Djokovic had two match points on del Potro’s serve at 4-5 in the set, but the Argentine saved them both. The Serb then pulled away in the tiebreaker by hitting a forehand winner to finish off a 24-shot rally to take a 4-2 lead, leaving del Potro unable to manage another comeback.
During the trophy presentation, Djokovic tried to console an obviously disappointed del Potro, one of his better friends on the tour.
“You’re a great person and an even better player on the court,” Djokovic said. “I’m sorry you lost today. You deserve this trophy equally.”
“What can I say, man, I’m trying to be nice to you,” he added, smiling, before giving the Argentine a hug.
Del Potro later joked: “Now we are not too close.”