Novak Djokovic 5-3 Juan Martin Del Potro in first set

From 1,042 to US Open final del Potro relishes return to Grand Slam title match

But off the back of a 24-shot rally, Djokovic broke again for 5-3 and he was within tantalising touching distance of his 14th Grand Slam title, just three months after he had left Roland Garros in despair after a shattering quarter-final exit.

Djokovic, 31 years old, overwhelmed Juan Martín del Potro, 29, in an entertaining-and sometimes intense-U.S.

When Juan Martin del Potro won the US Open in 2009, it was unclear whether it was he or Novak Djokovic who would be the biggest threat to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's duopoly.

Djokovic was soon 3-1 up in the second set before Del Potro carved out his first break point of the match to level at 3-3. Djokovic a two-time US Open champ and 13-time Grand Slam victor, was just that much better than Nishikori in a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win to reach his record-tying eighth final in NY.

The sixth seed survived three break points in the following game, an epic that lasted more than 20 minutes, in a pivotal moment.

He had grown frustrated by the pro-del Potro crowd that sang and chanted his name throughout the three-hour, 16-minute match as if it were a soccer game.

Djokovic has now entered the top three of the list of most Grand Slam titles in men's singles tennis history, tied at the third sport with Pete Sampras. The Serbian tennis ace, now ranked 6th in the world, cruised through early rounds of the tournament and will enter the final with a 13-set winning streak, while on the other hand, Potro booked his berth after Rafael Nadal bowed out in the semis owning to his right knee injury.

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"I want to say Pete, I love you, you're my idol", said Djokovic of Sampras.

"Of course he can", said Del Potro when asked if Djokovic can claim the record over Federer who is six years his senior.

It was a magnificent night of tennis from both players, where Djokovic's athleticism, court coverage and tennis brains came out triumphant against Del Potro's big serve and forehand. Not against Djokovic, who always seemed to have all the answers.

Even Del Potro accepts that the odds are on Djokovic's side. That prompted to chair umpire Alison Hughes to chastise them. He made one last stand by breaking and holding for 3-all.

Djokovic then got right back to work, and announced that he was, once more, himself by winning Wimbledon.

It took him some time to find the right form, as evidenced by his quarterfinal loss at the French Open to a guy who was ranked 72nd and had never won a Grand Slam match until that tournament.

"I tried to take the best out of myself in those moments and get myself in this position".

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