The world number one, Novak Djokovic, defended his kingdom and won his 9th Australian Open title and the 18th Grand Slam title. Djokovic gave the Russian and the world number four, Daniil Medvedev, an object lesson with 7:5, 6:2, 6:2 and remained undefeated in Melbourne’s ninth final. Rafael Nadal’s 13 titles only surpass this sensational record at the French Open. After just 1:53 hours, he checkmated Medvedev. None of his previous eight titles in Melbourne had been won so swiftly by the 33-year-old. Medvedev was initially unimpressed by a nervous start. Until the end of the first set, the Russian held his own in what had been a high-class match up to that point – but under the pressure of the aggressive Djokovic, more and more errors crept in. In frustration, Medvedev smashed his racket in the second set and was increasingly at odds with himself. On the other hand, Djokovic did not show many emotions and stayed highly concentrated and easily fended off a final surge by his opponent.
Both player’s had kind words for each other during the award ceremony. Medvedev shared some insight in his first play against Novak in Monaco when he was just world number 200 and Djokovic already world’s number 1 and how kind Novak was to him and how great he treated him. Djokovic returned the lovely words and said, “You’ll win a Grand Slam title someday.”
Djokovic gave the silver trophy a heartfelt kiss and signed autographs for a long time. “I love you more and more every year. The love affair continues,” he said to the audience in Melbourne.