Novak Djokovic has some dangerous information for his rivals as he vows to “maintain going” after celebrating his twenty fourth Grand Slam with a tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
Djokovic secured a fourth US Open title at Flushing Meadows to maneuver stage with Margaret Court docket’s report of main titles when he beat Medvedev in three gruelling units.
The 36-year-old capped one other dominant 12 months, throughout which he gained the Australian and French Opens and was runner-up to Carlos Alcaraz at Wimbledon, by changing into the oldest champion at Flushing Meadows within the Open period.
Even Medvedev, whose problem ended after he misplaced a marathon 104-minute second set, requested: “What are you continue to doing right here? I imply come on.”
However Djokovic insisted: “I will maintain going. You recognize, I really feel good in my very own physique. I nonetheless really feel I’ve received the help of my atmosphere, of my workforce, of my household.
“The Grand Slams, I’ve stated in the previous few years, have been all the time the best objective and the precedence of mine in the entire season. I do not play as a lot by way of different tournaments, so I attempt to prioritise my preparation in order that I can peak in slams.
“These are the moments and these are the sort of feelings that I inspire myself with each single day once I’m not taking part in a match.
“Yeah, often I ask myself ‘why do I would like this nonetheless at this stage in any case I’ve performed, you already know? How lengthy do I need to maintain going?’ I do have these questions in my head, in fact.
“However understanding that I play at such a excessive stage nonetheless, and I win the largest tournaments on this sport, I do not need to go away this sport if I am nonetheless on the prime, you already know, if I am nonetheless taking part in the best way I am taking part in.”
After profitable the title Djokovic placed on a blue T-shirt that honoured the Los Angeles Lakers nice. The shirt learn “Mamba Endlessly” on the entrance, together with photos of Bryant and Djokovic.
On the again in purple was the quantity 24, which Bryant wore throughout his Corridor of Fame profession.
Djokovic stated he acquired recommendation on his personal profession from Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash that additionally killed his daughter, Gianna, and 7 others three years in the past.
“Kobe was a detailed buddy, we chatted quite a bit in regards to the winner’s mentality once I was battling harm and attempting to make my comeback, work my method again to the highest of the sport,” Djokovic stated. “He was one of many people who I relied on essentially the most.
“He was all the time there for any sort of counsel, recommendation, any sort of help in essentially the most pleasant method,” Djokovic continued.
“So in fact what occurred a number of years in the past and him and his daughter passing damage me deeply, and I believed 24 is the jersey he wore when he grew to become a legend of the Lakers and world basketball, so I believed it might be a pleasant, symbolic factor to acknowledge him for all of the issues he is performed.”
Medvedev conceded he’ll go away Flushing Meadows filled with remorse after failing to rise to the event within the ultimate.
“Regrets, for certain,” he stated. “Second set was the most effective set I performed and I did not win it.
“In order that’s why it is regular that the match went that method, as a result of first and third he was sort of higher. The second, if I’d win it, possibly it might have been a distinct sport.
“Yeah, that is how life is and the way tennis is. So I will attempt to be higher subsequent time.”
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