Djokovic dismisses Del Potro to win U.S. Open

Novak Djokovic celebrates victory in the US Open semi-final against Kei Nishikori on Friday

Head-to-head, Djokovic leads Del Potro 14-4, but the Argentinian is a powerhouse.

With all the singing and noise levels inside the stadium, it felt to Djokovic like he was at a football match but he thanked the fans of both sides for creating such an awesome atmosphere.

To his credit, Del Potro rallied again to recover a break in the third set, but Djokovic was simply too good and sealed the match with a smash before collapsing in delight.

The No. 6 seed won a knotty, loud but drama-free final as the tennis world was still reeling from Saturday's controversial title match between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, and he won with the crowd gunning for del Potro.

"We are proud to be close to these legends", Del Potro said.

This was Djokovic's third championship in NY, along with those in 2011 and 2015.

Djokovic faced similar questions about whether he'd ever get back to another major final with his elbow woes, but after his triumph at Wimbledon in July, and with the more heralded - and older - Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer showing signs of slowing down, another reign of the Djoker looks very real in men's tennis. It's not just like, 'Okay, see you later, I've got to go'.

The Serb, who was back in the final for an eighth time and contesting his 23rd Grand Slam final - the third most in men's tennis history - was serving exceptionally well and earned a break in the eighth game after showing tremendous patience before successfully serving out the set.

After taking just two points off Del Potro's first three service games, Djokovic, in his 23rd final at the majors, pounced to break for 5-3.

Things looked ominous for Del Potro as Djokovic seized control early on, moving magnificently and constructing a number of superb points with precision striking. It was even louder because of the closed roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium to keep out the rain.

Djokovic was far superior to del Potro in the opening set, then dropped three consecutive games in the second to trail 4-3. He depended on his hometown friends, a group of whom have been in NY throughout the fortnight to lead cheers in Arthur Ashe Stadium, and worked his way back to the final at his favorite ATP Tour event.

"When I had the surgery of my elbow earlier this year I could truly understand what Juan Martin was going through", Djokovic said at the trophy ceremony, referring to the Argentine's long battles with injury. "And so, so happy to be playing the final against this magnificent idol".

"To support of my loved ones, my kids, my wife, my team of people that has been there with me through hard times as well".

Djokovic went on to congratulate Del Potro for his achievements despite all the injury trouble and made a massively sporting gesture by saying he knew Del Potro will stand as champion at this podium one day.

This was Djokovic's third championship in NY, along with those in 2011 and 2015.

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