Novak Djokovic has won his ninth Australian Open, after demolishing Russian Daniil Medvedev in three straight sets.
It is the 18th Grand Slam title for the world number one, who had declared that he may have to pull out of the tournament after the third round due to an abdomen injury.
Medvedev went into the final on a 20-match winning streak, the majority of which came against top ten opposition including Djokovic, and it was thought he would give the Serbian a fight for the title.
But Djokovic showed his experience and class, narrowly winning the first set and dominating in the next two sets, winning 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.
Djokovic has reached the final of the Australian Open nine times and won every one, and had earlier described playing on Rod Laver Arena as being at home.
At the closing ceremony, Novak Djokovic was introduced on court as ‘The King of Melbourne Park’ before giving praise to his opponent Medvedev.
I would like to return nice words to Daniil. You’re a class act and a great person. We used to spend more time together and practice together.
“You’ve not called me that much over the last two years. It was nice to see you were thinking good things about me” joked Djokovic.
“I really like him as a person off the court. On the court, he’s definitely one of the toughest players I ever faced in my life.
“It’s a matter of time that you will hold a Grand Slam for sure – if you don’t mind waiting a few more years.
“I would like to thank my team, my wife, my kids, everyone who is with me on this ride. It has been a rollercoaster ride the last couple of weeks.
“There are a lot of mixed feelings about what has happened in the last month, tennis players coming to Australia.
“I want to congratulate Craig Tiley, it wasn’t easy, it was challenging on many levels, they should be proud of themselves, thank you for making it possible.
“Last but not least, I would like to thank the Rod Laver Arena, I love you each year more and more, the love affair keeps going.”
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