US Open: Djokovic triumphs, picks up 14th Grand Slam title

It is the Serb’s 14th Grand Slam singles title — tying with Pete Sampras for third all time — and his second consecutive Major win, following his Wimbledon triumph earlier this year. 

Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the US Open trophy after beating Juan Martin del Potro in the final.   -  Getty Images

Novak Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-3 at the US Open championship on Sunday, picking up his third title at Flushing Meadows.

It is the Serb’s 14th Grand Slam singles title — tying with Pete Sampras for third all time — and his second consecutive Major win, following his Wimbledon triumph earlier this year. 

The sixth seed played a far more superior game than World No. 3 del Potro, who was in his first Grand Slam final after he won the title in 2009.

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Djokovic held nerve through crucial moments — including a 20-minute, 22-point game in the second set — and pulled through. del Potro's searing forehands were no match for Djokovic, whose excellent court coverage and trademark body-splits made him get to every ball shot at him. 

“Of course I'm sad that I lost,” del Potro said. "But I'm happy for Novak and his team. They deserve to win.''

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Speaking on his tie with Sampras, Djokovic said, “I was hoping he was going to be here, but he's not. He’s my idol. Pete, I love you.” 

A year after missing the U.S. Open because of an elbow injury, Djokovic has reasserted himself back into being the best. 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN 
Novak Djokovic [6] bt Juan Martin del Potro [3] 6-3 7-6 [7-4] 6-3

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS 
Djokovic - 32/38
Del Potro - 31/47

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS 
Djokovic - 1/2
Del Potro - 6/1

BREAK POINTS WON 
Djokovic - 4/7
Del Potro - 2/6

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE 
Djokovic - 63
Del Potro - 64

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE 
Djokovic - 68/59
Del Potro - 67/50

TOTAL POINTS 
Djokovic - 111
Del Potro - 96