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Novak Djokovic leads US Open final

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Domingo Copeland | 11 September, 2018, 04:28

Novak Djokovic won the US Open on Sunday, beating Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets.

Nadal stayed at No. 1 despite retiring from his semifinal last week, and Federer remained No. 2 after a fourth-round loss in NY.

"When I had the surgery of my elbow earlier this year I could truly understand what Juan Martin was going through", Djokovic said at the trophy ceremony, referring to the Argentine's long battles with injury.

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.

Djokovic, the No. 6 seed, missed this tournament previous year as he struggled with an elbow injury that ultimately required surgery.

Former world number one Djokovic equalled Pete Sampras' haul of 14 slams after outlasting Del Potro 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to lift the trophy for a third time in NY.

Djokovic joins his idol Pete Sampras on 14 titles and is now closing the gap on his great rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. He was someone I was looking up to.

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Djokovic, Nadal and Federer are back on top. Toshihisa Tsuchihashi, a director of the Japan Tennis Association and general manager of the association's High Performance Department, commented, "There's nothing that would make me happier than for an athlete aiming to reach the pinnacle of a tour to go on to win a gold medal".

But in the last eight weeks the 31-year-old has resembled the Grand Slam machine that held all four major titles at the same time in 2016, wining three of his last four events including Wimbledon and U.S. Open.

"For me Grand Slam titles stand above anything else in terms of determining factors".

Djokovic had tumbled down the rankings, slowed past year by an elbow injury and a loss of confidence that accompanied a 54-week title drought.

"I grew up playing and thinking that one day I'll be able to do what he does", the former world number one said.

Federer lost in the fourth round in NY, while Nadal retired from his semifinal against del Potro because of a bad right knee.

Djokovic would have relished taking on either - or both, although he admits that early in his career that wasn't always the case. "I feel like I'm on a whole new level". On what we have seen since he hit the grass at Queen's Club it would be hard to argue against making him the favourite for the Australian Open - four months before the tournament starts. "But at the same time, life showed me that it takes time for good things, it takes time to really build them, for things to fall into place, so you can centre yourself, balance yourself and thrive".

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