What a difference a year makes.
After months of struggle and doubt, Novak Djokovic's remarkable comeback has reached its peak. Now he finds himself on the cusp of his 14th Grand Slam title heading into Sunday's men's final at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
When is US Open 2018 men's singles final between Juan Martin del Potro and Novak Djokovic?
Aged just 20, Del Potro defeated Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in successive matches to win the 2009 US Open, and the world No 3 was determined to stay competitive, staying firm following a gritty hold in the opening game of the next set.
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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. Djokovic broke del Potro early in the set to take a commanding position, but del Potro later broke him back and looked on the verge of taking full control of the match's momentum.
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 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. Nadal is the first man to retire from a semifinal or final at the US Open since the professional era began in 1968.
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