"Of course he can", said Del Potro when asked if Djokovic can claim the record over Federer who is nearly six years his senior.
Something in the Alpine air clearly agreed with him, though, and he went on to triumph at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open tune-up in Cincinnati and then in NY to grab his 14th career Grand Slam title, putting him third on the all-time list. He now trails Roger Federer's record of 20 by six and is just three behind Rafael Nadal for second all-time.
He missed last year´s tournament with an elbow injury which sent his career into a mini-crisis. The 16-year age gap between Williams and Osaka was the second biggest in the Open Era for a women's final, next only to Monica Seles (17) vs. Martina Navratilova (34) at the 1991 U.S. Open.
"I was hoping he [Pete Sampras] would be here tonight but he's not".
Djokovic's coach, Marian Vajda, called that moment the match's "turning point, obviously".More news: Earl Thomas Plans on Playing for the Seahawks This Week
In the tennis wilderness following an elbow injury and loss of motivation, Djokovic has now won two straight Grand Slams following his success at Wimbledon. He lost a set in two of his first three matches.
All that frustration was washed away when he struck the overhead victor to clinch victory over Del Potro, Djokovic falling to his back, arms and legs spread savouring the moment. For Djokovic, too. "You learn when you're down and things are not working out as you want them to", he said.
Nonetheless, Djokovic, who thrives in such situations, showed his class yet again dismantling del Potro, who had been in fine form over the last two weeks in NY. He won two Grand Slams in one year.
Djokovic was better than del Potro on their many lengthy exchanges, using his trademark body-twisting, limb-splaying court coverage to get to almost every ball, sneakers squeaking around the blue court in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where the roof was closed because of rain.
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Before the final, Del Potro had seen 41% of his serves unreturned in the tournament.More news: BJP-ruled Maharashtra breaks new record: Highest petrol price in India
"I'm really grateful to go through that process and receive those kind of opportunities to grow".
Djokovic defeated third-ranked Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro with a three sets win, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
It was only the second set dropped by the Argentine at the tournament. "It's a Grand Slam final!"
During the changeover, she called Ramos a "thief" and a "liar" because he "stole a point", from her, which led to Ramos handing out a third code violation for verbal abuse, and a game penalty.
Having worked so hard to resist Del Potro's charge, Djokovic saw his tenacity rewarded as Del Potro's forehand again went missing at the worst moment, successive errors from 4-4 in a tie-break proving costly.More news: Woodward calls his sources ‘people of conscience, people of courage’