For some tennis fans, John Millman's epic run to the quarter-finals of the US Open in the men's singles was inspiring - but the star has revealed he will be targeted online by trolls following his defeat against Novak Djokovic. He dropped three consecutive games.
He added: "I would like to congratulate Juan Martin". He was, in short, out of sorts.
Novak Djokovic kept getting the ball back, so del Potro would take a bigger whack, trying to find some spot in the corner of the court that would be uncovered.
This time previous year Djokovic was injured and uncertain about his future direction.
At a photo shoot in Manhattan on Sunday, a "very tired" Osaka continued to field questions about the contentious match, in which Williams drew her third penalty with an angry outburst at chair umpire Carlos Ramos, costing her a game when she stood just two games from defeat.
Here's another way to think about it all: When Sampras beat Andre Agassi in the 2002 U.S. Open final, in what would turn out to be Pistol Pete's last professional match, it not only established a new record for men's Slam trophies at 14, it also was two more than anyone else in history had managed to collect.
Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, holds the championship trophy after defeating Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, in the men's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in NY. "I guess we'll be hiking some more very soon". "I try to take the best part of myself in those moments and thrive on the support of my loved ones to get myself in this position". "The last two months have been terrific".
The result also means that 50 of the last 55 majors have been won by the "Big Four" of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray.More news: Intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike US Southeast
Even Del Potro suggested that Djokovic could one day surpass Federer, who is six years older than 31-year-old Djokovic.
Millman's upset win against Roger Federer, regarded by many as the best player of all time, in the fourth round of a grand slam was a career highlight for the proud Queenslander.
Del Potro might have beaten other players Sunday, same as some of the losses to Federer and Nadal through the years may have been victories against lesser foes.
"I expected, to be quite frank, after surgery that I'll be back on a high level quite fast.
I really do", said Djokovic, who gave his pal a hug at the net, and then went over to console del Potro as he wiped away tears at his sideline seat.
Those produce free points against so many foes. Here's a look at those who expressed congratulations to Djokovic.
The match is being played with the roof closed at Arthur Ashe Stadium because of rain. "But I was playing nearly at the limit all the time, looking for winners with my forehands, backhands, and I couldn't make it because Novak was there every time". This is the healthiest and fittest Del Potro has felt in years.