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US Open 2023 — Highlights from an unpredictable men’s tournament

US Open 2023 -- Highlights from an unpredictable men's tournament

NEW YORK — Novak Djokovic altered the tennis record books again Sunday, winning his fourth US Open title and his 24th Grand Slam 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3 over No. 3 Daniil Medvedev and tying Australian Margaret Court for the most major victories across all eras. The 36-year-old Serbian is now one singles title ahead of Serena Williams and owns the most major victories of any player in the Open era.

“It obviously means the world to me,” Djokovic said during the on-court trophy presentation. “To make the history of this sport is something truly remarkable and special in every possible way and in every meaning of the word ‘special.'”

Two years ago, the 27-year-old Russian upset Djokovic in this final and ended his run at becoming just the third man to achieve the calendar Grand Slam, winning all four majors in a calendar year. This time, Djokovic was superb in capturing his third Grand Slam title this year. He lost only the Wimbledon final to Carlos Alcaraz. On Monday, Djokovic will replace Alcaraz at the top of the world rankings.

“I had the childhood dream at 7 or 8 to become the best and win the Wimbledon trophy,” Djokovic said. “Then I started to dream new dreams and set new goals, but I never imagined I would be talking about 24 Slams.”

But Djokovic wasn’t the only story in New York. A lot happened in the two weeks leading up to Sunday’s historic final. Here are our round-by-round highlights from a memorable men’s draw.

First round: The return to form

Dominic Thiem def. Alexander Bublik 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

The former world No. 3 and 2020 US Open champion, Thiem has struggled with a devastating right wrist injury but won his first Grand Slam match in 2½ years. The achievement wasn’t lost on the Grandstand crowd. “I think the people are really appreciating the comeback from the injury,” Thiem said afterward. “I have the feeling many people know that it’s not easy coming back.”

Entering New York, Thiem had lost his previous six matches at Slams. A third-round win over Australian Nick Kyrgios at the 2021 Australian Open was his last major win until this one last Monday. “Since the injury, I have played many tournaments,” Thiem said. “I did many, many…

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