Djokovic, Nadal and Federer in unthinkable three-year first

This is the first time for a Japanese player, male or female, to become a Grand Slam singles champion.

Meanwhile as the sport continued to tear itself apart over the Serena Williams sexism row, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) stepped in last night to defend beleaguered umpire Carlos Ramos.

Over the past few years, Millman has learnt to deal with the gutless bullying from strangers, but says it can be distressing for other players on the tour.

His 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 defeat to the Serbian was not the fairytale outcome he had imagined. Yet, the manner in which Osaka, at an impressionable young age, closed out the match with a cold relentlessness showed she is here to stay. It was only after Williams took the mic, and pleaded with spectators to stop booing and give credit to the new champion, that it ended. "Thank you", and bowed her thanks to Serena.

The noise levels inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium was deafening as Djokovic and Del Potro got the crowd roaring with their display on-court. She remained with her composure.

"He's my idol. Pete, I love you", Djokovic said".

Since then daily rates have improved, from $350 to $633, but Ings said, in his experience, rates didn't increase for the latter stages of the tournament, including the final.

Prior to his Wimbledon crown, Djokovic had gone two years without a grand slam title, struggling with motivation, confidence and an elbow problem that ruled him out of this tournament 12 months ago.

But Osaka has no need to apologize.

The key was his success with a lung-busting 22-shot rally and he pocketed the set when the 29-year-old del Potro netted a forehand. He won 79% of his first serve points in the first.

He lost a set in two of his first three matches. A racket smash by Williams led to a second code violation, and this time she was docked a point.

Between them, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have won 47 of the last 55 slam titles, but Del Potro has no regrets, saying: "It is a big challenge to take these kind of tournaments from them".

Since his June trek with his wife up Mont Sainte-Victoire, the mountain that famously also served as an inspiration for Paul Cezanne, the 31-year-old has added a pair of Grand Slam titles to his resume. For Djokovic, it was an illustration of him growing into the championships as he took his run of consecutive sets won to 14, stretching back to the second round against Tennys Sandgren. But I was playing nearly at the limit all the time. To her enormous credit, Osaka wasn't awed by the stage.

As there has been a succession of scandals in Japan's sporting world, Osaka's having brought her dream to fruition has been accompanied by an especially exhilarating feeling.

Last week, Japan was struck by a typhoon and natural disaster that killed dozens of people. Her father came from Haiti and her mother is Japanese. In terms of results, I played finals of Queen's, won Wimbledon, won Cincinnati, and won U.S. Open.

Or at least she appears to never get rattled on court.

  • Julie Sanders