In a interval of uncertainty throughout the globe, sure facets in tennis have remained the identical – Rafael Nadal profitable on the French Open and Novak Djokovic on the Australian Open. The World No.1, along with his formidable serving, spectacular returning, and baseline supremacy, tamed a annoyed Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday to finish a hat-trick of trophies on the Melbourne Park, and bag a record-extending ninth Australian Open title and 18th Grand Slam trophy.
Djokovic made his intentions clear in the beginning of the match, breaking Medvedev early within the second sport earlier than the Russian fought again to proceed the set on serve. Djokovic finally broke Medvedev within the 12th sport to race away to a Zero-40 lead and wrapped up the set. The Russian didn’t bounce again within the successive units, leaving the relentless Serb to inch nearer to his ninth title.
“There are a variety of combined emotions within the final month over tennis gamers coming to Australia,” Djokovic mentioned after his win. “It wasn’t straightforward, it was difficult on many ranges – [but] because of the organisers for making it occur.” The champion saved his ultimate phrases for the Rod Laver Area: “each day, I really like you an increasing number of.”
18 Grand Slam titles for Djokovic which nonetheless retains him third within the all-time record after 20 every from Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. That is the closest he has stood to Federer’s Grand Slam tally in his profession.
59 ATP titles combining Masters 1000, Nitto ATP title and majors, which additional consolidates his place atop with Nadal standing second with 56 and Federer with 54.
9 titles on the Australian Open is essentially the most for any participant within the historical past of the sports activities, extending his personal file atop, now standing three forward of Federer and Roy Emerson with six every. He gained titles in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
2 Djokovic now stands second within the record of most titles gained at a single Grand Slam occasion, with solely Nadal’s unimaginable tally of 13 French Open trophies atop. Federer’s tally of eight Wimbledon titles stands third adopted by Pete Sampras’ run of seven trophies on the SW19.
6 Djokovic has now equalled Nadal’s file for many majors gained after turning 30. Nadal had earlier surpassed the Serb to take the highest spot along with his 13th French Open title final September. Serena holds the file with 10 titles after turning 30.