Novak Djokovic Makes Tennis History at US Open: 24th Grand Slam Title

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Novak Djokovic secured a remarkable victory at the US Open on Sunday, triumphing over Daniil Medvedev with a score of 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in the men’s final. This win expanded Djokovic’s already impressive record of grand slam singles titles to a staggering 24.

The world No. 2 has solidified his status as one of tennis’s all-time greats. His latest achievement puts him on par with Margaret Court for the most all-time grand slam titles, marking a historic milestone in his career.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates by kissing the US Open championship trophy following his victory over Russia's Daniil Medvedev in the men's singles final.

This final was a rematch of last year’s US Open final, where Djokovic suffered defeat at the hands of the third-seeded Medvedev. However, this time, Djokovic managed to turn the tables, claiming victory at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York and making a triumphant return to the United States.

Djokovic expressed his elation after the match, stating, “It obviously means the world to me. I’m really living my childhood dream to compete at the highest level in the sport that has given me and my family so much.”

Playing in front of a star-studded audience, Djokovic displayed his usual dominance in the first set, not allowing a single break point and hitting an impressive 12 winners in nine games. His track record at the US Open when winning the first set was remarkable, with only one previous loss in 73 matches, which occurred in 2016. The second set was a hard-fought battle, culminating in Djokovic’s 7-5 tiebreak victory after an intense hour and 45 minutes. With the momentum firmly in his favor and the prospect of a fourth US Open title just a set away, Djokovic cruised to victory, needing only one championship point to seal the historic title. At 36 years old, he became the oldest man to claim the US Open singles title in the Open era, and this win marked his fourth time winning three grand slam titles in a single season, having previously achieved this feat in 2011, 2015, and 2021.

Daniil Medvedev won the US Open in 2021.

Djokovic’s triumph also extended his lead over Rafael Nadal (22) and Roger Federer (20) for the most men’s singles titles of all time. He spoke about the significance of his accomplishments, saying, “To make history of this sport is truly remarkable and special in every possible meaning of the word special.”

In an emotional moment, Djokovic’s 6-year-old daughter watched the game from the front row, offering her support when he needed it most. Djokovic emphasized the importance of his children witnessing his victories and expressed his determination to continue competing at the highest level.

Fans roared their approval as their favorite player won a key point.

After the win, Djokovic paid tribute to the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant by donning a blue shirt featuring a photo of himself and the Lakers icon with the words “Mamba Forever” on the front, along with Bryant’s iconic number 24 on the back. Djokovic considered Bryant a close friend and credited him for his support during challenging times.

Throughout this year’s grand slam events, Djokovic had opportunities to make history, and he did so by clinching his 24th grand slam title at the US Open. He can now set his sights on surpassing Court’s record at the Australian Open in January 2024.

Reflecting on the significance of each grand slam final, Djokovic acknowledged that every one of them could potentially be his last, given the uncertainties of his career’s remaining years. He remains keenly aware of the importance of each occasion.

Djokovic’s journey to this US Open victory was relatively smooth, with the exception of a tense third-round match where he came back from two sets down. He demonstrated his dominance throughout the tournament, consistently finishing matches in straight sets and minimizing his time on the court.

For Medvedev, reaching the US Open final was the culmination of a successful hard-court season in which he reached five consecutive finals and secured four titles. His powerful serve, shotmaking skills, and tenacity made him a formidable opponent for Djokovic.

In the end, Medvedev summed up the spirit of a grand slam final by stating, “You want to fight ’til the end, you want to win. That’s the kind of spirit expected in a grand slam final.”