US Open 2018 talking points

US Open 2018 talking points

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, holds the championship trophy after defeating Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, in the men's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in NY.

It was Djokovic´s 15th win over the Argentine and his fifth in five at the Slams.

Djokovic's third US Open title also moves him into a tie for fifth all-time in men's singles titles at New York City during the Open Era, joining Nadal, Oliver Campbell, Ivan Lendl and Fred Perry.

Add the trophies he has earned at six Australian Opens, one French Open and four Wimbledons, most recently in July, and the 31-year-old Serb pulled even with Pete Sampras for the third-most majors among men, trailing only Roger Federer's 20 and Rafael Nadal's 17.

"Of course he can", said Del Potro when asked if Djokovic can claim the record over Federer who is nearly six years his senior. "And so, so happy to be playing the final against this magnificent idol".

He picked up the pace with straight-sets victories over France's Richard Gasquet, Portugal's Joao Sousa, Millman and 2014 finalist Kei Nishikori to arrive at a title tilt with good friend Del Potro.

He closed his win with a yelp, barely audible over del Potro's ebullient fans. There was no reaction from Djokovic as he got the decisive break, no roar like the first two sets.

Djokovic was far superior to del Potro in the opening set, then dropped three consecutive games in the second to trail 4-3.

Djokovic's most hard opponent this tournament has been the heat and humidity, so Sunday's cool and wet conditions, resulting in the roof being shut on Arthur Ashe Stadium, were perfectly to his liking.

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With an ATP Finals berth under his belt, Djokovic paved the way for Federer, the Australian Open victor, to secure his 16th tournament appearance thanks to "Grand Slam Champion" rule.

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

Del Potro might have beaten other players Sunday, same as some of the losses to Federer and Nadal through the years may have been victories against lesser foes.

"I would say last night it's unfortunate and we have to have consistency because when you look at what Serena is feeling, we watch the guys do this all the time", Adams said.

Djokovic went on to congratulate Del Potro for his achievements despite all the injury trouble and made a massively sporting gesture by saying he knew Del Potro will stand as champion at this podium one day.

"I'm very sad for being a loser today but Novak deserved to take the trophy", said Del Potro, who wept into his hands before being comforted by Djokovic.

Williams was eventually slapped with a $US17,000 ($A23,920) fine by the USTA for the code violations she received during her match up against Osaka.

The sixth seed survived three break points in the following game, an epic that lasted more than 20 minutes, in a pivotal moment. I don't see it's necessary really to debate that.

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