Djokovic wins third US Open men's singles title

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts after his win against Japan's Kei Nishikori during the Men's Singles Semi Finals match at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York

In the tennis wilderness following an elbow injury and loss of motivation, Djokovic has now won two straight Grand Slams following his success at Wimbledon.

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.

When he defeated Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer back-to-back to claim the 2009 US Open he was just 20 years old.

Djokovic is now level on 14 titles with Pete Sampras and, in men's terms, behind only Rafael Nadal on 17 and Roger Federer's 20.

The 31-year-old Djokovic captured his second straight tennis major at the 2018 U.S. Open from Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York.

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Djokovic seemed on his way to a smooth victory with a 3-1 lead in the third set, but Del Potro wasn't quite ready to surrender.

And then came Sunday's pivotal game, a 20-minute, 22-point epic.

Del Potro - the third seed - had earlier lauded Djokovic, telling ESPN: "So happy to play in the final against this magnificent idol".

He added: "I would like to congratulate Juan Martin".

"I'm very sad for being a loser today but Novak deserved to take the trophy", said Del Potro, who wept into his hands before being comforted by Djokovic.

The Serb walloped a forehand volley to safety on his first match point, dropping to the floor and spreading out on his back with his arms and legs outstretched in celebration.

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The match was played with the roof closed at Arthur Ashe Stadium because of rain.

That's 85 percent. Quite a contrast to the current state of the women's game, where eight players won the past eight majors.

Djokovic said: "I felt like I was so close to the desired level, and then I just completely underplayed that match". Three times, Djokovic steeled himself.

"The first thing I saw related to tennis on the TV was his first or second Wimbledon championship". I had my opportunities during second and third set.

Since the 2003 Wimbledon, the Big 3 have won 51 of 62 Grand Slams on the men's side. Del Potro would not rue how many of those could have been his had he been injury-free all those years.

"But I believe in the mindset that you can only embrace this present moment and I don't want to compare myself with the player and the person I was two or three years ago because my life turned upside down".

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This was not that day, although even at his absolute best he would have struggled to hold off Djokovic on this form.

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