Novak Djokovic beats Juan Martin del Potro to win title

Novak Djokovic beats Juan Martin del Potro to win title

His returns and defense-to-offense skills as impeccable as ever, Djokovic collected his 14th Grand Slam title and second in a row by getting through every crucial moment for a 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over 2009 champion del Potro at Flushing Meadows.

With the win, Djokovic has now tied Pete Sampras for third on the all-time Grand Slams list.

Djokovic's rise from No. 6 thanks to claiming his 14th Grand Slam title continues his own steady progress in recent months.

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 stood with his hands on his knees, exhausted from taking the mightiest swings he could with his ferocious forehand. However, Djokovic had a slightly better percentage (15-for-19) and converted on his only break point opportunity to secure the set.

Defeat for Argentina's Del Potro ended his chances of claiming a second US Open crown following his victory in 2009 but still capped a remarkable run after he almost quit the sport in 2015 because of ongoing injury problems. Later on, when an upset del Potro sat on his bench awaiting the award ceremony, Djokovic went over to hug him and have a word. "I'm sad because I lose but I'm happy for Novak".

The result also means that 50 of the last 55 majors have been won by the "Big Four" of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray.

The sixth seed had suffered in the ferocious heat and humidity through the early days of the season's final Grand Slam but dropped only two sets for the tournament and none since the second round.

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.

The match was played with the roof closed at Arthur Ashe Stadium because of rain.

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

Djokovic said: "I felt like I was so close to the desired level, and then I just completely underplayed that match". Eventually, he seized that game - and del Potro's best chance to make a match of it.

"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".

Since the 2003 Wimbledon, the Big 3 have won 51 of 62 Grand Slams on the men's side.

Despite defeat, world number three Del Potro remained proud after an achievement he never thought would have been possible during his injury hell.

It also marked the Serbian's second straight major success, while he holds a 26-2 win-loss record since his quarter-final defeat at the French Open.

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