Melbourne: Peerless world primary Novak Djokovic demolished Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in straight units to win his ninth Australian Open title and lengthen his record-breaking reign at Melbourne Park Sunday.
Djokovic overpowered the fourth seed 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 in entrance of seven,400 followers on Rod Laver Area to finish the Russian’s unbeaten run at 20 matches.
In successful a 3rd straight Australian Open for the second time, the Serb claimed his 18th Grand Slam title to maneuver inside two of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who’ve 20 every, whereas denying Medvedev his first.
Not often has a participant been so dominant at a single event with the Serb’s record-extending ninth title shifting him previous Federer’s eight at Wimbledon however nonetheless a great distance behind the 13 Nadal has received at Roland Garros.
Nevertheless it was a rollercoaster trip to get there, with Djokovic dropping 5 units en path to the ultimate and battling an belly harm that just about compelled him to drag out after the third spherical.
Regardless of admitting it was a chance to maintain taking part in, with a danger the harm might worsen and have an effect on the remainder of his season, the 33-year-old selected to proceed and it paid off.
“Thanks to this court, the Rod Laver Arena, I love you each year more and more — the love affair keeps going,” mentioned a relieved Djokovic, whereas paying tribute to Medvedev.
“Daniil, a class act, great guy and great person,” he mentioned.
“It’s a matter of time till you hold a Grand Slam.”
Medvedev, 25, is among the smartest gamers on tour, retaining his opponents guessing together with his flat and low groundstrokes, altering up the tempo and angles, as he blends impenetrable defence with opportunistic offence.
However the Serb, who held a 4-3 head-to-head file in opposition to him however had misplaced three of the earlier 4, had his measure.
“It’s never easy to find words when you have just lost the final of a Grand Slam,” mentioned Medvedev.
“But congrats Novak and his team. I mean, nine Grand Slams in Australia and 18 total is amazing and probably not the last one.”
“I really wanted to make this match long and more entertaining, but today was not the day,” he added.