Former world number one Novak Djokovic has defeated the third seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in straight sets to claim his third US Open men’s singles title on late Sunday night. Djokovic stormed past the big-serve Argentine in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in three hours and 15 minutes.

This is Djokovic’s second straight Grand Slam singles title this season following Wimbledon triumph earlier in July and a 14th overall to tie American Pete Sampras for third all-time. 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 record 20 held by Roger Federer.

For world number three Del Potro, it was a heartbreaking experience coming in just his second Slam final, nine years after he was crowned US Open champion.

Once again the conditions were testing enough for both the players at the iconic Arthur Ashe stadium, however, it was the Serbian who emerged on top after a contest which lasted more than three hours.

Speaking after earning a hard-fought victory, the 31-year old dedicated his herculean effort to his family. He said, “To the support of loved ones. My kids, my wife, my team of people through the difficult times. With my injuries, I felt what Del Potro went through during his difficult times. I tried to take the best out of myself in those moments and thrive of my loved ones to get back into this position.”

“I was hoping Sampras would be here tonight but he’s not so I love you and he is my idol. I just want to congratulate Juan Martin with his injuries and coming back and I know he will be here again with the champion’s trophy,” an elated Djokovic added.

(With Quotes from Agencies)