Novak Djokovic, who won the Australian Open trophy after beating Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2 and 6-2, had to go through a tough road to reach the final stage. Here the review of his best moments:
In the first round, the Serbian was measured against the French Jeremy chardy. But with a wide superiority, Djokovic took the match forcefully by 6-3, 6-1 and 6-2 clearing any kind of surprise at the start of the contest.
By Second instance, had to face the American Frances Tiafoe, which at times caused him enough problems and he could even take a set. The final result was victory for the Serbian by 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (2) and 6-3 in a meeting that lasted three and a half hours.
In the third phase He had to face another American: Taylor fritz. This was for sure the most complex match Djokovic went through in the Australian Open. The Serbian had a two-set lead up but the North American managed to equalize the actions and take the match to a fifth set, which the European won (7-6 (1), 6-4, 3-6, 4-6 and 6 -two). This was the match that began to set off the alarms, as Djokovic began to manifest physical ailments and even expressed that he did not know if he would go out on the court in the next round.
For the round of 16, the panorama of Djokovic he was not the best. His injury seemed to undermine his candidacy for the title but his tennis was more effective and he was able to beat Milos Raonic by 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-1 and 6-4. With that victory, the Serbian also obtained his 300th victory in the Grand Slam and declared: “If it is any other tournament that is not a Grand Slam, I would withdraw from the event, for sure. But I want to do my best to try to recover and enter to the court. I didn’t know before I finished my warm-up. If I was going to play or not. “
The great challenge appeared in the quarter finals. There he had to face 6th in the world ranking: Alexander Zverev. The German, who took the first set of the match, seemed like he could hit the bump and eliminate the Serbian. But he was able to recover and took the next three sleeves with relative comfort (no longer showing physical problems), ending the match with a 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-4 and 7-6 (6).
The semifinal he found it with the great revelation of the tournament, Aslan karatsev. The Russian, ranked 114th, had just eliminated three Top 20s such as Diego Schwartzman, Félix Auger-Aliassime and Grigor Dimitrov. But despite the surprises he had been giving, he was no match for a Djokovic who swept it in three sets (6-3, 6-4 and 6-2) and he got into the final very comfortably.
In the final he had to measure himself before Daniil Medvedev, the Russian who had just won the ATP Finals in London in November 2020 and was already making sure to enter the Top 3 of the ATP ranking. But despite the fact that in the previous one he was betting on an even match, Djokovic left no doubts and returned to sweep in three straight sets (7-5, 6-2 and 6-2) to lift your 9th trophy in Australia and his 18th Grand Slam.