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Australian Open 2021 Men's Final, Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev Highlights: Djokovic Wins 7-5, 6-2, 6-2

Australian Open 2021 Final, Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev Highlights: Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 to win his 9th Australian Open title.

News18 Sports | February 21, 2021, 16:52 IST
Australian Open 2021 Final, Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev Highlights: Serbia's Novak Djokovic beats Russian Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 to win the men's singles Australian Open title. Djokovic dominated his serve to hold to take a 6-5 lead and then broke back Medvedev to take the first set 7-5. Medvedev lost the plot in the second set as World No. 1 broke his serve thrice to win the set 6-2. Djokovic played like a champion as he won the 3rd set 6-2to win his 9th Australian Open championship.

Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open dominance is intact — nine finals, nine championships.
Feb 21, 2021 16:52 (IST)
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Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 to be crowned Australian Open Men's Singles champions for the 9th time.

Feb 21, 2021 16:33 (IST)
Novak Djokovic Beats Daniil Medvedev in 3 Sets to Win 9th Australian Open

World number one Novak Djokovic beat Russia's Daniil Medvedev in straight sets to win his ninth Australian Open title and extend his record-breaking reign at Melbourne Park Sunday.

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Novak Djokovic beats Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 to win the Australian Open 2021 men's singles title!

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Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev is ot going to give in so easily. The Russian battles to make it 30-30. Djokovic looks like his frustrations are growing, especially with the crowd having changed allegiance midway. Medvedev though makes an unforced error is behind as Djokovic holds serve winning a long rally.  

Djokovic 5- 2 Medvedev🎾 

Feb 21, 2021 16:00 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Djokovic wants to get this over and done with but Medvedev is fighting as he holds serve.

Djokovic🎾 4- 2 Medvedev 

Feb 21, 2021 15:56 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev is fighting to stay in the match. Djokovic races to a 30-0 lead but the Russian gets back to make it 30-15. It is Djokovic who holds serve.

Djokovic 4- 1 Medvedev🎾 

Feb 21, 2021 15:52 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev holds serve!

Djokovic🎾 3- 1 Medvedev 

Feb 21, 2021 15:48 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Djokovic is head as Medvedev makes a couple of unforced errors on his forehand. Medvedev manages to get a point back but the Serb is back in the lead at 40-30 and goes onto hold serve!

Djokovic  3- 0 Medvedev🎾 

Feb 21, 2021 15:45 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev is still not giving in the fight as he battles Djokovic to make it 30-30. The Serbian World No.1 trails with an unforced error but the Russian also hit long to get it to deuce. Djokovic is on a roll with another early break as he Medvedev double faults and hits it long. 

Djokovic 🎾 2- 0 Medvedev 

Feb 21, 2021 15:41 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev is not giving in and he fights to a 40-15 lead, only for Djokovic to make deuce. Djokovic goes onto hold serve. 

Djokovic  1 - 0 Medvedev 🎾

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Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev  is etting his frustration get to him but gathers himself to send a down the line winner. Another mistake means he is down 1-5-30. He hit another one long as Djokovic takes the second set 6-2!

Feb 21, 2021 15:31 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Djokovic stators off rather comfortably, at 40-15, with a couple of mistakes from Medvedev and a well-placed winner. He though makes a few unforced errors of himself to force the game to deuce. Djokovic though holds serve with Medvedev's racket is in pieces.

Djokovic  5 - 2 Medvedev 🎾

Feb 21, 2021 15:26 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev, meanwhile, holds serve finally and that too at love.

Djokovic 🎾 4 - 2 Medvedev

Feb 21, 2021 15:25 (IST)

A protestor being escorted out of Rod Laver Arena!

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Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev get on the points board first with a powerful forehand winner but hits one long and Djokovic is back in it at 15-15. Medvedev makes unforced errors and the Serb is head 40-15. The World No. 1 is steaming ahead as he holds serve!

Djokovic  4 - 1 Medvedev🎾

Feb 21, 2021 15:19 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev is stunned as Djokovic breaks again!

Djokovic🎾  3 - 1 Medvedev

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Djokovic's reaction to Medvedev's fight back?

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Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Djokovic and Medvedev are neck and neck at 15-15. Both get a point to make it 30-30. Medvedev hits long as Djokovic break back. Djokovic hits the net and the Russian is ahead at 15-30 but an unforced error means it is 30-30. The Russian falter again with a shot being long and Djokovic holds serve with Medvedev hitting long.

Djokovic 2 - 1 Medvedev🎾

Feb 21, 2021 15:10 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Djokovic is looking startled as Medvedev leads 15-0 but the Serb makes it 15-15. Both get a point to make it 30-30.Medvedev hits long as Djokovic holds serve.

Djokovic🎾 1 - 1 Medvedev

Feb 21, 2021 15:07 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Medevdev beraks early in the first game of the second set. 

Djokovic 0 - 1 Medvedev🎾

Feb 21, 2021 15:03 (IST)

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Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic bags the first set 7-5 against Daniil Medvedev!

Feb 21, 2021 14:58 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Djokovic gets a lucky point as Medevdev hits long. The World No. 1 is on top with a backhand and then forehand winner to make it 40-0.

Djokovic 6 - 5 Medvedev🎾

Feb 21, 2021 14:57 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev races to a 30-0 lead as Djokovic makes a couple of unforced errors. The Russian is up 40-0 with a forehand winner. Medvedev holds serve at love. 40-0. Djokovic holds serve 

Djokovic🎾 5 - 5 Medvedev

Feb 21, 2021 14:57 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Djokovic gets a point as Medvedev misses a backhand and then Serb misses one of his own and it is 15-15. Djokovic gets a service winner and then a forehand winner from the Serb means it is 40-0. Djokovic holds serve 

Djokovic 5 - 4 Medvedev🎾

Feb 21, 2021 14:57 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev races to a 30-0 lead as Djokovic misses a backhand and the Russian plays a beautiful forehand. Djokovic makes it 30-15 only for Medvedev hits back at 40-15. Medevdev holds serve with an ace. 

Djokovic🎾 4 - 4 Medvedev

Feb 21, 2021 14:56 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev's unforced error on a backhand winner means Djokovic is up 15-0 up. It is 30-0 now as Medevedev hits long on a forehand return. Djokovic takes control of the point to race to 40-0 only for Medvedev to hit back and make it 40-15. Djokovic holds serve as Medvedev misses the return on the backhand.


Djokovic 4 -3 Medvedev🎾

Feb 21, 2021 14:56 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev's unforced error on a backhand winner means Djokovic is up 15-0 up. It is 30-0 now as Medevedev hits long on a forehand return. Djokovic takes control of the point to race to 40-0 only for Medvedev to hit back and make it 40-15. Djokovic holds serve as Medvedev misses the return on the backhand.


Djokovic 4 -3 Medvedev🎾

Australian Open 2021 Men's Final, Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev Highlights: Djokovic Wins 7-5, 6-2, 6-2
Novak Djokovic (Photo Credit: AP)

And he keeps gaining on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam standings, now up to 18 overall, two away from the men’s record shared by his two rivals.

Djokovic used superb serving and his usual relentless returning and baseline supremacy to grab 11 of 13 games in one stretch and beat a visibly frustrated Medvedev on Sunday for a third trophy in a row at Melbourne Park.

The 33-year-old from Serbia improved to 18-0 combined in semifinals and finals on the hard courts of the Australian Open.

Looking at the bigger picture, Djokovic has won six of the last 10 major tournaments and is assured of remaining at No. 1 in the rankings at least through March 8. That will give him 311 weeks in the top spot, breaking a mark held by Federer.

The No. 4-ranked Medvedev was appearing in his second Grand Slam final — he was the runner-up to Nadal at the 2019 U.S. Open — but is still left trying collect his first such championship.

Djokovic ended the 25-year-old Russian’s 20-match winning streak. Medvedev also had won his previous 12 matches against Top 10 opponents.

But going up against Djokovic in Australia is a much different challenge.

By the second set, as things slipped away, Medvedev bounced his white racket off the blue court, then absolutely destroyed it with a full-on spike. By the third, he kept looking up at his coach with palms up as if to ask, “What can I possibly do here?”

It is a familiar sentiment in this stadium, on this court, at this tournament. Federer, Nadal, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem — all Grand Slam champions, all defeated by Djokovic in semifinals or finals in Melbourne.

So place the nine triumphs in Australia alongside five at Wimbledon, three at the U.S. Open and one at the French Open for Djokovic.

The math looks good for Djokovic. He is about a year younger than Nadal and 6 1/2 younger than Federer, who turns 40 in August. Federer hasn’t competed in more than a year after having two knee operations but is expected to turn to the tour next month.