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Djokovic wins third US Open title

Djokovic wins third US Open title
Novak Djokovic with the US Open trophy after beating Juan Martin Del Potro in the final.
NEW YORK, Sep 10 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 9/10/2018 1:04:31 PM IST

A clinical Novak Djokovic dismissed Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 7-6(4) 6-3 to collect his third US Open title on Sunday, giving him 14 Grand Slams to move into a tie for third on the all-time list alongside Pete Sampras.

A season that started gloomily with elbow surgery after the Australian Open is turning into a brilliant finish for the 31-year-old Serb who has now won three of his last four events including back-to-back majors at Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows.

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.

Playing on the same court where Pete Sampras claimed his 14th and final Grand Slam crown, Djokovic had endured more disappointment than joy on Arthur Ashe, mining just three titles from eight finals.

“I was hoping he’s going to be here tonight but I want to say ‘Pete, I love you, you’re my idol,’” said the Serb.

The disappointment on Sunday belonged to a teary Del Potro who was back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since the big Argentine won his one and only title at Flushing Meadows in 2009.

“It’s not easy to speak right now. But I love you too, guys,” he told the crowd. 

Djokovic and Del Potro walked on Arthur Ashe Stadium court with the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center still buzzing over the controversial women’s final on Saturday, won by Japan’s Naomi Osaka after Serena Williams incurred three code violations.

The tension and fireworks of the Osaka-Williams clash were left behind during a relatively calm and composed baseline battle between two friends and familiar foes who had played each other 18 times, with Djokovic holding a commanding 14-4 edge. In a tight opening set, there was only a single break point and Djokovic made it count to go up 5-3 before serving it out.

Djokovic kept up the pressure with an early break in the second before Del Potro broke back to end the Serb’s run of 23 consecutive holds. The tension lifted in a marathon eighth game that took 20 minutes to decide, Djokovic finally holding to keep the set on serve at 4-4. That seemed to take some of the fight out of the Argentine who went down 7-4 in the eventual tiebreak.

A focused Djokovic continued to apply pressure in the third set until Del Potro finally cracked on serve to fall behind 5-3, with the Serb closing out the match with a ferocious overhead winner.

Barty, Vandeweghe clinch women’s doubles title
Ashleigh Barty and CoCo Vandeweghe won their first Grand Slam title together Sunday, fending off three match points to beat Australian Open champions Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic in the US Open women’s doubles final.
Australia’s Barty and America’s Vandeweghe triumphed 3-6, 7-6 (7/2, 7-6 (8/6) in the fourth meeting between the teams this year.
It was a first Grand Slam title for Barty, who had reached the women’s doubles finals at all four majors with Casey Dellacqua before her former partner retired.
She and Vandeweghe were in their first Grand Slam final together since teaming up for the first time at Indian Wells in March.
Barty and Vandeweghe saved two championship points in the 10th game of the second set to force the tiebreaker.
Babos and Mladenovic saved two match points in the 10th game of the final set as they forced the tiebreaker, giving themselves a third chance at 6-5 in the decider. Barty and Vandeweghe saved it to earn a third match point of their own on Mladenovic’s serve and the French player double faulted.

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