In the U.S. Open final on Sunday, Novak Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev to tie Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles victories during the era. Djokovic defeated the Russian in the final of the 2021 tournament, depriving him of the sought calendar Grand Slam, and avenged that loss by winning 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3 to win his fourth title at Flushing Meadows.
The 36-year-old Serbian superstar now has 22 men’s Slam singles trophies, two more than Rafael Nadal, while Roger Federer is two further back with 20.
Djokovic said, “This is your trophy as much as this is mine,” when asked what collecting 24 Slam titles meant to him. He also thanked his parents and extended family for their support throughout the years. He then unbuttoned his jacket to expose a T-shirt with the words “Mamba Forever” and a picture of himself and the late basketball player Kobe Bryant, who famously sported the number 24.
Djokovic stated, “About seven days ago, I considered doing this T-shirt if I won the competition. Up until a few days ago, when I asked my team to assist me in making these shirts, I kept it a secret from everyone.
A Childhood Dream
It obviously means the world to me to win the US Open, says a beaming Djokovic. Living out my childhood dream to compete in the sport at the top level. My family and I have benefited much from it. “We survived a couple of wars in my nation through persevering. My parents made significant sacrifices to help me and allow me to participate in the sport. At the time, it was an extremely expensive and exclusive sport. I developed a liking for tennis,” he claimed. I’m really living my childhood dream to compete at the highest level in the sport that has given me and my family so much.
“My parents and everyone around me have incredible resiliency and faith. This is equally your and my award. This is your achievement.
Runner Up Medvedev
Following the match of U.S. Open, a disgruntled Medvedev expresses his thoughts: “First of all, I want to ask Djokovic what are you still doing here, I mean c’mon? Our third final may not be our last. You’ll probably participate in a lot more of them. However, I do hope you slow down a bit “I believe that my career is not horrible. I mean, you have 24 Grand Slams while I just have 20 titles. Just… wow. I’m happy for you and your group. Second, I was present when I won two years ago. What a wonderful anniversary present, I thought. I most likely ought to have won tonight, but sure (applause from the crowd),” he remarked.
“I’d like to thank my team. I’m hoping we can try it again, or at least once more. My family and everyone who has helped me along this sometimes difficult, sometimes simple, occasionally sad, occasionally wonderful road.