Not just eternal glory: Novak Djokovic achieved another very important, concrete and tangible result at the US Open 2023. The Serbian champion, by winning the tournament, also won the highest prize money of the New York Slam, taking home a truly remarkable figure.
We recall the total prize money for the tournament was $65 million. We are talking about an 8% increase from 2022. As a champion, Djokovic got a prize money of $3 million, a 15% increase from 2022. Daniil Medvedev got $1.5 million.
Instead, the semifinalists Carlos Alcaraz and Ben Shelton each got $775k.
Eternal glory for Novak Djokovic in New York
Nole is solid, at times unplayable. Thus Novak Djokovic wins the 24th Slam, the fourth title of the US Open, defeating Daniil Medvedev in the final with the result of 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
Having developed a certain parity on the long rallies, the Serbian's extra weapon is the serve and volley: taking advantage of the Russian tennis player's very distant position in response, he uses the outside serve to master the net.
A fundamental key also and above all when fatigue looms, in a second set played at otherworldly levels, closed with yet another tiebreak won by Djokovic. In the third, the two decline, but the mental energy of number one makes the difference.
Two years of US exile later, Djokovic avenged his previous defeat, beat Medvedev and equaled Margaret Smith's record for the number of Slams won in a singles event. 24 Slams, a record that had lasted since the 1973 US Open.
50 years after that record, Djokovic became the most successful tennis player of all time in a singles event, together with the Australian tennis player. At the press conference he said: "As a 36-year-old competing against 20-year-olds, I probably have to keep my body in shape, to be able to recover so I can perform at the highest level consistently.
But I guess you could say I'm a perfectionist. I know I'm not the only one. I know there are many great champions in different sports who thrive on this kind of approach to perfecting themselves, their approach, their game, their performance, their recovery, every single day.
That's why LeBron James continues to move forward at his age, or Tom Brady, you know, greats like him, who are an inspiration."
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