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Djokovic wins third US Open, equals Sampras on 14 Grand Slams

10 September 2018

The Novak Djokovic vs Juan Martin del Potro US Open 2018 men's singles final match will start at 1.30 am IST on Sepetember 10 (late Sunday night in India).

The US Open Men's singles final match between del Potro and Djokovic is on September 10 and will be played at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Juan Martin del Potro believes Novak Djokovic can end his career as the most successful Grand Slam title victor, surpassing Roger Federer's current mark of 20.

In the immediate aftermath of Djokovic's victory, he embraced del Potro at the net in a heartwarming show of class and respect between the friends and foes.

But Nadal retired in the semifinals when his troublesome right knee gave way to what the world No. 1 said was a flare up of preexisting tendinitis.

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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 Serb then continued the brilliant sportsmanship by consoling a shattered del Potro as he sat courtside.

Since playing on the grass at Queen's Club in June, Djokovic has only lost two matches, while he extended his imposing winning record over Del Potro to 15-4.

The Serb has saved 72 per cent of break points against him during the tournament, while getting 82 per cent of his returns in, more than any other competitor at Flushing Meadows this year. Not against Djokovic, who always seemed to have all the answers - and who said he convinced himself that all of those "Oles" were actually people calling out his own nickname, "Nole".

Djokovic and del Potro embrace.

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After three solid service games in the opening set, he threw in two unforced errors to drop serve and the set. That prompted to chair umpire Alison Hughes to chastise them. Later, after winning a point, Djokovic put that finger to his ear, as if to say, "Who are you cheering for now?!" He made one last stand by breaking and holding for 3-all.

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"I was very, very disappointed with my performance that day", Djokovic recalled Sunday, explaining that he went hiking in the mountains in France to clear his head after that setback.

For Djokovic, it was an illustration of him growing into the championships as he took his run of consecutive sets won to 14, stretching back to the second round against Tennys Sandgren.

"You learn from adversity. when you have doubtful moments when things are not working out as you want (them) to".

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Djokovic wins third US Open, equals Sampras on 14 Grand Slams