Djokovic: I owe this to Federer and Nadal

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Novak Djokovic was thrilled to match Pete Sampras with a 14th Grand Slam title at the US Open yesterday, but he said it's Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who have made him the player he is.

"I didn't expect to get this kind of emotions playing tennis again".

It was Djokovic's 15th win over the Del Potro and fifth in five at the Slams.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses the championship trophy after his match against Juan Mart'n Del Potro of Argentina (not pictured) in the men's final on day fourteen of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Del Potro led the ensuing tiebreaker, 3-1, before Djokovic recovered to win six of the next seven points and wrap up a 95-minunte second set. "I think that's why people love him". "But Novak has everything to make records in this sport".

Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, returns a shot to Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, during the men's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in NY. He was barking at himself, at his entourage, at a crowd vocally supporting his opponent, Juan Martin del Potro.

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.

Just as at the All England Club, principle rivals Federer and Nadal departed NY earlier than expected, paving the way for Djokovic to eat further into their legacy.

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The sixth seed survived three break points in the following game, an epic that lasted more than 20 minutes, in a pivotal moment.

But he had a 4-14 losing record against Djokovic, including four at the Slams - two of them at the US Open in 2007 and 2012.

"I thought it was electrifying in some stages of the match, especially in the second set when we went toe-to-toe".

The "Tower of Tandil" threw it all down, every last weapon he could summon, but Djokovic made sure he fortified his side of the net, a zone that was already an unbreachable wall.

This year, Del Potro has lurked as a major threat, beating Federer for the Indian Wells Masters title and making the semi-finals at Roland Garros and last-eight at Wimbledon.

"You learn from adversity ... when you have doubtful moments when things are not working out as you want (them) to".

When another forehand error cost Del Potro his serve early in the second, all the momentum was with Djokovic. "But at the same time, life showed me that it takes time for good things, it takes time to really build them, for things to fall into place, so you can centre yourself, balance yourself and thrive".

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