All nines for Novak Djokovic (33)!
The world number one won his ninth title at the Australian Open with a 7: 5, 6: 2, 6: 2 against Daniil Medvedev (25 / Russia). It was his 18th success in a Grand Slam tournament, only Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (20 each) have more.
Medvedev, the hobby chess player, was quickly mated in three moves or sets, because Djokovic brought all his skills and experience to the point. The Russian was only able to show in phases why he will be number 3 in the world from Monday.
A world-class final developed from the beginning, albeit initially without Medvedev’s participation. Djokovic literally overran his opponent with two incredible service games. Plus a break – 3-0.
But Medvedev did what he is very good at. He mercilessly exploited the slightest hint of weakness in the “Djoker”. Break brought back and from now on always extremely dangerous. But in the end Djokovic showed why he was at the top of the world rankings for the 311st week on Monday, longer than anyone else before him.
At the perfect time, he managed his second break to win the set to 7: 5. The experience of 17 Grand Slam titles on the one hand and none on the other flashed. Medvedev is on the Serbs, but overtaking is still difficult.
In the second round, too, the Russian’s quick break was deceiving, who now dismantled and could no longer counter the powerful game of the opponent. Because Djokovic countered immediately and added. He was now the dominant man of this final.
Medvedev also noticed, who smashed his racket after the 5: 2 and was warned by the German referee Nico Helwerth (35). The set went 6: 2 to the tournament favorites.
Medvedev’s resistance was now finally broken. After 1:53 hour, Djokovic converted his first match point to 6: 2. An incredible idea.