Djokovic beats Medvedev to win Australian Open for ninth time

 Djokovic beats Medvedev to win Australian Open for ninth time

Perhaps some thought Novak Djokovic would have some problems to contend with at this year’s Australian Open.

After all, he suffered a sprained abdomen during play in the third round of the tournament and said he had a muscle strain. The Serb came into Sunday’s match having dropped five sets in the tournament, the most he has ever lost en route to a major tournament final. And he was facing Daniil Medvedev, who was riding a 20-match winning streak.

Yeah, right. We’re talking about Djokovic at Melbourne Park, where his dominance is almost total – nine titles in nine finals. He also continues to close in on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the leaderboard in terms of Grand Slam wins, now with a total of 18, two short of the men’s record shared by those two rivals.

Djokovic used a superb serve, his usual persistent rally and excellent baseline performance to win 11 of 13 video games down the stretch and defeat a frustrated Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday to win his third straight Australian Open trophy.

When the match was over

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