Djokovic was thrilled to match Sampras with a 14th Grand Slam title at the US Open Sunday, but he said it's Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who have made him the player he is.
For quite some time after that Djokovic looked towards Del Potro's singing friend with utmost anger, unable to get them out of his head and that showed on the court.
Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, celebrates after defeating Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina. Djokovic is now tied with Sampras on number three in the list of players winning most number of grand slam titles in men's singles titles.
Newly-crowned US Open champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka have jumped up in the recent tennis rankings. "I'm very sad for being a loser today. I really do", said Djokovic, who gave his pal a hug at the net, and then went over to console del Potro as he wiped away tears at his sideline seat. "But I was playing nearly at the limit all the time, looking for winners with my forehands, backhands, and I couldn't make it because Novak was there every time". That victory established a career Grand Slam for the Serb, completing his collection of winning at least once at each of the four Slams. "I don't know when will be my last tournament in this career, but I'm excited to keep surprising myself doing things like this".
It was the ninth consecutive slam semi-final that the 31-year-old has won and sends him through to a 23rd final.
There may have been no game more important to Djokovic's win or simply entertaining than the eighth game of the second set.
Speaking at the post game press conference, Australia's latest sporting hero was proud of how he performed, before pointing to criticism he was bound to receive from cyberbullies online.
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