Novak Djokovic emerged as the victor in an exhilarating and exhausting U.S. Open final, securing his 24th Grand Slam title on Sunday night. The match, which was more closely contested than the straight-set score indicated, saw Djokovic employing every ounce of his energy and employing some serve-and-volley guile to defeat Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
The 36-year-old Serbian tennis star has now moved one step ahead of Serena Williams to become the first player in the Open era, which began in 1968, to win 24 major singles titles. It is worth noting that Margaret Court also holds a total of 24 Grand Slam titles; however, 13 of her wins came before professionals were allowed to compete in these events.
Despite moments of faltering, especially during the grueling 1-hour, 44-minute second set characterized by both tenacity and talent, Djokovic displayed remarkable resilience. After enduring exhausting rallies and grueling points, the seasoned athlete could be seen leaning over with his hands on his knees, using his racket for support, or pausing to stretch his legs.
This victory over Medvedev avenges the latter's triumph over Djokovic in the 2021 final at Flushing Meadows, where the Serb's dream of achieving the first calendar-year Grand Slam in over fifty years was shattered. Djokovic's triumph has also etched his name in history as the oldest male champion at the U.S. Open in the Open era.
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