Novak Djokovic: The great comeback continues - US Open

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

Naomi Osaka's family members and mentors expressed a flurry of emotions following her September 9 (Japan time) victory over Serena Williams in the U.S. Open tennis tournament final.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with championship trophy after winning his Men's Singles final match against Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina on Day Fourteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

When another forehand error cost Del Potro his serve early in the second, all the momentum was with Djokovic.

"I won my only Grand Slam here", del Potro said.

Del Potro, 29, won the only Grand Slam title of his career by upsetting Federer in NY in 2009, but couldn't swing the upset Sunday. She beat Serena Williams in Saturday's controversial women's final, while Williams rose 10 spots to No. 16.

"There was always part of me that imagined and believed and hoped that I can get back [to] the desired level of tennis very soon, " said Djokovic, whose operation was in February.

One of those was Australia's John Millman, who caused a major shock by defeating Federer in the fourth round.

Never was that more apparent than in the game that stood out on this evening, with Djokovic serving while down 4-3 in the second set.

It was also the third time the 31-year-old Serb - who missed last year's tournament with an elbow injury which sent his career into a mini-crisis - completed the Wimbledon-US Open double. Now he finds himself on the cusp of his 14th Grand Slam title heading into Sunday's men's final at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

But everything - his health, his backhand and his confidence - has come together this season for the Argentine to have his best year since 2009, when he won the US Open and snapped Roger Federer's 40-match NY win streak in the final.

With his triumph, Djokovic has climbed to third in the world rankings and is closing the gap on Rafael Nadal, who is only 2,315 points clear of his rival. That prompted to chair umpire Alison Hughes to chastise them.

Del Potro spoke this week about the low point in 2015, when he considered quitting the sport.

"I was playing nearly at my limit all the time, looking for winners with my forehands, backhands, and I couldn't make them because Novak was there every time", Del Potro said.

He picked up the pace with straight-sets victories over France's Richard Gasquet, Portugal's Joao Sousa, Millman and 2014 finalist Kei Nishikori to arrive at a title tilt with good friend Del Potro.

Even Del Potro accepts that the odds are on Djokovic's side.

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