Serena Williams surprises Novak Djokovic with a delightful request “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”

Serena Williams surprises Novak Djokovic with a delightful request “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”


Novak Djokovic is preparing to compete for a remarkable 24th Grand Slam of his career in the US Open final on Sunday evening. The Serb faces Daniil Medvedev in a repeat of the 2021 showdown at Flushing Meadows.


Serena Williams surprises Novak Djokovic with a delightful request “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”

On that occasion, the Russian stunned Djokovic by winning in straight sets. Here, Medvedev admits he will need to be at least ‘10 times better’ than he was two years ago to have any chance of seeing off a dominant Djokovic.

It comes after Coco Gauff became the first American teenager to win the US Open since her idol, Serena Williams, did in 1999. The 19-year-old defeated Aryna Sabalenka after coming from a set down.

Williams has reacted with delight after seeing Gauff presented with the trophy. Follow all the latest with our LIVE US Open blog, below

Medvedev discusses Djokovic ‘mentality
Daniil Medvedev has praised Novak Djokovic’s mentality and the Serb’s ability to bounce back from defeats.

Djokovic has been in fine form since his Wimbledon final reverse against Carlos Alcaraz.

The 36-year-old meets World No 3 Medvedev in the US Open final tonight.

Medvedev said: “I think the only way I can use it is, as I say, thinking that Novak, when he loses, he’s never the same after. So he’s different. It’s just a different mentality. That’s why he has 23 Grand Slams, whatever Masters 1000s, weeks at No 1,” said the Russian.

“So I have to use it knowing that he’s going to be 10 times better than he was that day. And I have to be, if I want to still beat him, 10 times better than I was that day. That’s what I’m going to try to do.”

Gauff told she can win 10 Grand Slams
Martina Navratilova believes Coco Gauff can win at least 10 Grand Slams.

Gauff, 19, lifted her first major title after beating Aryna Sabalenka at the US Open on Saturday.

And she’s got the backing from a tennis legend to continue making history.

“She will win double-figure majors if she stays fit,” Navratilova told Sky Sports.

“We were talking the big three. Now it’s the big four. It’s Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka, Elena Rybakina and Coco Gauff.

“She has no pressure on her now because now she’s won this one, so the expectations have been met. I think the confidence that she’ll get from this, she’s just getting started. Now she’s got some time to get better.

Sabalenka apologises to family
Aryna Sabalenka has apologised to her family after losing against Coco Gauff in the US Open final.

Sabalenka’s family watched on from Belarus, nine hours ahead of New York.

“Well, without them, I wouldn’t be here,” Sabalenka said when asked about her family’s support.

“They have been pushing themselves so hard so I would have this chance to become a tennis player. I mean, I don’t know what time is it there right now. It’s probably night. For me, it’s important to get good sleep for them, you know

“So they were awake, watching me. I mean, now they have to go to bed, but 100 per cent they’re not going to sleep well. So that’s what I apologise for.

“Yeah, I would say that my family did a good job. If not them, I wouldn’t be here. I really appreciate for everything they did, yeah.”


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