Novak Djokovic Wins Ninth Australian Open Title

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Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 to win a record-extending ninth Australian Open title on Sunday (Feb 21).

The win at Rod Laver Arena gave the 33-year-old Serb his 18th Grand Slam tennis crown, putting him just two behind the record 20 jointly held by Swiss great Roger Federer and Spanish ace Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic demolished the fourth seed in front of 7,400 fans to end the Russian’s unbeaten run at 20 matches.

In winning his third straight Australian Open, he denied Medvedev his first. The 25-year-old had lost his first Grand Slam final at the 2019 US Open.

Much like Dominic Thiem in last year’s final, Djokovic faced an opponent desperate for success and his own seat at the Grand Slam table.

But unlike the Austrian, who pushed Djokovic to five sets, Medvedev never really threatened.

Djokovic made a mockery of the Russian’s 20-match winning streak and his pre-match barb that all the pressure to win was on the champion.

He broke him seven times for the match and closed out the one-sided contest with a net-rush and a brilliant leaping volley.

Having extended his unbeaten record in nine finals at Melbourne Park, the Serb roared in triumph and wrapped up his team in a group hug.

He now has won six Grand Slam titles after the age of 30, equalling Nadal’s record.

Reuters/AFP

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