'Novak Djokovic a magnificent idol and friend' - Juan Martin Del Potro

'Novak Djokovic a magnificent idol and friend' - Juan Martin Del Potro

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.

Del Potro, 29, won the only Grand Slam title of his career by upsetting Federer in NY in 2009, but couldn't swing the upset Sunday.

CoCo Vandeweghe of the United States and Ashleigh Barty won a thrilling three-setter against Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos that lasted nearly 2½ hours.

For Del Potro, it was a heartbreaking experience coming in just his second Slam final, nine years after he was crowned US Open champion.

But the man hardened by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bombing of Serbia in 1999 showed his inner steel by confounding everybody by racing to a fourth Wimbledon title in July.

When Djokovic faces Federer or Nadal, he rarely starts as the crowd favorite.

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Djokovic's victory, coupled with his July triumph at Wimbledon, ties him with Pete Sampras for the most men's Grand Slam singles titles.

After needing two four-setters in the opening two rounds, Djokovic has glided into the final, his 23rd at the Slams. The atmosphere had finally got to him as he dropped three consecutive games after not facing a single break point in the first set.

Juan Martin del Potro stood with his hands on his knees, exhausted from taking the mightiest swings he could with his ferocious forehand. Since Roland Garros in 2005, the Big Four have accounted for 50 of the past 55 Grand Slam titles.

"He respects everyone", Djokovic said. He cares about his family.

The "Tower of Tandil" threw it all down, every last weapon he could summon, but Djokovic made sure he fortified his side of the net, a zone that was already an unbreachable wall. He treats others the way he wants others to treat him. I don't see it's necessary really to debate that.

"It is not easy to speak right now", Del Potro said on court.

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Federer's 20 seems to be a while away, yet Djokovic is now within touching distance of Nadal's 17.

He will climb above Del Potro to third in the rankings and could yet overtake number one Nadal by the end of the season.

"I just feel like, as Serena said in the closing ceremony, Osaka deserves to have her moment".

"I was suffering a lot". "I got depressed for couple of months also".

There was a moment in the match when Del Potro's singing friends managed to distract Djokovic and make him lose his focus but he fought on like a champion and emerged the victor under the closed roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium. Toshihisa Tsuchihashi, a director of the Japan Tennis Association and general manager of the association's High Performance Department, commented, "There's nothing that would make me happier than for an athlete aiming to reach the pinnacle of a tour to go on to win a gold medal".

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