Djokovic headed for bright finish with US Open win

Djokovic headed for bright finish with US Open win

I played finals of Queen's, won Wimbledon, won Cincinnati, and won US Open.

Novak Djokovic was thrilled to match Pete Sampras with a 14th Grand Slam title at the US Open here, Sunday, but he said it's Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who have made him the player he is.

But a 14th Grand Slam trophy was in the offing, which if claimed would tie Djokovic in third place with Pete Sampras for most major trophies earned in the men's game.

Only great rivals Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17) have won more.

In the category that it doesn't matter how old one is, but rather how young they feel and can perform, the 31-year-old Djokovic is the ninth consecutive player over-30 to win the men's title at a Slam.

Juan Martin del Potro was gracious in defeat and said Djokovic can end his career as the most successful Grand Slam title victor, surpassing Roger Federer's current mark of 20.

And then came Sunday's pivotal game, a 20-minute, 22-point epic. "1-2-3;-Osaka-at-No. -7-after-US-Open-title">rightfully back atop the rankings for the first time in 3½ years, with Nadal at No. 1, Federer at No. 2 and, as of Monday, Djokovic at No. 3.

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, celebrates after defeating Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina.

Former French Open and Australian Open champion Li Na has been credited with sparking a tennis revolution in China, and Wang said: "I watch some matches about Li Na". The pain of defeat stung, sure, but the emotions were as much a culmination of a tough stint since that maiden US Open title all those years ago.

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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.

No. 1 Simona Halep retained the top spot even though she became the first No. 1 seed to lose in the first round of the U.S. Open, and Caroline Wozniacki stayed at No. 2 after her second-round exit.

For world number three Del Potro, it was a heartbreaking experience coming in just his second Slam final, nine years after he was crowned US Open champion.

6-3 victory under the roof at Arthur Ashe stadium - it was raining in NY - pulled him level with Pete Sampras for third on the all-time men's list. Eventually, he seized that game - and del Potro's best chance to make a match of it.

Del Potro was looking at having to become the first man since Pancho Gonzales in 1949 to win the USA title from two sets down. Three times, Djokovic steeled himself.

"I had to kind of disconnect a little bit", said Djokovic. I had my opportunities during second and third set.

He said: "I think I did a good tournament, but this is a tough loss for me".

It's del Potro's first major final since he won his only one in the 2009 U.S. Open by beating Roger Federer.

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