During the US Open post-match press conference, 24-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic talked about many topics, one of which concerns his origins. Nole explained how, coming from a war-torn country, his family and himself had the odds against him, but the support and sacrifices made by his parents, Srdjan and Dijana, ultimately allowed him to become the champion he and today.
Djokovic told: "The odds were pretty much against me and my family, but, you know, we did it. I say we, because I owe a lot to my family, to my parents who sacrificed so much for me to be here. And that's not a cliché.
I really mean it. It was extremely, extremely difficult with lots of adversities that they had to face and atrocities that when you think about it, you know, the last thing you want to think about is supporting maybe your child in expensive sport."
Djokovic triumphs at the US Open
Two years ago, the Serbian tennis player appeared in the final against Daniil Medvedev to fight for history and win the Calendar Grand Slam, failing due to tension.
Two years later, in exile for the twenty-three Grand Slam champion from the USA, the same opponent and the same desire to write history, but in a different way: the 24th Grand Slam title is being played, which would lead him to become the most successful ever like Margaret Court.
If in 2021 the tension had betrayed him, in 2023 he is lucid, 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.
Once a certain equality has developed over long rallies, the Serbian's extra weapon is the serve and volley: taking advantage of the very distant position in response of the Muscovite tennis player, he uses the external service 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.
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