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Highlights US Open 2018 Men's final: Novak Djokovic wins 14th Grand Slam championship against Juan Martin Del Potro

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Highlights US Open 2018 Men's final: Novak Djokovic wins 14th Grand Slam championship against Juan Martin Del Potro

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Sept 10, 2018 - 06:16 (IST)

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Sept 10, 2018 - 06:12 (IST)

The 2018 Men's Grand Slam winners!

Sept 10, 2018 - 06:11 (IST)

The 2018 Women's Grand Slam winners!

Sept 10, 2018 - 06:03 (IST)

The 2018 US Open champions!

Sept 10, 2018 - 05:56 (IST)

Novak Djokovic's 14 Grand Slam titles

Sept 10, 2018 - 05:34 (IST)

2018 US Open champion Novak Djokovic speaks

I want to attribute this win to the support of my loved ones. To my kids, wife and my small team who have been there with me. When I had my surgery on my elbow, I realised what Juan Martin was going through and I tried hard to get back into this position.

On 14th Grand Slam title and tying with Pete Sampras on all-time list: I was hoping he was going to be here tonight but he's not so I just want to say, I love you Pete and I hope to see you soon.

On Del Potro: I also want to say congratulations to Juan Martin for what he has done over the past four-five years coming back from his wrist injuries and to have faith and belief in himself. I know that he will return here and become champion again.

On the fans: It felt like a football match with Argentine fans on one side and Serbian fans on one side. The fans were excellent and were supportive of both players and never went over the line.

Sept 10, 2018 - 05:32 (IST)

Juan Martin Del Potro speaks

On what he would say to his fans: It's not easy to speak right now, but I love you too guys. I'm so happy to be playing in the final against this magnificent idol. He's one of my friends and I want to watch him win titles. I'm sad to lose but I'm happy for him and his team.

On coming back after his wrist injuries: I never gave up during my wrist problems. I was trying to get through my injuries to return and it took nine years, but I'm here. The US Open is my favourite tournament.

Sept 10, 2018 - 05:19 (IST)

Novak Djokovic wins 2018 US Open title

Juan Martin Del Potro is in tears. The Argentine slumps on his seat and wraps a towel around his head and weeps. Djokovic, back after celebrating with his team, spends some time with Del Potro. 

Sept 10, 2018 - 05:16 (IST)

The moment when Novak Djokovic won his third US Open title

Sept 10, 2018 - 05:15 (IST)

Novak Djokovic is the 2018 US Open champion!

Djokovic beats Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3

He has done it! Novak Djokovic beats Juan Martin Del Potro to win his third US Open title and ties Pete Sampras in third place for most Grand Slams won with 14 to his name. Brilliant comeback by Djokovic in 2018. Struggled at the Australian and French Opens but roared back to claim the Wimbledon crown and adds the US Open title to cap off a stunning year. 

Preview: Novak Djokovic can equal Pete Sampras's record of 14 Grand Slam titles when he faces Juan Martin del Potro in Sunday's US Open final where friendship will be put to one side in pursuit of unfinished business.

Djokovic is into his eighth final in New York where he was champion in 2011 and 2015.

But the 31-year-old Serb has also suffered five heartbreaking defeats in 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2016.

Del Potro won his only Slam at the tournament in 2009, memorably defeating Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer back-to-back to achieve the goal.

His career then famously suffered an injury-plagued nosedive which pushed him to the brink of retirement three years ago.

For Djokovic, another appearance in the final at Flushing Meadows looked unlikely just three months ago.

A quarter-final defeat at Roland Garros, where he had completed the career Grand Slam in 2016, left him in deep despair, threatening even to skip Wimbledon.

It was the latest setback to his motivation already dealt bodyblows by an elbow injury which forced him to skip last year's US Open and contributed to a last-16 exit at January's Australian Open.

But the man hardened by the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999 showed his inner steel by confounding everybody by racing to a fourth Wimbledon title in July.

Just as at the All England Club, principle rivals Federer and Nadal departed New York earlier than expected, paving the way for Djokovic to eat further into their legacy.

Almost perfect

As well as going level with Sampras on Sunday, a win for Djokovic would put him just three majors behind Nadal and six back from Federer who is six years older.

After needing two four-setters in the opening two rounds, Djokovic has glided into the final, his 23rd at the Slams.

He has dropped serve just five times – three of those coming in the first two rounds.

He also enjoys an impressive head-to-head record over the 29-year-old Del Potro, winning 14 of their 18 matches.

That includes all four meetings at the Slams.

"He's a gentle giant," said Djokovic of his giant Argentine opponent.

"He nurtures the right values in life. He cares about his family. He cares about his friends. He respects everyone.

"He fights every match from the first to the last point. He treats others the way he wants others to treat him. I think that's why people love him."

Del Potro will be playing in just his second final at the majors.

When he swept to the 2009 title in New York, he was just 20 years old and expected to establish himself as a permanent rival to Djokovic, Federer and Nadal.

But as those three carved up the Slams between them – 50 in total – Del Potro spent more time on the operating table than on the courts.

Three wrist surgeries caused him to miss 10 Grand Slam events and by the end of 2015, his world ranking had plummeted to 581.

"The worst moment was in 2015 when I was close to quitting because I couldn't find a way to fix my wrist problems," he said.

"I was suffering a lot. I got depressed for a couple of months also."

This year, Del Potro has lurked as a major threat, beating Federer for the Indian Wells Masters title and making the semi-finals at Roland Garros and last-eight at Wimbledon.

"I didn't expect to get this kind of emotions playing tennis again. Reaching finals, winning titles, having my highest ranking ever in this moment, everything is almost perfect," he said.

With inputs from Agencies.

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