Djoker trumps del Potro to win US Open title

No doubts anymore Novak Djokovic has returned to tennis elite

In the US Open Tennis, Novak Djokovic of Serbia won the Men's singles final.

Djokovic is one of only seven players in the sport's history to achieve double figures in terms of grand slam titles, yet remarkably one of three who continue to play today.

The Serb now only trails his two greatest rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who have 20 and 17 respectively.

His 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 defeat to the Serbian was not the fairytale outcome he had imagined.

He had three more chances in the eighth, all saved by Djokovic in a marathon 20-minute game which left even Hollywood superstar Meryl Streep clasping her head in astonishment. He came close in the grueling 95-minute second set, holding a 3-1 lead in the tiebreak before Djokovic rallied. "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. "To be honest, I was crying till now", Del Potro said as he began his post-match press conference.

"I was hoping [Pete Sampras] was going to be here tonight", Djokovic said during the awards ceremony.

Djokovic is trying for a third U.S. Open title and 14th major overall, which would tie Pete Sampras for third place on the career list.

Djokovic, who struggled with the NY humidity in the first two rounds, did not drop a set from the third round onwards.

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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 before a long battle with wrist injuries pushed him into depression and to the brink of retirement.

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.

"He knows that he's one of my friends on tour and he knows he's one player I want to watch win on tour".

Del Potro backed Djokovic to surpass Federer's mark of 20 Slams.

After the controversy surrounding Serena Williams' defeat by Naomi Osaka in Saturday's women's final, a high-quality match between two of the top male players ensured tennis was once again the talking point. I think we have pushed each other to the limit every time we get to play each other.

This time previous year Djokovic was injured and uncertain about his future direction.

Now he's backed that up at the U.S. Open, the fourth time in his career he won multiple majors in a season.

Since his June trek with his wife up Mont Sainte-Victoire, the mountain that famously also served as an inspiration for Paul Cezanne, the 31-year-old has added a pair of Grand Slam titles to his resume.

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