Novak Djokovic won his fourth US Open and 24th Grand Slam singles title in straight sets over Daniil Medvedev
On Sunday, Novak Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev in straight sets to win his fourth US Open and 24th Grand Slam singles title, avenging his loss to the Russian in the final two years ago. Djokovic, 36, won 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 to become the Open era’s oldest men’s champion in New York and equal Margaret Court’s all-time record for most Grand Slam triumphs. The Serbian is the first player to win three Grand Slam championships in the same season four times, capping his projected return to world number one inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.
To prevent Djokovic from becoming the first man to win all four Grand Slams in the same year since Rod Laver in 1969, Medvedev overcame the Serbian in the 2021 final in straight sets.
Although Djokovic acknowledged feeling overwhelmed at the time, he showed little sign of nervousness as he rapidly grabbed control of Sunday’s championship match.
The second seed quickly established a secure hold, reinforced by successive aces, and broke Medvedev at the first available chance to take the lead 2-0.
Before Medvedev scored in the fourth game, he increased his lead with a third ace.
Until Djokovic put pressure on Medvedev once again when the third seed served down 2-5, the pair traded holds virtually unhindered.
Although Djokovic methodically won the next game, Medvedev fought back twice to avoid set points.
In the semi-finals, Medvedev defeated Carlos Alcaraz, the champion from the previous year, with a “12 out of 10” performance, but he was unable to regularly match that performance against the ruthless Djokovic.
Early in the second set, Medvedev again found himself under pressure, trying to become the first player to defeat the top two seeds en route to the title since 1975.
Before ultimately questioning Djokovic, he was able to hold for a brave hold of 4-3 by striking a sweeping volley to stave off break point.
The very next game, Medvedev received his first break opportunity of the match from a leaping overhead. However, Djokovic reacted by scooping the ball brilliantly on the half-volley to save it.
As Medvedev raised set point, Djokovic faltered on serving at 5-6, committing two double-faults. Djokovic, however, was ready as Medvedev crossed the court and he successfully executed the volley to force a tie-break.
After winning a remarkable rally to go up 5-4, Medvedev appeared to be in control of the match. However, Djokovic won the following three games, seizing the 104-minute second set and edging closer to an unprecedented victory.
After Medvedev awkwardly fell early in the third set, Djokovic volunteered to help him get back up, but when two break points came up shortly after, there was no such generosity.
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Djokovic now leads the match 3-1 after Medvedev pumped a long backhand. He immediately returned the break, but Medvedev stumbled once more, and Djokovic won the match without error before the tears began to flow.