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Federer, Nadal, Djokovic: Who will win the most Grand Slams?

11 September, 2018, 04:30 | Author: Hannah Francis
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A clinical Novak Djokovic dismissed Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-3 to collect his third U.S. Open title on Sunday.

Finally on the match with Del Potro he added: "It was like a game of football between Argentina and Serbia when his fans were singing Ole-Ole I imagined that they were saying Nole-Nole".

The Serbian tennis star, the champion in 2011 and 2015, was playing his eighth final in NY.

This was Djokovic's third championship in NY, along with those in 2011 and 2015, as he drew even with Pete Sampras on 14 major to be third all time - trailing only Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17).

He missed last year´s tournament with an elbow injury which sent his career into a mini-crisis.

A quarter-final defeat at Roland Garros, where he had completed the career Grand Slam in 2016, left him in deep despair, threatening even to skip Wimbledon.

"I was close to (quitting) this sport because I couldn't find a way to fix my wrist problems", he said.

The "Tower of Tandil" threw it all down, every last weapon he could summon, but Djokovic made sure he fortified his side of the net, a zone that was already an unbreachable wall. He got a break back in the next game, only to surrender serve and go down 5-3 in the third.

I really am, ' Djokovic said.




Djokovic was thrilled to match Pete Sampras with a 14th Grand Slam title, but he said it's Federer and Nadal who have made him the player he is.

With all the singing and noise levels inside the stadium, it felt to Djokovic like he was at a football match but he thanked the fans of both sides for creating such an awesome atmosphere.

The No. 6 seed won a knotty, loud but drama-free final as the tennis world was still reeling from Saturday's controversial title match between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, and he won with the crowd gunning for del Potro.

The quest to win a second major will have to wait until next year, but del Potro, who turns 30 this month, feels good about his chances with the way his wrist held up over the last two weeks.

Djokovic was better than del Potro on their many lengthy exchanges, using his trademark body-twisting, limb-splaying court coverage to get to almost every ball, sneakers squeaking around the blue court in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where the roof was closed because of rain. It's a tough thing for a chair umpire to deal with. Later, after winning a point, Djokovic put that finger to his ear, as if to say, "Who are you cheering for now?!"

"You learn from adversity ... when you have doubtful moments when things are not working out as you want (them) to".

The tiebreaker was resolved thanks to more del Potro miscues on his forehand side, as he looked more and more tired.

Djokovic had tumbled down the rankings, slowed previous year by an elbow injury and a loss of confidence that accompanied a 54-week title drought. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 6 455 4.

The US Open Men's singles final will be shown LIVE on Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD at around 1.30 am IST.

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