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Serbian Novak Djokovic has won his ninth Australian Open title in Melbourne beating Russian fourth seed Daniil Medvedev in a straights set 7-5 6-2 6-2 to claim his 18th Grand Slam.

Djokovic who has never lost in the final of the Melbourne Park is keeping a perfect record with a third win in a row. Also, the title is leaving Djokovic two behind veteran tennis start Roger Federer and Raphael Nadal men’s Grand Slam record.

Djokovic tactical onion in the game was displayed showing flashes of experience, maturity and quick delivery of backhand shots that left his opponent struggling to catch up the with superior power of the Serb.

Russian fourth seed, 25, who reached the final on the back of a 20-match winning streak looked unpressured in the start of the game but Djokovic tried in his attempt to stamp his authority made an immediate break of serve. He tactical employed defense strategy avoiding drop shot but the Russian calmly kept to his plan to level score at 3-3.  

The game continued with Djokovic showing masterclass of tennis infront of the spectators which a limit number of 7,500 was granted to the match. He sealed the two set advantage with crunching forehand which Daniil Medvedev who has won 12 matches against top-10 opponents could not handle the pressure.

The game was wrapped up in one hour and 53 minutes with a backhand overhead volley from the reigning Melbourne Park king, who is 33.

World No.1 said after collecting the trophy “I love you each year more and more. The love affair keeps going.” Djokovic told the Rod Laver Arena.

With the third win in a row over the Russian, Djokovic and his team were happy he did overcome an abdominal injury earlier in the tournament that was a scare which could have left Melbourne Park champion not achieving his ninth win of the Australian Open.  

Meanwhile, his quest for more trophies will continue in the coming months as he work to reach the 20  Grand Slam record held by Roger Federer and Raphael Nadal.

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