Novak Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev in straight sets to claim his ninth Australian Open title today.
Djokovic, who previously said he’d torn a muscle after a slip in the third round, showed no ill effects of the injury when he won his 18th Grand Slam 7-5, 6-2, 6-2, describing the lead-up as a “roller-coaster” in a post-match interview.
The Serbian ended a 20-game winning streak by Medvedev on his way to a third straight title at Melbourne Park.
“There are a lot of mixed feelings about what has happened in the last month or so with tennis players coming to Australia,” Djokovic said. “But I think when we draw a line at the end, it was a successful tournament for the organisers.”
Djokovic, who maintains his No. 1 world ranking, is now two Grand Slam wins short of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s joint lead of 20 titles.