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NINE TIME CHAMPION

Posted By Jedd Zetzer  
21/02/2021
21:00 PM

World number one Novak Djokovic has claimed a record breaking ninth Australian Open title - his 18th grand slam title, defeating Russian Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena.

Djokovic came out of the blocks on fire, holding, then breaking Medvedev in his opening service game, then consolidating to love to hold a 3-0 lead within eight minutes.

The Russian was able to overcome a nervous start, breaking back and levelling the score at 3-3.

Both players were unfazed on serve, until Djokovic went in for the kill at 6-5. The Serb raced away to a 0-40 lead and was able to break Medvedev’s serve on his third attempt, claiming the first set in 42 minutes.

The Russian kicked off the second set, asserting his authority to break Djokovic, but from that point onwards it all went downhill for the fourth seed.

Djokovic broke back and went on to win six of seven games after being broken, taking the second set 6-2.

Closing in on his ninth title in Melbourne, Djokovic opened the third set by saving break points to hold for a 1-0 lead, then going on to break the Russian and consolidate for a 3-0 lead.

Unfortunately by this point, the mountain was too tall to climb for the Russian, attempting to win his first slam title. Djokovic went on to close out the match, claiming the set, the match and his ninth Australian Open title in one hour and 53 minutes.