singles final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY on Sunday.

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.

Del Potro was looking at having to become the first man since Pancho Gonzales in 1949 to win the United States title from two sets down. Djokovic has picked up a further 12 majors - a win tonight would take him joint-third in the all-time list with 14 - while Del Potro's career has been decimated by injury, making this his first slam final since that win in 2009.

He had three more chances in the eighth, all saved by Djokovic in a marathon 20-minute game which left even Hollywood superstar Meryl Streep clasping her head in astonishment.

Clearly Djokovic will have to neutralize the 6'6" Argentine's blistering serve at the Arthur Ashe Stadium: "Del Potro fired 68 aces during the tournament, winning 82 percent of his first serve points.

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We have to stick together and play like we did last week in the first half. Mourinho further said, " It was a kid and a very experienced man.

"He's my idol. Pete, I love you", Djokovic said". Only Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17) have more. "Of course I'm sad because I lose but I'm happy for Novak, you deserved to win", del Potro said. Not against Djokovic, who always seemed to have all the answers - and who said he convinced himself that all of those "Oles" were actually people calling out his own nickname, "Nole".

After three solid service games in the opening set, he threw in two unforced errors to drop serve and the set.

Djokovic was better than del Potro on their many lengthy exchanges, using his trademark body-twisting, limb-splaying court coverage to get to almost every ball, sneakers squeaking around the blue court in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where the roof was closed because of rain. That prompted to chair umpire Alison Hughes to chastise them. It all bothered Djokovic, who started yelling and gesturing toward the seats.

Djokovic sprinted into a 3-1 lead in the third set before a battling Del Potro clung on, hitting back for 3-3. He made one last stand by breaking and holding for 3-all. It will be Djokovic's second back-to-back final after winning the Wimbledon in July after returning from injury.

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.

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