US Open men's final - highlights

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Novak Djokovic asks for balls to be checked while playing Juan Martin del Potro in the US Open final

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:

Set 1

Djokovic 6-3

+ 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

Set 2

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

Set 3

Djokovic 6-3

+ 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