History-chasing Djokovic seeks revenge against Medvedev-ZoomTech News

Novak Djokovic may turn into the oldest participant to win the US Open males’s singles title within the Open Period (since 1968)
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Date: 10 September Time: 21:00 BST
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Novak Djokovic will search revenge for his 2021 US Open ultimate loss to Daniil Medvedev conscious victory would safe a record-equalling twenty fourth Grand Slam title.

The Serb, 36, is once more inside attain of Margaret Court docket’s all-time document, two months after shedding to Carlos Alcaraz in a five-set thriller at Wimbledon.

“I perceive each time in a Grand Slam ultimate, it is one other shot for historical past,” Djokovic stated.

“I am conscious of it, and naturally I am very happy with it,” he added.

“However I haven’t got a lot time, nor do I enable myself to mirror on these items or take into consideration the historical past an excessive amount of.

“After I did that previously, just like the 2021 ultimate right here, I used to be perhaps overwhelmed with the event and the chance, and I underperformed.

“I do not need this to occur once more. I will attempt to simply deal with what must be achieved and tactically put together myself for that match.”

Third seed Medvedev overcame Alcaraz in 4 units to arrange a repeat of the ultimate he gained in straight units two years in the past in New York.

On that event, the Russian’s 6-4 6-4 6-4 victory denied Djokovic a calendar Grand Slam – the place a participant wins all 4 majors in the identical 12 months.

Whereas that feat is just not on the road for three-time champion Djokovic, in what will likely be his thirty sixth Grand Slam ultimate on Sunday, Medvedev will as soon as once more intention to disclaim his rival a historic achievement.

Medvedev, 27, is thru to his fifth Slam ultimate – and third in New York – together with his triumph in 2021 representing his solely main title so far.

“I believe the one approach I can use [the 2021 final] is pondering that Novak, when he loses, he is by no means the identical after. He is totally different. It is only a totally different mentality,” Medvedev stated.

“That is why he has 23 Grand Slams, many Masters 1000s [titles] and weeks at primary,” he added.

“So I’ve to make use of it figuring out that he’ll be 10 occasions higher than he was that day, and if I need to nonetheless beat him, I’ve to be 10 occasions higher than I used to be that day. That is what I will attempt to do.

“Novak goes to be his finest model on Sunday, and I’ve to be the all-time model of myself if I need to attempt to beat him.”

Djokovic v Medvedev head-to-head graphic: Djokovic (titles 95, career wins 1069, prize money $172m), Medvedev (titles 20, wins 316, prize money $32m)

Djokovic, whose 23 Grand Slams go away him one forward of Rafael Nadal for general titles within the males’s recreation, gained the Australian Open and French Open this 12 months earlier than his Wimbledon ultimate defeat by Alcaraz in July.

Assured to return to world primary on Monday, it’s the third time the Serb has reached the ultimate in any respect 4 Slams in the identical season.

He additionally managed that in 2015, shedding solely the French Open ultimate to Stan Wawrinka, and 2021, when Medvedev stopped him on the ultimate hurdle at Flushing Meadows.

“I am clearly over the moon with the outcomes to date in Grand Slams,” Djokovic stated.

“Taking part in in all 4 finals of all 4 Slams in a season is wonderful. It is the very best achievement I can take into consideration once I begin the season.

“That is what I dream about, that is what I actually wished. That is the place I need to be, in this sort of place.

“There’s one other match left, so in fact this dialog will likely be even higher if I win the title. However no matter occurs, I am extraordinarily proud and content material with what I’ve achieved this 12 months.”

Djokovic beat American Ben Shelton in straight units within the semi-finals, ending residence hopes within the males’s draw and mimicking the 20-year-old’s picking-up-a-phone celebration – which Shelton stated represented him being “dialled in” – after clinching a 6-3 6-2 7-6 (7-4) win.

He has gained 5 of his six matches in straight units at this match, however he needed to combat again from two units down towards compatriot Laslo Djere within the third spherical.

Djokovic leads the head-to-head with Medvedev 9-5 however they’ve one win apiece on exhausting courts in 2023, with Medvedev prevailing 6-4 6-4 in Dubai in March after Djokovic gained 6-3 6-4 in Adelaide.

The winner of Sunday’s males’s singles ultimate, which takes place after the ladies’s doubles ultimate (not earlier than 21:00 BST), will earn $3m (£2.4m).

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