Novak Djokovic gained his fourth US Open title on Sunday to equal Margaret Courtroom’s singles file of 24 Grand Slams. Tim Henman believes he’ll win “lots extra”.
Djokovic used all his expertise and tactical prowess to battle previous Daniil Medvedev to get revenge for his 2021 remaining defeat to the Russian in New York.
The 36-year-old turns into the primary man to win three Grand Slams in the identical calendar 12 months on 4 events, having gained the Australian Open and French Open titles earlier this 12 months.
Djokovic additionally grew to become the oldest males’s singles US Open champion within the Open Period and returns to the highest of the ATP rankings, forward of Carlos Alcaraz.
Sky Sports activities‘ Tim Henman, Martina Navratilova and Johanna Konta defined why Djokovic is so good as he now seems to be to surpass Courtroom’s 24 main titles at subsequent 12 months’s Australian Open in January.
Tim Henman, former US Open semi-finalist mentioned:
“He’s motivated by these numbers. He is made it very clear for everybody to grasp and he needs to interrupt all of the information. You have a look at the place he is at, he is so hungry and sound. Profitable quantity 24, you would not consider this shall be his final one and I believe there’s lots extra to come back.
“That profitable mentality, I believe he understands all features of his recreation and preparation. If you break down the match ways, so many components are so spectacular.
“That serve and volley, coming to the web so many occasions, that is somebody who has developed his recreation. He wasn’t snug on the web earlier than, there have been query marks about his serve six years in the past – it was the entire efficiency.
“We frequently speak about perfection not likely current however he is getting so near it in so many various classes. The way in which he’s enjoying the sport – his accuracy, consistency, the standard, the ball hanging and energy.
“There is no doubt for him to keep up this longevity, his schedule is so vital. The way in which he trains and his harm prevention. He does not play a lot however when he turns up he is able to go.
“The Masters 1000 occasions are the largest on the tour however they’re preparation for the Slams. You simply assume, 2024, what is going on to cease him? It’ll take some critical enchancment from the others.
Martina Navratilova, winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles, mentioned:
“He is aware of the best way to put together, peak and precisely what he must do, when to do it, the best way to do it. He is obtained the mentality to place within the work each single day.
“He is the consummate skilled, at all times has been, and has the expertise that goes with it. All of the elements are there and the expertise.”
She continued: “He surrounds himself with those who know what he is doing and he retains thriving to get higher. That is what I actually admire him essentially the most, he nonetheless needs to get higher. He has it between the ears and physique. He is 9/10 or 10/10 in most features it takes to be a champion.
“Hitting these slice backhands, not solely goes it take the stress off him, Medvedev needed to come contained in the court docket and create the tempo. It takes no vitality to hit the slice in anyway, so he saves vitality.”
Johanna Konta, former British No 1, mentioned:
“It isn’t a shock that he is gained 24 and it will not be a shock if he wins 25, 26, 27, simply due to how he seems to be. Bodily he seems to be so good, so the place is the restrict? How lengthy are we going to be seeing him in such peak bodily situation? It is fairly unimaginable.
“I believe the extra time you set in on court docket, the extra years you’ve got beneath your belt and the extra expertise you acquire, it does play into your favour that have and he has the system to maintain his physique as it’s.”