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With title, Novak Djokovic enters grand company

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Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, kisses the trophy after defeating Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, during the men's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) © AP Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, kisses the trophy after defeating Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, during the men's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

NEW YORK — There was very little uproar on the court. The only arguing to be done was over where Novak Djokovic now stands among tennis’s all-time greats.

Djokovic won the US Open title Sunday in straight sets over Juan Martin del Potro, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

Djokovic won his third US Open title, his second straight Grand Slam title this season, and 14th overall to tie Pete Sampras for third all-time.

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It’s was del Potro’s first major final since he won his only one in the 2009 US Open by beating Roger Federer.

Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, reacts after winning a point against Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, during the men's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) © AP Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, reacts after winning a point against Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, during the men's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

The match was played with the roof closed at Arthur Ashe Stadium because of rain.

Djokovic won a tiebreaker to take the 95-minute second set.

It appeared it could be easier when Djokovic broke del Potro in the second game of the set and led, 3-1. But then he was broken in his next game.

Del Potro held at love and had chances for another break on his next opportunity before Djokovic finally held to end a 22-point game that lasted more than 20 minutes.

Novak Djokovic, who missed last year’s US Open with an injured right elbow, has now won the last two Grand Slam events. © Al Bello/Getty Images Novak Djokovic, who missed last year’s US Open with an injured right elbow, has now won the last two Grand Slam events.

Del Potro had a 3-1 lead in the tiebreaker before Djokovic recovered to take it.

Djokovic missed last year’s tournament with an injured right elbow that eventually required surgery, but he is back at the top of his game now and won Wimbledon in July.

Earlier, Thiago Seyboth Wild of Brazil beat Lorenzo Musetti, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2, to win the US Open junior boys championship. Wang Xiyu of China topped Clara Burel, 7-6, 6-2, to win the junior girls title.

Ashleigh Barty and CoCo Vandeweghe won the women’s doubles final, beating Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6, at Arthur Ashe.

The 13th-seeded team of Barty and Vandeweghe knocked of the No. 3 and No. 1 teams en route to their first Grand Slam doubles title as a team. They hadn’t even dropped a set over that run until Babos and Mladenovic got them in the first set Sunday.

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, reacts during a match against Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, in the men's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) © AP Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, reacts during a match against Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, in the men's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The duo saved three championship points in the deciding set in a match that took more than 2½ hours to complete. Barty and Vandeweghe won the second set tiebreaker, 7-2, and won the third, 8-6, to win for the second time in four meetings this season against Babos and Mladenovic.

Vandeweghe, niece of former NBA star Kiki Vandeweghe, became the 17th American woman in the Open era to win the tournament title. The team had previously won the Miami Open in March. But winning at Ashe is as big as it gets. Barty and Vandeweghe kissed the trophy and won $700,000 for their championship.

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