The Serbian tennis star, the champion in 2011 and 2015, was playing his eighth final in NY.
A year after missing the 2017 US Open because of an injured right elbow that would require surgery, Djokovic showed that he is unquestionably back at his best and back at the top of tennis.
Britain's Alison Hughes, the second woman to umpire a U.S. Open men's singles final, kept a low profile as the two former champions went to work. Toshihisa Tsuchihashi, a director of the Japan Tennis Association and general manager of the association's High Performance Department, commented, "There's nothing that would make me happier than for an athlete aiming to reach the pinnacle of a tour to go on to win a gold medal".
Novak Djokovic was thrilled to match Pete Sampras with a 14th Grand Slam title at the US Open yesterday, but he said it's Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who have made him the player he is.
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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 has now entered the top three of the list of most Grand Slam titles in men's singles tennis history, tied at the third sport with Pete Sampras. Now Del Potro rips and inside-out forehand victor into the back of the ad court for 30-all.
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"There is a lot of significance of me being now shoulder to shoulder in terms of Grand Slam wins with him".
Djokovic says Carlos Ramos "just maybe changed - not maybe, but he did change the course of the match" in Williams' 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday night in the U.S. Open final.
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"You learn from adversity ... when you have doubtful moments when things are not working out as you want (them) to". "I'm glad I managed to do that".
The Serb collected his 14th grand slam title and second in a row with a 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 victory over Juan Martin del Potro on Monday (AEST).
If Del Potro relies heavily on power, Djokovic, fresh from winning the Wimbledon title two months ago, is a master tactician who never gives up on a point.
In New York, while some of his fiercest rivals fell by the wayside over a bruising fortnight, Djokovic did not let the intense heat or any of his opponents push him off his path to a third title at Flushing Meadows.
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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