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Djokovic dismisses Del Potro to win U.S. Open

Juan Martin Del Potro in action against Rafael Nadal during the 2018 US Open

One day after the women's singles final was marred by a confrontation between Serena Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos, Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Potro, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 with a minimum of fuss to secure his third title in Flushing Meadows and his 14th Grand Slam singles crown.

Brace yourself for a stunning men's singles final between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro.

The Serbian outlasted the Argentine 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 in three hours and 15 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY.

Djokovic, playing in his eighth final in NY and already the champion in 2011 and 2015, is now just three Slams behind Rafael Nadal and six back from the record 20 held by Roger Federer.

Playing on the same court where Sampras claimed the last of his 14 slams, Djokovic has endured more disappointment than joy in Arthur Ashe Stadium, losing five finals.

"When I had the surgery on my elbow I could truly understand what Juan Martin was going through", Djokovic said.

The Novak Djokovic vs Juan Martin del Potro US Open 2018 men's singles final match is on September 10, Monday. The Serbian tennis ace, now ranked 6th in the world, cruised through early rounds of the tournament and will enter the final with a 13-set winning streak, while on the other hand, Potro booked his berth after Rafael Nadal bowed out in the semis owning to his right knee injury.

The sixth seed survived three break points in the following game, an epic that lasted more than 20 minutes, in a pivotal moment.

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.

But off the back of a 24-shot rally, Djokovic broke again for 5-3 and he was within tantalising touching distance of his 14th Grand Slam title, just three months after he had left Roland Garros in despair after a shattering quarter-final exit.

Del Potro was playing in his first Grand Slam singles title since he won the 2009 U.S. Open as a 20-year-old.