The Big Three is down to one, and the last man standing is showing no signs of sitting down.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia caps his Grand Slam season in New York on Sunday afternoon, playing in the U.S. Open final after title-match appearances in the previous three majors of 2023.
Djokovic, still in top form at the ancient tennis age of 36, faces Daniil Medvedev, 27, at Arthur Ashe Stadium a little after 4 p.m.
Djokovic dispatched American Ben Shelton in straight sets Friday, extending the U.S. men’s drought in Flushing Meadows. An American man hasn’t won the U.S. Open singles title since Andy Roddick triumphed in 2003, eight years before Djokovic won his first trophy in Queens in 2011.
Medvedev stunned world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz on Friday to punch his ticket to the final.
That French Open title was Djokovic's 23rd major singles title, breaking a tie with longtime rival Rafael Nadal.
Throughout Djokovic's long career, his name regularly appeared in the same sentences with Nadal and 20-time major winner Roger Federer.
Sunday's title match will be played in warm but not brutal conditions, which have plagued this year's U.S. Open. It should be in the high 70s when the first ball is served.
Th match will be televised by ESPN, which might leave out millions of Spectrum TV subscribers.
Customers with the country’s second-biggest cable provider, which has a sizable share of the New York and Los Angeles markets, have been denied ABC programming and a host of sports on ESPN platforms.