Novak Djokovic was proclaimed champion of the Australian Open after beating Russian Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2 and 6-2 in the final in 1h 53m. This is the Serbian's ninth triumph in the great Australian, the third in a row and the eighth of the last eleven editions. He controlled the game from start to finish, and achieved the 18th great of his career; In this way, he cut differences with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who dominate the great historical race with 20 titles each.
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In the same way as the Spanish dominates in Roland Garros and Swiss in Wimbledon, the one from Belgrade is the master of Melbourne. His first triumph dates from 2008, when he was crowned with 20 years, and then he continued a sequence that includes the trophies of 2011, 1012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020 and the latter. The 33-year-old number one has not lost a match in the Australian tournament since losing to South Korea's Hyeon Chung in the round of 16 three years ago.
Throughout the tournament, Djokovic has successively shed Jerémy Chardy, Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz, Milos Raonic, Alexander Zverev and Nobel laureate Karatsev, before the clash with Medvedev. From the third round, the Serbian suffered back problems and struggled to carry out the next two games; However, in the penultimate season he already showed an ostensible improvement and in the final he competed in all his expression, nullifying and driving a rival as demanding as Russia to despair.
In fact, the Moscow tennis player had won in three of the last four meetings between the two, the last time at the November Masters. But, highly inspired, both in service and in exchanges, Djokovic won the title and compressed the fight with Nadal (34 years) and Federer (39), placing himself only two steps away from the two. The Serbian, in addition, made sure these days surpass the Swiss record in terms of weeks as number one. On March 8, Djokovic will accumulate 311.