It emerged on Sunday night, when the new US Open champion revealed that a five-day hiking trip with wife Jelena had been the inspiration behind his back-to-back grand-slam titles.
Never was that more apparent than in the game that stood out on this evening, with Djokovic serving while down 4-3 in the second set.
Djokovic said he believes del Potro will win another major title. Del Potro is also at a career-high ranking of No. 3. But Djokovic saves it with a beautifully constructed point, running Del Potro from corner to corner with deep, angled groundstrokes before rushing the net and hitting a volley victor. Djokovic has equaled Pete Sampras with 14.
Djokovic, the No. 6 seed, missed this tournament past year as he struggled with an elbow injury that ultimately required surgery.
Sloane Stephens, who won last year’s U.S. Open and lost in the quarterfinals last week, dropped from No. 3 to No. 9. Another game point for Djokovic when Delpo nets a backhand on the run early in the point, but Djokovic overcooks a backhand and we’re back to deuce (No 6 for those keeping score).
To his credit, Del Potro rallied again to recover a break in the third set, but Djokovic was simply too good and sealed the match with a smash before collapsing in delight.
Djokovic is trying for a third U.S. Open title and 14th major overall, which would tie Pete Sampras for third place on the career list. He’s a big-match player. But well done guys, the atmosphere from all of them was fantastic, the support they gave to both Juan Martin and me.
It was revealed Williams has been fined £13,000 for the turn of events in the final, that saw her issued with three code violations.
“You can lose or win a trophy, but the love from the crowd, it could be even bigger than the tournament”, del Potro said.
She posed with her trophy at Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center.
With the quality of tennis only on the rise, the noise level inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium was deafening.
Djokovic’s coach, Marian Vajda, called that moment the match’s “turning point, obviously”.
He needed four sets to get past 41st-ranked Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in the first round and another to get past 61st-ranked American Tennys Sandgren in the second.
Vandeweghe, niece of former National Basketball Association star Kiki Vandeweghe, became the 17th American woman in the Open era to win the tournament title.
Her victory over Serena Williams on Saturday was marred by the former world No 1’s ferocious verbal attack on chair umpire Carlos Ramos.
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.
When another forehand error cost Del Potro his serve early in the second, all the momentum was with Djokovic. He has had four wrist operations since then. “And so, so happy to be playing the final against this magnificent idol”.
Djokovic is now just three Slams behind Rafael Nadal and six back from the record 20 held by Roger Federer.