Djokovic back at the top of the tennis mountain

Djokovic back at the top of the tennis mountain

Novak Djokovic was thrilled to match Pete Sampras with a 14th Grand Slam title at the US Open yesterday, but he said it's Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who have made him the player he is. "I know that he will be here again with the champions trophy".

Playing on the same court where Sampras claimed the last of his 14 slams, Djokovic has endured more disappointment than joy in Arthur Ashe Stadium, losing five finals.

Djokovic, 31 years old, overwhelmed Juan Martín del Potro, 29, in an entertaining-and sometimes intense-U.S.

Brace yourself for a stunning men's singles final between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro. "Novak has everything to make records in this sport", said the Argentine.

The Serbian tennis ace, now ranked 6th in the world, cruised through early rounds of the tournament and will enter the final with a 13-set winning streak, while on the other hand, Potro booked his berth after Rafael Nadal bowed out in the semis owning to his right knee injury.

But in 2018 - after skipping the tournament in 2017 - he was up against Juan Martin del Potro who was caught somewhere in between Federer 2015 to Wawrinka 2016.

He picked up the pace with straight-sets victories over France's Richard Gasquet, Portugal's Joao Sousa, Millman and 2014 finalist Kei Nishikori to arrive at a title tilt with good friend Del Potro.

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Newly-crowned US Open champion Novak Djokovic said he was inspired to take up tennis after watching Pete Sampras in action and that matching his Grand Slam record is a dream-come-true moment for him.

"I don't feel sad that I couldn't win Grand Slams because of them".

Just as at the All England Club, principle rivals Federer and Nadal departed NY earlier than expected, paving the way for Djokovic to eat further into their legacy.

Osaka, who was up a set on Williams, saw the match descend into chaos midway through the second set when her opponent was warned for coaching, docked a point for smashing her racket then docked an entire game for calling Ramos a thief and a liar. "He fights every match from the first to the last point".

But in that critical eight deuce game, the three break chances evaporated and Djokovic leveled for 4-4.

Djokovic says he owes his own success to the rivalries which he has developed with 37-year-old Federer and 32-year-old Nadal over the past decade. He almost quit tennis in 2015, after four wrist surgeries that wouldn't let him regain the form that carried him past Roger Federer to win the 2009 U.S. Open.

A series of missed forehands by del Potro in the tiebreaker put Djokovic back on course.

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