Seiko - A new US Open title for Novak Djokovic

No doubts anymore Novak Djokovic has returned to tennis elite

Djokovic is just the third male player of all time to hold all four major titles at the same time after Don Budge and Rod Laver, the most recent of which was 47 years ago, after he won the French Open back in 2016.

Novak Djokovic was thrilled to match Pete Sampras with a 14th Grand Slam title at the US Open here, Sunday, but he said it's Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who have made him the player he is.

It took him some time to find the right form, as evidenced by his quarterfinal loss at the French Open to a guy who was ranked 72nd and had never won a Grand Slam match until that tournament.

It was Djokovic's 15th win over the Argentine and fifth in five at the Slams. The victory puts Djokovic three Slam wins away from Nadal's 17 and six behind Federer's record 20.

The 31-year-old Serb won 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to earn his third triumph in NY and equal American great Pete Sampras' haul of major trophies. He was just a little better than Del Potro at the key moments - especially in a 95-minute second set, where he saved three break points in an eighth game which stretched to eight deuces and 20 minutes.

Djokovic sprinted into a 3-1 lead in the third set before a battling Del Potro clung on, hitting back for 3-3. He was barking at himself, at his entourage, at a crowd vocally supporting his opponent, Juan Martin del Potro.

"I've been - during all my career - learning with Novak, Roger, Rafa, seeing them winning these events very often". He was earmarked as the next big force, the man alongside Djokovic to rattle the two great champions he had just felled to break through. They hadn't even dropped a set over that run until Babos and Mladenovic got them in the first set on Sunday.

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Novak Djokovic now has 14 major titles, tied for the third-most in history, after winning the U.S. Open.

6-3 victory under the roof at Arthur Ashe stadium - it was raining in NY - pulled him level with Pete Sampras for third on the all-time men's list.

Alfie Hewett completed the wheelchair double after success in the doubles with Gordon Reid on Saturday, defeating Japan's Shingo Kunieda 6-3 7-5 to win his second slam singles title. He played a great match, a very smart game.

Del Potro backed Djokovic to surpass Federer's mark of 20 Slams. "But 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 was there every time". Del Potro would not rue how many of those could have been his had he been injury-free all those years.

He has been the dominant player of the summer and could now end the year as the world number one.

After his latest performance, it's a safe bet Sampras is admiring Djokovic as well - along with many others.

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