Djokovic dismisses Del Potro to win US Open

No doubts anymore Novak Djokovic has returned to tennis elite

No doubts anymore Novak Djokovic has returned to tennis elite

The win also marked Djokovic's 14th grand slam title, lifting him into a tie with Pete Sampras in third place on the all-time list.

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 back from the record 20 held by Roger Federer. I mean, it's awesome: "14!"

Novak Djokovic clinched his third US Open title on Sunday with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 triumph over Juan Martin del Potro, taking him level with Pete Sampras's mark of 14 Grand Slams.

Del Potro said he felt many of his shots would have been winners against players other than Djokovic.

"He's already the only one to have held all of the Grand Slams simultaneously and it would not surprise me if he goes into next year's French Open with the chance to emulate that feat". Plus, the Serbian has now won 34 of his last 38 matches dating back to May.

To his credit, Del Potro rallied again to recover a break in the third set, but Djokovic was simply too good and sealed the match with a smash before collapsing in delight. He has since won seven more at SW19, as well as six Australian Opens, five US Opens, and one French Open.

That's 85 percent. Quite a contrast to the current state of the women's game, where eight players won the past eight majors. He claimed the last 16 sets he played.

Matching him was meaningful to Djokovic, whose earliest memories of tennis involve watching Sampras on TV at Wimbledon. "It's truly incredible when you think about it".

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Djokovic said: "If you told me in February this year when I got the surgery that I'll win Wimbledon, US Open, and Cincinnati (becoming the first man to win all the Masters titles), it would be hard to believe". Nadal's challenge looked doomed even as early as the first set, as he was feeling the injury after just four games, he admitted. Actually, today I am.

The Yomiuri ShimbunA Japanese player has finally won one of the greatest tennis tournaments.

"I have utmost respect for what they have achieved on the court, but also the champions, role models, they are off the court". I had my opportunities during the second and third set but I was playing nearly at the limit all the time ... and I couldn't make it because Novak was there every time.

"The two men at the top of the ladder - Nadal and Federer - will know that if Djokovic finishes with two majors in 2018, he is still the player of the year, despite the fact that he had barely picked up any points before the start of the grass-court season".

Speaking at the post game press conference, Australia's latest sporting hero was proud of how he performed, before pointing to criticism he was bound to receive from cyberbullies online. I thought of tennis, thought of the emotion that tennis provokes in me. I've been during all my career learning with Novak, Roger, Rafa, seeing them winning these events very often.

Even taking into account all his wrist injury problems, he is certainly one of the players who would have been a multiple slam victor in another era. The US Open winners have been crowned. What about Nadal, 32, who retired from his semifinal at Flushing Meadows because of pain in his right knee, a problem off-and-on for years? The Argentine put his all in the rally stretching out to put balls back at Djokovic.

Let the chase begin.

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