Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his victory over Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina during their 2018 US Open men's singles final match on September 9, 2018 in NY.
Former world number one Djokovic equalled Pete Sampras' haul of 14 slams after outlasting Del Potro 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to lift the trophy for a third time in NY. During the time in-between, he had four wrist surgeries, including three on his left wrist, and contemplated quitting the sport altogether.
The second set lasted a gruelling 95 minutes for both players before Djokovic eventually edged it on a tiebreak.
Djokovic glared at the crowd and tossed his hands up in disbelief after losing one 16-shot rally, then he steadied himself and fended off three game points that would have given del Potro a two-game lead in the set.
"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.
Osaka's father Leonard, who went to NY for her match, said he was beyond excited, and relieved to see her win. "I'm glad that Novak is the champion". They went back and forth, through eight deuces and all those break opportunities for del Potro, until he slapped one forehand into the net, and another sailed wide.
The game went so long that when it ended, with Djokovic holding to 4-all, spectators began leaving their seats, perhaps thinking it was time for a changeover, even though it wasn't. It all bothered Djokovic, who started yelling and gesturing toward the seats. "Ole Ole Ole. Delpo, Delpo" reverberated around the stadium in support of Del Potro. At one moment, he pressed his right index finger to his lips, as if to say, "Shhhhhhh!"
Osaka has never been to Nemuro, but she is said to have expressed a desire to visit the place where her mother was born, although her grandfather commented, "She'll be busy and I guess it will be hard for her (to come soon)".
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.
"When I had the surgery of my elbow earlier this year, I could truly understand what Juan Martin was going through with his surgeries for 2-3 years that kept him away from tour".
The sixth seed had suffered in the ferocious heat and humidity through the early days of the season's final Grand Slam but dropped only two sets for the tournament and none since the second round.