Djokovic wins US Open for 14th major, tying ‘idol’ Sampras

10 September, 2018, 06:43 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Del Potro 'Djokovic is the favorite but also Roger Federer in 2009...'

Djokovic clinched his third US Open title on Sunday with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 triumph over del Potro, taking him level with Pete Sampras's mark of 14 Grand Slams. Djokovic has picked up a further 12 majors - a win tonight would take him joint-third in the all-time list with 14 - while Del Potro's career has been decimated by injury, making this his first slam final since that win in 2009.

The US Open Men's singles final match between del Potro and Djokovic is on September 10 and will be played at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Djokovic, playing in his eighth final in NY and already the champion in 2011 and 2015, is now just three Slams behind Rafael Nadal and six behind from the all-time record 20 held by Roger Federer.

"I believe he'll be here again with the champion's trophy".

However, Del Potro and his mighty forehand came to the party, striking back in spectacular fashion to level at 3-3, while the support for the giant Argentine appeared to rattle Djokovic's concentration levels.

Those produce free points against so many foes.

"I think most of all, the respect they had for other player, they never went over the line and that's something truly wonderful tonight", Djokovic said at the presentation ceremony. "He will be the favourite to win on Sunday", Del Potro said. Not against Djokovic, who always seemed to have all the answers.

Things looked ominous for Del Potro as Djokovic seized control early on, moving magnificently and constructing a number of superb points with precision striking.

Over the last eight weeks Djokovic has resembled the Grand Slam machine that held all four major titles at the same time in 2016.

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"I was playing nearly at the limit, all the time, looking for winners with my forehands, backhands, and I couldn't make it", del Potro said, "because Novak (was) there every time".

The game went so long that when it ended, with Djokovic holding to 4-all, spectators began leaving their seats, perhaps thinking it was time for a changeover, even though it wasn't.

It was a brief request, though, unlike her many other pleas for quiet, mainly as fans were shouting and chanting and clapping in support of del Potro. He made one last stand by breaking and holding for 3-all.

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Brawn, he suggested, may have its day on Sunday.

"Difficult times, but you learn through adversity", Djokovic said.

Djokovic then got right back to work, and announced that he was, once more, himself by winning Wimbledon.

"I tried to take the best out of myself in those moments and get myself in this position".

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