Djokovic Dominates Medvedev For 9th Australian Open, 18th Grand Slam Title

by Staff | February 21st, 2021, 7:49 am

Daniil Medvedev was supposed to be a true test, a true threat to Novak Djokovic’s domination Down Under at the Australian Open. That didn’t happen.

Djokovic masters Medvedev with ease rolling the Russian 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 to win his 9th Australian Open title and 18th Slam. And he did it in under two hours.

“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,” Djokovic said on court.

“I think it was a very successful tournament and I’d like to praise Craig Tiley for a tremendous effort,” he added. “It was challenging on many different levels and Tennis Australia should be very proud for making it possible.”

Medvedev entered the final having won 20 straight matches including 12 straight against Top 10 players. He had also beaten Djokovic in three of their last four meetings. And he was fresh and hungry while Djokovic had never expended so much energy en route to a final, although he was still a perfect 8-0 in the final and 17-0 in Melbourne when he made the semifinals.

However, the match was all Djokovic’s. The Serb got out quick winning 13 of the first 16 points of the match for a 3-0 lead. Medvedev got the break back and began to find his legs after a nervous start, and push the world No. 1.

The rallies, which favored Djokovic early, were no going more the Russian’s way.

But Medvedev got broken at 5-6 to drop the set, his first opening set loss of the event.

Medvedev brushed it off and immediately broke to start the second. We had a match! Or so we thought.

Djokovic, though, wouldn’t oblige and battled to break right back. So much for a momentum shift.

Djokovic was off in his ace count, but he was effective on serve and was crushing Medvedev’s second serve.

Medvedev would get broken again and the second set was a runaway.

Hoping for a reprise of his 2019 US Open comeback against Nadal, Medvedev smashed his racquet, began barking, trying to draw energy. The frustration of a poor performance on such a big stage was getting to him.

After failing to convert a 15-40 break chance in Djokovic opening service game of the third, he was broken to go down 2-0 and the outcome was all but decided.

“Never easy to speak when you just lost a final of a Grand Slam,” said Medvedev. “But I’ll try to do my best, better than on court I hope.

“Congrats to Novak and your team. Nine Grand Slams in Australia. 18 in total is amazing and probably not your last one. I have no words to say.”

Djokovic is now again within two of Nadal and also of Roger Federer who is expected back next month.

Meanwhile, Medvedev falls to 0-2 in Slam finals, losing to greats Nadal and Djokovic. And today, he won just 32% of his second serves. Beating the big guys in best-of-3 is one thing, it’s another to do it in a best-of-5 in a Slam final. No one born in the 90s has done that yet.

“He’s definitely one of the toughest players I’ve faced in my life,” Djokovic said of Medvedev. “It’s only a matter of time before he wins a Grand Slam, but if you would like to wait a couple of years.”

With the way Djokovic played Sunday night, Medvedev and his fellow NextGenners might not have a choice.

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6 Comments for Djokovic Dominates Medvedev For 9th Australian Open, 18th Grand Slam Title

Dave Says:

Analysts were giving way to much importance to the head to head and Medvedev winning 3 of the last 4. They should be looking at best of 5 set matches and the matches that Djokovic is the most motivated for. 3 and 0 in best of 5 set matches now. And the other most important match was the ATP Cup. So the matches that mattered most against Medvedev, Djokovic is 4 and 0.

Van Persie Says:

Dave, I won’t blame the analysts so much as I saw Medvedev as fave before the match as well :D….am glad that Nole proved me to be wrong. It was vintage Novak!

Wog Boy Says:

Talking about Covid vaccine during trophy presentation, how stupid one can be, this woman will regret her speech until the end of her life, she made fool of herself in front of entire world, she was even more booed when she wanted to give credit to Victorian government:

The people spoke about what they think about Covid, vaccine and leftist Victorian government and Chairman Dan, I am not alone, thank you Melbournians, thank you.

chrisford1 Says:

1. Djokovic confirms oblique muscle tear and that he will need some recovery time. Also mentioned that he has been involved in a behind the scenes documentary about himself, and the injury and how he dealt with it with his team is going to be part of that production.

2. 309 weeks. 2 to surpass Roger.

3. Djokovic now leads Rafa and Roger in Big Titles (Slams+Olympics+ATP Championships_Masters 1000) 59 to 56 for Rafa and 54 for Roger. In amount of Big Title Points, he leads 79,500 points to Rafa’s 76,500 to Rogers 76,000.

4. It’s just me, but Slamcount just can’t be the only determinant of how the sport ranks it’s best players and compares them as much as possible between the decades. Slamcount is sort of a relic of the times when there were only 4 major international events the amateurs could count on. 3 on grass, one on clay. And one (the Australian Open) was too remote and paid too little for the amateurs and early pros to bother with until it was made a worthwhile stop by the Aussies.

5. What the Big 3 has done wouldn’t have as much meaning without the rest of the Tour players, many Hall of Famers. Great players like Hewitt, Roddick, Safin, Nalbandian, Wawrinka, ANDY, del Potro, Ferrer, Thiem, the dazzling at times Medvedev. In just my opinion, we should celebrate or berate (if you are a hater) one or all the Big 3, but not ignore the other awesome athletes of their day. And the champions before their time.

6. Back to Djokovic. The beatng of Roger in weeks at #1 and becoming the 1st player with over 6 years reign as #1 by week, is a mathematically done deal. He will likely skip Dubai to mend the tear, but may return for Miami. (Indian Wells cancelled by California politics). After that, he has a full clay court booking.
Then Wimbledon, the Olympics, Cincy, and the US Open. And where from where he now is, many goals on top of “win more Slams” after he makes 311 weeks at #1.

Wog Boy Says:

Has anyone noticed during trophy presentation when Tennis Australia Chairwoman made fool of herself and was booed twice for using the ceremony to make political statements?!
My previous post about her got lost for some reason?!

Van Persie Says:


“Has anyone noticed during trophy presentation when Tennis Australia Chairwoman made fool of herself and was booed twice for using the ceremony to make political statements?!”

all the tournament organisers should learn from that and stop mention mention the word “government” in “Thank you-speeches”. Nobody is happy with quarantine and restriction measures.
But I have to say, they did a great job in Melbourne. There was an audience and they were allowed to be there without masks. Not sure we will have that in Europe in spring…


Very factual post!

I would be very happy if Nole skipped Miami, since there will be no IW. He needs time to rest, heal in order to be ready for the clay season.

Wog Boy Says:

I don’t think you are quite familiar what was happening in Victoria and how they handled virus crisis, there is much more to it than allowing AO to go ahead, they were desperate because of their awful handling of crisis (compared to other states) and that’s why they allowed for AO to go ahead.
The booing from the crowd (they were Victorians) was what they think about their government and should they be praised.
Australia closed its borders for international travellers since March/April last year and that was Federal government decision, not state decision, so the credit goes to federal government not to Victoria government which closed state border despite the request from the Federal government to keep them open so the people and goods can move around, NSW (my state) asked the same but Victoria and Queensland decided to close the borders to prove the point they can do it, they are both Labor states, NSW and Federal government are conservative ones and yet Victoria has by far the worst death toll because of the awful handling of crisis but if you listen Chairman Dan they are the best.
Well, reaction of his constituents (in RLA) is what they think about their government and particularly him.
Just to repeat, Australia is an island, it was easy for us to lock the country for outsiders (since March or so) introduce mandatory quarantine for return travellers (where I work) who are either Australian citizens or permanent residents and save the country, that was done by Federal government not state ones, and Scomo (Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison) proved to be the real leader and that is what pains Labor states and Labor party, since they lost last election, the election they couldn’t lose…on the paper😉

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