Novak Djokovic leads US Open final

Novak Djokovic leads US Open final

Back at his relentless best, and dispalying his signature combination of ruthless defense and surgical precision, Djokovic will have a great chance to win No. 15 at January's Australian Open, a tournament he has won six times.

"When I was a kid, I mixed watching soccer and the U.S. Open, that's it", Del Potro said before the match.

"What I said on the stage, you can lose or win a trophy, but the love from the crowd, it could be even bigger than the tournament", del Potro said. "But Novak has everything to make records in this sport", del Potro told AFP sources.

The Serbian tennis ace, now ranked 6th in the world, cruised through early rounds of the tournament and will enter the final with a 13-set winning streak, while on the other hand, Potro booked his berth after Rafael Nadal bowed out in the semis owning to his right knee injury.

The effort took its toll on a suddenly weary-looking Del Potro as a 95-minute set was claimed by Djokovic in the tiebreak.

Novak Djokovic swapped his racket for doughnuts as the men's 2018 US Open champion took to the streets of New York City as part of his trophy tour.

Federer broke Sampras' record at Wimbledon in 2009, with Nadal also surpassing the American with victory at the 2017 French Open.

Djokovic was soon 3-1 up in the second set before Del Potro carved out his first break point of the match to level at 3-3.

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Djokovic says he owes his own success to the rivalries which he has developed with 37-year-old Federer and 32-year-old Nadal over the past decade.

"I won my only Grand Slam here", del Potro said. That put the 29-year-old Argentine back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since his breakthrough nine years ago, a comeback for a guy who had four wrist operations in the interim.

The eighth game was an epic, lasting over 20 minutes and featuring eight deuces before Djokovic withstood the pressure to hold.

The "Tower of Tandil" threw it all down, every last weapon he could summon, but Djokovic made sure he fortified his side of the net, a zone that was already an unbreachable wall. But Djokovic was in no mood to hang around, winning the last three games to clinch the crown.

The game went to deuce eight times, del Potro had a break chance three times, he nearly made it as Djokovic committed his first double fault of the match.

Anderson slipped four spots in the rankings because he could not defend the points he gained at the previous year's US Open, when he reached the final.

It will be Djokovic's second back-to-back final after winning the Wimbledon in July after returning from injury.

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