Djokovic Takes US Title

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts after his win against Japan's Kei Nishikori during the Men's Singles Semi Finals match at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York

Serbia's Novak Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Potro in the US Open final to claim his 14th Grand Slam title on Sunday in NY.

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.

Djokovic is one of only seven players in the sport's history to achieve double figures in terms of grand slam titles, yet remarkably one of three who continue to play today. The only two players with more Grand Slam titles than him are Rafael Nadal (17) and Roger Federer (20).

"When I had my surgery I could truly understand what Juan Martin was going through", Djokovic said after the win.

Never was that more apparent than the game that stood out on this evening, with Djokovic serving while down 4-3 in the second set.

Potro had three more chances in the eighth, all saved by Djokovic in a marathon 20- minute game.

Defeat for Argentina's Del Potro ended his chances of claiming a second US Open crown following his victory in 2009 but still capped a remarkable run after he almost quit the sport in 2015 because of ongoing injury problems.

Del Potro - the third seed - had earlier lauded Djokovic, telling ESPN: "So happy to play in the final against this magnificent idol".

Djokovic said he believes del Potro will win another major title.




She said: "For me, Novak, the only difference is sometimes mentally he checks out".

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Djokovic also was the champion in NY in 2011 and 2015.

Novak Djokovic will be seeking his 14th Grand Slam title and Juan Martin del Potro his second when they meet in the U.S. Open final.

The second set tie-break proved to be the turning point as the Serbian took it and from that point on, his victory on Arthur Ashe Stadium looked inevitable. He played a great match, very smart game. Nadal, Federer and Djokovic last occupied the top three spots in the rankings in April 2015. 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.

"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".

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.

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.

And now? Sampras has been equaled or surpassed by three players - and it's only 16 years later.

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