In a stunning display of prowess and endurance, Novak Djokovic triumphed over Daniil Medvedev at the US Open men’s final, securing his record 24th grand slam singles title and matching Margaret Court’s all-time record. The victory not only solidified his place in tennis history but also boosted his career earnings to a staggering $175 million.
The Serbian tennis legend, who is now the world No. 2, avenged his 2021 US Open final loss to Medvedev at Arthur Ashe Stadium. His victory stands testament to his resilience and determination. “It obviously means the world to me,” said Djokovic, adding, “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.”
Djokovic’s performance was an exercise in mastery and control. He dominated the first set, not facing a single break point and hitting 12 winners in nine games. His performance in the second set was equally thrilling, culminating in a nail-biting tiebreak victory. With the momentum in his favor and a fourth US Open title within reach, Djokovic cruised to victory, needing only one championship point to seal the historic title.
This victory makes Djokovic the oldest man to win the US Open singles title in the Open era. He also becomes the first man to win three grand slam titles in a season for the fourth time, replicating his feats in 2011, 2015, and 2021. Moreover, he extends his lead over Spaniard Rafael Nadal (22) and Switzerland’s Roger Federer (20) for most men’s singles titles of all time.
Djokovic’s victory was also a poignant tribute to the late NBA superstar Kobe Bryant. He wore a blue shirt bearing a photo of himself and Bryant with the words “Mamba Forever” emblazoned on the front, an homage to his close friend. “I thought it could be a nice symbolic thing to acknowledge him,” said Djokovic.
Despite his victories, the Serbian tennis star shows no signs of slowing down. “I don’t want to leave the sport if I’m still playing at the top,” he said, adding that he’s looking forward to the Australian Open in January 2024, where he could surpass Court’s record.
This win also marks an incredible end to a year in which Djokovic reached the final of every grand slam. He added two more titles to his collection, after a 2022 in which he could not compete in Australia or the USA due to his decision to remain unvaccinated against Covid-19.
Djokovic’s victory over Medvedev is more than just a testament to his skill and determination. It is a symbol of his resilience, his ability to rebound from adversity, and his unwavering commitment to his sport. As he looks toward the future, the world will be watching to see what new heights this tennis legend will reach.