Djokovic wins third US Open

Sherman Parsons
September 14, 2018

Marian Vajda said Sunday night with a giddy chuckle, his eyes wide, after Djokovic got there with a 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Juan Martin del Potro in the U.S. Open final.

"With his wrist injuries, with coming back and still having faith, having belief in himself that one day he's going to be a top player and he's going to be fighting for Grand Slams", Djokovic said, "I really wish him all the best".

"We sat down and we just looked at the world from that perspective, just kind of breathed in the new inspiration, new motivation". I will keep playing tennis for a few more years. It was all positives.

'I'd just like them (the trolls) to be named and shamed a bit more.

"I became a parent twice, was six months off the tour, had surgery - all these different things".

Tilden won his first two grand slam titles in 1920 - including his first of seven US Opens.

"I've been - during all my career - learning with Novak, Roger, Rafa, seeing them winning these events very often".

This is Djokovic's second straight Grand Slam singles title this season following Wimbledon 2018 and a 14th overall to tie American Pete Sampras for third all-time.

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Equalling Sampras was particularly special for Djokovic, who said: "Pete Sampras is one of the biggest legends ever to play the game". He was my idol'.

Juan Martin del Potro stood with his hands on his knees, exhausted from taking the mightiest swings he could with his ferocious forehand. For Djokovic, it was an illustration of him growing into the championships as he took his run of consecutive sets won to 14, stretching back to the second round against Tennys Sandgren. He played a great match, a very smart game.

"I was playing nearly at the limit all the time, looking for winners with my forehands, backhands, and I couldn't make it because Novak were there every time".

The 29-year old then missed a golden opportunity in game eight, failing to take one of three break chances during a 20-minute game that saw Djokovic jeered by spectators as he approached the umpire mid-game to complain about the balls, the packed crowd sensing he was just playing for time. "I try to take the best out of myself in those moments". One game alone in the second set lasted 20 minutes.

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.

Djokovic continued a remarkable summer after missing the end of last season with a right elbow injury.

He said: "I was crying until now". He's a great champion. "So I'm glad for him". "It will be in my heart for the rest of my life", Del Potro said.

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