Novak Djokovic wins his 9th Australian Open title

By defeating Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 in the men’s singles final of the 2021 Australian Open on February 21. 2021, Novak Djokovic claimed his ninth Australian Open and 18th Grand Slam title overall.


Nine and counting – Victory at the 2021 Australian Open gave Novak Djokovic his ninth Australian Open title, allowing him to extend his existing record of most Australian Open titles won by a male player. Djokovic, in fact, is only the fourth player to win nine or more titles at the same Grand Slam. Rafael Nadal heads that list with 13 French Open men’s singles titles, with Margaret Court (11 Australian Open women’s singles titles) and Martina Navratilova (9 Wimbledon women’s singles titles) coming in second and third. Djokovic however, is only the third player to achieve the feat in the Open Era (1968 onwards), as seven of Court’s 11 Australian Open victories came before the Open Era began.

Final frontier? No problem! Djokovic has now made it to the final of the Australian Open on nine different occasions. On each of these nine occasions. Djokovic has emerged victorious and lifted the title 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2020, giving him a 9-0 record at Australian Open finals. Only Nadal, who has a 13-0 record in French Open finals, has a better record for most wins without a loss in finals at any major in the Open Era.


Two short of Federer, Nadal – Already second in the list of Grand Slam winners in men’s singles in the Open Era, Djokovic closed in on leaders Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with his 18th Grand Slam victory. With both Federer and Nadal having 20 Grand Slam titles so far, Djokovic will be eyeing to close in further later this year.

One behind Serena – With nine Australian Open titles and three US Open titles, Djokovic has won 12 of his 18 Grand slam titles on hardcourts. His latest victory helped him break the tie with Federer and Djokovic now has the most for any man. When considering men and women, however, Djokovic is second behind Serena Williams, who has won 13 majors on hardcourts.


Top dog – Out of Djokovic’s nine Australian Open titles, six have come when he has entered the tournament as the top seed. This means that Djokovic has a 42-0 record (you need to win seven matches at a Grand Slam event to lift the title) in the Australian Open as the No. 1 seed.

Getting faster – Djokovic required just an hour and 53 minutes to dispatch Daniil Medvedev in the final, making it the shortest of 28 Grand Slam finals that he has been a part of. His previous shortest also came at the Australian Open when he defeated Nadal in two hours and four minutes in the 2019 final.


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