Novak Djokovic continued his Australian Open dominance as he beat young Daniil Medvedev on Sunday. Squaring off against the Russian, Djokovic emerged victorious in straight sets of 7-5 6-2 6-2 at the Rod Laver Arena. Top-seeded Djokovic clinched a third Australian Open title in succession and a record-extending ninth in all.
The win puts Djokovic on 18 grand slam wins, just two behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for the all-time record. Djokovic became just the second player in history to lift nine trophies at one Grand Slam championship. The Serb snapped Medvedev’s 20-match winning run-in emphatic fashion on Rod Laver Arena.
Congratulating his opponent, Djokovic said at the post match event, “On the court, Daniil is one of the toughest players I have ever faced in my life. It’s only a matter of time before you hold a Grand Slam trophy. If you can wait a few more years, I’d appreciate it. It’s amazing that he has put together a 20-match winning streak over the past few months.”
While extending his thoughts on the event organisers Djokovic expressed, “Thanks to this court, the Rod Laver Arena, I love you each year more and more — the love affair keeps going..I think it was a very successful tournament and I’d like to praise [tournament director] Craig Tiley for a tremendous effort. It was challenging on many different levels and Tennis Australia should be very proud for making it possible.”
Naomi Osaka lifts 2nd AO title
Naomi Osaka stormed to a second Australian Open title and fourth Grand Slam success by beating USA’s Jennifer Brady on Saturday. In an absolute power game, Osaka ousted Brady to win in straight sets – 6-4 6-3.
Winning the game that lasted an hour and 17 minutes, Osaka said, “I didn’t play my last Grand Slam with fans so just to have this energy it means a lot. Thank you so much for coming. I feel like playing a Grand Slam is a super privilege right now and it’s something I won’t take for granted. Thank you for this opportunity.”