The Serbian Tennis Star Novak Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev and won record-extending 9th Australian Open title.
According to the media reports, this is Djokovic’s 18th Grand Slam title win, and he is two short of equalling his ‘Big Three’ rivals’ Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer’s record of Slam wins.
Djokovic clouted Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 in Sunday night’s final before taking aim at his critics.
Djokovic, whose stance on vaccinations has drawn criticism in the past, said the fortnight in Melbourne had been a success, despite the many challenges faced by tournament organizers.
“There are a lot of mixed feelings about what has happened in the last month or so, with tennis players coming to Australia,” he said after his win.
Djokovic has been No. 1 for 309 weeks, and has finished as year-end No. 1 on six occasions, an Open Era record shared with Pete Sampras.
Djokovic has won 18 Grand Slam men’s singles titles and 82 ATP singles titles overall, including a record nine Australian Open titles and a record 36 Masters Events.
He is the only player to win all of the elite tournaments on the modern ATP Tour – that is, all four Grand Slam tournaments, all nine ATP Masters 1000 tournaments, and the ATP Finals. In particular, he is also the only player to complete the career Golden Masters, which he has done twice.