Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Novak’s the top man after peak practice

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts after his win against Japan's Kei Nishikori during the Men's Singles Semi Finals match at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York Standing in Del Potro's way is the great Novak Djokovic Credit AFP
Frederick Owens | 14 September, 2018, 01:21

"There is a lot of significance of me being now shoulder to shoulder in terms of Grand Slam wins with him".

The victory will also see Djokovic rise to No.3 in the world behind Nadal and Federer - the rankings again reflecting the "Big Three" status they have shared for so long. But it is arguably his sensational 2008 Wimbledon final win over Federer which stands out as his most memorable triumph. I'm really sad to lose the final in this tournament because I had too much passion playing the final, trying to win the title again.

Djokovic leads Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (4).

Djokovic kept up the pressure with an early break in the second before Del Potro broke back to end the Serb's run of 23 consecutive holds. But then he was broken in his next game.

Djokovic had not threatened Del Potro's serve until the eighth game of the match, clinically taking his only break point as the Argentine buckled first.

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.

A year after missing the U.S. Open because of an injured right elbow that would require surgery, Djokovic showed that he is unquestionably back at his best and back at the top of tennis.

Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his men's Singles finals match against Juan Martin del Potro. I played finals of Queen's, won Wimbledon, won Cincinnati, and won US Open.

In total Federer has won 98 career titles, dwarfing Djokovic's tally of 71.

The match is being played with the roof closed at Arthur Ashe Stadium because of rain. "Thank you", and bowed her thanks to Serena.

She posed with her trophy at Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center.

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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.

After 14 days of tennis, it's finally over.

But he had a 4-14 losing record against Djokovic, including four at the Slams - two of them at the US Open in 2007 and 2012.

Vandeweghe, niece of former National Basketball Association star Kiki Vandeweghe, became the 17th American woman in the Open era to win the tournament title.

They have combined to win 47 of the past 55 major championships, dating to the 2005 French Open.

After the dramatic women's final Saturday involving Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, there was no such controversy Sunday.

Williams, of course, was docked about $24,000, after verbally abusing chair umpire Carlos Ramos, being warned for coaching and breaking a racket.

Djokovic faced neither of his greatest rivals en route to the title in Flushing Meadows. [ALSO LIKE] Wrist injuries robbed the Argentine of years when he should have been entering the prime of his career.

And yet, after the events that unfolded in Saturday's women's final at Flushing Meadow, no one - not the players, the officials, administrators, the fans or the sport itself - emerged as a victor.

But a 14th Grand Slam trophy was in the offing, which if claimed would tie Djokovic in third place with Pete Sampras for most major trophies earned in the men's game.

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