Melbourne: In what turned out to be a terrific Sunday outing for Australian open fans, in a clash of nerves, Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev in straight sets to grab the crown of the Australian Open men’s singles final with the 18th Grand Slam title going his way.
Sticking to his number tag, the Djoker as he is popularly called trounced Russian tennis ace Daniil Medvedev in straight sets 7-5, 6-2, 6-2. This win was his ninth Australian Open title. The win at Melbourne Park gets him to move within two of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who have 20 each.
Playing in front of a gallery of 7,400 fans on the Rod Laver Arena the tennis professional ended the Russian’s unbeaten run at 20 matches. The win is being seen as a major achievement given that Djokovic is battling an abdominal injury and at one point was contemplating pulling out.
Despite an injury, the 33-year-old chose to continue and it paid off.
While Djokovic is past Federer, he is still behind Rafael Nadal.
In his race to victory, he won three games in a row, despite the disruption of two fans being ejected in an apparent refugee protest.
After Medvedev dropped his opening serve in set three, getting back his mojo looked difficult for him.
The win reinforced Djokovic’s status as world number one, where he will mark his 311th week.