Srinagar: The unstoppable living legend Novak Djokovic secured his record 24th Grand Slam singled title by defeating Daniil Medvedev on Sunday in the 2023 US Open men’s singles final.
With a 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-3 victory, the 36-year-old won his 24th Grand Slam singles title, tying Margaret Court’s record and bolstering his case to be considered the greatest tennis player of all time.
“To make the history of this sport is something truly remarkable and special,” Djokovic said during the trophy ceremony. “I never imagined that I would be here talking about 24 Slams. I never thought that would be the reality, but the last couple of years I felt I have a chance, I have a shot at history—and why not grab it if it’s presented.”
Already the record holder for men’s Grand Slam singles titles, Djokovic now moves ahead of Serena Williams and level with Margaret Court at 24 for first in the all-time count. He also moves two majors ahead of Rafael Nadal’s 22 and four clear of Roger Federer’s 20.
Following his victory in his record 36th major singles final, Djokovic is now the first man to win three Grand Slams singles titles in a season four times (2011, 2015, 2021, 2023). That number of finals also matches the Serb’s age; at 36, he is the oldest US Open men’s singles champion in the Open Era. He is 12-3 in Grand Slam finals in his 30s, bettering a 12-9 mark his 20s.