By: Joaquin Heredia, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
Yesterday, February 21st, world number 1, Novak Djokovic, defeated Russian, Danil Medvedev, handily in 3 sets to claim his 9th Australian Open and 18th Grand Slam Singles title. Djokovic has never lost in an Australian Open final. This Grand Slam win puts him two titles away from catching up to Nadal and Federer, who currently sit at 20 Grand Slams each. Novak is also 2 years younger than Nadal and 6 years younger than Federer, leading many to believe that he will most likely surpass both players to reach the record for most Grand Slam titles in men’s tennis history.
This year’s final was a bit of a disappointment in the eyes of many, for Medevedev possessed an impressive record against the Serbian, and had beaten Djokovic in last year’s ATP Finals.
Even after the Russian went down 2 sets down it was still reasonable to believe that the Russian could turn the match around as he did in 2019’s US Open Final, where he fell to Spain’s Rafael Nadal in 5 grueling sets. However the pressure got to Medvedev and he clearly lost mental concentration and positivity, as he complained to his box after almost every point, smashed a racquet, and committed 30 unforced errors.
The King of Rod Laver Arena, Novak Djokovic, cements himself as world number one with this win. Now the Serbian will almost definitely surpass Roger Federer for most weeks at World Number 1, which Djokvic is 10 weeks away from attaining. All these achievements add to the argument that Djokovic is the GOAT of Men’s Tennis, something that many already believe to be true.
Roger fans shouldn’t lose all hope just yet, for the Maestro has confirmed a return to the ATP Tour after 1 year away due to knee injury. He will play in this year’s Doha Championships that begins March 8th where he is a 3 time champion, then he will play in the Dubai Duty Free Championships where he’s won an astonishing 8 times! There will undoubtedly be tension when Djokovic and Federer square off and we can’t wait to see the tennis these two legends will produce in their future matchups.