Novak Djokovic back on path of greatness with third US Open victory
A clinical dispatch of Juan Martin del Potro brings Djokovic level with Pete Sampras for Grand Slam titles — and puts him well on his way to challenge Roger Federer
New York — Novak Djokovic was once the sick-note Serb whose undoubted promise was at the mercy of a variety of frustrating aches, pains and assorted strains. But with a third US Open title to go with the Wimbledon crown he secured in July he has matched American Pete Sampras on 14 Grand Slam titles and there is little doubt that the 31-year-old is one of the sport’s greats. Djokovic, playing in his eighth US Open final, delivered a businesslike 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 victory over third-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina. Since a quarterfinal exit at Roland Garros left him threatening to skip Wimbledon, he has lost just one match, claiming not only a third title at the All-England Club but also a first Cincinnati Masters title in the build-up to the US Open. From his lowest ranking in 12 years, he continues to rise. Sixth coming into the Open he is projected to rise to three in the world.
Now, Djokovic is three behind Rafael Nadal’s total of 17 Slams, six shy of Roger Feder...