Quiet as kept, probably because of all the madness surrounding the women’s final, Novak Djokovic dominated his way to a third US Open Championship on Sunday to end the late summer classic.
The win marks a 14th Grand Slam singles title for the Serbian standout, who defeated Juan Martin Del Potro in the finale in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3.
“To have an opportunity to win two Slams in two months, if you told me that in February of this year, that would be hard to believe,” said Djokovic, who also won Wimbledon in July, after the victory.
The win brings Djokovic to a tie with Pete Sampras on the all-time Majors list.
Del Potro, the 2009 US Open Champion, battled a number of injuries to various parts of his body over the last few years. Notably, he reached the semifinals in last year’s US Open, his first Major final four since 2013 in Wimbledon.
Djokovic, classy in victory, says he drew a level of inspiration from Del Potro’s comeback while on his own road to recovery.
Djokovic had been struggling with elbow injuries in late 2017, and had surgery in 2018, sidelining him for an extended period of time before finding his recent success.
“When I had the surgery on my elbow earlier this year, I could truly understand what Juan Martin was going through with his surgeries for two, three years that kept him away from the tour,” said Djokovic. “You learn when you’re down, when you have doubtful moments, when things aren’t working out like you want them, too. I try to take the best out of myself in those moments and thrive on the support.”