Novak Djokovic has won 81 games and three Grand Slams in 16 appearances at the US Open. These three trophies have come in a total of 9 finals that he has competed in.
Novak could have done more at every season’s final Grand Slam, knowing his records and accomplishments on the hardcourt. But, he has lost far too frequently in the semifinal or final stage at the Flushing Meadows.
Novak lost his sixth US Open final to Daniil Medvedev a few weeks ago, being on the cusp of tennis greatness and a calendar Grand Slam but fell short after a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 defeat to the Russian.
By reaching the last four, Djokovic joined Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal as the fourth player in the Open era to reach at least 12 semi-finals in a single Major.
Following two early exits in 2005 and 2006, Novak established himself as one of the players to beat in New York in 2007 and has remained there ever since, according to reports on Tennis World USA.
Djokovic lost the 2007 final to Roger Federer after a terrific fight, and he was a semi-finalist the next two seasons.
He was a finalist in New York every season from 2010 to 2013, losing three finals to Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray before defeating the Spaniard in 2011 to win his first US Open title.
Djokovic is the fourth player in history to reach 12 US Open semi-finals
Novak Djokovic remained a US Open favourite from 2014 to 2016, winning one semi-final, one final, and one victory. The Serb was a semi-finalist in the US Open for ten straight years, but his record came to an end in 2017 as he was forced to withdraw from the season’s final Major due to an elbow injury.
Following that unlucky default, a year ago, Novak returned to glory in 2018, capturing his third and thus far final US Open title, before two early exits in 2019 and 2020.
Djokovic was the favourite in New York this September, having won the first three Majors of the season and hoping to do something that has eluded everyone since Rod Laver in 1969.
In July, the Serb experienced a major setback at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, and he did not perform at his best at the US Open.
Despite this, Novak did enough to reach the 12th semi-final, joining Connors, Federer, and Nadal on a list of accomplishments that will be difficult to match in the future.
After a five-setter triumph over Alexander Zverev, Djokovic came back from a set down four times in a row to reach the eighth final.
Novak had nothing left in the tank in his quest for tennis glory, falling to Daniil Medvedev in straight sets to keep his three US Open championships and 20 Major titles.