Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic played in two Major finals this year, dominating the hard-court events and battling for the Melbourne and New York trophies. The Serb was a better player at the Australian Open, and the Russian served his revenge in New York to lift the first Major crown and prevent Novak from achieving an elusive calendar Grand Slam. Speaking about Medvedev, Jim Courier reminded that he did not play well against Novak in Melbourne. Djokovic claimed the ninth Australian Open title with a 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 win over Medvedev in an hour and 53 minutes. Novak lost serve twice and delivered seven breaks from 11 chances, staying focused and taming his rival’s strokes nicely to control the rallies. Djokovic won five points more in the opening set and delivered two breaks that wrapped it for him. The defending champion made a convincing start, serving well and closing the opening game with an unreturned serve.
In game two, the Serb forced Medvedev’s backhand error to grab an early break and held at love with a smash for a 3-0 advantage in swift eight minutes. Medvedev held at 30 in game four to add his name to the scoreboard and broke back at 15 in the next one following Djokovic’s loose smash. The Russian held at love to lock the result at 3-3 after 20 minutes, looking much better than in the early stages. Bouncing back, Novak produced one good hold after another in the rest of the set and grabbed it 7-5 with a late break. The Serb seized three breaks in set number two after winning 45% of the return points, taming Daniil’s serve with mighty efficiency and dominating for another massive step towards the finish line. They traded breaks in the opening two games, and Novak clinched another at 2-1.
Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in Australian Open final.
In game five, the defending champion held at love with an ace and produced two quick points at deuce at 4-2 to stay in front. After that game, Medvedev broke his racquet in anger and got broken in the next one to send Djokovic two sets to love in front in under 80 minutes. Novak survived break chances in the third set’s opening game and grabbed a break following Daniil’s volley error to open a 2-0 lead. The Serb cemented it with a service winner in game three and held after Daniil’s wild forehand in game five for 4-1. From 15-30, Djokovic earned three straight points in game seven to keep Medvedev away from break opportunities and sealed the deal with another break at 5-2 to celebrate the title.
“Winning the US Open was a massive moment for Daniil Medvedev and a gamechanger, especially given what was on the line for Novak Djokovic in the final. To compete on that level at that moment was impressive. Daniil seemed primed to do something pretty good in Australia, but he played a pretty poor final against Novak. That makes his New York triumph even sweeter,” Jim Courier said.