Novak Djokovic defeats Daniil Medvedev to lift 9th Australian Open trophy
Heading into this final many wondered whether Daniil Medvedev had what it takes to defeat Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final. Early returns from this match indicated a clear no with Djokovic jumping out to a 3-0 lead due to some early nerves by Medvedev. The Russian managed to settle in nicely after that making it 3-3. The match was balanced right up until the end where Djokovic used one of his 3 consecutive break points to clinch the set 7-5.
His tactical approach to the game was flawless as he avoided Medvedev's backhand and switched the tempo of the game often to keep the Russian confused. That approach paid off massively in the 2nd set where Djokovic put on a show despite losing his serve in the first game. Medvedev became increasingly nervous making several mistakes that coincided with his level dropping off as well. All of that combined gave Djokovic more than enough to make it a 6-2 2nd set victory.
The 3rd set opened with Medvedev once again having break points but saved them with ease as if he just flipped a switch. He then broke the Russian once more to take a 3-0 lead. Medvedev settled a bit and started playing a bit better but Djokovic fended off all of his attempts to get back into the match. At 5-2, Medvedev served to remain in the match but Djokovic decided to end it then and there and he did.
A stellar 7-5 6-2 6-2 victory in 113 minutes of play for the best player in the world. A record 9th Australian Open title proving once more that he is the King of Australia. Congratulations!