Thursday, May 6, 2021

Djokovic wins record extending 9th Australian Open title

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Novak Djokovic remains the king of Melbourne Park after sealing his third consecutive Australian Open title and ninth overall as the world No 1 outclassed Daniil Medvedev 7-5 6-2 6-2 in Melbourne on Sunday.


Victory earned Djokovic an 18th career Grand Slam title to pull him to within two of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the top of the all-time standings. 


In an astonishing dominance of the men's game, Djokovic, Nadal and Federer have now won 15 of the last 16 Grand Slam titles despite all being well into their 30s, with the exception being Dominic Thiem at last year's US Open.


Djokovic held aloft the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup and said: "It has been a rollercoaster ride for me, especially in the last couple of weeks. (Physio) Uli (Badio), special thanks to you. You've dedicated so much time to making sure I'm able to play. I'm eternally grateful. Thank you guys, I love you.


"There are a lot of mixed feelings about what has happened in the last month or so with tennis players coming to Australia but, I think, when we draw a line in the end, it was a successful tournament.


"It wasn't easy, it was very challenging on many different levels but I think (organisers) should be proud of themselves for what they have put together and allowed us to come to Australia and be standing here.


"Last but not least I would like to thank this court. I would like to thank Rod Laver Arena. I love you each year more and more. The love affair keeps going."



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