On Sunday night (10), Novak Djokovic became champion of the US Open 2023 tennis by beating Daniil Medvedev by 3 sets to 0, partials of 6-3, 7-6(5) and 6-3 and reached the historic mark of 24 Grand Slam titles – equaling Australian Margaret Court, who until then held the record alone.
This was Djoko’s fourth title in New York – the others were in 2011, 2015 and 2018. Djokovic was playing in his tenth US Open final. It’s worth remembering that in 2021 Novak was beaten by Medvedev in the US Open final by 3 sets to 0, with a triple 6-4.
With yesterday´s achievement, Djokovic will also regain his number one position in the men’s rankings from this Monday (11). In 2023, the Serb reached the final of four Grand Slam tournaments: he was champion of the Australian Open and Roland Garros, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud, respectively, but lost at Wimbledon to Carlos Alcaraz.
“I do not know where to start. I keep telling myself that I’m living a dream. I came from difficulties in my country in the 90s, especially my parents and getting here. A very expensive sport, not accessible, but my family loves tennis and the resilience of my parents, the people behind it and me is incredible”.
“My children, my wife, that’s why I smile and thank you for success. Making history in this sport is special. There are no words to describe it. When I was 7 or 8 I wanted to be the best in the world and win Wimbledon. I’ve had many dreams, but I never imagined this would be reality. Be part of history”, said Djokovic.
Now, Novak can aim for the absolute record for oldest champion in any Grand Slam tournament, as he ranks fourth in historical terms. The three marks ahead of him were all at the Australian Open, with Ken Rosewall holding two of them and Roger Federer the third. The absolute record could be broken if Djokovic wins the US Open next year.