Fans erupt over incredible moment of sportsmanship after US Open final

Fans erupt over incredible moment of sportsmanship after US Open final

Fans erupt over incredible moment of sportsmanship after US Open final

Djokovic claimed his second Grand Slam in succession and 14th in his illustrious career with a 6-3 7-6 6-3 victory at Flushing Meadows.

Djokovic's victory, coupled with his July triumph at Wimbledon, ties him with Pete Sampras for the most men's Grand Slam singles titles.

Djokovic, whose progress among the pantheon of tennis' best ever players stalled suddenly following his 12th major title at the 2016 French Open, is now back at the very top of his game courtesy of his impressive 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 win over the third-seeded Argentine. Three times, Djokovic steeled himself.

Djokovic was far superior to del Potro in the opening set, then dropped three consecutive games in the second to trail 4-3.

Del Potro's forehand is among the most intimidating weapons in the sport, but it misfired under relentless pressure towards the end of the first set, Djokovic breaking in the eighth game - at the end of a 22-shot rally - and taking the opener.

Djokovic, the No. 6 seed, missed this tournament a year ago as he struggled with an elbow injury that ultimately required surgery.

He closed his win with a yelp, barely audible over del Potro's ebullient fans.

"I was playing nearly at my limit all the time, looking for winners with my forehands, backhands, and I couldn't make them because Novak was there every time", Del Potro said.

"I'm so happy to be playing the final against this magnificent idol".

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The 31-year-old, who triumphed in NY in 2011 and 2015, sealed his third title at the final Slam of the year with a hard-earned straight-sets win over the Argentine.

However, Del Potro and his mighty forehand came to the party, striking back in spectacular fashion to level at 3-3, while the support for the giant Argentine appeared to rattle Djokovic's concentration levels.

Djokovic was better than del Potro on their many lengthy exchanges, using his trademark body-twisting, limb-splaying court coverage to get to almost every ball, sneakers squeaking around the blue court in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where the roof was closed because of rain.

"When I had a surgery of my elbow earlier this year I could truly understand what Juan Martin was going through with his surgeries for two or three years that kept him away from the tour".

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"Difficult times but you learn from adversity".

"Of course I'm sad I (lost)", del Potro said.

"I tried to take the best out of myself in those moments and get myself in this position".

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