US Open 2018: Novak Djokovic wraps up third US Open title

Novak Djokovic leads US Open final: LIVE updates as Djokovic battles Juan Martin del Potro

Novak Djokovic leads US Open final: LIVE updates as Djokovic battles Juan Martin del Potro

Ashleigh Barty and CoCo Vandeweghe have won the U.S. Open women's doubles final, beating Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 at Arthur Ashe Stadium. He has now won Wimbledon and the US Open in the same year on three occasions (2011, 2015 and 2018).

Djokovic's strength lay in his returns.

In the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings, Djokovic has made a gain of three points to claim the third position on the list following his US Open triumph.

On the other hand, Del Potro was relying heavily on his serves and power.

Novak Djokovic leads US Open final: LIVE updates as Djokovic battles Juan Martin del Potro

But against one of the best returners in the business, Del Potro needed to be far more assertive.

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.

After the controversy surrounding Serena Williams' defeat by Naomi Osaka in Saturday's women's final, a high-quality match between two of the top male players ensured tennis was once again the talking point. On the day of the final, Djokovic just showed why he was the holder of 13 Grand Slam titles.

When another forehand error cost Del Potro his serve early in the second, all the momentum was with Djokovic. 1 and 2, respectively, while Germany's Angelique Kerber climbed one place to 3.

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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. One game alone in the second set lasted 20 minutes. "When they shout "Ole, ole, ole, ole", that's what I hear", he said of the raucous chants for Del Potro. And it all started with Djokovic getting erked by crowd reaction and constant singing for Del Potro.

A 20-minute service game for Djokovic followed. Depending on how she trains herself in the years ahead, it might not be a mere fantasy for her to continue standing as the top tennis player in the world.

As Vajda put it: "Back at his best". Twice, the Serb tried to attack at the net. But when Djokovic faced three break points in the following game, an epic that required 22 points to settle, he saved them all.

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While Streep was beside herself, Jerry Seinfeld had more of a skeptical look. Djokovic survived that one, fending off break points in the process to steel himself for a two-set lead.

Since playing on the grass at Queen's Club in June, Djokovic has only lost two matches, while he extended his imposing winning record over Del Potro to 15-4.

Credit to Del Potro as he managed to get things back on track in game six, breaking Djokovic with his first chance to level the match and then holding comfortably.

In New York, while some of his fiercest rivals fell by the wayside over a bruis- ing fortnight, Djokovic did not let the intense heat or any of his opponents push him off his path to a third title at Flushing Meadows.

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