Sep 11, 2023
By Jane Brown
His championship win at the U.S. Open makes him the oldest man to win the tennis grand slam in the professional era.
At 36, Novak Djokovic of Serbia has 24 grand slam titles after beating Danil Medvedev in straight sets at Flushing Meadows Sunday evening.
He also moved one major singles title in front of Serena Williams to become the first player to win 24 entirely as a pro.
“I’m really living my childhood dream to compete at the highest level in the sport that has given me and my family so much,” Djokovic told the crowd, “Coming from very difficult circumstances and adversities during the 90s with a couple of wars in our country and being able to push that through, especially for my parents, giving a lot of sacrifice to support me to play, thank you so much!”
Only Margaret Court also collected a total of 24 grand slam wins, but 13 of those came before professionals were admitted to the slam events.
Medvedev had beaten Djokovic in the 2021 U.S. Open final, and Djokovic was unable to travel to New York last year because he wasn’t vaccinated against COVID-19.