Novak Djokovic leaves Roger Federer behind for good!

Novak Djokovic claimed three Major titles this season to pass Roger Federer

by Jovica Ilic
Novak Djokovic leaves Roger Federer behind for good!
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Winning three Majors in a single season is an exclusive feat reserved for some of the most decorated players in the Open era. Before 2004, only Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors and Mats Wilander achieved that, with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic joining in the previous 19 years.

Federer and Djokovic top the charts, lifting three Major titles in a single season more often than their rivals and standing toe to toe ahead of 2023. Novak set the bar higher following a brilliant campaign in the current season, collecting three Major crowns for the fourth time!

Federer did that three times in his glory years between 2004 and 2007. Djokovic joined the list in 2011, repeating the feat in 2015 and matching Federer in 2021. Novak scored 27 wins in 28 Major matches this season, stopping the clock at 36 and completing the record-breaking fourth season with three Major crowns.

The Serb conquered the Australian Open and Roland Garros before losing the Wimbledon final to Carlos Alcaraz. Novak bounced back at the US Open, winning his first crown in New York and celebrating the record-extending 24th Major title.

Djokovic played against Daniil Medvedev in the title clash and prevailed 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in three hours and 16 minutes. Novak endured the physical issues, changing tactics and doing enough to move over the top in straight sets.

The Serb served at 54%, but no one noticed that after losing serve once from three chances offered to the Russian. Djokovic had to give everything to place 38 winners against the rival who covered the court beautifully, taming his strokes nicely and emerging as a well-deserved winner.

Novak opened his 36th Major final with a break at love in game two after Daniil's wild forehand. Medvedev denied two set points on serve in the eighth game before Djokovic wrapped up the opener with a hold at 15 a few minutes later for 6-3 after 48 minutes.

The second set lasted an hour and 45 minutes, standing as one of the most extended ones of Novak's career.

Novak Djokovic is the only player with three Major titles in four seasons.

Medvedev made a fresh start and battled hard, with many exchanges passing the 20th or 30th shot.

Daniil wasted his chance and fell two sets to love behind, finding himself in an adamant position. Novak served perfectly in the early stage, and the set could have reached two hours without that! World no. 2 missed a break chance at 3-3 and squandered game points in the next one to experience the first break chance of the match.

Djokovic denied it with a half-volley winner, bringing the game home after four deuces and locking the result at 4-4. There were four deuces on Novak's serve in the 12th game while serving to stay in the set, offering Daniil a set point and increasing the drama.

Djokovic denied it with a valiant net rushing and a volley winner, introducing a tie break. Daniil led 3-1 before Novak climbed back, working hard and stealing the breaker 7-5 after the rival's backhand error for a massive confidence boost after two and a half hours of a grueling battle!

Djokovic served well at the start of the third set, securing a break in game four and opening a 3-1 advantage after Medvedev's wayward backhand. The Russian pulled it back in the next one, delivering his only return game and seeking a comeback.

Instead, Novak broke him for the second straight time in the sixth game, opening a 4-2 gap and serving for the title at 5-3. Djokovic held after Medvedev's loose forehand, celebrating another magical moment of his glorious career and accumulating more records and achievements.

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