Djokovic wins third US Open men's singles title

Djokovic wins third US Open men's singles title

"There will be two people sitting at home who have their fingers crossed for a Juan Martin del Potro win on Sunday - and their names are Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal", Rusedksi told the Telegraph before Sunday's final.

His 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 defeat to the Serbian was not the fairytale outcome he had imagined.

It was Djokovic's 14th Grand Slam title and the third US Open title.

Djokovic has won 13 of his 14 Grand Slam titles since 2010, when the prize money for the champion moved past the £1m mark at all four majors. The victory puts Djokovic three Slam wins away from Nadal's 17 and six behind Federer's record 20.

Injuries have derailed Del Potro's career but the Argentinian was back in a major decider, nine years after claiming the 2009 US Open.

Del Potro's forehand is among the most intimidating weapons in the sport, but it misfired under relentless pressure towards the end of the first set, Djokovic breaking in the eighth game - at the end of a 22-shot rally - and taking the opener.

The 29-year old then missed a golden opportunity in game eight, failing to take one of three break chances during a 20-minute game that saw Djokovic jeered by spectators as he approached the umpire mid-game to complain about the balls, the packed crowd sensing he was just playing for time.

The Yomiuri ShimbunA Japanese player has finally won one of the greatest tennis tournaments. "I am just one of the guys that have lucky to be in the same era as them, and it's great", he further added. Ahead of this match, he had a return percentage of 82 per cent, the most by any US Open competitor this year. I think that was one of the most important, so to say, moments and periods of my life, my tennis career, my development.

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ESPN drew the joint second-highest TV audience they have ever had for the US Open for her final loss to Naomi Osaka, tied with the final between Djokovic and Roger Federer in 2015.

"Of course, I'm sad because I lost but I'm happy for Novak and his team".

"When I had the surgery of my elbow earlier this year I could truly understand what Juan Martin was going through", Djokovic said at the trophy ceremony, referring to the Argentine's long battles with injury.

Nadal hobbled out of a semi-final match against Del Potro after two sets.

Victories that finished after 2 a.m. for 2014 champ Marin Cilic (against 19-year-old Alex de Minaur) and Nadal (against Dominic Thiem.) Nadal's retirement from his semifinal against del Potro because of an injured right knee.

The wealthiest of tennis' four grand slam events, the NY tournament has a rich history and boasted a record purse.

The Wimbledon champion, who ended a two-year grand slam drought by winning at the All England Club, has now won 13 sets in a row in NY.

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. Barty and Vandeweghe won the second set tiebreaker 7-2 and won the third 8-6 to win for the second time in four meetings this season against Babos and Mladenovic.

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