Novak Djokovic has continued his stunning comeback in 2018 with a straight sets win over Juan Martin del Potro in the final of the US Open.
The Serbian outlasted the Argentine 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 in three hours and 15 minutes in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
It’s Djokovic’s third US Open championship and his 14th grand slam title.
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It puts him level with Pete Sampras and behind only Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17) on the all-time list.
It’s been a difficult run for the 31-year-old after a lengthy battle with an elbow injury.
“Difficult times but you learn from adversity. You learn when you’re down, when you have doubtful moments,” Djokovic said.
“I tried to take the best out of myself in those moments and get myself in this position.”
🏆🏆🏆@djokernole defeats Del Potro 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 to win his 3rd title in Flushing Meadows!
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 9, 2018
It also marked the first time del Potro has featured in a grand slam title since his one and only back in 2009.
“I’m so happy to be playing the final against this magnificent idol. Of course I’m sad because I lose but I’m happy for Novak, you deserved to win,” del Potro said.
“I got it after nine years, which is amazing to me because the US Open is my favourite tournament and I’m proud of that.”