Novak Djokovic’s dominance over the Australian Open remains intact: nine finals, nine championships.
And he continues to move closer to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam title standings, with 18 accolades and two of the men’s record shared by his two rivals.
Djokovic used superb serve and his usual persistence in the rally to win 11 of 13 games in a stage and defeat a frustrated Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 this Sunday, taking his third trophy followed by Melbourne Park. .
The 33-year-old Serbian improved to 18-0 in the semi-finals and finals on hard courts at the Australian Open.
On a more general level, Djokovic has won six of the last 10 major tournaments and is assured of staying at the top of the rankings until at least March 8. That will give him 311 weeks on the job, beating a Federer record.
Medvedev, world number 4, was contesting his second Grand Slam final – he was a finalist against Nadal at the 2019 US Open – and was trying to win his first major championship.
Djokovic ended the 25-year-old Russian’s 20-win streak. Medvedev had also won his last 12 games against opponents in the Top 10 of the rankings.
But facing Djokovic in Australia is a very different challenge.
In the second set, when he was losing the match, Medvedev slammed the white racket against the blue court, and then destroyed it with a blow. By the third, he was looking at his coach raising his hands, as if asking “What am I supposed to do here?”
It’s a familiar feeling in that stadium, on that court, in that tournament. Federer, Nadal, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem … all are Grand Slam tournament champions who were defeated by Djokovic in Melbourne finals or semi-finals.