Fans erupt over incredible moment of sportsmanship after US Open final

Arnold Nichols
September 10, 2018

Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy after defeating Juan Martin del Potro in the U.S. Open final for his second Grand Slam title this year.

Djokovic, who won Wimbledon in July, has now won 14th grand slam titles - putting him level with Pete Sampras and behind only Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17) on the all-time list.

The Serbian might be seeded 6th but he's making his 8th US Open final appearance, while Del Potro, seeded third, is only playing in a Grand Slam final for just the second time.

The Serb continued his major domination by winning 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 with an outstanding display at Flushing Meadows.

With the victory, Djokovic, 31, re-asserts himself in the greatest of all time debate.

A costly double-fault from Del Potro - his first of the match - and a series of errors saw Djokovic move one game away from victory and after three hours and 16 minutes he completed the job with an unstoppable overhead smash and then lying flat on his back on the court in celebration.

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.

This was Djokovic's third championship in NY, along with those in 2011 and 2015.


The tiebreaker was resolved thanks to more del Potro miscues on his forehand side, as he looked more and more worn out.

"I was playing nearly at my limit all the time, looking for winners with my forehands, backhands, and I couldn't make them because Novak was there every time", Del Potro said. 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.

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.

The noise levels inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium was deafening as Djokovic and Del Potro got the crowd roaring with their display on-court.

Never was that more apparent than the game that stood out on this evening: with Djokovic serving while down 4-3 in the second set.

"When I had the surgery in my elbow earlier this year, I could truly understand what Juan Martin was going through".

"You learn from adversity. when you have doubtful moments when things are not working out as you want (them) to".

Asked who he dedicated the win to, Djokovic - who has won his last 13 matches after beating rival Roger Federer in the Cincinnati Masters last month - said: "To the support of the loved ones, my kids, my wife, my team of people, a small team of people that have been there with me through hard times as well".

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