Djokovic, Nadal and Federer in unthinkable three-year first


For Novak Djokovic, a season that got off to a gloomy start is heading for a brilliant finish after he dismissed Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-3 to win the U.S. Open on Sunday and earn back-to-back Grand Slam titles.

Finally on the match with Del Potro he added: "It was like a game of football between Argentina and Serbia when his fans were singing Ole-Ole I imagined that they were saying Nole-Nole".

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.

Djokovic is now just three slams behind Nadal and six behind Federer, with the prospect of more to come now that he appear to have retaken his place at the top of the tennis hierarchy.

He missed last year´s tournament with an elbow injury which sent his career into a mini-crisis. The Serbian player lost to Marco Cecchinato in the quarter-finals wasting a match point, but after that he achieved some unbelievable results losing Queen's final, winning Wimbledon, Cincinnati and US Open titles. "She's surpassed me to become a celebrity", he said.

The end was near and when Djokovic put away a smash on a first match point, he fell onto the court on his back.

Djokovic sprinted into a 3-1 lead in the third set before a battling Del Potro clung on, hitting back for 3-3.

Novak Djokovic said that he wants to keep developing as a player and make tennis history.

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Djokovic is now level with Pete Sampras on 14 Grand Slam titles.

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.

Before Friday, Djokovic seemed likely to face Rafael Nadal in the final until Nadal was forced to retire due to injury after his second set against del Potro. That prompted to chair umpire Alison Hughes to chastise them. At one moment, he pressed his right index finger to his lips, as if to say, "Shhhhhhh!" He finished with a flourish, taking the last three games.

The tiebreaker was resolved thanks to more del Potro miscues on his forehand side, as he looked more and more tired.

Osaka has never been to Nemuro, but she is said to have expressed a desire to visit the place where her mother was born, although her grandfather commented, "She'll be busy and I guess it will be hard for her (to come soon)". He made one last stand by breaking and holding for 3-all.

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.

On Sunday, it was Novak Djokovic.

'I think we have pushed each other to the limit every time we get to play each other. "Today I really am".