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Novak Djokovic Wins His 24th Grand Slam: A Triumph in New York
The wait in New York is over: Novak Djokovic wins the US Open
Novak Djokovic secures his 24th Grand Slam title and wins the US Open for the first time since 2018. Learn about this historic victory and his journey to equalling Margaret Court’s record.
Djokovic Pays Tribute to Kobe Bryant
After sealing his victory, Djokovic paid homage to the late Kobe Bryant, the legendary NBA star who tragically lost his life in a 2020 accident. Djokovic donned a T-shirt bearing Kobe’s likeness and the number “24” – the same number that signifies his remarkable Grand Slam victories. With this win, Djokovic not only strengthened his legacy in men’s tennis but also equaled the record set by Margaret Court, a tennis icon who claimed 24 Grand Slam titles in the women’s division.
Djokovic’s Long Wait for Triumph in New York
Djokovic’s triumph in New York marked a long-awaited return to the winner’s circle. His last victory at the US Open was in 2018, and he didn’t even compete in the 2022 edition. However, 2023 brought renewed hope, and Djokovic’s performance was nothing short of spectacular.
Medvedev’s Determination and Setbacks
On the opposing side of the court, Daniil Medvedev, Djokovic’s formidable rival, aimed to secure his second Grand Slam title, following his victory at the same venue in 2021. Medvedev’s journey to the final included a stunning semi-final performance against defending champion Carlos Alcaraz. However, the Russian’s quest for victory faced an early setback when he missed the start of his fifth Grand Slam final and received a break in his first service game.
Djokovic’s Dream Start
The final began with a dream start for Djokovic, characterized by long baseline duels. Djokovic displayed exceptional skill, offering his opponent little room for maneuver. The game’s intensity escalated towards the end of the first set, with Djokovic confidently sealing it with a score of 6:3.
The Audience and Atmosphere
Initially, the final lacked the grandeur and excitement expected in New York. Both Djokovic and Medvedev were not crowd favorites, and the rallies failed to match the spectacular performance witnessed in Medvedev’s earlier game against Alcaraz. However, the atmosphere shifted at the beginning of the second set when Djokovic earned an emotional outpouring of support. As the pace increased, both players opted for patience over risk, resulting in grueling rallies played in sweltering temperatures. Djokovic, known for his fitness, even collapsed in exhaustion after one particularly demanding rally.
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Mammoth sentence: Djokovic celebrates after 104 minutes
The Russian, who was nine years his junior, seemed fresher in this phase, but Djokovic countered with routine and a fine hand. When he won another mammoth game thanks, among other things, to a wonderful half-volley, the audience was finally at final temperature. Also because Djokovic in particular tried to shorten the rallies, the game was now really worth watching – and Medvedev was mostly in charge.
When the score was 6:5 for the Russian, Djokovic had to fend off a set point and he was also behind in the tiebreak. But he couldn’t be killed: Djokovic unnerved his opponent, who lacked the final consequence, and finally won the second round, which took an incredible 104 minutes (!).
Djokovic complains – and yet triumphs
Medvedev then took a break from treatment and had his shoulder treated. However, the mammoth set he narrowly lost seemed to hang with him; Medvedev now played carelessly and received a break when the score was 1:1. Everything now pointed to Djokovic, who made a mistake in return and loudly scolded himself after the re-break. But the break festival wasn’t over yet: Despite a 30-0 lead, Medvedev carelessly gave away his second serve game in a row – the preliminary decision in the match.
Because once again Djokovic didn’t let his lead be taken away. The Serb has now scored ten points in a row, finished the game seriously and is at the top of the tennis world in every respect: With his 24th Grand Slam title, he not only extended the lead over Rafael Nadal, he stands – that was already certain before the final – from Monday onwards he would be back at number 1 in the world rankings.
Conclusion – Novak Djokovic Wins His 24th Grand Slam
Novak Djokovic’s victory at the 2023 US Open is truly historic. With his 24th Grand Slam title, he now stands alongside Margaret Court as one of the greatest champions in tennis history. The final match was a thrilling showdown that tested both players’ skills, and Djokovic emerged as the well-deserved winner. This achievement cements his legacy as a tennis legend, and we can all celebrate this remarkable milestone in his career. Share with us you high moments in the tournament.