MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open dominance is undamaged — 9 finals, 9 championships.
And he helps to keep gaining on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal within the Grand Slam standings, now as much as 18 total, two clear of the boys’s report shared by way of his two opponents.
Djokovic used excellent serving and his standard relentless returning and baseline excellence to take hold of 11 of 13 video games in a single stretch and beat a visibly pissed off Daniil Medvedev 7-Five, 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday for a 3rd trophy in a row at Melbourne Park.
The 33-year-old from Serbia stepped forward to 18-Zero blended in semifinals and finals at the exhausting courts of the Australian Open.
Having a look on the larger image, Djokovic has received six of the final 10 primary tournaments and is confident of closing at No. 1 within the ratings a minimum of via March eight. That may give him 311 weeks within the most sensible spot, breaking a mark held by way of Federer.
The No. Four-ranked Medvedev used to be showing in his moment Grand Slam ultimate — he used to be the runner-up to Nadal on the 2019 U.S. Open — however continues to be left making an attempt accumulate his first such championship.
Djokovic ended the 25-year-old Russian’s 20-match profitable streak. Medvedev additionally had received his earlier 12 suits towards Most sensible 10 combatants.
However going up towards Djokovic in Australia is a far other problem.
Via the second one set, as issues slipped away, Medvedev bounced his white racket off the blue courtroom, then completely destroyed it with a full-on spike. Via the 3rd, he stored taking a look up at his trainer with fingers up as though to invite, “What can I in all probability do right here?”
This is a acquainted sentiment on this stadium, in this courtroom, at this event. Federer, Nadal, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem — all Grand Slam champions, all defeated by way of Djokovic in semifinals or finals in Melbourne.
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So position the 9 triumphs in Australia along 5 at Wimbledon, 3 on the U.S. Open and one on the French Open for Djokovic.
The mathematics appears excellent for Djokovic. He’s a couple of yr more youthful than Nadal and six 1/2 more youthful than Federer, who turns 40 in August. Federer hasn’t competed in additional than a yr after having two knee operations however is anticipated to show to the excursion subsequent month.
On a groovy, cloudy night, an tournament not on time 3 weeks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic concluded with an introduced attendance of seven,426 at Rod Laver Area. Spectators had been barred totally for 5 days previous within the event as a result of an area Covid-19 lockdown, however they sooner or later had been let again in at 50 % capability.
A majority preferred Djokovic on Sunday, so a variety of choruses of his nickname rang out — “No-le, No-le, No-le!” — and Serbian flags dotted the stands, flapping in a swirling breeze.
This used to be his 28th primary ultimate, even with Nadal for the second-most by way of a person in tennis historical past, trailing Federer’s 31.
When it ended, after fewer than two hours, Djokovic dropped to his again at the courtroom, limbs splayed. He has stated he feels at house on the position, and he isn’t able to relinquish possession.