Novak Djokovic asks for balls to be checked while playing Juan Martin del Potro in the US Open final
Set-by-set highlights of Sunday's US Open men's singles final won by Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 over Juan Martin del Potro:
+ Djokovic feels some early pressure as he falls behind 0-30 on his serve thanks to his own backhand error and a backhand volley from Del Potro. But the Serbian responds and holds serve for a 2-1 lead, getting the better of a 17-shot rally and finishing up with an unreturnable serve.
+ Djokovic converts first break point of the match for a 5-3 lead in a game Del Potro led 40-0. The third-seeded Argentinian, who had lost just two points in his three prior service, puts a forehand into the net to end a 22-shot rally on break point.
+ Djokovic gives himself a set point with a service winner, and converts when Del Potro bashes another forehand into the net to end a long rally.
Key set statistic: Break points converted - Djokovic 1 of 1, Del Potro 0 of 0
Djokovic 7-6 (7/4)
+ Del Potro in trouble early at 0-30 but hangs on through two break points to hold serve to open second set when Djokovic sends a backhand wide on game point.
+ Del Potro surrenders a break in the third game, back-to-back forehand errors giving Djokovic the game. Sandwiched between two easy holds for Djokovic it spells a 3-1 lead for the Serbian.
+ Del Potro gains his first break chance of the match with a crushing forehand up the line. Djokovic saves it, but nets a forehand to give Del Potro another opportunity, then mis-fires again to put the set on serve. The tension gets to some in the largely pro-Del Potro crowd and umpire Alison Hughes repeatedly calls for quiet during points.
+ Del Potro caps his first comfortable hold of the set with a 125 mph ace to take a 4-3 lead.
+ Djokovic withstands three break points to prevail for 4-4 in a marathon game that goes to deuce eight times and lasts 20 minutes. They go on serve to the tiebreaker with Hollywood actress Meryl Streep enjoying the drama.
+ Djokovic battles back from 3-1 down in the tiebreaker, going up 5-4 with two serves coming up for the Serbian when Del Potro slams a forehand into the net. Two more forehand errors from the Argentinian see Djokovic up two sets after two hours and 47 minutes.
Key stat: Time of 8th game - 20 minutes
+ Djokovic lets out a roar as he comes up with a break point from a 22-shot rally and takes a 3-1 lead when Del Potro fires a backhand long on the next point.
+ Del Potro breaks back, energizing the crowd with a backhand volley winner after Djokovic's forehand into the net gives him the opening.
+ Another long rally -- 24 shots -- ends with another break and a 5-3 lead for Djokovic. A forehand into the net and Del Potro's first double fault of the match gave Djokovic the chance and he'll serve for the match.
+ Djokovic joins Pete Sampras on 14 Grand Slam titles when he puts away an overhead on his first match point.
Key match stat: winners/unforced errors: Djokovic 32/38, Del Potro 31/47