Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Del Potro confident of Djokovic breaking Federer's 20 Grand Slam record

Del Potro confident of Djokovic breaking Federer's 20 Grand Slam record

In giving Serena Williams three code violations, the Portuguese official was applying the letter of the law, but other umpires would probably have given the 23-time Grand Slam champion a bit more leeway.

"The WTA supports coaching through its on-court coaching rule but further review is needed".

Djokovic is one of only seven players in the sport's history to achieve double figures in terms of grand slam titles, yet remarkably one of three who continue to play today.

Djokovic is now behind his contemporaries Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in terms of total number of grand slams won.

Djokovic had tumbled down the rankings, slowed previous year by an elbow injury and a loss of confidence that accompanied a 54-week title drought. "When they shout "Ole, ole, ole, ole", that's what I hear", he said of the raucous chants for Del Potro.

In a tight opening set, there was only a single break point and Djokovic made it count to go up 5-3 before serving it out. But then he was broken in his next game.

The sixth seed survived three break points in the following game, an epic that lasted more than 20 minutes, in a pivotal moment.

Del Potro backed Djokovic to surpass Federer's mark of 20 Slams.

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There was a time when Pete Sampras's tally of 14 Grand Slam singles titles - the last of which came at the U.S. Open in 2002 - seemed like the acme of sporting achievement in men's tennis.

Novak Djokovic wrapped up his great summer with an impressive performance in the US Open men's final against Juan Martin del Potro. Djokovic, victor of the 2011 and 2015 Opens and a former No. 1, is on a rollicking roll in recent months, including July's Wimbledon title, since having elbow surgery in February.

Dominika Cibulkova (+6, No.35 to No.29): Reached the fourth round in NY, defeating Kerber along the way, before finally succumbing to Madison Keys. The suffocating heat and humidity, which prompted the U.S. Tennis Association to create and apply rules on the fly.

"So there's been a lot going on but I just want to say, I was grateful to have the opportunity to play on that stage yesterday. Thank you", and bowed her thanks to Serena. He depended on his hometown friends, a group of whom have been in NY throughout the fortnight to lead cheers in Arthur Ashe Stadium, and worked his way back to the final at his favorite ATP Tour event. Ahead of the final, Del Potro had fired 68 aces during the tournament, winning 82 percent of his first serve points.

Thereafter, there were two service holds and the set was poised at 3-2 and suddenly, Flushing Meadows saw a massive momentum shift.

The duo saved three championship points in the deciding set in a match that took more than 2½ hours to complete.

Vandeweghe, niece of former National Basketball Association star Kiki Vandeweghe, became the 17th American woman in the Open era to win the tournament title. So how will she celebrate winning one of tennis' biggest prizes and achieving a lifelong dream? Barty and Vandeweghe kissed the trophy and won $700,000 for their championship.

It was Osaka's strong mental power of never losing her composure that deserves special mention. He fell to the ground on the spot after a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 victory at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

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