Djokovic wins US Open for third time

Rafael Nadal of Spain retires with a injury against Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina during their Men's Singles Semi Finals match at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York

Rafael Nadal of Spain retires with a injury against Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina during their Men's Singles Semi Finals match at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York

In terms of results, I played finals of Queen's, won Wimbledon, won Cincinnati, and won U.S. Open.

Novak Djokovic's US Open title win over Juan Martin Del Potro moved him joint third with Pete Sampras in the all-time list of men's tennis grand slam champions.

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.

Djokovic has been successful in five of the last six Grand Slam finals he's played dating back to Wimbledon in 2015.

Djokovic, playing in his eighth final in NY and already the champion in 2011 and 2015, is now just three Slams behind Rafael Nadal and six back from the record 20 held by Roger Federer.

Djokovic, the sixth seed, tamed the Argentine big artillery 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in three hours and 15 minutes, here on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported.

But Del Potro needed more than just goodwill to beat Djokovic at his best, he needed his mighty forehand to be flawless and the rest of his game to back it up.

Novak Djokovic has won a tiebreaker to take a 95-minute second set, moving a set away from the U.S. Open title. After the third round, he did not lose a single set as he was able to outlast a fan favorite in Del Potro.

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Djokovic, who climbed Mont Sainte-Victoire in the south of France with wife Jelena, added: "I strongly recommend you to climb it". "I'm very sad for being a loser today but Novak deserved to take the trophy". He can also take aim at trying to finish the season at No. 1, something he did in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Argentine third seed Del Potro, 29, was playing his first Grand Slam final since winning the 2009 US Open, having nearly quit the game in 2015 because of multiple wrist injures.

It made for a partisan atmosphere in the biggest tennis stadium in the world and, with the roof closed because of rain, led to a cauldron of noise. Three times, Djokovic steeled himself.

Del Potro was looking at having to become the first man since Pancho Gonzales in 1949 to win the United States title from two sets down. He first won the Wimbledon to announce his return back to top form and has now won the US Open 2018 title comprehensively.

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. Del Potro would not rue how many of those could have been his had he been injury-free all those years.

And now? Sampras has been equaled or surpassed by three players - and it's only 16 years later.

After Djokovic, 31, watched them increase their advantages over him while he went more than 2 years without a major, hampered by an injured right elbow that required surgery in February, he is now got his game in order.

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