After having secured the overtaking against Roger Federer in the special ranking of the weeks at the top of the ranking, the Serbian champion Novak Djokovic has in fact limited himself to doing what he has always been able to do best: to win.
Again at the Australian Open. After a tournament seasoned by controversy (and also by some physical annoyance) the number one of the big group has in fact kept the best for the last two games. He won the match against the surprise Aslan Karatsev and destroyed, tactically and mentally, Daniil Medvedev in the final.
What more than an alternative to the Djokovic Australian Open version seemed almost a certainty. And instead Djokovic is Djokovic. He resists in the first set and spreads completely between the second and third fractions. Evidently also highlighting the limits of a player who perhaps, perhaps, is not yet ready to win a Grand Slam.
It ends 7-5 6-2 6-2 after just under two hours of play: Nole adds the ninth pearl to the series of successes in the Slam downunder (practically putting himself behind only Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros) but above all reaches altitude eighteen in the Grand Slams.
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After about forty minutes it is 7-5. Djokovic understandably takes his breath away, concedes himself with the joke available at the start, but re-establishes the hierarchy with a 4-0 split.
The Serbian champion, practically untouchable from the baseline, lets himself be dragged to the advantage on 4-2 (thanks to a backhand smear out of the service) but still delivers the decisive shoulder with two winning services.
Both in the center. Without the real contribution of the first ball Medvedev lets himself be overwhelmed by nervousness and tension. Simply stacking one shot after another. The final 6-2 tells practically all the hows and all the whys.
The third set is then a completely necessary side dish. Medvedev, who finds himself without a real plan available, even tries to push himself close to the network in order not to grant reference points. He tactics that as planned turns out to be suicidal.
Djokovic, who moves the game perfectly in the middle, shoots up 3-0 in an extremely easy way. And that's the end. Somehow relieved of the scoring situation, Medvedev tries to gather the vast majority of nervous energy in the heart of the seventh game.
Djokovic, a character allergic to defeat, however, responds perfectly to the moment of difficulty, builds the 5-2 with strength and even avoids getting back on serve at the foot of victory. Sealing supremacy in the eighth game with a high forehand volley. Melbourne Park has only one owner.