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2023 US Open review: Djokovic and Gauff light up New York

Novak Djokovic took his tally to 24 Grand Slam victories with an authoritative straight sets win over Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s US Open final, while American Coco Gauff came back to beat Aryna Sabalenka on the women's side.

Djokovic overcame American Ben Shelton in straight sets in the semifinal, while Gauff beat Karolina Muchova in straight sets at that stage.

Djokovic ties Grand Slam record

It has been a season to remember for Djokovic, who matched Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles with his fourth title triumph in New York.

The 36-year-old has won seven of the last 10 Major tournaments he has played and he came up just a Wimbledon final defeat to Carlos Alcaraz short of a season Slam this year.

Having also won the Australian and French Open this season, Djokovic extended his record to 65 wins and only three defeats since the start of 2021. 

In the process, Djokovic dethroned Carlos Alcaraz as the world number one and, following his 6-3 7-6 6-3 win over Medvedev, he is +125 to successfully defend his US Open title.

Medvedev, meanwhile, is +700 to go one better at Flushing Meadows next season and the Russian has made three US Open finals, which includes taking his maiden Grand Slam singles title in 2021.

Alcaraz will be determined to come back stronger

Alcaraz was the defending US Open champion but the Spanish sensation was no match for Medvedev in the semifinal, going down in four sets.

The 20-year-old looked unstoppable until then, dropping only one set in his five previous matches which included a straight-sets win over Alexander Zverev.

Alcaraz claimed his second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon earlier in the summer and he will be determined to get back to winning ways next season, starting with January’s Australian Open.

Having been replaced by Djokovic as world number one, the pressure is on Alcaraz to hit the ground running next season and he is +225 to win the Australian Open, which is the first Grand Slam of the season.

Shelton showing plenty of promise

American tennis is in a healthy place and the emergence of Ben Shelton was one of the main positives for the home crowd.

Shelton made the quarterfinal of the Australian Open and he built on that in his home Grand Slam, making the last four before losing to Djokovic.

Shelton had overcome Aslan Karatsev, Tommy Paul and compatriot Frances Tiafoe, showing that at 20 years of age he is one of game’s most promising youngsters.

Shelton is blessed with a big serve that can cause anyone problems on a quick surface and he is +5000 to triumph at the US Open next year.

Gauff going through the gears

Coco Gauff finally got her Grand Slam breakthrough as she came from a set down to defeat newly-crowned world number one Aryna Sabalenka and claim the US Open title.

Gauff arrived in New York on the back of a title triumph in Cincinnati, meaning she has won each of her last 12 matches.

The 19-year-old is up to world number three on the back of her maiden Grand Slam title and she has emerged as the player most likely to challenge Sabalenka and Iga Swiatek at the top.

The American was spurred on by home support at Flushing Meadows, which is a big advantage, and she is +800 to successfully defend her title next season.

Gauff could go from strength to strength after her Grand Slam breakthrough and she is +1000 to start the new campaign on a high with victory at the Australian Open in January.

Swiatek needs to make a response

For the last few seasons, Swiatek has been the most dominant player on the WTA Tour with four Grand Slam triumphs, which includes three French Open wins.

However, Swiatek was beaten in the last 16 of the US Open by Jelena Ostapenko and she will be determined to respond positively next season.

Swiatek also lost her world number one status to Sabalenka, which should motivate her further, although the 22-year-old Swiatek remains a serious talent and is expected to come back stronger.

The Polish phenomenon is at her best on clay but she is versatile regarding the surface and is the +300 favorite to win the Australian Open at the start of next year.

Having won the US Open in 2022, Swiatek is +300 to regain her title at Flushing Meadows and it would be a surprise if she didn’t respond positively to her recent setbacks.

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