Novak Djokovic of Serbia defeated the third seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in straight sets to claim his third US Open men's singles title.
At the prize distribution ceremony “Joker” said, "Maybe 10 years ago I would say I'm not so happy to be part of this era with Nadal and Federer. Today I really am. 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. I owe it to them."
Djokovic, the sixth seed, tamed the Argentine big artillery 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in three hours and 15 minutes on Sunday.
This is Djokovic's second straight Grand Slam singles title this season following Wimbledon 2018 and a 14th overall to tie American Pete Sampras for third all-time.
After earning a third US open title Djokovic said, “Pete Sampras is one of the biggest legends ever to play the game. 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."