Novak Djokovic thrashes Daniil Medvedev in Australian Open final

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Novak Djokovic is an Australian Open champion once again.

The Serbian smashed Daniil Medvedev 7-5 6-2 6-2 in the final to claim an astonishing ninth title at Melbourne Park.

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THIRD SET: MEDVEDEV CAPITULATES

Medvedev was capitulating in the third set. He went down an early break, but trying to speed up the play only made matters worse for the Russian as he looked like heading for a complete meltdown.

Djokovic surged to a 4-1 lead then maintained the rage to secure a memorable win.

SECOND SET: NOVAK DEMANDS QUIET AS PROTESTER INTERVENES

Djokovic didn’t look pleased after being broken in the opening game of the second set. He was gesturing angrily to his entourage and at the change of ends, bent down and remained hunched over, almost looking like he wanted to bury his head in his bag.

But he bounced back and broke Medvedev for 1-1, starting to resemble a brick wall as he made the 25-year-old work for every point.

Play was stopped mid-point with Medvedev up 30-15 on serve at 1-2 in the set as a spectator started yelling out from the stands as part of a protest. Djokovic was upset, but the demonstrator was quickly ejected by security.––

As Djokovic went ahead 40-30, he asked the umpire to tell the crowd to remain quiet while the point was being played, putting his finger to his lips. The official passed the message on and it worked for Novak, who broke Medvedev for a 3-1 lead.

Djokovic was on top now, surging ahead 5-2 as Medvedev lost his cool and smashed a racquet.

His next service game was a disaster, Djokovic breaking for a two set lead.

FIRST SET: MASK-LESS NOVAK IN WILD TENNIS WAR

Novak Djokovic played some stunning tennis to win the opening set 7-5.

As the players walked onto centre court, there were plenty of cheers for Medvedev and while many fans roared for Djokovic, there was also a smattering of boos.

The Serbian didn’t do himself any favours by strutting out without wearing a mask.

His opponent covered up, and every spectator was wearing a mask, as per regulations, but the world No. 1 didn’t follow suit.

During the women’s final on Saturday night, Naomi Osaka strolled onto Rod Laver Arena wearing a mask.

Djokovic started in red hot fashion, breaking in the second game then holding serve again for a 3-0 lead.

Medvedev’s serve has been a major weapon for him this tournament but Djokovic was uncharacteristically aggressive on his returns, wanting to stamp his authority on the match from the beginning.

Tennis reporter George Bellshaw tweeted: “Statement start from Novak Djokovic. Big, accurate serving and some heavy hitting off the ground. Will be impossible to handle if he carries on like that.”

Djokovic was bullying Medvedev, claiming 12 points to three in just eight minutes and thumping a stinging forehand return winner to start the fourth game, but his Russian opponent finally settled and held for the first time.

Growing in confidence, Medvedev hit back with a break of his own to make it 2-3 after Djokovic butchered two easy overheads.

Soon it was 3-3 as Djokovic’s extremely aggressive intent on Medvedev’s second serves — not his usual strategy — proved to be hit and miss.

The world No. 1 looked like he was trying to keep the points short — either because he was worried about his pre-existing abdominal injury or because he thought his chances of winning would diminish if Medvedev engaged in long rallies. Either way it was a different tactic from Djokovic, who is usually so comfortable grinding down his opponents from the baseline.

The Russian was up to the task, though, rolling through games on his own racquet as the set progressed to 5-5.

The match was rollicking along at breakneck speed as Djokovic faced three break points to steal the set. Medvedev saved two of them but the Serbian came through in a clutch moment to seal the opener 7-5.

Novak was in rare form.

Novak was in rare form.Source:Getty Images

Source: .news.com.au

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