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Djokovic wins US Open to clinch 24th grand slam title

Novak Djokovic celebrates his 24th Grand Slam title after winning the US Open. Picture: Will Oliver.

Novak Djokovic has won a record-equalling 24th grand slam singles title, beating Russia's Daniil Medvedev 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 in the final of the US Open in New York. 

The straight-sets victory means Djokovic, who at 36 becomes the oldest man to win the Flushing Meadows title in the professional era, has equalled the all-time majors record of Australia's Margaret Court. 

The clash was a rematch of the 2021 final, which Medvedev won in straight sets for his lone major title and denying Djokovic a fabled calendar-year grand slam sweep.

Djokovic has now taken three of the four available grand slam titles in 2023, having also won the Australian Open and Roland Garros while losing the Wimbledon final in five sets to Spanish wonder Carlos Alcaraz. 

His fourth title from 10 Flushing Meadows finals also propels the Serb back to the top of the rankings, replacing dethroned champion Alcaraz.

Of more importance to Djokovic is his record against his peers; he is now two clear of Nadal's 22 grand slam crowns and four ahead of Roger Federer, who declared on 20 last year.

Third-seeded Medvedev, who knocked out Australians Chris O'Connell and Alex de Minaur as well as reigning champion Carlos Alcaraz on his way to the final, has now lost four grand slam title deciders - two each to Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic celebrated Grand Slam no. 24 with a custom-made shirt that he had prepared earlier with a photo of himself and the late basketball legend Kobe Bryant, with the number 24 on the back; Bryant famously wore 24 in the latter half of his LA Lakers career.


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