Against Djokovic, del Potro is 4-14 in his career, including 0-3 in majors. Djokovic a two-time US Open champ and 13-time Grand Slam victor, was just that much better than Nishikori in a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win to reach his record-tying eighth final in NY. But del Potro broke back, then held at love and had chances for another break on his next opportunity before Djokovic finally held to end a 22-point game that lasted more than 20 minutes.More news: Zidane 'compiles list of transfer targets' for Manchester United job
Djokovic had lost five previous finals at Flushing Meadows, but he was determined to make amends for his lack of trophies in NY as his defensive ability combined with his ruthless prowess saw him break in the fourth game, although Del Potro was not in the mood to give up so easily as he hit straight back. After three solid service games in the opening set, he threw in two unforced errors to drop serve and the set.
With his latest Grand Slam title, Djokovic drew level with American legend Pete Sampras - fittingly, on the same court where "Pistol Pete" claimed his 14th title. The final score was 7-6, 6-2.More news: Microsoft Flights New Windows 10 19H1 Build
Djokovic collects $3.8 million and his third U.S. Open championship. A series of missed forehands by del Potro in the tiebreaker put Djokovic back on course.
It's clear Djokovic is already one of tennis' all-time greats, but the question now, as it has been for years, is how much more ground he can make up on Federer and Nadal in the Slams race. That sent the Argentinian to the cusp of his first U.S. Open win since 2009.More news: Obama Slams Donald Trump Publicly For First Time