The victory added to his wins on the Australian and French Opens earlier this 12 months
Novak Djokovic secured his fourth US Open title on Sunday (10) by defeating Daniil Medvedev in straight units, concurrently clinching his twenty fourth Grand Slam singles title, an achievement that solidifies his standing as the best tennis participant in historical past.
The 36-year-old Djokovic received 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 to develop into the oldest males’s champion in New York within the Open period and match Margaret Court docket’s all-time mark for many Grand Slam victories.
“I don’t know the place to begin. It clearly means the world to me,” mentioned Djokovic, carrying a white jacket with the quantity 24 on his chest throughout the trophy presentation.
“It’s laborious to explain. I’m actually residing my childhood dream to compete on the highest stage on this sport.
“I by no means imagined I’d be standing speaking about 24 Grand Slams however the final couple of years I’ve felt I’ve an opportunity and I’ve a shot at historical past and why not seize it.”
The Serbian is the primary man to win three Grand Slam occasions in the identical season 4 instances, crowning his impending return to world primary in essentially the most becoming of the way inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The victory added to his wins on the Australian and French Opens earlier this 12 months, with the one blemish his five-set defeat to Carlos Alcaraz within the remaining of Wimbledon in July.
“, some people who find themselves born, he’s a genius. He’s certainly one of type. Not too many individuals on this world like him in sport-wise,” mentioned Djokovic’s coach, Goran Ivanisevic.
“This is likely one of the largest achievements within the sport historical past.”
Medvedev suffered his fourth loss in 5 Grand Slam finals, all of which had been in opposition to Djokovic or Rafael Nadal.
“Initially, I need to ask Novak: What are you continue to doing right here? Come on!” quipped Medvedev.
“I don’t know when you’re planning to decelerate a little bit bit.
“I imply, 24. I really feel like I’ve not a nasty profession and I’ve 20 titles. You could have 24 Grand Slams. Wow.”
Medvedev defeated Djokovic in straight units within the 2021 remaining to forestall the Serbian from turning into the primary man to win all 4 Grand Slams in the identical 12 months since Rod Laver in 1969.
Djokovic admitted to feeling overwhelmed on that event, however there was little proof of nerves as he shortly took command of Sunday’s championship match.
The second seed — who missed final 12 months’s US Open due to his refusal to be vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19 — burst out of the gate with a assured maintain sealed by successive aces and struck on the first alternative, punishing Medvedev for a double-fault to interrupt for a 2-0 lead.
A 3rd ace consolidated his benefit earlier than Medvedev bought on the board within the fourth recreation.
The pair traded holds largely untroubled till Djokovic once more put stress on Medvedev because the third seed served down 2-5.
Medvedev dug in to twice stave off set factors, however Djokovic calmly made the set his within the following recreation.
– Second set grind –
Medvedev dethroned final 12 months’s champion Alcaraz with a “12 out of 10” efficiency within the semi-finals, however he struggled to duplicate his best possible constantly in opposition to an imperious Djokovic.
Making an attempt to be the primary participant to beat the highest two seeds en path to the title since 1975, Medvedev as soon as extra repeatedly discovered himself below the pump early within the second set.
He was ready to withstand, hitting a sweeping volley to battle off break level as he secured a gutsy maintain for 4-3 earlier than lastly asking questions of Djokovic, who was exhibiting indicators of fatigue.
A leaping overhead gave Medvedev his first break likelihood of the competition the very subsequent recreation, however Djokovic responded with a superb scoop on the half-volley to put it aside.
Djokovic wobbled serving at 5-6, double-faulting twice as Medvedev introduced up set level. However Djokovic was ready as Medvedev went cross-court, and put away the volley to drive a tie-break.
Medvedev appeared to have the momentum on his facet after successful an astonishing rally to nostril 5-4 forward just for Djokovic to bag the following three factors, snatching a marathon 104-minute second set and shutting in on a historic triumph.
“Ought to have received it,” Medvedev mentioned of the second set. “Ought to have received it, however generally tennis shouldn’t be that straightforward.”
Djokovic sportingly supplied to assist Medvedev to his toes after the Russian took an ungainly tumble early within the third set, however there was no such goodwill when two break factors took place quickly after.
Medvedev pumped a backhand lengthy handy Djokovic a 3-1 benefit. He gave the break straight again, however Medvedev faltered once more and there was no mistake second time round as Djokovic wrapped up the title earlier than the feelings streamed out.