Australian Open - 'Faultless Novak Djokovic has made huge statement to the world' - Mats Wilander
Eurosport expert Mats Wilander has lavished praise on Novak Djokovic after the world number one defeated Daniil Medvedev in straight sets to win his ninth Australian Open title and his 18th Grand Slam title. Djokovic was utterly dominant as he clinched a 7-5 6-2 6-2 victory over the Russian on his favourite court in Melbourne.
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That’s a huge statement to them, to us, to the whole world. Novak is just so complete these days, he can hit those little drop shots, he can come to the net, he’s got choices.
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"When you watch Novak play at the Australian Open, it looks as difficult to beat him here as it does to beat Rafa Nadal at Roland-Garros. The last two matches were faultless – he just didn’t make any mistakes in the semi-finals or the final.
"It shouldn’t be because it’s a faster court, it should be much more difficult, but he looks so solid, so confident, and once he gets into the lead I don’t know what you have to do," he continued.
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"It’s amazing how Djokovic has claimed the Australian Open as his home Slam. Rafa has Roland-Garros as his home Slam, and Roger Federer has Wimbledon as his home. So it’s amazing how they all dominate in their own ‘living rooms’.
"But Novak, wow, that’s a tough loss for Medvedev. He clearly needs to improve the variety of his shots.
"It was disappointing for Djokovic at the US Open, but it’s starting again with Rafa winning at Roland-Garros to reach 20, and Novak is on 18 – now we start thinking Novak is most probably the favourite to win the US Open because it’s a hard court. Wimbledon? Maybe he’s the favourite. At the end of this year, who knows who’s going to be in the lead."
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