Novak Djokovic on cloud nine in Australia after Daniil Medvedev mauling

A event that needed to deal with many uncertainties because of the COVID-19 pandemic, climaxed with Novak Djokovic remaining an unbreakable pressure as he thrashed Daniil Medvedev to assert a record-extending ninth Australian Open title on Sunday.

The world primary’s 7-5 6-2 6-2 triumph beneath the lights at Rod Laver Arena secured his 18th Grand Slam title, bringing him inside tantalising attain of Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal’s all-time males’s report of 20. Much like Dominic Thiem in final 12 months’s last, Djokovic confronted an opponent determined for achievement and his personal seat on the Grand Slam desk. Unlike Thiem, who pushed Djokovic to 5 units, Medvedev by no means actually threatened in his second Grand Slam last.

Djokovic made a mockery of the Russian’s 20-match successful streak and his pre-match barb that every one the strain to win was on the champion. He broke him seven instances for the match and closed out the one-sided contest with a net-rush and a superb leaping volley. Having prolonged his unbeaten report in nine finals at Melbourne Park, the Serb roared in triumph and wrapped up his workforce in a gaggle hug. After acknowledging Medvedev’s congratulations, Djokovic thanked the blue centre court docket in the course of the trophy ceremony.

“I would like to thank Rod Laver Arena. I love you each year more and more. It’s been a love affair that keeps growing. Thank you so much,” he stated. “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 once you maintain a Grand Slam that is for certain. If you do not thoughts ready a number of extra years.”

Djokovic now has received six Grand Slam titles after the age of 30, equalling Nadal’s report. He had stated pre-match that Medvedev was the person to beat in Melbourne Park and appeared decided to do it shortly as he slammed down an ace first level and broke Medvedev instantly. With an acrobatic, leaping smash, he shot out to a 3-0 lead. It was deflating begin for Medvedev however he rallied to 3-3.

Running the Serb ragged in an epic rally, Medvedev clinched two break factors when Djokovic netted a drop-shot from the baseline and the Serb dropped serve with a smash into the online. With Medvedev matching him on the baseline, Djokovic tried pulling him to the online, the Russian’s least favorite a part of the court docket.

MEDVEDEV FURY

The ploy paid off as Djokovic ripped a backhand passing shot for 3 set factors and took it when a flustered Medvedev thumped a forehand into the online. The momentum swung to Medvedev as Djokovic’s backhand wavered when serving first in the second set. Yet the Russian couldn’t consolidate, handing the break again with an error-strewn recreation. Play was suspended briefly mid-point at 2-1 after a protester yelled “free the refugees” repeatedly throughout play earlier than being ejected to cheers from the group.

Medvedev appeared unperturbed when he fired an ace on the following level however then dropped serve in a rush with a pair of unforced errors. Djokovic marched on to a 5-2 lead and Medvedev smashed his racket in fury. The Russian sunk deeper right into a funk, slapping a forehand lengthy to concede two set factors earlier than being virtually knocked off his toes by a scorching Djokovic return. Worse was to return as Medvedev began the third by being damaged twice in succession, a weak volley into the online handing Djokovic a 3-0 lead. It had all gone downhill so shortly however Medvedev battled to interrupt again.

Yet there was no method to breach Djokovic’s stonewall defence. Holding to 5-2 after an epic rally, Djokovic went to his chair with a pointed faucet at his temple and an icy gaze on the Russian. In an exciting match level, Djokovic raced across the court docket earlier than ending up on the web the place he leapt excessive to smash a lob previous the Russian and declare his second hat-trick of titles at Melbourne Park after his 2011-13 treble.

“Never easy to speak when you just lost a final of a Grand Slam,” stated Medvedev. “But I’ll try to do my best, better than on court I hope. “First of all congrats to Novak and your workforce. Nine Grand Slams in Australia. 18 in complete is wonderful and possibly not your final one. I’ve no phrases to say.”

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