US Open champion Djokovic: ‘I owe Federer, Nadal’

US Open: Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro set for clash in Flushing Meadows showdown

Novak Djokovic believes Juan Martin del Potro will be back on the big stage and winning grand slams after falling short in the final of the US Open on Sunday.

Nadal stayed at No. 1 despite retiring from his semifinal last week, and Federer remained No. 2 after a fourth-round loss in NY.

The tournament in NY saw the big titles going to Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic, but it will be remembered for all manner of controversies and talking points.

As he inches ever closer to joining them in the pantheon of the truly greats, Novak Djokovic says Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal have helped make him the player he is today. It's also Novak's first US Open final after he missed last year's due to elbow injury and now he is back to his best.

Not only had she entered the history books as the first Japanese Grand Slam victor, but she achieved the feat with victory over Williams - her childhood idol - in extraordinary circumstances.

Djokovic has 13 Grand Slam titles, while Del Potro has just one, a U.S. Open championship he wrested from then-defending champion Roger Federer back in 2009. He was someone I was looking up to. "And so, so happy to be playing the final against this magnificent idol".

Djokovic, Nadal and Federer are back on top.

"For me Grand Slam titles stand above anything else in terms of determining factors".

However, speaking after winning his 14 Grand Slam title, Djokovic admitted that the chair umpire changed the course of the game.

Djokovic had never gone through an extended absence until 2017, when he sat out the second half of the season because of elbow pain that had plagued him for more than a year.

A fairytale finish at Flushing Meadows was not to be, however, as former world number one Djokovic's quality shone through.

Seeded to face Federer in the quarter-finals, he found himself instead across the net from John Millman after the unheralded Australian stunned the Swiss great.

Del Potro was looking at having to become the first man since Pancho Gonzales in 1949 to win the USA title from two sets down.

Djokovic would have relished taking on either - or both, although he admits that early in his career that wasn't always the case. And the way he dismantled the big-serving Argentine to win his third US Open was a throwback to the early part of this decade, when he was the impenetrable wall, who became the best returner in tennis.

"I really felt for Serena".

"I feel like the rivalries with these guys, the matches with Federer and Nadal, have made me the player I am, have shaped me into the player I am today". But well done guys, the atmosphere from all of them was unbelievable, the support they gave to both Juan Martin and me.

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