The match had all the hallmarks of a classic, in specific after a breathtaking opening established from both adult males, but the Serb entire world No. 1 shortly place his foot down and raced to a 7-5 6-2 6-2 earn in much less than two several hours.
Victory secures a file-extending ninth Australian Open title for Djokovic, who is now just two grand slams powering the all-time record of 20 jointly held by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Primarily based on today’s performance, there will be very couple betting versus him to one particular day equal — or potentially even surpass — that marker.
Though the match alone most likely finished as to some degree anticlimactic, the submit-match interviews were something but and confirmed the deep regard and admiration these two players have for each individual other.
“Just to inform you a tiny story men,” Medvedev mentioned. “I 1st practiced with Novak when I was 500 in the planet or 600 in the planet in Monaco and he was previously entire world No. 1, had just won Wimbledon. I believed: ‘Okay, he is not likely to talk to me’ or a thing mainly because the dude was a god for me.
“I arrived there and mainly because I was shy I did not communicate, so he was inquiring me thoughts, talking to me like a mate. I was really surprised and it never ever modified given that I was 600 in the globe or four in the environment. You happen to be a good activity and great particular person, so congrats.”
Djokovic replied: “I would like to return the awesome terms to Daniil. Initial of all, class act. You’re a wonderful male, good man or woman … We used to spend more time together, we used to practice much more in Monaco — you might be not contacting me anymore the previous handful of years! But it’s great to see that you happen to be wondering fantastic matters about me, thank you so substantially.
“I seriously like Daniil as a individual off the court docket. He’s terrific, usually extremely helpful, very outgoing but on the courtroom he is unquestionably a single of the toughest gamers that I ever confronted in my existence. It is a issue of time when you are likely to hold a grand slam which is for confident … but if you don’t head waiting around a couple much more many years.”
No transforming of the guard
This was a interesting matchup in between intergenerational abilities, with 33-12 months-old Djokovic representing tennis’ all-conquering old guard and 25-yr-outdated Medvedev the up-and-coming stars that hope to one particular working day dethrone the Serb and his friends.
Primarily based on Sunday’s ultimate, that day nonetheless appears some way off.
Coming into the match, Medvedev had cause to be assured. The globe No. 4 was on a 20-video game successful streak and is only the sixth lively participant to accomplish the feat, becoming a member of Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro.
But Djokovic looked imperious from the get-go, breaking Medvedev in his opening service sport and 2 times keeping his very own with ease to race into a 3- lead. On the other hand, actively playing in only his next grand slam closing when compared to Djokovic’s 28th, Medvedev’s early nerves shortly dissipated and he promptly settled into his rhythm.
The turning issue in the early levels arrived as the pair exchanged a breathtaking 28-shot rally, with Djokovic dumping his ultimate shot into the base of the web to present the Russian break position. Medvedev duly capitalized with some amazing defensive perform to pressure Djokovic into a different error and the to start with set was quickly amount.
Just minutes previously, it felt as though the Serb would race away with the opening set, but instantly the momentum was with Medvedev.
The pair went toe to toe right up until Medvedev was serving to stay in the established at 5-6. As he so generally does at vital moments, Djokovic stepped up a equipment, getting extra size and ability on his returns to split his opponent’s serve and near out a really hard-fought opening set.
This was the eighth assembly amongst these two huge hitters — with Djokovic edging the head-to-head 4-3 — and it had all the makings of staying their finest match to day.
On the other hand, immediately after Medvedev appeared to recuperate perfectly from that early disappointment by breaking Djokovic in the opening match of the 2nd set, he before long crumbled and in the blink of an eye was two sets down.
There seemed to be really very little the globe No. 4 could do to prevent the onslaught and Medvedev’s racquet bore the brunt of his frustration as he crushed it into the ground of the Rod Laver arena.
Although Medvedev unquestionably features the talent to compete with Djokovic — certainly, a stunning fall shot in the third set introduced applause even from his opponent — the working experience and psychological resilience wanted at times of adversity in grand slam finals still appears to be to be lacking.
To Medvedev’s credit, he was eager to go down with a flourish and strike some beautiful ground strokes as Djokovic attempted to shut out the match.
Nevertheless, the globe No. 1 proved that he was nonetheless a level previously mentioned Sunday’s opponent and shut down any late hope Medvedev may have been gaining with a flurry of beautiful pictures.