Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Djokovic's 'petty' mid-match gripe in US Open final

Djokovic's 'petty' mid-match gripe in US Open final

His opponent? Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 Open champ, whose own comeback story is arguably even more compelling than Djokovic's.

Djokovic, whose progress among the pantheon of tennis' best ever players stalled suddenly following his 12th major title at the 2016 French Open, is now back at the very top of his game courtesy of his impressive 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 win over the third-seeded Argentine.

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. It will be Djokovic's second back-to-back final after winning the Wimbledon in July after returning from injury. In the years between toppling Roger Federer in the 2009 final and Sunday's match, del Potro almost quit tennis after undergoing four wrist surgeries, three of them on his left wrist, that left him in a deep depression and had him seriously weighing retirement. The former world No 1 Djokovic beats Japanese Kei Nishikori in three sets to seal finals berth. The final score was 7-6, 6-2. This put del Potro in a Grand Slam final for the first time since winning at the Flushing Meadows back in 2009.

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No controversy here: Novak Djokovic is the U.S. Open men's singles champion.

A 14th Grand Slam title for Djokovic ties him with Pete Sampras for the third-most men's singles titles in the Open era, behind only his contemporaries Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17).

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