Novak Djokovic Clinches US Open, Completes Dominant Grand Slam Run

05:54 11.09.2023

Novak Djokovic emerged victorious at the US Open on Sunday night, defeating Daniil Medvedev in straight sets. This win not only marked Djokovic's fourth victory in Flushing Meadows but also secured him his 24th Grand Slam title of his career. However, it was a particular shot during the match that garnered attention and irony. Djokovic's return to Medvedev was named the "Moderna Shot of the Day," sponsored by the very company that he had previously expressed his vaccination hesitancy towards.

It was a poignant moment for Djokovic, as this was his first US Open appearance since the US lifted vaccine regulations. Last year, he was unable to participate in the tournament due to his vaccine status. The timing and sponsorship connection did not go unnoticed by social media users who observed the event closely. Despite the controversy surrounding his vaccination decision, Djokovic expressed no regrets, stating, "Things happening on the outside, the reason I was not here for two years, I have zero regrets."

Returning to the US for the tournament, Djokovic was greeted with enthusiastic crowds even during practice sessions. The atmosphere at Arthur Ashe Stadium was electric, with fans rallying behind the Serbian tennis legend. In the third set, Djokovic took a commanding 5-2 lead. Medvedev managed to secure a win during his serve, attempting to keep Djokovic at bay. However, the crowd's support for Djokovic spurred him on, and he delivered a powerful performance.

In a crucial moment, Djokovic allowed Medvedev to score a point but quickly gained two points back. A double fault from Djokovic brought the game to a tied position once more. However, an intense rally ensued, and Medvedev's shot went long down the line, giving Djokovic the championship point. The match was sealed when Medvedev sent a shot into the net, securing Djokovic's victory.

The match unfolded with Djokovic taking the first set 6-3, showcasing his dominance. The second set proved to be a tighter contest, with Djokovic having to dig deep to overcome Medvedev's resilience. Djokovic managed to erase a set point and eventually triumphed in the tiebreaker, winning it 7-5.

This victory at the US Open was a significant milestone for Djokovic, who now has four titles at the tournament. Moreover, it marked his third Grand Slam title of the year, following his triumphs at the Australian Open and the French Open. However, the quest for a Calendar Grand Slam was halted at Wimbledon, where he lost to Carlos Alcaraz in the final.

Djokovic's journey in recent years at the US Open has been marred by various challenges. In 2019, he suffered a fourth-round defeat to Stan Wawrinka, and in 2020, he was disqualified in the fourth round. The following year, Medvedev emerged victorious against Djokovic in straight sets, and the Serbian tennis star was barred from participating in 2022 due to the US travel policy regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

Following his win, Djokovic immediately sought out his wife and daughter, embracing them in a heartfelt moment of celebration. The triumph at the US Open not only solidified Djokovic's status as one of the greatest tennis players of all time but also served as a testament to his resilience and determination to overcome obstacles.

With his 24th Grand Slam title secured, Djokovic has etched his name in tennis history, leaving fans eagerly anticipating his future endeavors on the court.

/ Monday, September 11, 2023, 5:54 AM /

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