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Djokovic up to No. 3, Osaka at No. 7 after wins

No doubts anymore Novak Djokovic has returned to tennis elite No doubts anymore Novak Djokovic has returned to tennis elite
Betsy Taylor | 11 September, 2018, 04:29

That eventually wore him out and led to mistakes, and del Potro lost 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 on Sunday in the final of the U.S. Open, the tournament he most wants to win again.

Novak Djokovic kept getting the ball back, so del Potro would take a bigger whack, trying to find some spot in the corner of the court that would be uncovered.

Djokovic particularly struggles in the hot and humid conditions that hit NY over much of the fortnight and looked out of sorts against Marton Fucsovics in the first round - splitting the first two sets, he trailed 4-2 in the third - Joao Sousa in the fourth and giant killer John Millman in the quarterfinals.

It is his 14th Grand Slam title, which ties him with Pete Sampras for third on the all-time major singles titles list behind Federer's 20 and Nadal's 17.

He missed last year´s tournament with an elbow injury which sent his career into a mini-crisis.

Welcome to Flushing Meadows, New York, for 2016's final Grand Slam - the US Open.

The end was near and when Djokovic put away a smash on a first match point, he fell onto the court on his back. But supported by a dozen or so friends from back home, whose "Ole!" choruses rang around the arena, he climbed up the rankings to a career-high No. 3 by thundering his 100 miles per hour (160 kph) forehands and 135 miles per hour (215 kph) serves.

"I guess he knew it was going to probably not be enough against some players, but he was happy enough playing this way, which I admire a lot".

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


It came as Djokovic smashed a championship-winning forehand.

Ever since being stretched to four sets in his second round against Tennys Sandgren, Djokovic did not drop a set, demolishing the likes of Federer-slayer John Millman, Kei Nishikori and del Potro en route to the top step of the podium. But even the straight-sets win had its moments, moments of vintage Djokovic: an on-the-line victor, an overhead smash, a passing shot, a backhand cracker. That prompted to chair umpire Alison Hughes to chastise them. "Ole Ole Ole. Delpo, Delpo" reverberated around the stadium in support of Del Potro. At one moment, he pressed his right index finger to his lips, as if to say, "Shhhhhhh!"

Djokovic said it was the kind of heavyweight clash he's learned to embrace.

On Sunday, it was Novak Djokovic.

The tiebreaker was resolved thanks to more del Potro miscues on his forehand side, as he looked more and more worn out.

"I really wish him all the best".

The US Open Men's singles final will be shown LIVE on Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD at around 1.30 am IST.

"To support of my loved ones, my kids, my wife, my team of people that has been there with me through hard times as well".

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