Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open dominance is intact — nine finals, nine titles.
What’s more, he continues to acquire on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam standings, presently up to 18 in general, two away from the men’s record shared by his two opponents.
Djokovic utilized superb serving and his standard relentless returning and benchmark greatness to get 11 of 13 games in a single stretch and beat a noticeably baffled Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday for a third prize in succession at Melbourne Park.
The 33-year-old from Serbia improved to 18-0 joined in elimination rounds and finals on the hard courts of the Australian Open.
Taking a gander at the master plan, Djokovic has won six of the last 10 significant competitions and is guaranteed of staying at No. 1 in the rankings in any event through March 8. That will allow him 311 weeks in the best position, breaking an imprint held by Federer.
The No. 4-ranked Medvedev was showing up in his subsequent Grand Slam last — he was the sprinter up to Nadal at the 2019 U.S. Open — yet is still left difficult gather his first such title.
Djokovic finished the 25-year-old Russian’s 20-match series of wins. Medvedev additionally had won his past 12 matches against Top 10 adversaries.
Yet, going toward Djokovic in Australia is an entirely different test.
Constantly set, as things sneaked away, Medvedev skiped his white racket off the blue court, at that point totally obliterated it with an all out spike. By the third, he kept gazing toward his mentor with palms up as though to ask,“What can I possibly do here?”
It is a familiar sentiment in this arena, on this court, at this competition. Federer, Nadal, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem — all Grand Slam champions, all crushed by Djokovic in elimination rounds or finals in Melbourne.
So place the nine victories in Australia close by five at Wimbledon, three at the U.S. Open and one at the French Open for Djokovic.
The number related searches useful for Djokovic. He is about a year more youthful than Nadal and 6 1/2 more youthful than Federer, who turns 40 in August. Federer hasn’t contended in over a year in the wake of having two knee tasks yet is relied upon to go to the visit one month from now.
On a cool, cloudy evening, an occasion deferred three weeks in light of the Covid pandemic finished up with a reported participation of 7,426 at Rod Laver Arena. Onlookers were banned altogether for five days sooner in the competition on account of a nearby Covid-19 lockdown, yet they in the end were let back in at 50% limit.
A greater part preferred Djokovic on Sunday, so a lot of melodies of his epithet rang out — “No-le, No-le, No-le!” — and Serbian flags dotted the stands, flapping in a swirling breeze.
This was his 28th major final, even with Nadal for the second-most by a man in tennis history, following Federer’s 31.
At the point when it finished, after less than two hours, Djokovic dropped to his back on the court, appendages spread. He has said he feels comfortable at the spot, and he isn’t prepared to give up ownership.