Djokovic was ruthless in the title-match, beating the rival in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2, 6-2. Despite many thinking that the Russian might be the one who stops Novak’s reign at Rod Laver Arena, that didn’t happen, with the Serb displaying a magnificent performance, sweeping away the opponent.
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This was his ninth title in nine finals, and what adds more value to it is the fact that Djokovic had an injury in the third round against Taylor Fritz, which could have ended his participation at AO.
Djokovic opened the contest in the best possible way, making a break in the second game, and pulling away. However, the Russian answered, leveling the result, but Djokovic’s mindset provided him with an edge in the 12th game, once he crushed Medvedev’s defiance.
Medvedev’s morale took a big hit, but he responded well, breaking Djokovic’s serve at the start of the second set. Still, Novak’s burst that saw him winning four straight games, and winning two break points during that time took the match in a different direction than anticipated, and in no time, it was 2-0 for the champion.
The third set was more or less routine. Medvedev had some early chances to take Novak’s serve, but failed to use them. Such missed opportunities against Novak are usually punished severely, and there wasn’t any difference this time. The champion didn’t waste too much time but swiftly rolled over the challenger to win another trophy, his 18th career Grand Slam.
Novak is two titles away from Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, and the way he plays right now suggests that he might surpass both of these guys.
After today’s win, he will for sure break Roger Federer’s record for the number of weeks at the top of the ATP list. The Swiss legend’s milestone will be eclipsed on March 8, with Djokovic adding this honor to his long list of achievements.
As for Medvedev, he lost following 20 straight wins and missed another chance to take one Grand Slam trophy. Yet, the Russian showed an impressive rise over the past year, becoming one of the players who could replace Novak at the No.1 place in the ATP rankings at some point.