The scintillating form Novak Djokovic continued to bring him more laurels as the Serb beat Juan Martin Del Potro in the finals of the US Open in straight sets 6-3, 7-6(7-4), 6-3.
Prior to the start of the tournament, Djokovic had won the Cincinnati Open beating Roger Federer in the finals and was considered as the favourite to win the US Open. Djokovic had been fantastic all through out the tournament. On the hand Juan Martin Del Potro, too, was impressive in his matches in the grandslam. The hard hitting Argentine had been playing some of the best tennis of his life. But Novak Djokovic was too much an obstacle to overcome.
One break was enough for Djokovic to seal the first set 6-3. But both the men held their serves in the second set until the set moved into a tie breaker. Djokovic was resistive in his approach and didn’t let Del Potro break him. Soon he started the counter attack and broke Del Potro twice in the tie breaker to set the set 7-6(7-5). Coming back from two sets down against Djokovic is never an easy job and the Argentine knew that he had an uphill task in front of him, if he is to win his second ever grandslam title. Djokovic started the third set strongly. He held his serve first and then broke JMDP’s serve.
The three hour fifteen minutes match finally came to an end when the Serb took the third set 6-3, thus winning his 14th grandslam title and third US Open title in the due process. Winning this championship means Novak Djokovic has now equalled Pete Sampras’s tally of 14 grandslam titles. It is his first US Open title since 2015. He had missed the last year US Open championship with an elbow injury. But his comeback after the French Open loss this year has been quite exemplary. It’s his second grandslam in two months, having already won the Wimbledon back in July.
This final win means Djokovic will jump three places in the ATP rankings, from 6th to 3rd. Contrary to him, Del Potro will drop into 4th from 3rd after the loss. Djokovic is now only three grandslams behind Rafael Nadal, who is on the second place in overall tally of grandslams with 17 trophies to his name. With a fantastic record at the Australian Open, it won’t be a surprise if Djoker manages to reduce the gap between him and Nadal to just two titles.
Erstwhile in men’s doubles championship, the American duo of Mike Bryan and Jack Sock beat Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in straight sets 6-3, 6-1. In women’s doubles the American-Australian duo of Ashleigh Barty and Coco Vandeweghe came from a set down against Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic to take the title home 3-6, 7-6, 7-6. The mixed doubles saw a marathon match between Bethaine Mattek Sands, Jamie Murray and Alicja Rosolska, Nikola Mectic. The latter duo took the first set 6-2. However Sands-Murray faught back to take the second set 6-3. In the third and final set both the teams denied to be broken down. After eighteen long games the duo of Sands-Murray finally made a break through and took the third set 11-9.
This marked the end of the US Open 2018. Comment your favourite moment from the Flushing Meadows in the comment section.