Novak Djokovic bagged a record-extending 24th Grand Slam after defeating Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the final of the US Open.
Two years after Medvedev denied him of the illustrious career Grand Slam on the same very court, Djokovic earned a 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-3 victory over the third seed to claim a fourth US Open crown.
With the win, the 36-year-old moved further clear of Big Three rival Rafael Nadal and equalled Margaret Court’s record for the most Grand Slam singles titles in tennis history.
‘’I am living a childhood dream,” Djokovic said during the trophy ceremony.
“It’s hard to describe. I had a childhood dream to become the best player in the world. I never imagined I would be here talking about 24 Slams.
“To make history on this court is truly remarkable and special, in every way and every meaning of the word special,’’ Djokovic added.
‘’I had a dream when I was seven – I wanted to become the best player in the world and win Wimbledon, that was the only thing I wanted.’’
While it was a fourth title of the season for the Serbian, alongside victories in Melbourne, Paris, and Cincinnati, the victory marks his 96th career title overall.
Djokovic is now also the first man to win three majors in a season on four separate occasions (2011, 2015, 2021, 2023).
“I fell in love with tennis. No one has played tennis in my family before, so it was quite a choice I must say,” Djokovic continued.
“But incredible resilience, just belief from my parents, from all the people around me all these years.
‘’My wife my kids, my team, everyone that is there, this is your trophy as much as it is mine. This is your success. I love you.’’
Djokovic will return to world No. 1 and claim first place in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin as he bids to secure the ATP Year-End No. 1 for a record-extending eighth time.