At age 36, Novak Djokovic wants his career of greatness to last a little longer

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.

Medvedev comes into the match as the underdog to Djokovic, who won this year's Australian and French Opens and lost an epic five-set championship battle to Alcaraz at Wimbledon.

Russia's Daniil Medvedev returns the ball to Spain's Carlos Alcaraz during the U.S. Open men's singles semifinal match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, on Sept. 8, 2023.  (Kena Betancur / AFP via Getty Images)

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.

Federer retired from major competition last year, and Nadal could be hanging it up shortly.

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.

ESPN and other Disney properties were pulled from Charter Communication’s Spectrum on Aug. 24 in an ongoing carriage fee dispute. The Disney channels were still off Spectrum on Sunday afternoon.

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.

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