Novak Djokovic beats Russian Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 to win the men’s singles Australian Open title.

Djokovic makes it three titles in a row at Melbourne Park and winning 18th career Grand Slam title, pulling him to within two of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the top of the all-time standings.

“Everyone talks about the new generation coming and taking over us, but realistically that isn’t happening still,” Djokovic told Eurosport.

“We can talk about it all day but with all my respect to the other guys, they still have a lot of work to do. I’m not going to stand here and hand it over to them. I’m going to make them work their ass off for that.”

In a ferocious first set with the raucous crowd on Rod Laver Arena roaring the pair on, breaks of serve were exchanged as the tension mounted.

But it was Djokovic who was the more clinical at the business end of the opening set as he broke serve in fine fashion to take it 7-5 with Medvedev crushed by the setback.

In the second set the 33-year-old responded by winning five out of the next six games as Medvedev began to unravel, venting his growing frustration on his racket.

Another break in the next game gave Djokovic the set 6-2 and a comfortable lead as he looked to tighten his vice-like grip on the Norman Brooks Challenge Cup for a ninth time.

Djokovic continued his ruthless dominance until the end as he sealed the last set by winning by 6-2, a surprisingly straightforward victory over a player who has repeatedly threatened of late to break through at a major.

Djokovic held aloft the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup and said: “It has been a rollercoaster ride for me, especially in the last couple of weeks. (Physio) Uli (Badio), special thanks to you. You’ve dedicated so much time to making sure I’m able to play. I’m eternally grateful. Thank you guys, I love you.

“There are a lot of mixed feelings about what has happened in the last month or so with tennis players coming to Australia but, I think, when we draw a line in the end, it was a successful tournament.

“It wasn’t easy, it was very challenging on many different levels but I think (organisers) should be proud of themselves for what they have put together and allowed us to come to Australia and be standing here.

“Last but not least I would like to thank this court. I would like to thank Rod Laver Arena. I love you each year more and more. The love affair keeps going.”

Australian Open 2021: Novak Djokovic thrashes Daniil Medvedev in final


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