Del Potro backs Djokovic to surpass Federer

Championship preview del Potro vs. Djokovic

Serbian sixth seed is making his eighth US Open final appearance, tying an professional era record, while Del Potro, seeded third, is playing in a Grand Slam final for just the second time.

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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 unbelievable atmosphere.

"Novak sometimes flies under the radar a little bit". But well done guys, the atmosphere from all of them was awesome, the support they gave to both Juan Martin and me. They went back and forth, through eight deuces and all those break opportunities for del Potro, until he slapped one forehand into the net, and another sailed wide.

After winning the first set 6-3, Djokovic was leading 3-2 in the second set (having broken Del Potro) and was serving to extend his lead to 4-2.

Federer and Del Potro have had run-ins in the past.

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It was Djokovic's 15th win over the Del Potro and fifth in five at the Slams.

Djokovic though fought off the noise and Del Potro's challenging tennis to eventually take the second in the tiebreak. It was even louder because of the closed roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium to keep out the rain. "Ole Ole Ole. Delpo, Delpo" reverberated around the stadium in support of Del Potro. Called on to raise their volume by Djokovic, their "Nole Nole" chants helped Djokovic rise above the situation. 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.

In the end, Djokovic thanked everyone for staying by his side when he was dealing with a hard injury period a year ago. That put the 29-year-old Argentine back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since his breakthrough nine years ago, a comeback for a guy who had four wrist operations in the interim. "But I'm happy for Novak and his team".

He is now set to rise to third in the ATP rankings behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the only two men to have claimed more slam titles, but can justifiably claim to be the best player in the world at present. "He's my idol. Pete, I love you". "I will see you soon, on the court I hope". He made one last stand by breaking and holding for 3-all. After all he had the far bigger game - as demonstrated in the way he blew both Nadal and Federer off the court in that US Open run - and Djokovic had a habit for pulling out of matches with illness and injury. "I really wish him all the best and I know he's going to stand here again with the champions trophy".

Djokovic collects $3.8 million and his third U.S. Open championship.

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

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