Novak Djokovic wins men's US Open singles title

Novak Djokovic wins men's US Open singles title

Novak Djokovic wins men's US Open singles title

His returns and defense-to-offense skills as impeccable as ever, Djokovic collected his 14th Grand Slam title and second in a row by getting through every crucial moment for a 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over 2009 champion del Potro at Flushing Meadows.

The Novak Djokovic vs Juan Martin del Potro US Open 2018 men's singles final match will be played at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY.

Djokovic claimed his third US Open championship after a straight-sets victory over Juan Martin del Potro in Monday morning's (AEST) final.

The No. 6 seed won a knotty, loud but drama-free final as the tennis world was still reeling from Saturday's controversial title match between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, and he won with the crowd gunning for del Potro.

He also became just the second man - after Federer - to win three or more titles at three separate Slams and the seventh to win at least three US Opens.

Djokovic, playing in his eighth final in NY and already the champion in 2011 and 2015, is now just three Slams behind Rafael Nadal and six back from the record 20 held by Roger Federer.

While Djokovic's athleticism graced the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Del Potro was buoyed by the "Delpo, Delpo" chants of his friends who have reverberated the stadium throughout the tournament.

"Del Porto, who turns 30 later this month, might have reached the final unexpectedly, but the 6'6" Argentine's blistering serve is something that could bring trouble for Djokovic.

"I was hoping he was going to be here, but he's not", Djokovic said about Sampras.

"I'm so happy to be playing the final against this magnificent idol".

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.

Thankfully, Del Potro's injury woes look to be behind him. But del Potro broke back, then held at love and had chances for another break on his next opportunity before Djokovic finally held to end a 22-point game that lasted more than 20 minutes. At 1-1 in the second set, Djokovic suffocated Del Potro from the baseline to force out errors from the big man and got an early break.

That left Djokovic, who missed the U.S. Open past year because of a right elbow injury, as the last man standing to defend the "Big Four's" title streak against a man who had broken it once before.

It all bothered Djokovic, who started yelling and gesturing toward the seats.

"Of course I'm sad I (lost)", del Potro said.

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