After having secured the overtaking against Roger Federer in the special ranking of the weeks at the top of the ranking, the Serbian champion Novak Djokovic has in fact limited himself to doing what he has always been able to do best: to win.
Again at the Australian Open. After a tournament seasoned by controversy (and also by some physical annoyance) the number one of the big group has in fact kept the best for the last two games. He won the match against the surprise Aslan Karatsev and destroyed, tactically and mentally, Daniil Medvedev in the final.
What more than an alternative to the Djokovic Australian Open version seemed almost a certainty. And instead Djokovic is Djokovic. He resists in the first set and spreads completely between the second and third fractions. Evidently also highlighting the limits of a player who perhaps, perhaps, is not yet ready to win a Grand Slam.
It ends 7-5 6-2 6-2 after just under two hours of play: Nole adds the ninth pearl to the series of successes in the Slam downunder (practically putting himself behind only Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros) but above all reaches altitude eighteen in the Grand Slams.