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Novak Djokovic after winning US Open 2018

Novak Djokovic after winning US Open 2018

However, Del Potro and his mighty forehand came to the party, striking back in spectacular fashion to level at 3-3, while the support for the giant Argentine appeared to rattle Djokovic's concentration levels.

With all the singing and noise levels inside the stadium, it felt to Djokovic like he was at a football match but he thanked the fans of both sides for creating such an wonderful atmosphere. However, backed by his singing fans, Del Potro roared back in the set by breaking Djokovic to go back on serve.

But the Swiss has a healthy amount of respect for Del Potro.

The win at Flushing Meadows enabled Djokovic to complete a Wimbledon-US Open double after lifting his fourth Wimbledon title earlier this year at the All England Club in London.

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 behind from the all-time record 20 held by Roger Federer. They went back and forth, through eight deuces and all those break opportunities for del Potro, until he slapped one forehand into the net, and another sailed wide.

Del Potro, 29, won the only Grand Slam title of his career by upsetting Federer in NY in 2009, but couldn't swing the upset Sunday.

Del Potro, the No. 3 seed from Argentina, advanced in Friday's other semifinal when defending champion Rafael Nadal retired from their semifinal because of a painful right knee after dropping the opening two sets.

The most common utterance from chair umpire Alison Hughes aside from the score was undoubtedly, "Quiet please, players are ready", as she tried to stifle the rowdy spectators so del Potro and Djokovic could serve.

Novak Djokovic celebrates his US Open 2018 victory at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. The victory Sunday comes a year after Djokovic sat out the tournament at Flushing Meadows because of an injured right elbow that eventually required surgery. "He's my idol. Pete, I love you".

"To support of my loved ones, my kids, my wife, my team of people that has been there with me through hard times as well".

"When I had the surgery on my elbow I could truly understand what Juan Martin was going through", Djokovic said.

Djokovic and Del Potro walked on Arthur Ashe Stadium court with the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center still buzzing over the controversial women's final on Saturday, won by Japan's Naomi Osaka after Serena Williams incurred three code violations.

"Difficult times, but you learn through adversity", Djokovic said.

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


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