ATP Australian Open: Novak Djokovic downs Daniil Medvedev to challenge Federer, Nadal



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ATP Australian Open: Novak Djokovic downs Daniil Medvedev to challenge Federer, Nadal

Novak Djokovic claimed the ninth Australian Open crown and the 18th Major overall following a 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Daniil Medvedev in an hour and 53 minutes. The Serb is yet to lose the Australian Open final, and he played on a high level today to leave the Russian far behind in sets two and three.

Novak lost serve twice and delivered seven breaks from 11 chances, staying focused and taming his rival's strokes nicely to control the rallies and write the record books. Djokovic won five points more in the opening set and delivered two breaks that wrapped it for him.

Novak made a convincing start, serving well and closing the opening game with an unreturned serve. The Serb forced Medvedev's backhand error in game two to grab an early break and held at love with a smash at love for a 3-0 advantage in blazing eight minutes.

Medvedev held at 30 in game four to add his name to the scoreboard and broke back at 15 following Djokovic's loose smash in game five to get back on the positive side. The Russian held at love to lock the result at 3-3 after 20 minutes, looking much better than in the early stages.

Bouncing back, Djokovic produced one good hold after another in the rest of the set and grabbed the set 7-5 on his third set chance in game 12. The Serb seized three breaks in set number two thanks to 45% of the return points won, taming Daniil's serve with mighty efficiency and taking the set 6-2 for another massive step towards the finish line and the title.

Novak Djokovic is the nine-time Australian Open champion.

They traded breaks in the opening two games, and Novak clinched another at 2-1, stealing Daniil's serve for the third straight time to remain in the driving seat.

The defending champion held at love in game five with an ace and produced two quick points at deuce in game seven to stay in front. Medvedev broke his racquet in anger after that game and got broken in game eight to send Djokovic two sets to love in front in under 80 minutes.

Novak survived break points in the third set's opening game and grabbed a break in the next one following Medvedev's volley error to open a 2-0 lead. The Serb cemented the break with a service winner in game three and held after Daniil's wild forehand in game five for 4-1.

From 15-30, Djokovic earned three straight points in game seven to keep Medvedev away from break opportunities and sealed the deal with another break at 5-2 to celebrate the title.