Wrist and reward: del Potro back amongst elite

Roger Federer 'I hope there won't be a player like me or Rafael Nadal'

A 14th Grand Slam title for Djokovic ties him with Pete Sampras for the third-most men's singles titles in the Open era, behind only his contemporaries Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17).

Novak Djokovic says it is "truly incredible" to match idol Pete Sampras' tally of 14 Grand Slam titles.

Not only had she entered the history books as the first Japanese Grand Slam victor, but she achieved the feat with victory over Williams - her childhood idol - in extraordinary circumstances.

It will also see him rise to number three in the world behind Nadal and Federer - the rankings again reflecting the "Big Three" status they have shared for so long.

When he swept to the 2009 title in NY, he was just 20 years old and expected to establish himself as a permanent rival to Djokovic, Federer and Nadal.

While Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund have both excelled in their own right, neither made it past the first round here, and no British singles player has made it into the second week at four of the last five slams.

I guess we'll be hiking some more very soon (smiling).' Djokovic won US Open all the three times that he had previously won Wimbledon in the same year, 2011, 2015, 2018.

Djokovic had to work especially hard to win the year's final Grand Slam, despite the end tally showing he dropped a mere two sets.

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Djokovic faced neither of his greatest rivals en route to the title in Flushing Meadows.

Seeded to face Federer in the quarter-finals, he found himself instead across the net from John Millman after the unheralded Australian stunned the Swiss great.

This follows Anderson's loss to Austria's Dominic Thiem in the fourth round of the US Open last week.

Injuries have derailed Del Potro's career but the Argentinian was back in a major decider, nine years after claiming the 2009 US Open. Nadal was two sets down when he shook his head and said he had to retire.

Djokovic said: "I felt like I was so close to the desired level, and then I just completely underplayed that match. But Novak has everything to make records in this sport", del Potro told AFP sources. "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".

Only one of those wins came in a final, however, with Djokovic knocking off del Potro in three sets to win the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai in 2013. Actually today I am.

Meanwhile, Djokovic had played a relatively smooth tournament, winning his previous four matches in straight sets while the rest of the tournament's elite fell to upsets.

Djokovic said it was the kind of heavyweight clash he's learned to embrace.

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