Djokovic: I owe this to Federer and Nadal

Roger Federer 'I hope there won't be a player like me or Rafael Nadal'

Even his rival for the US Open title, 13-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, has a hard time rooting against del Potro, the 2009 US Open victor who has painstakingly rebuilt his career after years of wrist injuries threatened to derail it.

He will climb above Del Potro to third in the world rankings and could yet overtake Nadal by the end of the season.

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 Rafael Nadal's record of 17 Grand Slams and six short of the all-time record of 20 held by Roger Federer.

He missed last year´s tournament with an elbow injury which sent his career into a mini-crisis. It's the Serb's 14th career Grand Slam singles title-tying Pete Sampras for third all time-and his second consecutive major win, as he triumphed at Wimbledon just two months ago.

"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.

"He fights every match from the first to the last point".

The Big 3 is once again 1-2-3.

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.

Ever since being stretched to four sets in his second round against Tennys Sandgren, Djokovic did not drop a set, demolishing the likes of Federer-slayer John Millman, Kei Nishikori and del Potro en route to the top step of the podium.

But seemingly temporarily distracted by del Potro's supporters getting louder, not to mention the world No. 3's better play, he was broken back for 3-3.

"Difficult times but you learn from adversity. when you have doubtful moments when things are not working out as you want (them) to and I try to take the best out of myself in those moments and thrive on the love and support I receive from my closed ones and get myself in this position", Djokovic expressed.

But in that critical eight deuce game, the three break chances evaporated and Djokovic leveled for 4-4. Later, after winning a point, Djokovic put that finger to his ear, as if to say, "Who are you cheering for now?!"

"I don't think it's (the right) time and place to get into other subjects", he said.

While Streep was beside herself, Jerry Seinfeld had more of a skeptical look.

On Sunday, it was Novak Djokovic.

The win at Flushing Meadows enabled Djokovic to complete a Wimbledon-US Open double after lifting his fourth Wimbledon title earlier this year at the All England Club in London. I don't see it's necessary really to debate that.

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