The summer trip of Novak Djokovic from the existential buoyant to the double Grand Slam champion was completed on Sunday evening on another fevered afternoon inside the Arthur Ashe stadium.
The 31-year-old Serbian, who was still suffering from lack of motivation in April, followed his Wimbledon title by defending himself from the power of Juan Martin Del Potro to win the US Open final by 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in three hours and 16 minutes.
We are back at the peak of Djokovic, which will now rise to number four in the world and possibly return to the world number one by the end of the year.
Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning the US Open Men's Open final against Juan Martin del Potro in New York
The agony and pain when Del Potro reacts during the men's final at the US Open on Sunday night at Flushing Meadows
After the altercation involving Serena Williams on Saturday night, British referee Alison Hughes sometimes had to work to control the New York crowd, who wanted to see the Argentine capture his first major title in nine years devastated by the injury . At least, she was not silently taken off the court afterwards, as had happened to Carlos Ramos the night before.
An emotional Del Potro said: It's not easy to talk right now. I am so happy to play in the final against this magnificent idol. I'm sad to lose, but happy for Novak and he deserved to win.
I never gave up during my wrist problems, I was trying to fix my wounds to be here again and I came here after nine years. I'm proud of that. "
For Djokovic this was No. 14, and who knows how many he can win, especially with the aging process biting his closest rivals.
Djokovic, who now equals Pete Sampras in 14 majors and earns $ 3.8 million, was asked what he attributed to his resurgence: "For the support of my loved ones, my small team of people who have accompanied me in times difficult too. When I was operated on earlier this year, I was able to understand what happened to Juan Martín, but one learns from adversity.
Del Potro was in the mood to play some hitting shots despite facing a difficult battle against the world. ° 6
Del Potro reached the final on Sunday after Rafael Nadal retired during the pair's semifinal match on Friday night
Djokovic was under pressure in the second set when Del Potro began to find his way back to the end of the US Open.
Del Potro has been struggling with a minor injury right next to his right shoulder during most of the men's singles tournament.
The 29-year-old Argentine punches himself after breaking Djokovic in the second set of the US Open final on Sunday
"I try to get the best out of myself." It seemed like a little football game here with the Argentinian and Serbian fans. The crowd never went over the line.
It seems that everything is back: the scorching returns, the movement, the setback on the line, the damn determination. He can play like a wall of human bricks.
With the cold and the rains ending this historically hot US Open on an inappropriate winter note, the roof closed again, as it had been for the controversial women's final the night before.
Del Potro was going to have to hit many winners through this slow-paced court that Djokovic has been very pleased with. It is one of the things he has played in his hands during the return of this summer, another fact when the roof was closed during the entire match against Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon.
Djokovic showed his frustration when the second set started to move away from him against his Argentine opponent
The final on Sunday was played under the roof while the rain fell on Flushing Meadows and the surrounding area
Djokovic's wife, Jelena, watches from the stands as her husband begins to find a way to regain control of the party
Djokovic punch again while clinching the second set after Del Potro took him to a tie-break
The Argentine was always going to be in the vanguard in terms of popularity, but it was Djokovic who scored first, advancing 5-3 when the great span of Del Potro fired a right-footed shot into the net.
When he went to a break in the second we were in the peak Djokovic, but somehow the Argentine made a cut back and the crowd rose behind him, testing the Serbian temperament while protesting the distraction.
In the eighth game, there was a great wave of war that lasted a little over twenty minutes and included three break points for the Argentine and about six minutes for Djokovic to throw the ball before serving. They lit a tiebreaker that generated a couple of errors on the right side, which Djokovic spent most of the match trying to avoid.
When he completed two mounts he did so by nurturing a winning record of 204-1 in the best of five games.
A tired Del Potro always fights and, as in the second set, recovered an early break, before losing in too many long rallies saw him decisively defeated by 5-3.
Djokovic was reduced to a smile in the third set when Del Potro once again came back and started threatening his game.
Del Potro managed to gain a strong position in the third set, but finally fell when it mattered more