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Australian Open 2021 Men’s Final Highlights: Novak Djokovic beats Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2

Australian Open 2021 Men's Final, Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev Highlights: Djokovic claims ninth Aus Open title

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: February 21, 2021 4:38:40 pm
Australian Open 2021 Men's Final Live: Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev.

Australian Open 2021 Men’s Final, Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev Highlights: Novak Djokovic remained an unbreakable force as he thrashed Daniil Medvedev to claim a record-extending ninth Australian Open title on Sunday.

The world number one’s 7-5 6-2 6-2 triumph under the lights at Rod Laver Arena secured his 18th Grand Slam title, bringing him within tantalising reach of Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal’s all-time record of 20.Much like Dominic Thiem in last year’s final, Djokovic faced an opponent desperate for success and his own seat at the Grand Slam table.

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Australian Open 2021 Men's Final Highlights:

16:13 (IST)21 Feb 2021

Djokovic does it again! His ninth Australian Open, his 18th Grand Slam! He takes an early lead and races to 30-0 to the cheers of the crowd. Medvedev bites back to make it 30-30, but the inevitable always arrives. A return and then a smash to win it 7-5, 6-2, 6-2!

16:05 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Third Set: Djokovic* 7-5, 6-2, 5-2 Medvedev

Utter determination! Medvedev tried to fight back and stayed in the rallies for long, even winning two points, but it was not enough. Djokovic stayed alert throughout the game and sent himself everywhere for a return. He sealed the game from 40-30. One more?

16:00 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Third Set: Djokovic 7-5, 6-2, 4-2 Medvedev*

Medvedev, although looking quite tired and out of it, continues to fight back against Djokovic as he wraps up the game with an ace.

15:57 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Third Set: Djokovic* 7-5, 6-2, 4-1 Medvedev

The entire match has been about Djokovic's defence so far! Medvedev is staying in the rallies for a long time, but he is failing to find a chink in his opponent's armour. He commits two back-to back errors towards the end and gifts the game to Djokovic. Two more?

15:53 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Third Set: Djokovic 7-5, 6-2, 3-1 Medvedev*

Medvedev finally opens his account in the third set... and in style! After losing three games in a row, he pulls out his masterful dropshot in a rally to absolutely wrong-foot Djokovic in Melbourne! He gets applauded from his opponent too. He seals it after.

15:48 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Third Set: Djokovic* 7-5, 6-2, 3-0 Medvedev

The Djokovic juggernaut rolls on! He stays on point while a tired Medvedev fails to stay in the rallies. Three more games for glory?

15:45 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Third Set: Djokovic 7-5, 6-2, 2-0 Medvedev*

Medvedev finally reaps the rewards of his risk-taking personality. He succeeds in pushing Djokovic to the other side of the court for his effective forehands to come into play. From 15-30 down in his own serve, he makes it 40-30. But Djokovic doesn't let the game go at all... he fight back to make it deuce. Then, owing to his opponent's lack of rhythm, he breaks early in the third set. 

15:41 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Third Set: Djokovic* 7-5, 6-2, 1-0 Medvedev

Do-or-die time for Medvedev now and he knows it! He picks up two quick points, one a rally point, but then Djokovic bites back with an ace. The Serb then commits an uncharacteristic double fault but soon makes it deuce. Two in two, and he moves on. Game.

15:34 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Second Set: Djokovic 7-5, 6-2 Medvedev*

Djokovic is locked in! He has the ninth title in his eyes right now as he wraps up the second set 6-2. Medvedev left frustrated.

15:30 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Second Set: Djokovic* 7-5, 5-2 Medvedev

Djokovic is undeterred by Medvedev's fightback though. After the Russian notched the opening point, he ups the ante and changes his game to serve and volley and forces Medvedev to hit the net. He races to 40-15, but after a bit of a wobble, he commits two errors and makes it deuce. The first of the match! The Serb picks up the next two points and holds his serve. One more game to go!

15:26 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Second Set: Djokovic 7-5, 4-2 Medvedev*

The games are flashing by in the second set! Medvedev bounces back in style as he holds to love in just 54 seconds. Brilliant.

15:22 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Second Set: Djokovic* 7-5, 4-1 Medvedev

The groans are featuring a lot now at the Rod Laver Arena. Djokovic continues to steamroll, as he picks a fourth successive game. 

15:20 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Second Set: Djokovic 7-5, 3-1 Medvedev*

Djokovi is absolutely in the zone on the return now! Medvedev is pushing his limits here, trying to keep up with the top seed, but his errors during the rally are costing him too much. From 30-30, Djokovic turned it around and broke his opponent yet again.

15:13 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Second Set: Djokovic* 7-5, 2-1 Medvedev

Medvedev keeps up the pace with the serve but his inexperience at this stage is showing. Another 30-30, another Djokovic game!

15:10 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Second Set: Djokovic 7-5, 1-1 Medvedev*

Djokovic's equally good, if not better today! He bounces back with a break of his own! Medvedev continues to assert his dominance right from the start, taking it 30-15. But a lapse of concentration cost the Russian a game as Djokovic wins the second game.

15:07 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Second Set: Djokovic* 7-5, 0-1 Medvedev

A rebound from the Russian! Right after losing the first set, Medvedev comes out and breaks Djokovic in the opening game of the second set. Djokovic took it to 30-30, but a fault and two backhand errors later, Medvedev has the first game. Here we go!

15:02 (IST)21 Feb 2021
First Set: Djokovic 7-5 Medvedev*

Perfect and precise! Djokovic races to gain three set points with three successive points. He is winning every rally with pinpoint returns on every serve. Medvedev pulled two points back but the experienced first seed holds his ground and takes the opening set!

14:55 (IST)21 Feb 2021
First Set: Djokovic* 6-5 Medvedev

Djokovic is a bit special, isn't he? When the stakes are high, he always comes up with something! He holds to love with a dominating serve and powerful display of craft with the racquet. Can Medvedev force a tie-breaker? All upto him in the next game.

14:52 (IST)21 Feb 2021
First Set: Djokovic 5-5 Medvedev*

After losing the three opening games, Medvedev is really showing why he deserves to be in the final. He holds to love again, and it's really not a surprise considering the 20-match unbeaten streak he's on. Djokovic has to come up with something special.

14:49 (IST)21 Feb 2021
First Set: Djokovic* 5-4 Medvedev

Djokovic takes a vital game! Although Medvedev won the first point, the Serb took four straight points to hold. Not an easy contest!