Del Potro confident of Djokovic breaking Federer's 20 Grand Slam record

Del Potro confident of Djokovic breaking Federer's 20 Grand Slam record

Djokovic is just the third male player of all time to hold all four major titles at the same time after Don Budge and Rod Laver, the most recent of which was 47 years ago, after he won the French Open back in 2016.

For Novak Djokovic, a season that got off to a gloomy start is heading for a brilliant finish after he dismissed Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-3 to win the U.S. Open on Sunday and earn back-to-back Grand Slam titles.

He shares then from now on the third place of the all-time Grand Slam winners list with American player Pete Sempras, but remains at six units behind recordman Roger Federer with 20 trophies to his credit.

Djokovic, the sixth seed, tamed the Argentine big artillery 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in three hours and 15 minutes, here on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported.

From 1-3, Del Potro won three games in a row and had Djokovic rattled.

Never was that more apparent than the game that stood out on this evening, with Djokovic serving while down 4-3 in the second set.

After both players exchanged earlier service breaks in the second set, it became key that Djokovic held onto his serve in the eighth game, staving off three break points in the 22-point game that lasted 20 minutes, 32 seconds.

Defeat for Argentina's Del Potro ended his chances of claiming a second US Open crown following his victory in 2009 but still capped a remarkable run after he almost quit the sport in 2015 because of ongoing injury problems.


It enabled Djokovic to go on and take the second-set tie-break following four unforced errors from Del Potro's forehand - including one on set point.

'I'll have some probably now, ' Millman said. He showed off all of his court-covering, foe-frustrating, defense-to-offense skills down the stretch on the way to his third U.S. Open title, claiming the last 16 sets he played.

Djokovic, who struggled with the NY humidity in the first two rounds, did not drop a set from the third round onwards.

It was only the second set dropped by the Argentine at the tournament. He first won the Wimbledon to announce his return back to top form and has now won the US Open 2018 title comprehensively. Three times, Djokovic steeled himself. He played a great match, very smart game. I had my opportunities during the second and third set but I was playing nearly at the limit all the time ... and I couldn't make it because Novak was there every time.

Federer and Nadal have made me the player I am today.

It's del Potro's first major final since he won his only one in the 2009 U.S. Open by beating Roger Federer.

After his latest performance, it's a safe bet Sampras is admiring Djokovic as well - along with many others.

The 13th-seeded team of Barty and Vandeweghe knocked of the No. 3 and No. 1 seeded teams en route to their first Grand Slam doubles title as a team.

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