Djokovic captures U.S. Open title for 14th major championship

Djokovic captures U.S. Open title for 14th major championship

Djokovic captures U.S. Open title for 14th major championship

I mean, it's incredible: "14!"

On Arthur Ashe Stadium, He defeated the Argentine in straight sets (6-3, 7-6, 6-3) to win his third US Open and his 14th career Grand Slam title. "I try to take the best out of myself in those moments".

Del Potro spoke this week about the low point, in 2015, when he considered quitting the sport.

"Amazing" is a flawless word for this trio, which is

It enabled Djokovic to go on and take the second-set tie-break following four unforced errors from Del Potro's forehand - including one on set point. He played a great match, very smart game.

When Djokovic won his 13th Grand Slam at Wimbledon in July it was particularly pleasing as it was his first success at a major since he finally picked up the missing French Open trophy he so relished in 2016.

Matching him was meaningful to Djokovic, whose earliest memories of tennis involve watching Sampras on TV at Wimbledon.

Asked if he had a greater appreciation for winning slams after a hectic few years, Djokovic said on ESPN: "I do".

Djokovic also was the champion in NY in 2011 and 2015. "To actually be here, it's a dream come true".

Same goes for the Big 3 of today (with all due respect to Andy Murray, he of the three majors plus two Olympic singles gold medals, it really isn't a Big 4). "Maybe 10 years ago I would say I'm not so happy to be part of this era with Nadal and Federer", he said.

Federer lost in the fourth round in NY, while Nadal retired from his semifinal against del Potro because of a bad right knee.

"When I had my surgery I could truly understand what Juan Martin was going through", Djokovic said after the win.

"I know people always like to compare any top player's game or performance with some previous season where he was dominating and they've done that with me".

"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 were there every time".

"I'm just doing my job, trying to be an example for the kids, to teach them that you have to do effort to get your goals in your life", del Potro said. But also I think we are proud to be close to these legends. I've been during all my career learning with Novak, Roger, Rafa, seeing them winning these events very often.

The other beneficiaries: tennis fans.

He is playing in his record-tying eighth U.S. Open final and has won two in the past. What about Nadal, 32, who retired from his semifinal at Flushing Meadows because of pain in his right knee, a problem off-and-on for years?

For Djokovic, he got better as the tournament progressed. 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.

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