NOVAK Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev in straight sets of 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in the early hours of today to win his fourth US Open title in New York.
The 36-year-old Serbian has now won a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title, avenging his defeat to the 27-year-old Russian in the final two years ago.
Djokovic’s victory made him the oldest men’s champion in New York in the Open era and he matches Margaret Court’s all-time mark for most Grand Slam victories won by either man or woman.
He already became the man with the most major titles in tennis with his French Open triumph earlier in the year.
The Serbian is also the first man to win three Grand Slam events in the same season four times, as he is set to return to world No 1.
Medvedev defeated Djokovic in straight sets in the 2021 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, and this would feel like sweet revenge.
“It obviously means the world to me,” said Djokovic about his 24th major title. “I’m really living my childhood dream.
“To make the history of this sport is something truly remarkable, it’s hard to describe the words.
“I had the childhood dream when I was 7, 8, I wanted to become the best player in the world.
“I would like to send a message to every young person out there. I was a seven-year-old dreaming that I could win Wimbledon and be world No.1 one day.
“I am beyond grateful but I feel I had the power to create my own destiny. I believe it and feel it with every cell in my body. Be in the present moment, forget about the past. If you want a better future, you create it.”