Third U.S. Open title elevates Djokovic into select company

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Novak Djokovic won the US Open title in straight sets over Juan Martin del Potro, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

Del Potro was back in a grand slam final for the first time since defeating Federer to win at Flushing Meadows nine years ago. But also I think we are proud to be close to these legends. It was all positives.

"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.

"The worst part to me is the chances that I couldn't make but then when you see a friend holding the trophy, it's good, too".

Things started so well for Del Potro, the Argentine looking for a second US Open title following his maiden, and to date only, grand slam win back in 2009.

"What I said on the stage, you can lose or win a trophy, but the love from the crowd, it could be even bigger than the tournament", del Potro said.

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

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.

While US Open finalist Juan Martin del Potro slipped one spot to the number four, Marin Cilic of Croatia lumped one position to hold on the sixth ranking on the list. He first won the Wimbledon to announce his return back to top form and has now won the US Open 2018 title comprehensively.

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That's 85 percent. Quite a contrast to the current state of the women's game, where eight players won the past eight majors.

Djokovic appears to be back to his best tennis having fought through a hard spell post-elbow surgery that saw him suffer three consecutive defeats for the first time in over a decade.

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.

"I was playing at my limit nearly all the time, looking for winners", he said.

In their first meeting in a Grand Slam final it was Del Potro, back at this stage for the first time since 2009, who won the coin toss and elected to receive under the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof with heavy rain falling in NY.

After his latest performance, it's a safe bet Sampras is admiring Djokovic as well - along with many others.

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.

"I never gave up when I had the wrist problems", he said. He's a great champion.

"I'm glad that Novak is the champion". "Of course, it is a big challenge to take these kind of tournaments to them", he said.

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