22-time Major Champion Novak Djokovic gets better news every day! Novak will be able to compete at the US Open in August and September, returning to the final Major of the season after missing last year. The US government announced that it would extend its Covid emergency measures until May 11 before removing them entirely..
That means Novak won’t be able to play in Indian Wells and Miami, even though his main focus has always been the US Open. Last year, Novak missed two major events for the first time in his career, skipping the Australian Open and the US Open due to his vaccination status.
Everything is different in 2023, and the Serb has already captured his tenth Australian Open crown, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final in straight sets. Djokovic has been among the players to beat in New York for the past 15 years, advancing to nine finals and lifting three trophies.
Novak Djokovic will compete at this year’s US Open.
Novak’s most recent opportunity to add a fourth US Open title to his collection came two years ago. He notched 27 straight Major wins in 2021 and chased a calendar Grand Slam in the US Open final.
Daniil Medvedev stood between Novak and tennis glory. The Serb cracked under the pressure and experienced a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 defeat, handing the Russian his first major trophy. Medvedev played bold and aggressive tennis and stayed focused from start to finish to dominate the favourite.
Daniil started the match with an early break and served well to take the first set 6-4. Novak played better in the second set and created five break chances early on. Medvedev punished Djokovic’s blown chances with a break in game five and held comfortably three times after that to take the set 6-4 and move closer to the finish line.
Novak lost ground completely early in the third set and experienced a double break to fall 4-0 behind and away from the trophy. Making one last push, the Serb saved a match point in game eight and reduced the deficit.
He scored his first break of the match in the next to extend his chances. Daniil served for the title in the tenth game and showed no signs of jitters. The Russian sealed the deal with a hold at 30 for the first Major crown at 25.
Novak will be among the favorites in New York this year, seeking his first US Open crown since 2018..