Djokovic back at the top of the tennis mountain

US Open: Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro set for clash in Flushing Meadows showdown

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Novak Djokovic has drawn level with American great Pete Sampras with the third-most men's grand slam singles titles following a straight-sets victory over Juan Martin del Potro in the US Open final at Flushing Meadows.

This was Djokovic's third championship in NY, along with those in 2011 and 2015.

Playing on the same court where Pete Sampras claimed his 14th title, Djokovic has endured more disappointment than joy on Arthur Ashe, mining just three titles from eight finals.

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

However, speaking after winning his 14 Grand Slam title, Djokovic admitted that the chair umpire changed the course of the game.

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.

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Despite being pegged back from 3-1 to 3-3 in the final set, he broke again for 5-3.

"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.

Del Potro, 29, won the only Grand Slam title of his career by upsetting Federer in NY in 2009, but couldn't swing the upset Sunday.

"I had my opportunities during second and third set".

As he inches ever closer to joining them in the pantheon of the truly greats, Novak Djokovic says Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal have helped make him the player he is today. At the same time, good thing about it is if you win Wimbledon or French, then you have another slam, and you can thrive on that confidence level that you got from winning the previous slam.

"I tried to take the best out of myself in those moments and get myself in this position". He finished with a flourish, taking the last three games.

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Del Potro was looking at having to become the first man since Pancho Gonzales in 1949 to win the U.S. title from two sets down. And it all started with Djokovic getting erked by crowd reaction and constant singing for Del Potro. "Ole Ole Ole.

It was a brief request, though, unlike her many other pleas for quiet, mainly as fans were shouting and chanting and clapping in support of del Potro.

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.

"To the support of the loved ones, my kids, my wife, my small team of people that has been there with me through hard times as well", added the Serb who underwent elbow surgery after the Australian Open in January. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 6 455 4.

'Cecchinato has made me realize, a lot of things after that loss to him in Roland Garros', Djokovic admitted. 'I was very, very disappointed with my performance that day.

And the way the 31-year-old is playing - having won back-to-back majors for the first time since his halcyon days of early 2016 - Djokovic is likely to start next year as the player to beat.

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