By: Gyang Dakwo
Novak Djokovic on Sunday win his 24th Grand Slam but his brakes seem to be off for the time being as he shows hunger for more wins.
His 6-3 7-6(5) 6-3 victory over Russian Daniil Medvedev brought him not only a fourth Flushing Meadows title but a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam crown, and Djokovic does not want to stop.
“Occasionally asking myself, why do I need this still at this stage after all I have done, you know? How long do I want to keep going? I do have these questions in my head, of course,” said Djokovic.
“Knowing that I play at such a high level still and I win the biggest tournaments in this sport, yeah, I don’t want to get rid of this sport or I don’t want to leave this sport if I’m still at the top.”
He drew level with Spain’s Nadal when he secured his 22nd major title in Australia and took the men’s record outright when he beat Casper Ruud to hoist the trophy at Roland Garros.
Carlos Alcaraz, 16 years his junior, thwarted his bid for a 24th title at Wimbledon and that defeat prompted Djokovic to suggest that perhaps his time had come, that the next generation was about to overtake him.
But after winning in Cincinnati and scything his way through the Flushing Meadows draw Djokovic showed there would be no changing of the guard just yet.
At 36 Djokovic also becomes the oldest U.S. Open men’s winner in the Open Era but the Serb’s Grand Slam hunger has not dimmed and he had some bad news for his younger rivals.
“Eventually one day I will leave tennis in about 23, 24 years,” he joked. “Until then, I guess you’ll see me a bit more.