US Open Day 14 - Men's final at a glance

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New York (AFP) - Men's final on Sunday, the 14th day of the US Open (x denotes seeding):

Juan Martin del Potro (ARG x3) v Novak Djokovic (SRB x6)

Djokovic opened 2018 beset by injury and self-doubts. But the Serbian star ended a 54-week title drought in spectacular style with a 13th Grand Slam title since Wimbledon, and stamped himself a tournament favorite with a Cincinnati Masters title. One year after missing the tournament with an elbow injury, Djokovic is playing in an eighth US Open final -- although he's parlayed those appearances into just two titles, in 2011 and 2015.

In 2009 champion Del Potro, ranked a career-high third in the world, he faces a player hungry to add to his Grand Slam resume after career-threatening injuries slowed him for years.

"We've never faced each other in a Grand Slam final, so that's something new," said Djokovic, who has won 14 of 18 meetings with Del Potro.

"When you play a big server like Del Potro, you feel pressure also on your service games. There are few other things that I have in mind, knowing him from the matches we previously played against each other."

Del Potro's take: "I didn’t expect to get these kind of emotions playing tennis again. Reaching finals, winning titles, having my highest ranking ever in this moment. Everything is almost perfect."

Head to head: Djokovic leads 14-4

2017 Rome Clay QF Djokovic 6-1, 6-4

2017 Indian Wells Hard R32 Djokovic 7-5, 4-6, 6-1

2017 Acapulco Hard R16 Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

2016 Rio Olympics Hard R64 Del Potro 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/2)

2013 ATP Finals Hard RR Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

2013 Shanghai Hard F Djokovic 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7/3)

2013 Wimbledon Grass SF Djokovic 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (8/6), 6-3

2013 Indian Wells Hard SF Del Potro 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

2013 Dubai Hard SF Djokovic 6-3, 7-6 (7/4)

2012 ATP Finals Hard SF Djokovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

2012 US Open Hard QF Djokovic 6-2, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4

2012 Cincinnati Hard SF Djokovic 6-3, 6-2

2012 London Olympics Grass Bronze Del Potro 7-5, 6-4

2011 Davis Cup Hard SF Del Potro 7-6, 3-0 retired

2011 French Open Clay R32 Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

2009 Rome Clay QF Djokovic 6-3, 6-4

2008 Masters Cup Hard RR Djokovic 7-5, 6-3

2007 US Open Hard R32 Djokovic 6-1, 6-3, 6-4

Paths to US Open final

Del Potro:

R1 bt Donald Young (USA) 6-0, 6-3, 6-4

R2 bt Denis Kudla (USA) 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (7/4)

R3 bt Fernando Verdasco (ESP x31) 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3

R4: bt Borna Coric (CRO x20) 6-4, 6-3, 6-1

QF: bt John Isner (USA x11) 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2

SF: bt Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 - retired

Djokovic

R1: bt Marton Fucsovics (HUN) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0

R2: bt Tennys Sandgren (USA) 6-1, 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 6-2

R3: bt Richard Gasquet (FRA) 6-2, 6-3, 6-3

R4: bt Joao Sousa (POR) 6-3, 6-4, 6-3

QF: bt John Millman (AUS) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4

SF: bt Kei Nishikori (JPN) 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

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