Djokovic captures U.S. Open title for 14th major championship

Elena Summers
September 14, 2018

Djokovic, who was seeded sixth, is one of only eight men to win the Wimbledon-US Open double and has now accomplished that feat for a third time.

They are also atop another important ranking: most career Grand Slam titles by a man. Federer holds the record of 20, followed by Nadal with 17, and Djokovic, who equaled Pete Sampras at 14.

"I don't feel sad that I couldn't win Grand Slams because of them". It was also just the latest Slam for the "Big 3" of men's tennis - Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer.

The 31-year-old Djokovic captured his second straight tennis major at the 2018 U.S. Open from Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York.

Novak Djokovic has won the first set over Juan Martin del Potro in the U.S. Open men's final, 6-3.

He had three more chances in the eighth, all saved by Djokovic in a marathon 20-minute game which left Hollywood superstar Meryl Streep clasping her head in astonishment.

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.

Del Potro - the third seed - had earlier lauded Djokovic, telling ESPN: "So happy to play in the final against this magnificent idol". He was barking at himself, at his entourage, at a crowd vocally supporting his opponent, Juan Martin del Potro. "I guess we'll be hiking some more very soon". He has now won Wimbledon and the US Open in the same year on three occasions (2011, 2015 and 2018).


Aged just 20, Del Potro defeated Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in successive matches to win the 2009 US Open, and the world No 3 was determined to stay competitive, staying firm following a gritty hold in the opening game of the next set.

The second set tie-break proved to be the turning point as the Serbian took it and from that point on, his victory on Arthur Ashe Stadium looked inevitable.

After the controversy surrounding Serena Williams' defeat by Naomi Osaka in Saturday's women's final, a high-quality match between two of the top male players ensured tennis was once again the talking point.

Federer lost in the fourth round in NY, while Nadal retired from his semifinal against del Potro because of a bad right knee. "But I was playing nearly at the limit all the time, looking for winners with my forehands, backhands, and I couldn't make it because Novak was there every time".

"I know people always like to compare any top player's game or performance with some previous season where he was dominating and they've done that with me".

Despite defeat, world number three Del Potro remained proud after an achievement he never thought would have been possible during his injury hell.

Over the past few years, Millman has learnt to deal with the gutless bullying from strangers, but says it can be distressing for other players on the tour.

He said: "I think I did a good tournament, but this is a tough loss for me".

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