Novak Djokovic v Daniil Medvedev: Eight stats that define the 2023 US Open men’s final

A look at the history between Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic ahead of their US Open final on Sunday

Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic, 2021, paris Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic, 2021, Rolex Paris Masters © Aurélien Morrissard / Panoramic
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Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev meet in the US Open final once more, after 2021 edition – the incoming world No 1 against a former world No 1. Latest Medvedev’s masterpiece against Carlos Alcaraz in semi finals makes the final more open than expected. Check the odds and where to bet on place bets on this match and more on Here are some of the most intriguing statistics that throw light on their rivalry and how the match might transpire.

1. Djokovic on verge of GOAT-ness

With victory over Daniil Medvedev, Novak Djokovic could hold the most Grand Slam titles of any player male or female in the Open Era, moving clear of Serena Williams’ 23.

2. Medvedev the hardcourt specialist

This is Daniil Medvedev’s third US Open final in five years – fifth Grand Slam final overall.

Daniil Medvedev, US Open 2023
Daniil Medvedev, US Open 2023 – © Antoine Couvercelle / Panoramic

3. Tough at the top

With the exception of the ATP Tour Finals and the ATP Cup, Daniil Medvedev could beat three top-10 ranked opponents at a single event for the first time in his career – if he wins on Sunday. Indeed, he could become the first man to defeat three top-10 ranked opponents in the quarter-final, semi-final and final of a Grand Slam on hard court since… Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open in 2016. Medvedev defeated Andrey Rublev and Carlos Alcaraz in quarters and semis.

4. Two years ago…

In Novak Djokovic’s last Flushing Meadows appearance, back in 2021, the Serb lost in the final – to Medvedev, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. It meant that he failed to win the calendar Grand Slam. It was also the latest time he reached the last stage of all the Grand Slam tournaments in a single year. In 2021, he has won the three first. This year, “only” the Australian Open and Roland-Garros.

5. Djokovic’s New York records

Novak Djokovic has the Open Era record for the most US Open men’s singles finals – ten overall, two more than Ivan Lendl (eight). He has won the title three times – in 2011 (beating Rafael Nadal), 2015 (beating Roger Federer) and 2018 (beating Juan Martin del Potro). If he wins on Sunday, only Pete Sampras would have had a longer gap than him between two men’s singles titles at the US Open – six years, 1996-2002.

6. Djokovic’s calendar year achievements

This would be Djokovic’s third Grand Slam title of 2023 – the fourth time he had achieved this in his career, surpassing Roger Federer, with both currently on three. Hec could become the third player to win the men’s singles titles at the Australian Open, Roland-Garros and US Open in a calendar year after Rod Laver (1969) and Mats Wilander (1988).

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy at Roland-Garros (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

7. Senior citizen

Djokovic is the oldest men’s singles finalist at the US Open since Ken Rosewall in 1974. He could surpass Rosewall (1970) as the oldest winner of the men’s singles title at the US Open in the Open Era. After Rosewall, Djokovic could also become the second player to win multiple Grand Slam titles after turning 36.

8. The head-to-head

Novak Djokovic leads the head-to-head 9-5 – but their only meeting at the US Open was that final in 2021, which Medvedev won in straight sets. Medvedev also won their most recent meeting, in the Dubai semi-final earlier this year, 6-4, 6-4.

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