Djokovic tops del Potro to win U.S. Open, 14th Slam title

Djokovic and Nishikori shake hands at the net after the former seals victory on Friday night

Djokovic and Nishikori shake hands at the net after the former seals victory on Friday night

Djokovic a two-time US Open champ and 13-time Grand Slam victor, was just that much better than Nishikori in a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win to reach his record-tying eighth final in NY.

Djokovic, 31 years old, overwhelmed Juan Martín del Potro, 29, in an entertaining-and sometimes intense-U.S.

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.

Playing on the same court where Pete Sampras claimed his 14th and final Grand Slam crown, Djokovic had endured more disappointment than joy on Arthur Ashe, mining just three titles from eight finals.

"When I had the surgery on my elbow I could truly understand what Juan Martin was going through", Djokovic said. He finished with a flourish, taking the last three games.

In the immediate aftermath of Djokovic's victory, he embraced del Potro at the net in a heartwarming show of class and respect between the friends and foes.

The Novak Djokovic vs Juan Martin del Potro US Open 2018 men's singles final match will start at 1.30 am IST on Sepetember 10 (late Sunday night in India).

Novak Djokovic has been known as one of the best players in the history of tennis and he has been especially good on his beloved hard courts, winning 52 titles and losing additional 17 finals, including five at the US Open.

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

In their first meeting in a Grand Slam final it was Del Potro, back at this stage for the first time since 2009, who won the coin toss and elected to receive under the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof with heavy rain falling in NY.

With the crowd firmly behind him, del Potro battled to the bitter end, levelling both sets two and three after dropping an early break in both, but ultimately the Serb was too solid.

For Djokovic, it was an illustration of him growing into the championships as he took his run of consecutive sets won to 14, stretching back to the second round against Tennys Sandgren.

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