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Djokovic wins US Open, equals Sampras tally
Novak Djokovic clinched his third US Open title on Sunday with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 triumph over Juan Martin del Potro, taking him level with Pete Sampras's mark of 14 Grand Slams.
Djokovic, playing in his eighth final in New York and already the champion in 2011 and 2015, is now just three Slams behind Rafael Nadal and six back from the all-time record 20 held by Roger Federer.
It was also the third time the 31-year-old Serb -- who missed last year's tournament with an elbow injury which sent his career into a mini-crisis -- completed the Wimbledon-US Open double.
‘I want to say Pete, I love you, you're my idol,’ said Djokovic of Sampras.
‘To the support of the loved ones, my kids, my wife, my small team of people that has been there with me through difficult times as well,’ added the Serb who underwent elbow surgery after the Australian Open in January.