Osaka's family express emotions after her US Open tennis tournament win

Silvia Morton
September 12, 2018

I don't see it's necessary really to debate that.

Djokovic collects $3.8 million and his third U.S. Open championship.

Djokovic said it was the kind of heavyweight clash he's learned to embrace.

"I feel better with my backhand, but it's not good enough to win a title like this or to win the top guys in a row", del Potro said a year ago after falling to Nadal in the US Open semifinals.

At the start of 2017, Djokovic was riding high at World No.2, but Nadal was down at No.9 and Federer way back at 16th.

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.

The American has since received backing from the WTA and now Djokovic, who beat Del Potro 6-3 7-6 6-3, has weighed in with his thoughts on the controversial argument. He now trails Roger Federer's record of 20 by six and is just three behind Rafael Nadal for second all-time.

Del Potro - the 2009 champion back for a second slam final after overcoming career-threatening wrist injuries - threw everything he had at his rival, but Djokovic absorbed the Argentinian's power superbly, his returning of serve particularly outstanding.

"Pete Sampras is one of the biggest legends ever to play the game".

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With the victory, the Serb will rise to number three ranking in the world, only behind Nadal and Federer, reflecting the "Big Three" status they have shared for so long.

A year after missing the US Open because of an injured right elbow that required surgery, Djokovic showed that he is unquestionably back at his best and back at the top of tennis.

Federer has accumulated 98 titles in his career, while Djokovic has won 71.

An eight-time finalist in NY who had only previously lifted the trophy in 2011 and 2015, the Serbian was made to work hard on Sunday as Del Potro came from a break down in the second and third sets.

"He knows that he's one of my friends on tour and he knows he's one player I want to watch win on tour".

After taking just two points off Del Potro's first three service games, Djokovic, in his 23rd final at the majors, pounced to break for 5-3. Of course, I'm sad to lose but I'm happy for Novak as well.

Never was that more apparent than the game that stood out on this evening: with Djokovic serving while down 4-3 in the second set. It was even louder because of the closed roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium to keep out the rain.

The effort took its toll on a suddenly weary-looking Del Potro as a 95-minute set was claimed by Djokovic in the tiebreak.

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