Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Novak Djokovic defeats Juan Martin del Potro for 14th Grand Slam title

Novak Djokovic defeats Juan Martin del Potro for 14th Grand Slam title

Novak Djokovic sealed his third US Open title and 14th Grand Slam overall, levelling Pete Sampras for third place on the career list, with an immaculate display against Juan Martin del Potro on Sunday.

An eight-time finalist in NY who had only previously lifted the trophy in 2011 and 2015, the Serbian was made to work hard on Sunday as Del Potro came from a break down in the second and third sets.

The US Open Men's singles final match between del Potro and Djokovic is on September 10 and will be played at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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.

The sixth seed had suffered in the ferocious heat and humidity through the early days of the season's final Grand Slam but dropped only two sets for the tournament and none since the second round.

It was Djokovic's 15th win over the Argentine and fifth in five at the Slams.

After missing last year's tournament with an injured right elbow that eventually required surgery, Djokovic rubber-stamped his return the top of his game with another major title to add to his fourth Wimbledon crown in July.

Djokovic took just 42 minutes to win the opening set, taking it 6-3, and battled past Del Potro in an enthralling tie-break in the second which enabled him to hold the ascendancy. 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.

It is Djokovic's thid U.S. Open title and first since 2015.

Both men had one grand-slam title to their name, but for some Del Potro looked the safer bet.

Throughout the match, Djokovic patiently prodded del Potro with shape and slice, repeatedly turning defense into attack with unrelenting depth and precision that kept the Argentine on his back foot for much of the three-hour, 16-minute match.

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