Reaction: Players near and far offer congratulations to Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer 'I hope there won't be a player like me or Rafael Nadal'

"I think most of all, the respect they had for other player, they never went over the line and that's something truly unbelievable tonight", Djokovic said at the presentation ceremony. "He's my idol. Pete, I love you". Since the start of Wimbledon, Djokovic has only lost a match and has won two Grand Slam title and the Serb thanked his support system for it.

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.

Law admitted it will be a tough task for Djokovic, with Federer still able to add to his tally of 20 Grand Slams.

Del Potro's sole Grand Slam title came at the U.S. Open in 2009 and he said it had been an emotional journey back to the Flushing Meadows final.

"Of course he can".

"I'm very sad for being a loser today but Novak deserved to take the trophy", said Del Potro, who wept into his hands before being comforted by Djokovic.

Playing on the same court where Sampras claimed his 14th and final Grand Slam crown, Djokovic has endured more disappointment than joy on Arthur Ashe, winning three titles from eight finals.

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Despite not being ranked as high as his contemporaries - Nadal and Federer in the lead up to the US Open, Djokovic was considered as the favourite, and boy, did he live up to the billing! "We all go through our emotions, especially when you're fighting for a Grand Slam trophy", he said.

With the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof closed as heavy rain swept NY, conditions were slow and sluggish.

There was a moment in the match when Del Potro's singing friends managed to distract Djokovic and make him lose his focus but he fought on like a champion and emerged the victor under the closed roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium. Against Djokovic, del Potro is 4-14 in his career, including 0-3 in majors.

The quest to win a second major will have to wait until next year, but del Potro, who turns 30 this month, feels good about his chances with the way his wrist held up over the last two weeks.

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.

He also enjoys an impressive head-to-head record over the 29-year-old Del Potro, winning 14 of their 18 matches. Djokovic broke del Potro early in the set to take a commanding position, but del Potro later broke him back and looked on the verge of taking full control of the match's momentum. But supported by a dozen or so friends from back home, whose "Ole!" choruses rang around the arena, he climbed up the rankings to a career-high No. 3 by thundering his 100 miles per hour (160 kph) forehands and 135 miles per hour (215 kph) serves.

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