The US Open 2023 has an owner and becomes part of the unrivaled showcase of the tennis player with the most Grand Slam titles in history. Novak Djokovic made his fourth major of the year after defeating (6-3, 7-6, 6-3) in a magical night of tennis against Daniil Medvedev who could not achieve the consistency of the semifinal against Carlos Alcaraz and ended up giving up , in the opposite result to what happened in the 2021 final, against a Djokovic who is confirmed as the king of tennis both today and in history.
Medvedev was a rival for Djokovic but he only lasted three rounds, the minimum to win a Grand Slam match and which were enough for Nole to lift his fourth title in Flushing Meadows. The battle, despite the Serbian’s ‘sweep’, was titanic at times, almost all of them in a second set in which the one who will be the number one in the world – again – since Monday, was against the ropes, but made a historic exercise of resistance to first force the tie-break and then take it, taking advantage of Daniil’s doubts.
In the first and third sets, the story was different and Djokovic’s solidity made the difference over the instability of a Medvedev who, for different reasons, began and ended anxiously a match that allows him to be part of a new chapter in history. of tennis, the work of Novak Djokovic, although from its most bitter side.
Wow. Wow. Wow.
What a point from Medvedev and Djokovic. pic.twitter.com/ACead1jHzF
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 10, 2023
Djokovic, who had been lucky in the form of a simple draw until the final, had the lesson learned after what happened in the 2021 US Open final, in which he lost to the best Medvedev, and after taking the last few notes on the visualization of the semifinal between the Russian and Alcaraz, he acted in accordance with a plan that was outstanding, of pure wear and tear and survival, until lifting his 24th Grand Slam after three hours and 12 minutes from the end.
More offensive than on other occasions and adding the serve-volley to his repertoire, almost forced by Medvedev’s extremely backward position, Djokovic knew how to perfectly choose his position in moments of dominance, as well as in the second set stretch in in which his physical strength was fair, with Medvedev squeezing each ball in search of an equalizer. In what is already the longest set in the entire history of the US Open –1 hour and 45 minutes–, Nole emerged victorious because he never gave up and took the battle to his field, specifically a tie-break in which it is practically infallible.
Medvedev was not the one who defeated Alcaraz
A fierce fight of styles was expected and we got it, although Medvedev’s display is worth little if we put it in the balance together with what was shown in the semifinal against Alcaraz. Daniil did not correct his mistakes – position on the rest and performance at the net – and although he made it clear that his weapons from the bottom are of mass destruction, he was not able to damage Djokovic with his blows as he had. made before Carlitos. That and the experience of Nole, who does have the maturity in these matches that the Spaniard, as is logical due to his age and he himself acknowledged, lacks, made the difference in a final that closes the circle of the Grand Slam tournaments in 2023 with three wins for what is, for many, the best tennis player of all time.
Novak Djokovic, the greatest
Djokovic, after an intense fight, at the age of 36, wins what is his 24th Grand Slam title, in a US Open that he had won three times to date in nine finals played. Therefore, the cursed place among the Grand Slams for the Serbian is no longer such, and along the way, he exacts revenge against his executioner in 2021, makes up for the defeat against Alcaraz at Wimbledon and confirms that there is no one like him in the history of tennis, at least as far as great titles are concerned.
Novak hoists the 🏆 once again in New York! pic.twitter.com/LmZGzxT4Tp
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 11, 2023
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