Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Djokovic equals 'idol' Sampras with 14th grand slam crown

Djokovic equals 'idol' Sampras with 14th grand slam crown

"But I have my personal opinion that maybe the chair umpire should not have pushed Serena to the limit, especially in a Grand Slam final", Djokovic said according to Sandra Harwitt of USA Today.

[Saturday's] match showcased one of tennis's new stars as well as one of the greatest players of the game.

After his 14th Grand Slam title, we look at just how incredible Novak Djokovic's resurgence back to the top of the men's game has been since the Australian Open.

Amid increasing noise between points and serves, which prompted frequent interventions from chair umpire Alison Hughes, the previously assured Djokovic - who missed the tournament a year ago due to an elbow injury - appeared agitated.

"Of course he can", said Del Potro when asked if Djokovic can claim the record over Federer who is nearly six years his senior.

The Nitto ATP Finals welcomes more than 250,000 fans to The O2 arena annually, as well as generating global viewership figures reaching an average of 95 million viewers each year, as the ATP's best eight singles players and doubles teams compete over eight days at the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world.

The quest to win a second major will have to wait until next year, but del Potro, who turns 30 this month, feels good about his chances with the way his wrist held up over the last two weeks.

But in 2018 - after skipping the tournament in 2017 - he was up against Juan Martin del Potro who was caught somewhere in between Federer 2015 to Wawrinka 2016.

Djokovic's most hard opponent this tournament has been the heat and humidity, so Sunday's cool and wet conditions, resulting in the roof being shut on Arthur Ashe Stadium, were perfectly to his liking.

He was in tears afterward, with both Djokovic and John McEnroe coming over to give him a consoling pat on the shoulder as he sat on his chair waiting for the trophy presentation.

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Bradley was earning his first PGA Tour victory in six years. "I'd have loved to have got there by winning, but today was fun". The final round was played on Monday after persistent rain left the course unplayable on Sunday.

Despite not being ranked as high as his contemporaries - Nadal and Federer in the lead up to the US Open, Djokovic was considered as the favourite, and boy, did he live up to the billing!

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

"He respects everyone", Djokovic said.

The key was his success with a lung-busting 22-shot rally and he pocketed the set when the 29-year-old del Potro netted a forehand.

Djokovic went on to congratulate Del Potro for his achievements despite all the injury trouble and made a massively sporting gesture by saying he knew Del Potro will stand as champion at this podium one day.

He said: "I was crying until now".

"I really wish him all the best".

Nonetheless, Djokovic, who thrives in such situations, showed his class yet again dismantling del Potro, who had been in fine form over the last two weeks in NY.

"I want to keep making history, and make as much as possible", he explained. Barty and Vandeweghe kissed the trophy and won $700,000 for their championship.

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