With the 2023 Wimbledon Championships now done and dusted, the tennis world turns its attention to the US Open. The tournament in New York City will be the fourth and final Grand Slam of 2023.
Djokovic Loses Out in Wimbledon Final
Djokovic was the strong favorite to win Wimbledon this year, but the Serb was beaten in a thrilling final. Having won four Wimbledon titles in a row, Djokovic looked destined to prevail again. The record Grand Slam winner is now looking to hit back at the upcoming major in the United States. Looking at the tennis betting market, Djokovic is priced at +150 to lift the trophy.
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) July 10, 2023
Djokovic has an excellent record at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, winning in Queens on three occasions. His last success in New York was in 2018 when he beat Juan Martin del Potro in the final in straight sets. He is searching for a fourth US Open victory in 2023.
Serb Breaks Record
After returning to win the Australian Open at the start of the season, Djokovic moved level on 22 Grand Slams with Spanish legend Rafael Nadal. Djokovic broke the record with a win at the French Open in June.
He went all the way at Roland Garros, defeating the likes of Marton Fucsovics and Karen Khachanov along the way. He was too strong in the final, winning in straight sets to get his hands on a third French Open trophy. Djokovic has won 94 career titles, which puts him third on the all-time list in the Open Era.
Can Djokovic Bounce Back?
The gut-wrenching final defeat at Wimbledon will take some getting over. After winning the first set in style, the 36-year-old looked certain to win his 24th Slam. He came up short at the All-England Club, but Djokovic will be ready to hit back in style in New York.
Djokovic could not compete at the 2022 US Open, so he has unfinished business in Queens. His last US Open appearance came in 2021, where he finished runner-up. Djokovic was beaten in straight sets in the final by in-form Daniil Medvedev.
Djokovic is arguably the greatest male tennis player of all time. Many outstanding players have been throughout the Amateur and Open Era, but the stats do not lie.
Roger Federer is third on the all-time Grand Slam list, with 20 majors. Then comes Nadal, who has won 22 Grand Slams. Federer retired in 2022, while 37-year-old Nadal has been plagued with injuries of late and could soon retire.
Djokovic is showing no signs of letting up, even though he is in the latter stages of his illustrious career. After winning two of the three majors this year, the sensational Serbian surely has more Grand Slam wins in his locker. Will Djokovic make it 24 major triumphs with victory in the Big Apple this September?