NEW YORK: It is simply one other match for Novak Djokovic, a routine outing at Flushing Meadows. No annotations to that image.
A fourth US Open title, a historic twenty fourth Grand Slam that’ll make him probably the most embellished participant of the Open Period. A crown that might assist him draw degree with Margaret Court docket’s all-time report of 24 main titles. Djokovic can see it, however he is not contemplating it.
The Serbian -in a record-equalling tenth US Open ultimate, having drawn degree with Invoice Tilden -will play Russian Daniil Medvedev within the title conflict on Sunday. The 2021 forged once more.
Djokovic, enjoying his a centesimal match on the New York main, put out American Ben Shelton 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (4). “I perceive each time I am in a Grand Slam ultimate it is one other shot at historical past,” Djokovic mentioned.
“I used to be very near the twenty fourth title in London. I do not permit myself to mirror on this stuff, as a result of once I did that previously, just like the ’21 finals right here, I used to be possibly overwhelmed by the event and I underperformed.” “I am going to attempt to concentrate on what must be executed and put together myself for that match,” he mentioned. Djokovic’s head-to-head with Medvedev is 9-5, they cut up their two conferences this yr, each performed on outside hardcourts.
Djokovic’s run within the Grand Slams has been distinctive this yr, 26 wins to 1 loss. “It most likely sounds cocky or smug, however I am probably not shocked,” mentioned Djokovic of his staggering run on the age of 36. His face mirrored satisfaction. “I understand how a lot work and vitality I put into making an attempt to be on this place, I deserve this,” he mentioned. “I imagine in myself, in my abilities, in my high quality as a tennis participant to have the ability to ship when it issues.”
“Age is only a quantity, that phrase is resonating in me in the intervening time,” he mentioned. “I do not wish to even contemplate leaving tennis or fascinated by an finish, if I am nonetheless on the prime of the sport. I’ll most likely contemplate doing that if I get my a@%# kicked by younger guys in Grand Slams in early phases. To this point, I nonetheless really feel that I am within the recreation.”
Djokovic gave himself full marks for making the finals of all 4 majors this yr. “It is the very best achievement I can take into consideration once I begin a season,” Djokovic mentioned. “That is what I dream about. There’s one other match left, the dialog will most likely be even higher if I win the title. However positively no matter hap pens, I am extraordinarily proud and content material with what I’ve achieved this yr in Grand Slams.”
Medvedev performed the disruptor late on Friday, methodically chipping away on the defending champion Carlos Alcaraz‘ play.
The 27-year-old ruined the rackety occasion on Arthur Ashe, by just about taking the online away from the Spaniard to attain a 7-6 (3), 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win.
Medvedev is conscious that Djokovic will make him pay for the 2021 ultimate that price the Serb an historic calendar Grand Slam.
“When Novak loses, he is by no means the identical after. It is only a totally different mentality. That is why he has 23 Grand Slams,” the third seed mentioned. “I’ve to make use of it, realizing that he will be 10 instances higher than what he was that day (in 2021). And I’ve to be, if I wish to beat him, 10 instances higher than I used to be that day.”
DANIIL STUMPS ALCARAZ
Carlos Alcaraz appeared to have Daniil Medvedev’s quantity, the Spaniard’s two wins this season, on two totally different surfaces, appeared to counsel it. However Medvedev turned it round.
“I could not discover options on the match. It is wonderful how he can return from the again of the court docket, actually highly effective, standing actually deep,” Alcaraz mentioned. “Once I serve and volley, he all the time finds the passing shot from his home!”
Medvedev is positioned to this point behind the baseline for his return, he may as properly be standing in his front room a continent away.
“I’ve to seek out the precise serve and I’ve to serve higher to have the ability to keep in place after the serve,” Alcaraz mentioned. “I had thought that now I am higher at discovering options when the match will not be moving into the precise path,” Alcaraz mentioned. “However I am not mature sufficient. I’ve to study.”
DJOKO ‘HANGS UP’ ON SHELTON
Novak Djokovic hung up on Ben Shelton after beating him within the US Open. The 36-year-old, maybe peeved with the 20-year-old American, who was revving up the Arthur Ashe stadium, returned Shelton’s celebration assertion. The 20-year-old indicators off by making a phone gesture, as soon as, twice, earlier than hanging up.
“It is like I am saying I am dialed in,” Shelton defined. “I am shut mates with loads of athletes, one particularly, Grant Holloway, who has received the World Championships 3 times in a row now, that is his signature factor.”
“I did not see it till after the match,” the American mentioned of Djokovic’s response. “I do not like once I’m on social media and I see folks telling me how I can have fun or cannot have fun,” Shelton mentioned. “I believe for those who win the match, you need to do no matter you need.”
He added, “As a child rising up, I realized that imitation is the sincerest type of flattery.” Djokovic responded with a smile. “I simply love Ben’s celebration,” he mentioned. “I stole his celebration.”