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Novak Djokovic, Australian Open champion; beat Medvedev

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Melbourne, Australia / 21.02.2021 07:26:17

Novak Djokovic beat Russian Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2 and 6-2 on Sunday to clinch his ninth Australian Open title, a record at Melbourne Park that also allowed him to add his 18th Grand Slam crown.

In this way, the Serbian tennis player approached the historical record of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal of 20 conquests in the big tournaments of the male circuit.

In the match played at the Rod Laver Arena, Medvedev could never put the world’s number one in trouble or show why he reached the definition with a streak of 20 consecutive wins.

Djokovic broke his rival’s serve seven times in a match that he dominated from start to finish.

Medvedev « is without a doubt one of the toughest players I have faced. It is a matter of time for you to win a Grand Slam, there is no doubt about that. I hope you don’t mind waiting a few more years, « Djokovic said of his rival.

Now the Serbian has won six Grand Slam titles after age 30, equaling Nadal’s record, as well as Djokovic claimed his third straight crown in Melbourne, something he had achieved in 2011-13.

« It’s never easy to talk when you’ve just lost a Grand Slam final, » Medvedev said after the match. « PBut I will try to do my best, better than on the court, I hope« .

« First of all, congratulations to Novak and his team. Nine Grand Slams in Australia and 18 in total is incredible. Probably not the last« , added the Russian tennis player.

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