Novak Djokovic Lifts US Open 2018 Title And Is Now Equal With Pete Sampras Trailing Federer And Nadal

Novak Djokovic is one of the finest players in the world. Recently, Djokovic won against Juan Martin Del Potro in their 19th meeting at Arthur Ashe Stadium to lift the US Open 2018 title on Monday.

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With this title, he has secured his 14th Grand Slam title. It was also his second in a row after Wimbledon 2018. The stats following his tremendous win are as follows:

Djokovic's triumph on Monday was his third championship in New York, along with the ones he secured in 2011 and 2015.

Djokovic is now equal with Pete Sampras to win the third-most majors among men, trailing Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17).

Djokovic has now won eight of the 10 matches between them since 2013, where he won in straight sets in Dubai.

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Del Potro is yet to beat Djokovic in five grand slam meetings.

In head to head records against Del Potro, the Serbian is now ahead by a margin of 15-4. On hard courts, he leads 11-3.

With this win, Djokovic has also equalled Rafael Nadal as the active player with the joint-second most US Open titles (three), after Roger Federer (five).

Djokovic also became the first player to win back-to-back majors since he achieved the feat at the 2016 Australian Open and French Open.

Djokovic's prize money of $3.8 million will see him leapfrog Federer to the top of the prize money won. Djokovic will rise to world number three after this victory.

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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."

Responding to the chants from the crowd for Del Potro, Djokovic said, "This might sound funny, but my nickname is Nole. When they shout "Ole, ole, ole, ole," that's what I hear. "I thought it was electrifying in some stages of the match, especially in the second set when we went toe-to-toe. I had my corner, as well. When the roof is closed, trust me, it’s very, very loud down there. It takes a lot of effort to actually stay poised at this moment. I’m glad I managed to do that."

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by Admin | Mon, Sep 10 - 02:11 PM

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