US Open: Djokovic beat del Potro to win third title

No doubts anymore Novak Djokovic has returned to tennis elite

No doubts anymore Novak Djokovic has returned to tennis elite

It was Djokovic's 14th Grand Slam title and the third US Open title.

He shares then from now on the third place of the all-time Grand Slam winners list with American player Pete Sempras, but remains at six units behind recordman Roger Federer with 20 trophies to his credit.

He overcame a 95-minute set, the longest of the tournament, to beat Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

"When I had surgery on my elbow earlier this year I could truly understand what Juan Martin was going through with his surgeries during the two or three years that kept him away from the tour", said Djokovic. However, Djokovic had a slightly better percentage (15-for-19) and converted on his only break point opportunity to secure the set.

The Serb, who was back in the final for an eighth time and contesting his 23rd Grand Slam final - the third most in men's tennis history - was serving exceptionally well and earned a break in the eighth game after showing tremendous patience before successfully serving out the set.

All that frustration was washed away when he struck the overhead victor to clinch victory over Del Potro, Djokovic falling to his back, arms and legs spread savouring the moment. After the third round, he did not lose a single set as he was able to outlast a fan favorite in Del Potro.

"To be honest, I was crying till now", Del Potro said at a news conference.

'I'll have some probably now, ' Millman said.

Osaka, whose next scheduled tournament is the Toray Pan Pacific Open later this month in Tokyo, said she was still too exhausted to celebrate her U.S. Open win.

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Djokovic, who struggled with the NY humidity in the first two rounds, did not drop a set from the third round onwards. They hadn't even dropped a set over that run until Babos and Mladenovic got them in the first set on Sunday.

Djokovic is now level on 14 grand-slam titles with Pete Sampras and, in men's terms, behind only Rafael Nadal on 17 and Roger Federer's 20.

The match was played with the roof closed at Arthur Ashe Stadium because of rain.

Since the 2003 Wimbledon, the Big 3 have won 51 of 62 Grand Slams on the men's side. Three times, Djokovic steeled himself.

Del Potro backed Djokovic to surpass Federer's mark of 20 Slams. Eventually, he seized that game - and del Potro's best chance to make a match of it.

"I was playing nearly at the limit all the time, looking for winners with my forehands, backhands, and I couldn't make it because Novak were there every time". Barty and Vandeweghe kissed the trophy and won $700,000 for their championship.

Despite defeat, world number three Del Potro remained proud after an achievement he never thought would have been possible during his injury hell.

"But I believe in the mindset that you can only embrace this present moment and I don't want to compare myself with the player and the person I was two or three years ago because my life turned upside down".

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