US Open Men's Final

Novak Djokovic vs Juan Martin del Potro

By: Nabeela Damji

Monday, September 10, 2018

Novak Djokovic earned back to back Grand Slam titles after defeating Juan Martin del Potro at Flushing Meadows on Sunday. 

 

After missing the US open last year because of an elbow injury, Djokovic racked up his 14th Grand Slam title in his 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory. This was Djokovic's third championship in New York.

With the win, Djokovic,will climb to fourth in the world after back-to-back Grand Slam victories. Only Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17) have won more.

Argentine third seed Del Potro, was playing his first Grand Slam final since winning the 2009 US Open. Before Sunday’s final, Del Potro had seen 41% of his serves unreturned in the tournament. That figure dropped to 17% in the first set against Djokovic. 

In the second set, Del Potro broke back to level at 3-3, before Djokovic came back - after a 20-minute game lasting 22 points and in which he saved three break points to even the score at 4-4.

It enabled Djokovic to go on and take the second-set tie-break following four unforced errors from Del Potro.

In the following game, Del Potro wiped out a final-set break at 3-1 and produced a double fault to give Djokovic a 5-3 lead.

 

Djokovic then smacked a forehand volley to safety on his first match point, dropping to the floor in celebration.