Djokovic better than Roger Federer at his best for consistency- Wilander

Tanya Simon
September 13, 2018

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns a shot to Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, during the men's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in NY.

It was Djokovic's 15th win over the Del Potro and fifth in five at the Slams.

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.

That is despite winning fewer Grand Slams - the most lucrative tournaments in tennis - and fewer ATP Tour titles than Swiss great Roger Federer.

Amid increasing noise between points and serves, which prompted frequent interventions from chair umpire Alison Hughes, the previously assured Djokovic - who missed the tournament past year due to an elbow injury - appeared agitated.

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.

Novak Djokovic sealed his third US Open title and 14th Grand Slam overall, levelling Pete Sampras for third place on the career list, with an immaculate display against Juan Martin del Potro on Sunday.

Things looked ominous for Del Potro as Djokovic seized control early on, moving magnificently and constructing a number of superb points with precision striking.

Their showdown Sunday is del Potro's first appearance in a major championship match since he won the 2009 trophy at Flushing Meadows. 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.

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Del Potro was unable to stop the rejuvenated Djokovic, but there was plenty of love in the air afterwards at Flushing Meadows - where both players praised each other. "Today I really am".

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

"He is more hard to move, skidding and changing direction because of the height, so I tried to get rid of him as much as possible".

Novak Djokovic says he thinks the chair umpire interfered too much in Serena Williams' match but stopped short of saying men and women are treated differently.

Novak Djokovic kept getting the ball back, so del Potro would take a bigger whack, trying to find some spot in the corner of the court that would be uncovered.

"I will try to make the surprise again". Since the start of Wimbledon, Djokovic has only lost a match and has won two Grand Slam title and the Serb thanked his support system for it.

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.

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

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