- Novak Djokovic credits his daughter’s presence, Tara in the box to his US Open title victory
- Tara gave her father renewed energy as he visibly grappled with physical exhaustion
- Emotions overwhelmed Djokovic as he clinched his 24th Grand Slam title in New York
Novak Djokovic credits his daughter’s presence, Tara in the box to his US Open title victory.
Emotions overwhelmed Djokovic as he clinched his 24th Grand Slam title in New York after defeating Daniil Medvedev. His first embrace was for Tara who was at the front in the box.
Tara gave her father renewed energy as he visibly grappled with physical exhaustion, particularly in the second set against the Russian.
Her smile gave Djokovic renewed energy and he managed to secure victory in another set. Eventually, the Serbian beat Medvedev 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 for the US Open 2023 title in one of the most electrifying Grand Slam finals.
He painted a vivid picture of the emotions that filled his heart by just seeing Tara during the match.
Unlike in the previous Grand Slam matches where he celebrated wildly, Djokovic employed decorum just for Tara. He approached the net and shook hands before heading to the front row to hug his daughter excitedly.
It took him by surprise that she was seated in the front row.
“Then the next thing I wanted to do was hug my daughter because she was there sitting in the front row. I didn’t know she was going to be seated there. “When I got to the court I see her sitting there and she smiled at me every time. When I needed that innocent child everytime I got it from here,” he said in his post-match interview.
Djokovic acknowledged that it was Tara’s smile that gave him the push to win in the second set which was taking a toll on him.
The little girl excitedly gave her father a fist bump and an innocent smile which motivated him so much.
“When I was going through difficult moments, especially in the second set, she would give me a smile a fist pump. She was so into it, which was so interesting to see. She is only six years old and my son is nine. They are both there, both aware of what is happening,” he added.
Tara being in Flushing Meadows humbled him because he always wanted his children to grace his matches and understand why he puts so much effort into making a name for himself in tennis.
This recent victory pushed his career Grand Slam wins to 24, with the 2023 season being a special one because he won three out of four Grand Slams. Djokovic won the Australian Open, French and now the US Open which is quite an impression for a 36-year-old tennis player.
Djokovic says that the reality of this dream sunk in the last 48 hours of the match especially because he lost to Medvedev in 2021.
The pain of losing pushed him to give his best during the match and his family understood his assignment so well that they barely spoke to him over the weekend.
They gave him 24 hours to put his mind to the game and this is part of his mental routine whenever he is up for a big match.
Winning his opening match at this tournament not only secured his return to the world No. 1 ranking but also added to his remarkable record of spending 390 weeks at the pinnacle of the ATP rankings.
Djokovic is poised to ascend rapidly to the top once again where Carlos Alcaraz has been for weeks since his successful run at Wimbledon where he beat the Serbian during the finals.