Novak Djokovic more master than ever. Double defending champion, the Serbian signed the pass of three by scuttling the long-awaited shock against Daniil Medvedev. The world No. 1 won as a big boss and three authoritative sets (7-5, 6-2, 6-2 in 1h53). After his resounding disqualification at the US Open, and his hasty defeat in the Roland-Garros final, Djokovic found the taste of victory in Major, the eighteenth of his career, a little richer still.
The confrontation against the one who gradually became one of his closest disciples had given rise to legitimate promises. They were not fully held, the fault of the nervousness of Medvedev, still green at the highest level of the peaks, but also to the performance of Novak Djokovic, who had obviously completely forgotten the doubts concerning his abdominals.
As at home, Djokovic had no trouble finding his automatisms. The Serbian started foot to the ground, ready to attack his opponent on the return, lengthening his shots so as not to give Medvedev time to set up his game. Break from the start, then shutout, the Serbian started his final as in a dream. Medvedev chased away the specter of a one-sided game for a while. The Russian has regained confidence thanks to his service, to better release his blows and let Djokovic go to the fault. The tactical intelligence of the N.4 seed has spoken, retreating from his baseline to open up his palette of shots and enter into the tussle he loves so much. But dropped by his first ball at 6-5, Medvedev allowed Djokovic to admire his immense talent as a raiser to pocket the first set (7-5).
Medvedev still too green
The faults on second serve, the beginning of the end for the protégé of the French Gilles Cervara. Mentally and technically on long rallies, Medvedev was up to the task for an hour. But against a machine as perfectly oiled as Novak Djokovic, the slightest imperfection pays for itself. With 32% points scored on his second ball (2/10 in the second set), it was too weak to thwart the designs of a controlling Djokovic. Even the at times agitated audience at Rod Laver Arena did not disturb the world No.1, unbeaten in a five-set match after winning the first round in nearly five years (2016 US Open final, against Stan Wawrinka).
The contrast has become more and more striking. Djokovic played relentlessly when Medvedev, with his lately unwavering confidence and traditional baseline wall, cracked through and through. Exploded racket, gross double faults and bad choices, the Russian lost the thread of the match. During this time, Djokovic continued his imperial march, the outcome of which was quickly no longer in doubt.
You don’t impose yourself on a Major for no reason. And Djokovic had warned, he was not going “pass the title like that“to the new generation as he had explained to Eurosport. With absolute control, the Serb taught a lesson to a player who remained on twenty straight wins and who had dominated him in three of their last four meetings. At 33, and with the duo Federer – Nadal in the sights with two Grand Slams, Djokovic had no time to waste. “Nole” chased away his demons of 2020 between New York scandal and controversy around his totally failed organization of the Adria Tour in the middle of Covid-19. Even if it means disappointing those who hoped to see the beginning of a transfer of power.