Djokovic claims 14th major title with US Open victory over Del Potro

Silvia Morton
September 11, 2018

Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy after defeating Juan Martin del Potro in the U.S. Open final for his second Grand Slam title this year.

With the win on Sunday, Djokovic has extended his head-to-head record against Del Potro to 15-4 as the Argentine was unable to upstage the Serb.

Djokovic is into his eighth final in NY where he was champion in 2011 and 2015.

Djokovic now joins Pete Sampras in third place on the all-time list of Grand Slam titles, trailing only Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17).

He missed last year´s tournament with an elbow injury which sent his career into a mini-crisis.

Del Potro was playing in his first Grand Slam final since lifting the US Open title in 2009 at the age of 20, beating Nadal and Federer back-to-back. With his wrist injuries, coming back, still having belief and faith in himself that one day he will be a top player and fighting for grand slams.

Novak Djokovic said he relishes this year's Wimbledon and US Open titles even more than before.

His extended time away from the game may have denied the 29-year-old del Potro a chance to elbow his way in among the game's "Big Four" of Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, and Andy Murray.

Djokovic has only ever lost one match from more than 200 when he has led by two sets - to Austria's Jurgen Melzer at the 2010 French Open - but there was no sign of that happening again. It's fantastic. I don't feel sad that I couldn't win Grand Slams because of them.

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"I'm so happy to be playing the final against this magnificent idol".

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.

Del Potro could take consolation, though, from the vast support he received. "He fights every match from the first to the last point".

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

"Del Porto, who turns 30 later this month, might have reached the final unexpectedly, but the 6'6" Argentine's blistering serve is something that could bring trouble for Djokovic.

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 savoring the moment.

Del Potro's movement went from nimble to clunky after that.

"He respects everyone", Djokovic said.

But in the last eight weeks the 31-year-old has resembled the Grand Slam machine that held all four major titles at the same time in 2016, wining three of his last four events including Wimbledon and U.S. Open.

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