Novak Djokovic remains unbeaten in the Australian Open final, taking out Grand Slam number nine at Melbourne Park in his straight-sets victory over Russian Daniil Medvedev.
The world number one is now just two grand slam titles away from equalling Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s shared record of 20 major titles each, having battled injury and quarantine on his way to the title.
The momentum was behind the world number one early in the first set, going up a break early and winning the first three games of the final.
However, Medvedev was quick to turn it back around, relying on his serve and forcing Djokovic into longer rallies forcing the Serbian to generate his own power, creating chances for Djokovic to make an error. In no time at all the world number four broke back and looked just as comfortable as the eight-time Australian Open champion in a Grand Slam Final.
Djokovic took the first set, breaking Medvedev’s serve once more, with the Russian unable to defend three set points.
The Russian didn’t let the disappointment of losing the first set affect him, breaking Djokovic’s serve in the first game of the set. But the Serbian was quick to break back taking advantage of Medvedev’s weaker second serve and climbing unforced error count.
Djokovic proceeded to win the next 4 games in a row, only disrupted by a member of the crowd who was ejected during one of Medvedev’s service games.
Medvedev attempted to hold on, but only managed to retain his serve once more in a 40-love game before Djokovic steamed home to take his second set.
The Russian appeared to be rattled at the start of the third set, going down a break early and allowing Djokovic to have a 3-0 lead for the second time in the match.
Medvedev managed to hold his serve twice midway through the set but was unable to challenge the world number one’s serve, unable to earn a break point throughout the set.
Djokovic was rock solid in the final game of the match, once again breaking Medvedev’s serve, clinching the match, and the 2021 Australian Open title.
The Serbian has cemented a legacy at Melbourne Park, much like Nadal and Federer’s and Roland Garros and Wimbledon respectively, having never been beaten down under once he reaches the semi-final.
Djokovic now chases his first Career Golden Slam, looking to claim gold at the Tokyo Olympics and second Career Grand Slam, should he win the French Open later this year.