Novak Djokovic Wins the U.S. Open

Aside from Rafa Nadal on clay facing Novak Djokovic on a hard court is arguably the toughest challenge in tennis

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns a shot to Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, during the men's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in NY.

But his 10 career wins over number one-ranked players are the most by any player never to hold the number one ranking - and further proof, Djokovic said, that del Potro is among the elite.

Djokovic then won the tie-break from 1-3 down to clinch a 95-minute set and, although Del Potro also threatened a comeback in the third, there was no doubt who was the stronger player.

This time Djokovic is No.3 behind Nadal and Federer, but the stunning three-year first will have tennis fans asking if it really is 2018.

It was also the third time the 31-year-old Serb - who missed last year's tournament with an elbow injury which sent his career into a mini-crisis - completed the Wimbledon-US Open double.

Despite the typically enthusiastic backing of his fellow Argentinians, Del Potro was denied a second U.S. Open title nine years after his dramatic 2009 triumph.

The sixth seed had suffered in the ferocious heat and humidity through the early days of the season's final Grand Slam but dropped only two sets for the tournament and none since the second round.

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While Djokovic laid on the ground in ecstasy Sunday, del Potro sat in his chair and cried.

But instead of that victory proving a launchpad for a sustained challenge at the Grand Slams, Del Potro battled wrist injuries which required four surgeries.

The Serb collected his 14th grand slam title and second in a row with a 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 victory over Juan Martin del Potro on Monday (AEST).

Better than Federer at his best, better than Nadal at his best. "Novak has everything to make records in this sport", said the Argentine.

In the end, Djokovic thanked everyone for staying by his side when he was dealing with a hard injury period past year. Actually today I am.

"Difficult times but you learn from adversity. when you have doubtful moments when things are not working out as you want (them) to and I try to take the best out of myself in those moments and thrive on the love and support I receive from my closed ones and get myself in this position", Djokovic expressed. Barty and Vandeweghe kissed the trophy and won $700,000 for their championship.

"There is a lot of significance of me being now shoulder to shoulder in terms of Grand Slam wins with him".

Amidst the searing heat and disturbing humidity of NY for the past two weeks, Djokovic battled through and rose above it all to shine under the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights for the third time.

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