Djokovic headed for bright finish with US Open win

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia is congratulated on his win by Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina after their Men's Singles final match on Day Fourteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

No controversy here: Novak Djokovic is the U.S. Open men's singles champion.

It's was del Potro's first major final since he won his only one in the 2009 US Open by beating Roger Federer.

From that point a Djokovic victory looked inevitable and, after Del Potro wiped out a final-set break at 3-1 in the following game, the Argentine produced a double fault to give Djokovic another chance for a 5-3 lead.

After taking just two points off Del Potro's first three service games, Djokovic, in his eighth final in NY and 23rd at the majors, pounced to break for 5-3.

Osaka was the biggest revelation at this U.S. Open - who could be surprised at Novak Djokovic winning his 14th major championship Sunday? - but plenty else happened over what undoubtedly was as wild a Grand Slam tournament as there's been in years. But Djokovic was in no mood to hang around, winning the last three games to clinch the crown.

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This was Djokovic's third championship in NY, along with those in 2011 and 2015, as he drew even with Pete Sampras on 14 major to be third all time - trailing only Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17). The 31-year-old Serb has never been considered a once-in-a-generation talent, as have Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the ones above him in the trophy count.

It is Djokovic's thid U.S. Open title and first since 2015.

"As for Serena, she knows I love her".

'I'll have some probably now, ' Millman said.

Admitting it would have been hard to believe back in February that he would go on to collect such prestigious titles this year, he also felt the barren spell had actually helped get him back on track.

Del Potro might have beaten other players Sunday, same as some of the losses to Federer and Nadal through the years may have been victories against lesser foes.

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Djokovic, the No. 6 seed, missed this tournament past year as he struggled with an elbow injury that ultimately required surgery.

"I was so close to the desired level, and then I completely underplayed that match".

When Djokovic is in peak health, as he finally is following a long bout with a right elbow injury that eventually required surgery after this year's Australian Open, he is most definitely a man on a mission.

But against one of the best returners in the business, Del Potro needed to be far more assertive. For Djokovic, too. "You learn when you're down and things are not working out as you want them to", he said.

When it ended, thanks to a three-game closing run by Djokovic, he flung his racket away and landed on his back, arms and legs spread wide.

Leading 4-3, Djokovic caught Del Potro off guard with his exceptional patience and strong strokes to break Del Potro's serve. "But I'm happy for Novak and his team".

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