Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Djokovic captures U.S. Open title for 14th major championship

Millman 'Roger Federer is the best but Djokovic is not that far behind' Novak Djokovic wins men's US Open singles title
Rita Gibson | 14 September, 2018, 01:21

Novak Djokovic of Serbia is congratulated on his win by Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina after their Men's Singles final match on Day Fourteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

Federer (20) and Nadal (17) are the only players with more major titles than Djokovic and Sampras.

Djokovic had never gone through an extended absence until 2017, when he sat out the second half of the season because of elbow pain that had plagued him for more than a year.

Del Potro hailed the victor after losing in his first final since winning the Wimbledon Title in 2009. One game alone in the second set lasted 20 minutes.

While many hope del Potro gets that second major someday, including Djokovic - he is severely owed by the tennis gods - his foe was simply too good in the opening set. But then he was broken in his next game.

Djokovic sprinted into a 3-1 lead in the third set before a battling Del Potro clung on, hitting back for 3-3. Kevin Anderson of South Africa fell four spots to ninth in the rankings after he losing to eighth-placed Dominic Thiem of Austria in the US Open round of 16.

"When I had my surgery I could truly understand what Juan Martin was going through", Djokovic said after the win.

The US Open should have been one of the showpiece events of the sporting summer.

In total Federer has won 98 career titles, dwarfing Djokovic's tally of 71.

"I was so close to desired level, and then I just completely underplayed that match".

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The undoubted star of the championships was Osaka, who took down her idol in the women's final to make history as Japan's first slam singles champion.

She posed with her trophy at Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center.

After 14 days of tennis, it's finally over. Del Potro crushed a backhand down the line to set up the first chance, subsequently roaring in delight and getting the crowd further into it.

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.

Four easy holds later and it was onto a tiebreaker that decided the second set, and ultimately the course of the match as Djokovic capitalised on several bad errors from his opponent to win it 7-4.

Vandeweghe, niece of former National Basketball Association star Kiki Vandeweghe, became the 17th American woman in the Open era to win the tournament title.

He also quit at the 2006 and 2007 French Opens at the third round and quarterfinal stages, respectively, while at the 2009 Australian Open, where he was defending champion, he pulled out of his quarterfinal with Andy Roddick citing heat exhaustion.

"I'm glad that Novak is the champion".

It started when chair umpire Carlos Ramos gave Williams a code violation for coaching, and eventually ended up with accusations of sexism in the aftermath. [ALSO LIKE] Wrist injuries robbed the Argentine of years when he should have been entering the prime of his career.

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