Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Djokovic wins US Open; takes record 24th Grand Slam

Novak Djokovic won his fourth US Open and a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title after eliminating Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the final here. The battle between the second and the third seed saw Djokovic cruise past Medvedev 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-3. With the victory, the 36-year-old Serbian became the oldest US Open men’s singles champion in the Open Era, reports Xinhua. Having also won the Australian Open and the French Open this year, Djokovic became the first man to win three Grand Slams singles titles in a season four times.

“I never imagined that I would be here standing with you talking about 24 Slams. I never thought that would be the reality,” Djokovic said afterwards. “But the last couple of years, I felt I have a chance, I have a shot for history, and why not grab it if it’s presented?”

The win also marked a revenge to Medvedev, who in 2021 in straight sets halted Djokovic’s pace to become the first man to clinch all four Grand Slams in the same year since Rod Laver in 1969.
Following his victory, Djokovic will also return to the world No. 1 spot on Monday.

Djokovic reclaims top spot, Shelton achieves career-high world No.19
Novak Djokovic reclaimed the world No.1 in men’s singles ATP rankings on Monday, dethroning Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz from the top with 11,975 points, 3260 points ahead of the Spaniard. The 36-year-old made history again in New York, where he captured a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, matching Margaret Court’s mark. The Serbian, who has now won the US Open four times, dropped just two sets en-route to his fifth trophy of the season.

His title run has lifted him above Carlos Alcaraz and back to No.1, where he begins his 390th week on Monday. The Serb was assured of taking the top spot in the rankings after winning his opening match at the US Open against Alexandre Muller.

On the other hand, Alcaraz entered the Flushing Meadows with 9,815 points. However, as the defending champion, he lost 2,000 points. Despite reaching the semifinals, he only managed to gain 720 points, leaving him with 8,535 points.
US Open runner-up Medvedev remains at No.3 with 7280 points while Holger Rune is at fourth despite a first-round exit in New York.

Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced two positions, securing the fifth spot, while Andrey Rublev climbed to sixth after reaching the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows. Jannik Sinner, on the other hand, descended to seventh, while Taylor Fritz ascended to eighth in the ATP rankings.
Casper Ruud, experiencing a disappointing second-round exit at the US Open, slid down four positions to occupy the ninth spot.

Alexander Zverev of Germany has jumped back into the Top 10 for the first time since last October after he advanced to the quarterfinals at the US Open.

Ben Shelton at 19th spot is the mover of the week in the ATP Rankings as he has jumped into the Top 20, for the first time after he advanced to his maiden major semifinal at the US Open.



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