Novak Djokovic gained his fourth US Open title on Sunday to equal Margaret Courtroom’s singles file of 24 Grand Slams. Tim Henman believes he’ll win “lots extra”.
Djokovic used all his expertise and tactical prowess to battle previous Daniil Medvedev to get revenge for his 2021 remaining defeat to the Russian in New York.
The 36-year-old turns into the primary man to win three Grand Slams in the identical calendar yr on 4 events, having gained the Australian Open and French Open titles earlier this yr.
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Djokovic additionally turned the oldest males’s singles US Open champion within the Open Period and returns to the highest of the ATP rankings, forward of Carlos Alcaraz.
Sky Sports activities’ Tim Henman, Martina Navratilova and Johanna Konta defined why Djokovic is so good as he now appears to surpass Courtroom’s 24 main titles at subsequent yr’s Australian Open in January.
Tim Henman, former US Open semi-finalist stated:
Djokovic acquired the higher of Medvedev on this sensational rally
“He’s motivated by these numbers. He is made it very clear for everybody to know and he needs to interrupt all of the information. You take a look at the place he is at, he is so hungry and sound. Profitable quantity 24, you would not consider this might be his final one and I believe there’s lots extra to come back.
“That profitable mentality, I believe he understands all facets of his recreation and preparation. Whenever you break down the match ways, so many components are so spectacular.
“That serve and volley, coming to the online so many occasions, that is somebody who has advanced his recreation. He wasn’t comfy on the web earlier than, there have been query marks about his serve six years in the past – it was the whole efficiency.
“We frequently speak about perfection not likely current however he is getting so near it in so many alternative classes. The way in which he’s enjoying the sport – his accuracy, consistency, the standard, the ball putting and energy.
“There is no doubt for him to take care of this longevity, his schedule is so vital. The way in which he trains and his harm prevention. He does not play a lot however when he turns up he is able to go.
“The Masters 1000 occasions are the most important on the tour however they’re preparation for the Slams. You simply assume, 2024, what is going on to cease him? It will take some critical enchancment from the others.
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Martina Navratilova, winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles, stated:
“He is aware of the best way to put together, peak and precisely what he must do, when to do it, the best way to do it. He is acquired the mentality to place within the work each single day.
“He is the consummate skilled, at all times has been, and has the expertise that goes with it. All of the substances are there and the know-how.”
Djokovic provided to assist up Medvedev after he took a tumble, however the supply was refused, with extra time on the ground most well-liked
She continued: “He surrounds himself with people who know what he is doing and he retains thriving to get higher. That is what I actually admire him essentially the most, he nonetheless needs to get higher. He has it between the ears and physique. He is 9/10 or 10/10 in most facets it takes to be a champion.
“Hitting these slice backhands, not solely goes it take the stress off him, Medvedev needed to come contained in the courtroom and create the tempo. It takes no vitality to hit the slice in any respect, so he saves vitality.”
Johanna Konta, former British No 1, stated:
Highlights of the US Open remaining between Medvedev and Djokovic
“It isn’t a shock that he is gained 24 and it will not be a shock if he wins 25, 26, 27, simply due to how he appears. Bodily he appears so good, so the place is the restrict? How lengthy are we going to be seeing him in such peak bodily situation? It is fairly unbelievable.
“I believe the extra time you place in on courtroom, the extra years you could have beneath your belt and the extra expertise you achieve, it does play into your favour that have and he has the system to maintain his physique as it’s.”