World No.1 Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev to win his 18th Grand Slam title, and reach a massive feat of bagging nine Australian Open title wins.
The combination of Novak Djokovic and Australian Open wins is a far better love story than Twilight, as the Serbian bagged his ninth title on Sunday. It is no surprise that the 33-year-old is one of the most strong athletes around winning 18 Grand Slams, who now looks to be in a formidable position to go past Swiss maestro, Roger Federer, who has 19 Grand Slam wins to his name.
In a highly anticipated Australian Open final at Rod Laver Arena, under the COVID-19 protocols, Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev started strong and toe to toe in the first set, which ended in the Serbian's favor with a 7-5 win.
Novak Djokovic bagged his 18th Grand Slam title after winning Australian Open 2021. Photo Source: ATP Tour
In contrast to the first sets, the number one ranked player eased through the second and third sets with a scoreline of 6-2 each. Following a brave run in the tournament, Novak's opponent, Daniil Medvedev is expected to climb the ATP rankings to become third, his career's highest record.
Unlike other Grand Slam and titles, the Australian Open will always be a special one for the Belgrade-born athlete as it was his first-ever win back in 2008. That was the time when Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were dominating the men's tennis, and it was Novak Djokovic who broke the streak of the Swiss-Spanish players who won 11 consecutive majors. In a short time, he bagged numerous ATP single titles and Grand Slam wins which differentiated him from the entire tennis world and put him in the reputed, 'Big Three.'
Novak Djokovic is currently ranked world No.1 by the ATP. Photo Source: Haute Living
Novak Djokovic's Australian Open win in 2021 was his third in a row, after winning it in 2019 and 2020 respectively. With this latest win, the right-handed player has accumulated a whopping $148 million in the form of prize money. Courtesy of 85 career titles, he currently stands strong as the best tennis player as a world number one in rankings. Further, you would be surprised to acknowledge how he has been at the top for a total of 309 weeks.
The ninth Australian win for Novak Djokovic takes his Grand Slam tally to 18, which is one short of Roger Federer and two behind Rafael Nadal. Except for this, he is a one-time French Open winner, five-winner Wimbledon, and a three-time US Open champion.