Novak Djokovic cruised to victory in the Australian Open final at Melbourne Park as he beat Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in straight sets. This is his ninth Australian Open title.
Djokovic thrashed the fourth seed 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 at the Rod Laver Arena which was filled with 7,400 fans to end the Russian’s unbeaten run in 20 matches.
The Serb won his third straight Australian Open, thereby claiming his 18th Grand Slam title to move within two of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who both have 20 titles each, and in the process denying Medvedev his first title.
Concerning the number of wins in a single Grand Slam, the Serb extended his record to nine, moving him past Federer’s eight at Wimbledon but still a long way behind the 13 Nadal has won at Roland Garros.
However, it was a roller-coaster ride to get there, with Djokovic dropping five sets en route to the final and battling an abdominal injury that nearly ended his tournament run in the third round.
Despite saying it was a huge gamble to keep playing, with the risk of worsening the injury, which could affect the rest of his season, the 33-year-old chose to continue and it paid off.
In recognition of the success he had enjoyed at the Australian Open, Djokovic said, “Thanks to this court, the Rod Laver Arena, I love you each year more and more — the love affair keeps going,”
And while paying tribute to Medvedev, Djokovic said:
“Daniil, a class act, great guy and great person,” he said.
“I really like him off the court … but on court he’s definitely one of the toughest players I have ever faced in my life.
“It’s a matter of time till you hold a Grand Slam.”