Australian Open - 'Invincible' Novak Djokovic downs Daniil Medvedev for ninth title in Melbourne
World number one Novak Djokovic further cemented his status as one of the greats of the game with a quite brilliant demolition of fourth seed Daniil Medvedev to secure his ninth title at the Australian Open and 18th Grand Slam title. Djokovic was utterly dominant in the final on Sunday and is the undisputed king at Melbourne Park.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup as he celebrates victory in his Men’s Singles Final match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia during day 14 of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park
In a match that lurched wildly in terms of fortunes, Djokovic stormed back with two successive breaks of serve to re-stamp his authority on the match at a crucial point. Indeed, the Serb ended up breaking his opponent seven times over the course of the match.
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The third set was more of the same for Djokovic with a crucial early break of serve giving him the ascendancy over the Russian, who looked increasingly shell-shocked by the resistance and dominance from the other side of the net.
Quite simply, the Serb was utterly relentless and never gave his opponent a glimmer of an opportunity to control the match when it mattered.
Djokovic continued his ruthless dominance until the end as he sealed a surprisingly straightforward victory over a player who has repeatedly threatened of late to break through at a major.
"I would like to thank Rod Laver Arena," Djokovic said in his victory speech. "I love you each year more and more. It's been a love affair that keeps growing. Thank you so much.
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"On the court, he's [Medvedev] definitely one of the toughest players that I ever faced in my life. It's a matter of time when you hold a Grand Slam that's for sure. If you don't mind waiting a few more years."
Medvedev responded: "It's never easy to speak when you just lost a final of a Grand Slam. But I'll try to do my best, better than on court I hope.
"First of all congrats to Novak and your team. Nine Grand Slams in Australia. 18 in total is amazing and probably not your last one. I have no words to say."
For the world number one, this was yet another crowning triumph as he clinched his 18th Grand Slam on his favourite court, and he was hailed as "invincible" by the Eurosport commentators Chris Bradnam and Frew McMillan.
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