Novak Djokovic remains the tennis king of Melbourne. The 33-year-old Serb also won his ninth final at the Australian Open yesterday. Djokovic was always boss in the surprisingly one-sided final against the last 20 matches undefeated Russian Daniil Medvedev and won after 1:53 hours with 7: 5, 6: 2, 6: 2.
“Novak is the champion here,” summed up Eurosport expert Boris Becker: “Melbourne is his home.” Djokovic not only underpinned his number one position in the world rankings, but has now already won the 18th major title of his career. Only Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (20 each) have more on their credit side.
Djokovic congratulated and also thanked the organizers of the tournament under the extremely difficult conditions. “It wasn’t easy, it was very challenging on many levels.” And he thanked the place that brought him the greatest successes. “Thank you, Rod Laver Arena, I love you more every year.”
Medvedev turned out to be a fair loser. And the 25-year-old told a story when he was allowed to train with Djokovic years ago in Monaco “still number 500 or 600 in the world”. “He was already number one in the world. I thought he wouldn’t talk to me, the guy was a god to me. But he asked me questions, talked to me like a friend, that hasn’t changed. You’re a great athlete and a great person. “
Women’s favorite victory
Women’s winner Naomi Osaka has set herself the greatest goal of inspiring girls to play tennis. “That will sound strange. But hopefully I can play long enough to play against a girl who said I was her favorite player,” said the 23-year-old Japanese after her 6-4, 6-3 final victory about US outsider Jennifer Brady.
Australian Open in Melbourne (Grand Slam, 45.05 million euros, hard): men, final: Djokovic (Srb / 1) – Medvedev (Rus / 4) 7: 5, 6: 2, 6: 2; Doubles, final: Dodig / Polasek (Kro / Svk / 9) – Ram / Salisbury (USA / Gb / 5) 6: 3, 6: 4; Women, finals: Osaka (Jpn / 3) – Brady (USA / 22) 6: 4, 6: 3; Mixed, final: Krejcikova / Ram (Tch / USA / 6) – Stosur / Ebden (Aus / WC) 6: 1, 6: 4. Eternal men’s best list in majors: 20 titles: Federer (Sz), Nadal (Sp); 18: Djokovic; 14: Sampras (USA); 12: Emerson (Aus); 11: Laver (from).
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