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Former world number one Djokovic equalled Pete Sampras' haul of 14 slams after outlasting Del Potro 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to lift the trophy for a third time in NY.

In turn, Djokovic spoke of his admiration for the Argentine, who has endured a raft of injuries since his sole Grand Slam title in NY.

Djokovic dominated the first set in front of the 20,000-plus crowd inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium but the crux of the match came midway through the second.

Del Potro, the No. 3 seed from Argentina, advanced in Friday's other semifinal when defending champion Rafael Nadal retired from their semifinal because of a painful right knee after dropping the opening two sets.

Juan Martin del Potro waxed lyrical about Novak Djokovic after the Serb beat him in the final of the US Open on Sunday evening.

"There is a lot of significance of me being now shoulder to shoulder in terms of Grand Slam wins with him".

"I got it after nine years, which is awesome to me because the US Open is my favourite tournament and I'm proud of that".

The WTA is calling for fair treatment of women's players and coaching to be allowed across tennis in the aftermath of the U.S. Open women's final. They went back and forth, through eight deuces and all those break opportunities for del Potro, until he slapped one forehand into the net, and another sailed wide.

We started the tournament by asking the question as to whether the new wave of rising stars on the men's tour could finally start to make their mark on the Grand Slams.

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Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro both said they felt sorry for Serena Williams following the controversial women's singles final.

There may have been no game more important to Djokovic's win or simply entertaining than the eighth game of the second set.

"I was sad for Serena because she's a great champion", Del Potro told reporters.

Djokovic though fought off the noise and Del Potro's challenging tennis to eventually take the second in the tiebreak.

"If you told me in February this year when I got the surgery that I'll win Wimbledon, U.S. Open, and Cincinnati, would be hard to believe", said Djokovic, after pushing his career total to 14 Grand Slams to sit equal third with Pete Sampras on the all-time list. The US Open winners have been crowned. I feel like these guys, rivalries with these guys, matches with Federer and Nadal, have made me the player I am, have shaped me into the player I am today.

The game went to deuce eight times, del Potro had a break chance three times, he nearly made it as Djokovic committed his first double fault of the match.

"I really wish him all the best. I'm glad I managed to do that", Djokovic added.

The second set went into a tie-breaker but Djokovic maintained composure to close it out and make sure he lifted a US Open trophy in his eighth final in NY.

"I grew up playing and thinking that one day I'll be able to do what he does", the former world number one said.

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