US Open: Djokovic beat del Potro to win third title

Millman 'Roger Federer is the best but Djokovic is not that far behind'

Millman 'Roger Federer is the best but Djokovic is not that far behind'

Williams was fined £13,000 for her meltdown during he US Open final defeat to Naomi Osaka, which saw her issued with three code violations, including a game penalty after calling Ramos a "thief" for docking her a point.

Osaka defeated Williams 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday night to become the first Grand Slam singles champion from Japan.

This new trophy is a tribute to Novak Djokovic's fantastic consistency at this event over the years. Ahead of this match, he had a return percentage of 82 per cent, the most by any US Open competitor this year. The runner-up, Serena Williams, is back in the top 20 at No. 16, after being No. 26 before the U.S. Open - and outside the top 400 as recently as May, following the former No. 1's time away because she had a baby.

The 31-year-old produced a ruthless display as he recorded a 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 victory at Flushing Meadows in NY. It was a contest not without its chances. Djokovic saved three break points, but del Potro staved off six Djokovic game points before Djokovic at last converted to hold serve.

"It is not easy to speak right now", Del Potro said on court.

Federer and Nadal have made me the player I am today. But Novak deserved to take the trophy.

"Basically, Serena is one of the greatest players in history". I had my opportunities during second and third set.

Osaka's winning the championship should be a great encouragement for people in Hokkaido, hit by a recent quake.

"I really wish him all the best". The "what-ifs" will always swirl around talk of Del Potro's place in the sport. He now trails Roger Federer's record of 20 by six and is just three behind Rafael Nadal for second all-time.

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Djokovic had tumbled down the rankings, slowed past year by an elbow injury and a loss of confidence that accompanied a 54-week title drought. [ALSO LIKE] Wrist injuries robbed the Argentine of years when he should have been entering the prime of his career.

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. And able to build momentum once more, the results have showed in 2018. I still have a lot of passion. I still feel it.

"It would be really sad if I kept playing for years and my biggest goal was to get to the quarters of a Slam", she announced after her first-round victory. "I know he will be back here with the Champions trophy".

It was a brief request, though, unlike her many other pleas for quiet, mainly as fans were shouting and chanting and clapping in support of del Potro. The Argentine looked at it more as an honour to have shared a court with three of the greatest players of all time.

"Of course, it is a big challenge to take these kind of tournaments to them [Djokovic, Federer and Nadal]".

"When the roof is closed, trust me, it's very, very loud down there. I owe it to them".

With his third championship at Flushing Meadows, Djokovic matched Pete Sampras for third on the career list for Grand Slam titles.

"I'm just doing my job, trying to be an example for the kids, to teach them that you have to do effort to get your goals in your life", del Potro said.

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