Now he's backed that up at the U.S. Open, the fourth time in his career he won multiple majors in a season. Three unforced errors resulted on that side, with Djokovic forcing an error on the final point as he overturned a 3-1 deficit. We reached the top after three hours. This is the healthiest and fittest Del Potro has felt in years.
The triumph didn't come easy as Del Potro gave him a tough time on the court before the Serb overpowered the Argentine.
It was a brief request, though, unlike her many other pleas for quiet, mainly as fans were shouting and chanting and clapping in support of del Potro.
"I was so close to desired level, and then I just completely underplayed that match". I thought of tennis, thought of the emotion that tennis provokes in me.
Although he was riding high coming into the Open, Djokovic was among the many struggling with crushing heat and humidity in the first week.
After Djokovic, 31, watched them increase their advantages over him while he went more than 2 years without a major, hampered by an injured right elbow that required surgery in February, he is now got his game in order.
In all, the second set was a lengthy 95-minutes before ending for Djokovic in the tiebreaker, and saw both players leave the court for a change of clothes at its conclusion.
He said: "I was hoping he was going to be here". Del Potro crushed a backhand down the line to set up the first chance, subsequently roaring in delight and getting the crowd further into it. Here's a look at those who expressed congratulations to Djokovic.
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Hard to pin back and aggressive from the baseline when presented his chances, Djokovic broke for 5-3 and served the opener out easily.
In the middle of that there was some world class tennis on display.
Djokovic's coach, Marian Vajda, called that moment the match's "turning point, obviously". Twice, the Serb tried to attack at the net.
Djokovic fended off break points from Del Potro, wasted his own advantage points but eventually in a little over 20 minutes, he was able to make it 4-4.
Perhaps the biggest loser in it all was the eventual champion, Naomi Osaka, whose moment of glory was taken away in the aftermath of a tirade by Williams.
That seemed to take some of the fight out of the Argentine who went down 7-4 in the eventual tiebreak.
In the tiebreak, Del Potro looked susceptible to forehand errors and Djokovic showed huge courage and quality to take it away from Del Potro, going up 2-0 in the final.
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.
"I think it's time to take a break, to see how my body feels for the future, and then be ready for the next one".