Novak Djokovic beats Juan Martin del Potro to win title

Bobbie Reid
September 14, 2018

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 back from the all-time record 20 held by Roger Federer. "But also I think we are proud to be close to these legends", said the 29-year-old. I feel like these guys, rivalries with these guys, matches with Federer and Nadal, have made me the player I am, have shaped me into the player I am today. We just isolated ourselves and took things from a different perspective.

"To the support of the loved ones, my kids, my wife, my small team of people that has been there with me through hard times as well", added the Serb who underwent elbow surgery after the Australian Open in January.

Novak Djokovic wrapped up his great summer with an impressive performance in the US Open men's final against Juan Martin del Potro.

"When I turned around, uhm, it was 5-3, so I was a little bit confused then", Osaka said in a post-match news conference. He was earmarked as the next big force, the man alongside Djokovic to rattle the two great champions he had just felled to break through.

Osaka, only the second Asian woman to win a major singles title after China's Li Na at the 2011 French Open, may soon start to out earn Williams when it comes to endorsements, according to Forbes.

Simon on Monday released a statement in which he called for equal treatment of all tennis players.

It was a brief request, though, unlike her many other pleas for quiet, mainly as fans were shouting and chanting and clapping in support of del Potro.

"But at the same time, life showed me that it takes time for good things, it takes time to really build them, for things to fall into place, so you can centre yourself, balance yourself and thrive. The last two months have been terrific".

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If Djokovic is reluctant to speak publicly about the idea of going from his current total of 14 to Nadal's 17 or Federer's 20, the Serb's coach isn't.

Speaking to WTA Insider two days after becoming the first Japanese player to win a grand slam singles title, Osaka said: "I hope Serena isn't mad at me".

"He was my childhood idol".

It was after watching Pete Sampras win Wimbledon - while sitting in his parents' pizza parlour as a six-year-old - that Djokovic decided tennis was the sport for him. For me, that was always an ultimate challenge: "to play Nadal or Federer anywhere", Djokovic continued.

"I'd just like to congratulate Juan Martin. for still having faith, for still having belief in himself", said Djokovic, who gave his pal a hug at the net, and then went over to console del Potro as he wiped away tears at his sideline seat.

A fairytale finish at Flushing Meadows was not to be, however, as former world number one Djokovic's quality shone through.

"You can lose or win a trophy, but the love from the crowd could be even bigger than the tournament", said del Potro.

"I took the risks with my forehand because it was the only way to beat this kind of player".

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