Djokovic wins his 14th career Grand Slam title at US Open

Djokovic wins his 14th career Grand Slam title at US Open

But off the back of a 24-shot rally, Djokovic broke again for 5-3 and he was within tantalising touching distance of his 14th Grand Slam title, just three months after he had left Roland Garros in despair after a shattering quarter-final exit.

Playing on the same court where Pete Sampras claimed his 14th and final Grand Slam crown, Djokovic had endured more disappointment than joy on Arthur Ashe, mining just three titles from eight finals.

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With the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof closed as heavy rain swept NY, conditions were slow and sluggish.

With the victory, Djokovic, 31, re-asserts himself in the greatest of all time debate. After all he had the far bigger game - as demonstrated in the way he blew both Nadal and Federer off the court in that US Open run - and Djokovic had a habit for pulling out of matches with illness and injury.

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. The victory Sunday comes a year after Djokovic sat out the tournament at Flushing Meadows because of an injured right elbow that eventually required surgery.

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"I was playing nearly at my limit all the time, looking for winners with my forehands, backhands, and I couldn't make them because Novak was there every time", Del Potro said. The most common utterance from chair umpire Alison Hughes aside from the score was undoubtedly, "Quiet please, players are ready", as she tried to stifle the rowdy spectators so del Potro and Djokovic could serve.

However, the despair on Sunday belonged to a teary del Potro, who was back in a grand slam final for the first time since his one and only title in NY in 2009. "He's my idol. Pete, I love you".

Djokovic was better than del Potro on their many lengthy exchanges, using his trademark body-twisting, limb-splaying court coverage to get to almost every ball, sneakers squeaking around the blue court in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where the roof was closed because of rain.

Never was that more apparent than the game that stood out on this evening: with Djokovic serving while down 4-3 in the second set.

"When I had a surgery of my elbow earlier this year I could truly understand what Juan Martin was going through with his surgeries for two or three years that kept him away from the tour".

"Of course I'm sad I [lost]", del Potro said. Hard times, but you learn through adversity, " Djokovic said.

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