Djokovic wins US Open for 14th major title

Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina reacts during his men's singles semi-final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on Day Twelve of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Despite all three players being in their 30s, they have now won all eight Grand Slams since Stan Wawrinka won the 2016 U.S. Open.

The 31-year-old defeated Juan Martin del Potro 6-3 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 in the US Open final to claim a third success at Flushing Meadows and make it back-to-back slam titles.

It's unbelievable. I don't feel sad that I couldn't win grand slams because of them. If he beats del Potro, Djokovic will equal Pete Sampras for third place among men for major singles titles, trailing only Roger Federer's 20 and Rafael Nadal's 17.

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.

Juan Martin del Potro stood with his hands on his knees, exhausted from taking the mightiest swings he could with his ferocious forehand.

But del Potro can take heart in appearing in a first major final since 2009, when he upset Federer in five sets. The Serbian had to endure a dramatic 20-minute service game in which his opponent had three more break points but could not take them.

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In all, the second set was a lengthy 95-minutes before ending for Djokovic in the tiebreaker, and saw both players leave the court for a change of clothes at its conclusion.

"There was always part of me that imagined and believed and hoped that I can get back (to) the desired level of tennis very soon", said Djokovic, whose operation was in February.

Stream every match at the US Open live on the FOX+ app and catch up on highlights of any action you've missed. "I watched him win one of his first Wimbledon championships, and I grew up playing and thinking that one day I'll be able to do what he does", Djokovic said. Returning the following month he lost back-to-back matches to Taro Daniel and Benoit Paire and his ranking dropped as low as 22.

Djokovic's most hard opponent this tournament has been the heat and humidity, so Sunday's cool and wet conditions, resulting in the roof being shut on Arthur Ashe Stadium, were perfectly to his liking. Tears flowed upon losing his shot at adding his name to a Grand Slam trophy nine years after his first on Sunday. Three times, Djokovic steeled himself. "But 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 was there every time".

"For me.I think it's still a win, so I'm just going to count it as that".

Del Potro might have beaten other players Sunday, same as some of the losses to Federer and Nadal through the years may have been victories against lesser foes. Del Potro would not rue how many of those could have been his had he been injury-free all those years.

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