Federer has an extraordinary record in Basel, winning the title seven times with an overall record of at the tournament, but he has lost two finals to the man opposing him on Sunday, with del Potro famously edging the Swiss in a pair of thrilling three-setters in and Federer and del Potro take to court at 3.
NOVAK Djokovic has won his 14th grand slam title just weeks after his career appeared to be at the crossroads when he slumped to a rankings low of No. Djokovic crumpled to the court on Arthur Ashe Stadium as he celebrated his second-straight grand slam crown which has seen him join legend Pete Sampras in equal-third position on the list of career grand slam winners.
Del Potro was also unable to control his emotions after the match — letting the tears come when he finally got a moment to himself when sitting down on his chair before the official trophy presentation. The Argentine champion was all smiles while embracing Djokovic at the net after their showdown — but the defeat finally weighed on him when he found his chair.
Djokovic then pulled del Potro out of his grief when he came over to support his opponent in a classy moment of pure sportsmanship. Juan Martin del Potro should feel great pride in his performance. But as he comforted a distraught del Potro before the trophy presentation, I wondered: what if he had taken most of his chances?
Will he get another chance? Grande el serbio!!!
Congrats to Novak. You deserve to win. Djokovic won plenty of admirers when he shared his respect for del Potro and Sampras during his on-court interview. Legend John McEnroe said nobody expected Djokovic to be able to make such a dramatic comeback after his rankings slide earlier this year.
No I did not. Source:AP Djokovic, playing in his eighth final in New York and already the champion in and , is now just three Slams behind Rafael Nadal and six back from the record 20 held by Roger Federer.
For world No. Del Potro was left to lament his failure to capitalise on break point opportunities in the second set — highlighted by a marathon minute service game where Djokovic saved three break points. It was also the moment of the match where Djokovic lost his temper with the New York crowd — which was heavily pulling for the Argentine underdog.
The point service game was too much for some supporters, including Hollywood actor Meryl Streep, who was spotted cheering on from the stands. He was also spotted putting his index finger to his lips in a bid to silence his detractors.
From that moment on Djokovic had completely lost the crowd and the Serbian champion appeared furious at the circumstances he found himself in serving down Will never be loved.
The roof is closed. Your temper is obnoxious.
Common DjokerNole we love you but when you make a point you like the praise and when your opponent makes a point you complain about the noise. But still on serve in 2nd set, Delpo leading It was revealed earlier in the tournament that the US Tennis Association deliberately slowed the pace of the courts in a failed attempt to aid American players.
Djokovic playing great but the court is so slow. Massive advantage to Novak with Delpo struggling to hit through it.
Breaks for a lead at the start of the second. Del Potro can't hit through him and just looks a little lost at the moment. Needs to find his big weapons and quick if he's to turn this around. Novak looks incredibly comfortable.
Barty and Vandeweghe saved three match points to edge out second-seeded Australian Open champions Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic