Del Potro rues lack of killer instinct in US Open defeat

by Steven Clarke September 14, 2018, 19:07
Del Potro rues lack of killer instinct in US Open defeat

The Argentine competed in his first Grand Slam final in nine years after the last time he reached a summit clash was back in 2009 when he had defeated Federer to win the title at the Flushing Meadows. Roger Federer of Switzerland has 20 Grand Slam titles and Spain's Rafael Nadal has 17 singles' Grand Slam trophies to his name. I mean, it's unbelievable: "14!"

Novak Djokovic defeated Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to win his third US Open title in NY.

"Years ago, I would say that Rafa and Roger went too far from him, you know?"

"I'm sure tonight there will be great celebrations but as I know Marian so well, tomorrow on the flight back home, he will be already thinking, 'What's next?' and how to prepare Novak best for the rest of the season".

"Amazing" is a ideal word for this trio, which is

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 has been the dominant player of the summer and could now end the year as the world number one.

Matching him was meaningful to Djokovic, whose earliest memories of tennis involve watching Sampras on TV at Wimbledon.

Djokovic's rise from No. 6 thanks to claiming his 14th Grand Slam title continues his own steady progress in recent months.

This was Djokovic's third championship in NY, along with those in 2011 and 2015. "To actually be here, it's a dream come true".

The Big 3 is once again 1-2-3. "I think right now, what I'm feeling is very tired.so hopefully as that wears off I'll start feeling more happy". The 29-year said that he is lucky to be competing in the same era as Nadal, Federer and Djokovic.

While US Open finalist Juan Martin del Potro slipped one spot to the number four, Marin Cilic of Croatia lumped one position to hold on the sixth ranking on the list. The first actual thing I saw related to tennis on the TV was his first or second Wimbledon championship. I had my opportunities during second and third set.

He was someone I was looking up to.

'I'd just like them (the trolls) to be named and shamed a bit more. I will keep playing tennis for a few more years. "That's what I got from them".

He is playing in his record-tying eighth U.S. Open final and has won two in the past. The runner-up, Serena Williams, is back in the top 20 at No. 16, after being No. 26 before the U.S. Open - and outside the top 400 as recently as May, following the former No. 1's time away because she had a baby.

As Vajda put it: "Back at his best".


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