Novak Djokovic leads US Open final

  • Novak Djokovic leads US Open final

Novak Djokovic leads US Open final

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.

Novak Djokovic felt like it was a football match as Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro and he locked heads in the men's singles final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY on Sunday.

Djokovic is now level on 14 Grand Slam titles with Pete Sampras and, in men's terms, behind only Rafael Nadal on 17 and Roger Federer's 20.

He now trails Roger Federer's record of 20 by six and is just three behind Rafael Nadal for second all-time.

"Of course he can", said Del Potro when asked if Djokovic can claim the record over Federer who is nearly six years his senior. During the time in-between, he had four wrist surgeries, including three on his left wrist, and contemplated quitting the sport altogether.

Osaka, who was up a set on Williams, saw the match descend into chaos midway through the second set when her opponent was warned for coaching, docked a point for smashing her racket then docked an entire game for calling Ramos a thief and a liar. Now Del Potro rips and inside-out forehand victor into the back of the ad court for 30-all. But supported by a dozen or so friends from 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 forehands and 135 miles per hour serves.

"What I said on the stage, you can lose or win a trophy, but the love from the crowd, it could be even bigger than the tournament", del Potro said. "I'm glad I managed to do that".

Despite not being ranked as high as his contemporaries - Nadal and Federer in the lead up to the US Open, Djokovic was considered as the favourite, and boy, did he live up to the billing! A series of missed forehands by del Potro in the tiebreaker put Djokovic back on course. It all bothered Djokovic, who started yelling and gesturing toward the seats. Angelique Kerber went from No. 4 to No. 3. That prompted to chair umpire Alison Hughes to chastise them. "Ole Ole Ole. Delpo, Delpo" reverberated around the stadium in support of Del Potro.

Osaka has never been to Nemuro, but she is said to have expressed a desire to visit the place where her mother was born, although her grandfather commented, "She'll be busy and I guess it will be hard for her (to come soon)".

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

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. Her mother Tamaki, meanwhile, shed tears with her daughter in the stands as they hugged each other following her victory, which gave her the honor of becoming the first Japanese to win a Grand Slam singles tennis title. "I try to take the best out of myself in those moments".