Mumbai, Sept. 11 -- From a Grand Slam where he was booed off the court in 2019, defaulted in 2020, crashed in the final hurdle chasing history in 2021 and debarred in 2022, Novak Djokovic walked off with an all-time record-equalling 24th major. For tennis' statistical GOAT (greatest of all time) seldom shy of speaking his mind, the 2023 US Open title was a statement of resurgence.

That, aside from the 36-year-old's tactical dismantling of Russia's Daniil Medvedev - his dream-destroyer of 2021 - 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-3 while trudging his weary legs to become the oldest men's singles champion in New York. Aside from Djokovic, who started the 2018 season on 12 Slams, doubling it in 2023 to match Margaret Court's all-time count of 24 - partly in th...