Del Potro falls in US Open, but being back is his reward

From 1,042 to US Open final del Potro relishes return to Grand Slam title match

Things started so well for Del Potro, the Argentine looking for a second US Open title following his maiden, and to date only, grand slam win back in 2009.

Djokovic defeated third-ranked Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro with a three sets win, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

That pressure told in game eight, leaving Djokovic needing just a regulation hold to claim a superbly crafted third US Open title.

Djokovic has also closed the gap on great rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who have 20 and 17 Grand Slam titles to their name respectively.

Even Del Potro suggested that Djokovic could one day surpass Federer, who is six years older than 31-year-old Djokovic.

"We reached the top after three hours", Djokovic recalled after landing the US Open title by beating Juan Martin Del Potro on Sunday.

It enabled Djokovic to go on and take the second-set tie-break following four unforced errors from Del Potro's forehand - including one on set point.

Djokovic said he believes del Potro will win another major title. "I'm very sad for being a loser today". The US Open winners have been crowned.

Djokovic also was the champion in NY in 2011 and 2015.

Novak Djokovic's U.S. Open title moved him up three spots to No. 3 in the ATP rankings Monday, behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, making that trio the top three for the first time in 3½ years.

Djokovic was better than del Potro on their many lengthy exchanges, using his trademark body-twisting, limb-splaying court coverage to get to almost every ball, sneakers squeaking around the blue court in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where the roof was closed because of rain.

"I expected, to be quite frank, after surgery that I'll be back on a high level quite fast".

At a photo shoot in Manhattan on Sunday, a "very tired" Osaka continued to field questions about the contentious match, in which Williams drew her third penalty with an angry outburst at chair umpire Carlos Ramos, costing her a game when she stood just two games from defeat.

Djokovic said: "I felt like I was so close to the desired level, and then I just completely underplayed that match".

Since the 2003 Wimbledon, the Big 3 have won 51 of 62 Grand Slams on the men's side.

"I was playing at my limit nearly all the time, looking for winners", he said.

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.

Djokovic then got right back to work, and announced that he was, once more, himself by winning Wimbledon.

But he is a strong candidate for any title when he is fit and the fact he has the most number of victories by anyone over world number one player just goes to show how risky he can become when he is without any injury.

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