Boris Becker: ‘Novak Djokovic gave a mental and tactical masterclass in Australian Open final’

Novak Djokovic put on a ‘mental and tactical masterclass’ to neutralise Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final, says Boris Becker.

Medvedev was riding a 20-match winning streak when he walked onto Rod Laver Arena to face Djokovic in Sunday’s final.

Djokovic himself claimed before the match that the Russian was ‘the man to beat right now’ due to his spectacular form.

However, what followed was a one-sided final that the Serbian dominated, and Becker has put that down to the ‘genius’ off the world number one.

“Novak Djokovic’s genius showed itself in the key moments of the Australian Open final, being able to lock in his game when he needed it most,” Becker told the Daily Mail.

“And until the upcoming generation start matching him in that department you can expect the established champions to keep cleaning up at the biggest championships.

“Daniil Medvedev was right in the match late in the first set, and then got a break early in the second.

“Both times you saw Djokovic being able to summon up his best, most solid tennis while his opponent went in the opposite direction.

“What we saw was a mental and tactical masterclass from the Serb, and the younger challengers just do not have that same maturity right now.

“Djokovic did not want to get sucked into long rallies from the baseline so he took the initiative and was aggressive from the start.

“It messed up Medvedev’s rhythm and the result was a more one-sided victory than predicted.”

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