The 33-year-old produced a dominant display to defend his title, overpowering Medvedev 7-5,6-2,6-2 in front 7,400 fans on Rod Laver Arena to end the Russian’s 20-match winning run.
Speaking after record-extending ninth Australian Open title, Novak Djokovic said:
Everyone talks about the new generation coming and taking over us, but realistically that isn’t happening still,” Djokovic told Eurosport.Advertisement
We can talk about it all day but with all my respect to the other guys, they still have a lot of work to do. I’m not going to stand here and hand it over to them. I’m going to make them work their ass off for that.
In winning the third straight Australian Open for the second time, Djokovic claimed his 18th Grand Slam title, which puts him just behind the all-time record of 20 Grand Slam wins jointly held by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer while denying Medvedev his first.
The Serbian also equaled Nadal’s Open Era record of six Grand Slam title runs after turning 30. The World No. 1 turned 30 in May 2017 and has since won major championship crowns at the Australian Open (2019-’21), Wimbledon (2018-’19), and the US Open (2018).
The results reinforced Djokovic’s status as world number one, where he marks his 311th week when the new rankings come out on Monday, surpassing Federer’s record of 310.
Daniil Medvedev will rise above 2020 runner-up Dominic Thiem to a career-high No. 3 when the latest FedEx ATP Rankings are published on Monday.