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Despite the off-court fact “I take a lot of positives from this tournament” says Novak Djokovic after 2021 Australian Open win over Daniil Medvedev

World number one Novak Djokovic justified his ranking after winning his Ninth Australian Open title. The much anticipated Melbourne Park event has finally come to an end. The Serbian managed to beat the Russian Daniil Medvedev.

He beat Daniil 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 at Rod Laver Arena in the final. This was the Serb’s 18th career Grand Slam. Further, he is now just two short of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the overall Championship tally.

Djokovic and Australian Open, match made in heaven

Djokovic, said after winning the title in an interview, “I think emotionally it was one of the hardest tournaments I have ever had. With the quarantine and a lot of things happening in the media. The letter that I wrote as ideas and recommendations that I got from other players was misinterpreted. My list of demands and then next thing you know I’m ‘persona non grata’ in this country.”

Nine times Melbourne Park event Champion also stated, “It was tough dealing with all of this and getting injured as well in the third round against Taylor. I mean it was a roller coaster ride, if I can define it in one word. But that makes it even sweeter for me, and I take a lot of positives from this tournament. I can talk about it now, I wanted to keep things quiet and clear for me and just keep it about the tennis but I can once the tournament is over.”

Novak’s injury throughout the tournament

Regarding his injury, Djokovic asserted, “It’s a muscle tear. I’ve never experienced the kind of snap that I had in the third round. I went for an MRI and it showed it was a tear. People questioned it, and I understand they questioned my injury. There is a tear and I can leave the doctors and physios to confirm that. But for me, it was a huge obstacle and a challenge and I couldn’t practice in the days between the matches.”

World number One also conveyed, “The good thing is that I actually had the days between each match so I got more time to heal. I actually spent 10 of the waking 14 hours on the table in doing everything I possibly can and it worked. I guess we’re all different. I might have a great ability to heal? I don’t know I just managed somehow with the painkillers and pills and stuff. At the end of the day it was a great experience for me and I will definitely learn some lessons from this.”

What this tournament meant for Novak

With Novak winning the Melbourne Park event he has now won it nine times out of nine. The Serb has defeated the world number four as if the latter was just another unseeded player. Based on today’s performance, there will be very few betting against him to equal Roger or Rafa. Perhaps even surpass that marker of 20 Grand Slam.

Serbian Champ outclassed some real good players throughout the tournament with injury. He managed to play games depending on the painkillers and medicines. He also came under controversies regarding his quarantine letter to the Australian Open authority. In conclusion, the Serb will take lots of positives from the tournament and will take this as a lesson for the future.

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