Novak Djokovic reveals how Roger Federer HELPED him win US Open final

Novak Djokovic reveals how Roger Federer HELPED him win US Open final

Novak Djokovic won his second straight major title and 14th overall, beating Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the U.S. Open.

All that frustration was washed away when he struck the overhead victor to clinch victory over Del Potro, Djokovic falling to his back, arms and legs spread savoring the moment.

An eight-time finalist in NY who had only previously lifted the trophy in 2011 and 2015, the Serbian was made to work hard on Sunday as Del Potro came from a break down in the second and third sets.

The powerful player couldn't hit the ball hard enough with his backhand to threaten top players, let alone the rulers of the sport like Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. We all go through our emotions, especially when you're fighting for a Grand Slam trophy.

Novak Djokovic overcame Juan Martin del Potro 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 in Sunday's final to secure his 14th Grand Slam title.

Over the past eight weeks Djokovic has resembled the player that held all four major titles at the same time in 2016 and the $3.8 million ($AU5.3 million) winner's cheque lifted him above Federer as the leader in career prize money.

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This was Djokovic's third championship in NY, along with those in 2011 and 2015, as he drew even with Pete Sampras on 14 major to be third all time - trailing only Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17). The runner-up, Serena Williams, is back in the top 20 at No. 16, after being No. 26 before the U.S. Open - and outside the top 400 as recently as May, following the former No. 1's time away because she had a baby. That put the 29-year-old Argentine back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since his breakthrough nine years ago.

Djokovic also leads Del Potro 14-4 in their head-to-head encounters. He got to the finals of the US Open in 2007, there have been 48 Grand Slam tournaments since then including this one, he has been in the finals of 25 (23, footnote) of them.

Del Potro - the third seed - had earlier lauded Djokovic, telling ESPN: "So happy to play in the final against this magnificent idol".

To his credit, Del Potro rallied again to recover a break in the third set, but Djokovic was simply too good and sealed the match with a smash before collapsing in delight.

Del Potro's sole Grand Slam title came at the U.S. Open in 2009 and he said it had been an emotional journey back to the Flushing Meadows final. "I think that's why people love him".

"Difficult times, but you learn through adversity, " Djokovic said. Since the start of Wimbledon, Djokovic has only lost a match and has won two Grand Slam title and the Serb thanked his support system for it. He depended on his hometown friends, a group of whom have been in NY throughout the fortnight to lead cheers in Arthur Ashe Stadium, and worked his way back to the final at his favorite ATP Tour event.

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