Novak Djokovic was excited to coordinate Pete Sampras with a fourteenth Grand Slam title at the US Open on Sunday, however he said it’s Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who have made him the player he is. “Pete Sampras is one of the biggest legends ever to play the game,” Djokovic said in the wake of acquiring a third US Open crown with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 triumph over Juan Martin del Potro. “He was my childhood idol. He was someone I was looking up to. The first actual thing I saw related to tennis on the TV was his first or second Wimbledon championship. That inspired me to start playing tennis.”
“There is a lot of significance of me being now shoulder to shoulder in terms of Grand Slam wins with him.”
It will likewise observe him ascend to number three on the planet behind Nadal and Federer – the rankings again mirroring the “Big Three” status they have shared for so long.
Djokovic had tumbled down the rankings, hindered a year ago by elbow damage and lost certainty that went with a 54-week title dry season.
Since blasting out of the droop with an unforeseen Wimbledon title he has gone from strength to strength, including a hotly anticipated Cincinnati Masters title to his resume before adding the US Open title to those he won in 2011 and 2015.
Djokovic confronted neither of his most prominent adversaries on the way to the title in Flushing Meadows.
Seeded to confront Federer in the quarter-finals, he ended up rather over the net from John Millman after the unheralded Australian shocked the Swiss extraordinary.
Nadal limped out of a semi-final match against Del Potro after two sets.
Djokovic would have savored going up against either – or both, in spite of the fact that he concedes that right off the bat in his profession that wasn’t generally the case.
“Maybe 10 years ago I would say I’m not so happy to be part of this era with Nadal and Federer,” he said.
He required four sets to move beyond 41st-positioned Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in the first round and another to move beyond 61st-positioned American Tennys Sandgren in the second.
He got the pace with straight-sets triumphs over France’s Richard Gasquet, Portugal’s Joao Sousa, Millman and 2014 finalist Kei Nishikori to land at a title tilt with great companion Del Potro.
In the wake of grabbing an early break in the second set, Djokovic all of a sudden wound up on the run, dropping three straight diversions previously he dove in to rescue an administration hold in a 20-minute marathon amusement that went to deuce eight times.
The crowd was thundering for nostalgic most loved Del Potro – close out of Grand Slam finals since his 2009 US Open triumph.
Djokovic said it was the sort of heavyweight conflict he’s found out to grasp.
“This might sound funny, but my nickname is Nole. When they shout “Ole, ole, ole, ole,” that’s what I hear,” he said of the raucous chants for Del Potro. I thought it was electrifying in some stages of the match, especially in the second set when we went toe-to-toe. I had my corner, as well. When the roof is closed, trust me, it’s very, very loud down there. It takes a lot of effort to actually stay poised in this moment.”