Novak Djokovic did it his way! The mighty Serb secured his 24th Major crown on Sunday night in New York, extending his incredible record and cementing his GOAT status again. Novak defeated Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the US Open final, celebrating in New York for the fourth time, the first in five years!
During one of the post-match interviews, Djokovic sang the famous song My Way, popularized by the New Jersey native Frank Sinatra. Novak did it terribly, but more importantly, there was nothing wrong with his tennis, overcoming a formidable opponent 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in three hours and 17 minutes to deliver his 24th Major title.
At 36 years and three months, Djokovic became the oldest US Open champion, passing Ken Rosewall's record and hoping to defend the title in 12 months, rejecting any retirement plans. It was a titanic battle between two of the world's finest hard courters, with the second set lasting an hour and 45 minutes despite only four games with deuces!
Novak saved a set point on serve in the 12th game, claimed the tie break and brought the victory home in the third set, mighty relieved after finishing the job in straight sets. Djokovic served at only 54%, struggling to find the first serve and hitting six double faults.
However, the Serb faced only three break chances, losing serve once in the third set but recovering promptly to seal the deal. Novak grabbed 21 points more than Daniil, landing 38 winners and 35 unforced errors and controlling his strokes beautifully against the rival who refused to surrender.
Djokovic made a perfect start in his 36th Major final, breaking Medvedev at love in the second game and moving 3-0 in front in no time. The Russian stayed within one break deficit with two fine holds before experiencing two set points at 2-5.
Daniil denied them and prolonged the action before Novak wrapped up the opener with a hold at 15 at 5-3. The second set lasted an hour and 45 minutes, going down to the wire and standing as one of the most extended ones of Novak's career.
Novak Djokovic secured his 24th Major crown at the US Open.
Medvedev stayed calm and pushed Djokovic to the limits, wasting his chance and falling two sets to love behind. 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, experiencing the first break chance of the match. Djokovic denied it brought the game home after four deuces to lock the result at 4-4. There were four deuces on Novak's serve in the 12th game, serving to stay in the set and offering Daniil a set point.
Djokovic denied it with a valiant net rushing and a volley winner, introducing a tie break and giving everything to prevail. Daniil led 3-1 before Novak climbed back, stealing the breaker 7-5 after the rival's backhand error and gaining a massive confidence boost.
Djokovic served well at the start of the third set, securing a break in game four and opening a 3-1 advantage. Medvedev pulled it back in the next one, fighting like a lion and seeking a notable comeback. Instead, Novak broke him for the second straight time in the sixth game, opening a 4-2 gap and looking good to seal the deal from there.
Djokovic served for his 24th Major crown in game nine and held after Medvedev's loose forehand, exchanging nice words with his opponent and sprinting to celebrate with his family and team.
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