Djokovic reigns at the US Open and wins his 24th grand slam

The coveted and dreamed of ‘grand slam’ number 24 is already in Novak Djokovic’s shop window.

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The Serbian genius defeated Russian Daniil Medvedev this Sunday in the final of the United States Open to win his twenty-fourth ‘major’ title, equaling Margaret Court’s legendary record.

In a capital career full of impressive figures and achievements, the 24th grand slam seemed almost utopian for Djokovic, a kind of holy grail.

At the age of 36, the Balkans was to this day tied with Serena Williams – who never managed to reach twenty ‘greats’ no matter how hard she tried – as the male or female tennis player with the most ‘greats’ in the Open Era.

But now Djokovic, who celebrated his victory crying on the court, hugging his daughter and wearing a T-shirt in tribute to Kobe Bryant, not only holds the Open Era record alone, but also shares the all-time record with Court.

Djokovic, who will again be number one in the ATP rankings tomorrow instead of Carlos Alcaraz, defeated Medvedev, the Spaniard’s executioner in the semi-finals, 6-3, 7-6(5) and 6-3 in three hours and 17 minutes.

The one from Belgrade achieved this historic record and also took ‘revenge’ on Medvedev, who defeated him in the final of the 2021 Open and also frustrated his attempt to win the four grand slams in a calendar year.

This is Djokovic’s fourth crown in ten finals at Flushing Meadows.

With Rafa Nadal among the cotton and with Roger Federer already retired, Djokovic has gained a foothold in the debate about who is the best of the ‘big three’ thanks to a brilliant 2023 in which he reached the final of the ‘big four’ has achieved and that he has ended up with three titles: the Australian Open, Roland Garros and now the United States Open.

Only Alcaraz, with his unforgettable victory at Wimbledon, stood in the way of the Serbian conquering four Grand Slams in the same year.

Source: El heraldo

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