Medvedev, who had previously lost the final of the US Open (2019), got off to a slow start. Djokovic led quickly 3-0 after a break and two smooth serve games.
However, the Russian (4) fought back, was able to put his strong backhand in position more and more often and that resulted in an exciting first set. Djokovic was the better in the longer rallies and took the set with a break at 6-5.
The number one in the world gave up his serve at the start of the second set, but quickly cleaned that stain. He barely made mistakes, brought everything back and drove the Russian to despair with his solid game from the baseline.
Juggling the track
Medvedev, who came back from a 2-0 deficit in sets in the final of the US Open in 2019 against Rafael Nadal, looked beaten after the loss of the second set. He trudged around the track, constantly venting his frustrations.
The Russian still had breaking opportunities in the opening game of the third set, but when Djokovic had eliminated it, it was completely over. Article link https://www.news1.news/news/2021/02/grand-slam-record-in-sight-for-djokovic-after-ninth-australian-open-title.html
The Serbian ran out to 3-0 and did not give away that lead in the eyes of about 10,000 spectators.
“I do remember that a few years ago I was allowed to train with Novak in Monaco. He had then won Wimbledon and I was number 500 in the world. I did not dare to say anything, because he was already a great figure, but Novak just stayed on. and asked one question after another. He’s a really great guy “, Medvedev praised Djokovic afterwards.
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