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Novak Djokovic wins 3rd US Open title – ties Pete Sampras for third place on all-time slam list

In a battle between two former US Open champions Novak Djokovic beat Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

The win tied Djokovic in third place with Pete Sampras for most major trophies earned in the men’s game. Roger Federer leads with 20 Grand Slam titles, and Rafael Nadal is in second place with 17.

“I’m a student of the sport, of course, as everybody else,” Djokovic said. “I respect history, everyone that has paved the path for me and all of us to be doing what we’re doing, to be part of this wonderful sport.

“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 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,” Djokovic added. “It’s truly incredible when you think about it.”



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