US Open: Djokovic equals Sampras slam haul with title

US Open: Djokovic equals Sampras slam haul with title

Former world number one Djokovic equalled Pete Sampras' haul of 14 slams after outlasting Del Potro 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to lift the trophy for a third time in NY.

A focused Djokovic continued to apply pressure in the third set until Del Potro finally cracked on serve to fall behind 5-3, with the Serb closing out the match with a ferocious overhead victor.

The 31-year-old Serb is now even with Pete Sampras for the third-most major trophies for a man in tennis history, trailing only Roger Federer's 20 and Rafael Nadal's 17.

A year after missing the US Open because of an injured right elbow that required surgery, Djokovic showed that he is unquestionably back at his best and back at the top of tennis.

For Del Potro, it was a heartbreaking experience coming in just his second Slam final, nine years after he was crowned US Open champion. "That's what I got from them".

With his returns and defense-to-offense skills as impeccable as ever, Djokovic collected his 14th Grand Slam title and second in a row by getting through every crucial moment for a 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over 2009 champion del Potro at Flushing Meadows.

Djokovic was soon 3-1 up in the second set before Del Potro carved out his first break point of the match to level at 3-3.

Djokovic's victory, coupled with his July triumph at Wimbledon, ties him with Pete Sampras for the most men's Grand Slam singles titles. "He will be the favourite to win on Sunday", Del Potro said. The runner-up, Serena Williams, is back in the top 20 at No. 16, after being No. 26 before the U.S. Open - and outside the top 400 as recently as May, following the former No. 1's time away because she had a baby. Most predicted the Spaniard as the one most capable of surviving intensely hot, humid conditions as well as night matches that stretch into the early-morning hours at the year's final Grand Slam.

Serena ‘out of line’ but both sides share blame, says King
There has to be a clear rule to it. "Ramos, effectively, had no choice but to dock her a point", Navratilova said. Marcos Baghdatis smashed four rackets during the 2012 Australian Open, but didn't lose a point or a game.

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Potro to clinch his third US Open title on Sunday.

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.

Since playing on the grass at Queen's Club in June, Djokovic has only lost two matches, while he extended his imposing winning record over Del Potro to 15-4.

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

Playing at a career high three in the world, Del Potro insists he is happy to be playing in the era of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal.

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

Amidst the searing heat and disturbing humidity of NY for the past two weeks, Djokovic battled through and rose above it all to shine under the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights for the third time.

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