On Sunday September 9, Novak Djokovic won the US Open for the third time in his career - after his titles in 2011 and 2015 - with victory over Argentinian player Juan Martin del Potro in three sets 6-3 7-6 6-3.
With this win, he has equaled Pete Sampras's mark of 14 Grand Slams. Roger Federer leads with 20 Grand Slam titles, and Rafael Nadal shows off 17 in the museum at his academy in Manacor, Spain.
The 31-year-old produced a ruthless display as he recorded a 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 victory at Flushing Meadows in NY.
But with consecutive major trophies at Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows, where he beat Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets in Sunday's final, Djokovic returns to the top three after being out of that range since June 2017.
The 29-year old then missed a golden opportunity in game eight, failing to take one of three break chances during a 20-minute game that saw Djokovic jeered by spectators as he approached the umpire mid-game to complain about the balls, the packed crowd sensing he was just playing for time.
Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro have begun their U.S. Open matchup between a pair of past champions. "I'm sad because I lose but I'm happy for Novak". The runner-up, Serena Williams, is back in the top 20 at No. 16, after being No. 26 before the U.S. Open - and outside the top 400 as recently as May, following the former No. 1's time away because she had a baby. Victory also means that 50 of the last 55 majors have been win by the "Big Four" of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray.
It was only the second set dropped by the Argentine at the tournament.
This is Djokovic's second straight Grand Slam singles title this season following Wimbledon 2018 and a 14th overall to tie American Pete Sampras for third all-time.
Alfie Hewett completed the wheelchair double after success in the doubles with Gordon Reid on Saturday, defeating Japan's Shingo Kunieda 6-3 7-5 to win his second slam singles title.
Federer and Nadal have made me the player I am today. He played a great match, a very smart game.
This time a year ago Djokovic was injured and uncertain about his future direction. "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".
"I believe he'll be here again with the champion's trophy".
It was a brief request, though, unlike her many other pleas for quiet, mainly as fans were shouting and chanting and clapping in support of del Potro.
This was not that day, although even at his absolute best he would have struggled to hold off Djokovic on this form.
He has been the dominant player of the summer and could now end the year as the world number one.