Del Potro backs Djokovic to surpass Federer

US Open- Sunday Schedule Novak Djokovic vs del Potro the big final

After months of struggle and doubt, Novak Djokovic's remarkable comeback has reached its peak.

However, the despair on Sunday belonged to a teary del Potro, who was back in a grand slam final for the first time since his one and only title in NY in 2009.

Novak Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 to win the U.S. Open title.

Djokovic was soon 3-1 up in the second set before Del Potro carved out his first break point of the match to level at 3-3.

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.

Del Potro was playing in his first Grand Slam singles title since he won the 2009 U.S. Open as a 20-year-old. But when Djokovic faced three break points in the following game, an epic that required 22 points to settle, he saved them all.

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

"He's my idol. Pete, I love you", Djokovic said".

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. In the years between toppling Roger Federer in the 2009 final and Sunday's match, del Potro almost quit tennis after undergoing four wrist surgeries, three of them on his left wrist, that left him in a deep depression and had him seriously weighing retirement. Not against Djokovic, who always seemed to have all the answers - and who said he convinced himself that all of those "Oles" were actually people calling out his own nickname, "Nole".

When another forehand error cost Del Potro his serve early in the second, all the momentum was with Djokovic.

For quite some time after that Djokovic looked towards Del Potro's singing friend with utmost anger, unable to get them out of his head and that showed on the court.

When it ended, with Djokovic holding to 4-all, spectators began leaving their seats, perhaps thinking it was time for a changeover, even though it wasn't.

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. Later, after winning a point, Djokovic put that finger to his ear, as if to say, "Who are you cheering for now?!"

When it ended, thanks to a three-game closing run by Djokovic, he flung his racket away and landed on his back, arms and legs spread wide.

It took him some time to find the right form, as evidenced by his quarterfinal loss at the French Open to a guy who was ranked 72nd and had never won a Grand Slam match until that tournament.

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