14 points That Prove Novak Djokovic is not human

14 September, 2018, 17:24 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts after his win against Japan's Kei Nishikori during the Men's Singles Semi Finals match at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York

Novak Djokovic won his second straight major title and 14th overall, beating Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the U.S. Open.

Djokovic particularly struggles in the hot and humid conditions that hit NY over much of the fortnight and looked out of sorts against Marton Fucsovics in the first round - splitting the first two sets, he trailed 4-2 in the third - Joao Sousa in the fourth and giant killer John Millman in the quarterfinals.

And he has hit top form since, following up his Wimbledon triumph with a straight sets victory in Sunday's US Open final against Juan Martin del Potro.

The third set followed the pattern of the second, where Djokovic took an early break to go 3-1 up in the set. Each player recorded 31 winners, but del Potro committed 47 errors to Djokovic's 38.

Novak Djokovic has won a tiebreaker to take a 95-minute second set, moving a set away from the U.S. Open title.

Novak Djokovic said he wished Pete Sampras was in attendance for the US Open final after matching his idol for third on the career list for Grand Slam titles.

But to truly appreciate their dominance, consider this stat: Since the 2003 Wimbledon Championships, 62 Grand Slams have been played, and 51 were won by Federer (20), Nadal (17), or Djokovic (14). There has been a first-time victor in four of the past six Grand Slam tournaments, and 20-year-old Naomi Osaka added to the eclectic mix by becoming the first Japanese to win a Major.

"I expected, to be quite frank, after surgery that I'll be back on a high level quite fast".

Djokovic admitted his recent Grand Slam wins mean more following time out after elbow surgery.

'I'll have some probably now, ' Millman said.

But seemingly temporarily distracted by del Potro's supporters getting louder, not to mention the world No. 3's better play, he was broken back for 3-3. Not against Djokovic, who always seemed to have all the answers.

Djokovic had tumbled down the rankings, slowed previous year by an elbow injury and a loss of confidence that accompanied a 54-week title drought.

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.

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. Del Potro would not rue how many of those could have been his had he been injury-free all those years. He made one last stand by breaking and holding for 3-all.

"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.

In the tiebreak, Del Potro looked susceptible to forehand errors and Djokovic showed vast courage and quality to take it away from Del Potro, going up 2-0 in the final. "Of course I'm sad because I lose but I'm happy for Novak, you deserved to win".

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