Novak Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev in straight sets on Sunday to win his fourth US Open and 24th Grand Slam singles title and avenged his loss to the Russian in the final two years ago. Djokovic, who won 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, became the oldest men’s champion in New York and equalled Margaret Court’s all-time record for most Grand Slam wins.
The 36-year-old is the first man to win three Grand Slam events in the same season four times, crowning his impending return to world number one. In 2021, Medvedev defeated Djokovic in straight sets in the final to prevent the Serbian from becoming the first man to win all four Grand Slams in the same year since Rod Laver in 1969.
The second seed burst out of the gate with a confident hold sealed by successive aces and struck at the first opportunity, punishing Medvedev for a double fault to break for a 2-0 lead, as reported by news agency AFP. His advantage was consolidated by a third ace before Medvedev got on the board in the fourth game.
The two players traded holds largely untroubled until Djokovic again put pressure on Medvedev as the third seed served down 2-5. Medvedev dug in to twice stave off set points, but Djokovic calmly made the set his the following game.
Medvedev, who defeated last year’s champion Carlos Alcaraz with a “12 out of 10” in the semi-finals, was seen struggling to repeat his very best consistently against Djokovic. Medvedev once more repeatedly found himself under the pump early in the second set.
He was able to resist, hitting a sweeping volley to fight off a break point as he secured a hold for 4-3 before finally asking questions of Djokovic. A leaping overhead gave Medvedev his first break chance of the contest the very next game, but Djokovic responded with a brilliant scoop on the half-volley to save it, as per AFP.
Djokovic wobbled serving at 5-6, double-faulting twice as Medvedev brought up set point. But Djokovic was waiting as Medvedev went cross-court, and put away the volley to force a tie-break.