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