Stars hail Djokovic's feat of equalling Sampras' all-time record

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
Novak Djokovic claims his 14th Grand Slam title with the US Open win
Novak Djokovic claims his 14th Grand Slam title with the US Open win

Congratulatory messages have been pouring in thick and fast for Novak Djokovic for winning his third  US Open title with emphatic victory in the final on Sunday.

After 14 days of tennis, the US Open finally ended Djokovic overcoming a 95-minute set, the longest of the tournament, to beat Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

The Serbian by that victory, tied Pete Sampras for third place on the all-time Grand Slam list with 14. He has now won Wimbledon and the US Open in the same year on three occasions (2011, 2015 and 2018).


Novak Djokovic over the moon with joy for winning his third US Open title and an overall 14th Grand Slam title

 

Until Djokovic's victory on Sunday, Pete Sampras held the third all-time record for 14 Grand Slams


"I was hoping Pete Sampras was going to be here tonight," Djokovic said during the awards ceremony. "But he is not. Pete, I love you. You are my idol."

After his latest performance, it's a safe bet Sampras is admiring Djokovic as well -- along with many others. Here's a look at those who expressed congratulations to Djokovic.

The rejuvenated Djokovic produced a magnificent performance against Juan Martin del Potro to claim his third US Open title and equal Pete Sampras' haul of 14 grand slams.

Juan Martin Del Porto and Novak Djokovic after the final game

Injury troubles and personal problems contributed to Djokovic going more than two years without a slam following his 2016 French Open triumph, but he looked back to his brilliant best at Wimbledon in July and again proved the class of the field at Flushing Meadows as he secured a second successive major.

An eight-time finalist in New York 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.

Some of the tweets from the stars:


Billy Jean King @BillieJeanKing
Congratulations to @DjokerNole on a fantastic @usopen Men’s Final! So very proud of all the winners @Bryanbrothers, @JackSock, @CoCoVandey, @ashbar96, @matteksands, @jamie_murray, & all in the Girls, Boys, WC, and WC Quad divisions too. #champions

Gustavo Kuerten@gugakuerten
Congratulations @djokernole!! three-time champion @usopen!! 👏👏 Parabéns! Tricampeão no US Open!! #ATP #Tennis
12:12 AM - Sep 10, 2018


Kevin Anderson@KAndersonATP
.@DjokerNole you better watch out when we get to Chicago 😈 @delpotrojuan let’s get that @LaverCup #TeamWorld

Marion bartoli@bartoli_marion
And that's a WRAP! Congrats to all the @ATPWorldTour and @WTA players for giving their best efforts during 2 amazing weeks of tennis!! Huge congrats to @Naomi_Osaka_ for breaking barriers & winning her 1st grand slam title and to @DjokerNole on sweet 14!!See u next year @usopen
12:31 AM - Sep 10, 2018

Jonas Bjorkman@BjorkmanTennis
Congrats @DjokerNole to your 14th Grand Slam.
Incredible tennis last couple of months.👌 #USOpen2018
12:16 AM - Sep 10, 2018

Nicolas Kiefer@Nicolas_Kiefer
Congratulations @DjokerNole on winning the 2018 @usopen title! What a performance. Unbelievable mental and physical strengths. One of the fittest athlete on tour! All my respect for an amzazing champion. #USOpen #Djokovic
11:43 PM - Sep 9, 2018