Novak Djokovic is the king of the Australian Open for the ninth time and beats young rival Daniil Medvedev in straight sets, 7 -5 6-2 6-2

World number one was cool as a cucumber while the Russian, who was expected to be a real challenge, collapsed when he fell behind

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Medvedev had a winning streak of 20 games but, apart from a short time in the first set, looked nowhere near Djokovic’s level

It is the third title in a row for the Serb in Melbourne Park and brings him 18 Grand Slam wins, just two behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for the all-time record

“Thanks to this dish, the Rod Laver Arena, I love you more and more every year – the love relationship continues,” said a relieved Djokovic and praised Medvedev

“I really like him outside of the court. But on the court he’s definitely one of the toughest players I’ve ever faced in my life

Djokovic’s speech to the crowd came after Tennis Australia Chairman Jayne Hrdlicka was booed for mentioning the Covid vaccine and the Victorian government

The unusual scenes came at the end of a tournament that was delayed three weeks due to the coronavirus and had to ban fans for five days when state authorities ordered an early lockdown

Djokovic will break the world number one record for most weeks next month – one of the two goals he set for himself before he retired, the other is to win the slams record

“To be honest, this phase of my career is about majors,” said Djokovic after the game on Channel 9

“It’s all about ranking Nr1s are obviously the two biggest goals Has managed to get this historic No. To achieve1 It seems unreal

“Once this historic number 1 is reached, then I will mainly focus on the slams. There I want to shine Age is just a number That’s a kind of mindset We have to be realistic but I’m not 22 anymore, I’ll go with you have to deal with the schedule and calendar in different ways so that I can climax at the right moment at the slams ”

With many Serbian fans in the crowd, Djokovic received a more positive reaction than Medvedev

when entering the Rod Laver Arena

He started off perfectly with a strong grip on 15 including an ace – his 101 of the tournament it’s his best on the way to a slam final when he defeated 76 at Wimbledon in 2013

The Russian looked nervous early on and handed Djokovic two breakpoints in his first service game after making a mistake, claiming the break for the latter Djokovic then loved to lead 3-0

Medvedev eventually got on the board 3-1, but not before the crowd continued to support the eight-time champion Commentator Jim Courier described this as a “welcome to my house” moment

The tipping point came after a 28-shot rally the following game, where the two stellar defenders battled from the baseline, but Medvedev eventually scored two breakpoints at 15-40

A seedy overhead from Djokovic allowed the Russian to convert to 3-2 and he would soon consolidate to 3-3

“The only shot he (Djokovic) has that doesn’t meet the standard of the rest of the game is the overhead,” Jim Courier explained at Nine

Both players then took things to another level with incredible shots and rallies, Medvedev, who served to stay in the set, took only 61 seconds to hold 5-5 but then gave Djokovic three set points at 5 -6 and 0-40

He managed to save two big first serves – including his fastest game at 214 km / h – but then he botched a third shot of a rally to give the Serb the 7-5 set

Djokovic 285-6 in best-of-five games when winning the first set The last defeat went to Stan Wawrinka at the 2016US Open # AusOpen @FOXSportsAUS

However, things turned very quickly when Medvedev was given a sudden breakpoint opportunity in the opening game of the second set and converted it

Djokovic did not want to accept this, however, and forced three mistakes to break down from 30-15 and reset the set to 1-1 on serve

“Those returns are outrageous at the moment, the depth it has been able to reach is an initial premium of 206,” Lleyton Hewitt said in a comment

Three casual mistakes by Medvedev enabled Djokovic to record the first stop of the set for 2-1

Then he overcame a protest against racism that got loud during one point and resulted in its being stopped

“Novak couldn’t help that. He brought the ball high in the air in the middle of the rally to suggest that we have to take a break if the person didn’t stop talking,” said Jim Courier

Djokovic quickly broke off 3-1, which suddenly turned 4-2. Medvedev came close in the following game but couldn’t retreat and when he fell 5-2, he destroyed his racket

Medvedev had no answers in the next game when he tried to stay in the set – and realistically in the game – handing the Serb two set points at 15-40. He saved one, but not a second, Djokovic claimed 6-2

He is a remarkable 216-1 when he moves up two sets in five sets in all games and only loses to Jürgen Melzer at the 2010 French Open

Djokovic faced two breakpoints 15:40 in the opening game of the third set, but won four consecutive points, forced another attempted bat from Medvedev and achieved a 1-0 lead

“Medvedev has to take some time and go to his box that contains his towel He’s in a bad mood. If he’s not careful, he’ll hit himself in a hole, ”said Jim Courier

The Russian hurried his serves in the next game and then fell into a 2-0 deficit with a failed volley

Medvedev finally held on to 3-1, but his body language indicated on almost every point that he had little confidence to end his first comeback in two sets

At 4-2, he tried to get the crowd behind him – similar to the 2019 US Open final when he forced a fifth set (but ultimately fell short) after losing two sets and a break to Rafael had Nadal

“Words are never easy to find when you’ve just lost the final of a Grand Slam,” said Medvedev

“But congratulations to Novak and his team I mean, nine Grand Slams in Australia and a total of 18 are incredible and probably not the last” I wanted to make this match really long and fun, but today wasn’t the day””

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