Murray In Awe of Novak Djokovic Australian Open Win

The tennis world saw one of its all-time greats lift another major title last weekend, as Novak Djokovic reigned supreme in the Australian Open. The Serbian won his ninth Australian Open comfortably in straight sets against the Daniil Medvedev of Russia. It is not surprising in the view of Murray because the strength of the younger players in this year’s tournament was less competitive and served no threat against the dominant Serbian.

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The final between Djokovic and Medvedev was a great contest between the new and old guard – with the senior competitor resisting the challenge of his young opponent advancing his career Grand Slams to 18, just shy of the 20 held by Federer and Nadal. ©Pexels/Pixabay

Novak Djokovic declared his dominance of this Grand Slam yet again, as he overwhelmed the frustrated Medvedev. The top seed of the contest won 7-5 6-2 6-2 claiming his 18th career Grand Slam in the process. This fantastic achievement leaves him within touching distance of the great Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – who both sit at the 20 Grand Slam threshold respectively.

It was business as usual for the 33-year-old Serb, having never lost a final at Melbourne he made light work of his opponent, comfortably cruising across the court, and never looking like the games was slipping away from him. This win marks the third triumph in a row over the Russian, and Medvedev will be feeling wholly disappointed that he wasn’t able to put up a stronger resistance to the onslaught dealt by Djokovic.

This loss marks Medvedev’s second Grand Slam final appearance without taking a victory. In 2019 he took Nadal all the way to the US Open final, and prior to this match was heavily tipped to bring some stronger resistance to the Serb. The Russian was coming off the back of a 20 game winning streak going into this final, so he will undoubtedly be incredibly disappointed not to claim his maiden major on the court today.

Medvedev Lost His Cool Amidst Djokovic Pressure

As the Serbian tightened his grip on the floundering Russian, it was clear that the emotions and pressure of the occasion began to affect him. Losing his cool in the third set Medvedev fell into a spate of frustration; throwing his racquet more than once, exhibited a deflated body language, shouting angrily at his team, all of which was a massive contrast to the steely and composed exterior of Novak Djokovic.

It was a masterclass from Djokovic, who capitalized on the mistakes of his young opponent. Clinching the match after nearly 2 hours of gameplay the world-champion leaped off the court and delivered a devastating backhand smash. The shot alone was a masterpiece, and it perfectly captured the ability of the champion to deliver these finishing moves at moments where it matters the most. Falling to the floor and laying down on the blue surface, Djokovic looked beside himself with emotion, before leaping to his feet and lapping up the applause of the reduced 8,000 capacity crowd, which were lucky to enjoy a global policy of allowing elite sport to continue during the COVID pandemic.

The team of Djokovic didn’t hold back in their celebrations either, roaring across the stadium his coach Goran Ivanisevic hugged his athlete passionately and looked over-the-moon with the achievement bestowed upon the great player. It looked for a moment at the early stages of the tournament that Djokovic wouldn’t be able to make it this far, especially after suffering an abdominal injury early on in the competition.

Novak Djokovic Shows Resilience Late On In His Career

There were many commentators that believed this Australian Open Final would be a step too far for the seasoned court dominator, Novak Djokovic. There does still seem to be a sense that the younger generation is coming for Novak, but he is not finished yet and will resist all attempts to dethrone him.

Perhaps in a playful taunt of his opponent, before the match began, the 25-year-old Medvedev had said that all the pressure for this match was at the feet of his opponent, especially considering the late-career surge in Grand Slam titles that are being fought by Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic. As the Russian player joked, all three men would be desperately trying to be the one at the top of that list when all things are said and done.

Whatever was the reasoning behind those words of Medvedev, it did not work. The Russian was thoroughly outclassed and the Serbian proved he was still the man to beat if you want to win Grand Slam titles on the hardcourt. Djokovic responded to these comments in kind by implying that there was still tremendous amounts of work to be done by the younger generation if they wanted to achieve the lofty highs enjoyed by the three legends of the previous decade.

Medvedev Continues His Hunt for Grand Slam Glory

Losing a Grand Slam final is never easy to take, in some ways, it’s better to be knocked out earlier in the competition rather than coming within touching distance of a prize that so many in the sport can only dream of ever winning. But in any case, the Russian will be incredibly proud and motivated of his recent form, with 20 wins in a row prior to the final, with 12 of those matches being played against top-10 opponents.

The momentum well and truly went against the challenger at the end of the second set, as Djokovic unleashed a violent forehand to seal the two-set lead. After several displays of anger, it became clear that this was not going to be the day of the young Russian.

Even at crucial moments later in the match where it looked as if Medvedev might get a foothold and mount a resurgence against Novak, the Serbian would show his mental toughness and ride out the wave of good shots from the Russian only to cement his position as champion even further.

The world number one is firmly on track to overtake the Grand Slam halls of Nadal and Federer, with two Grand Slams less but six years advantage on Federer and 12 months on Nadal, it will certainly be a fascinating final showdown between these three legends of the sport.

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