Some things just aren’t a surprise, and what’s happening in tennis these days fits into that category. Basically, Novak Djokovic is about as close to a guarantee as you can get — proving it yet again in rolling to a straight-sets win (7-5, 6-2, 6-2) over Daniil Medvedev to capture the Australian Open on Sunday.
The top-ranked Djokovic is now 9-0 in finals at Melbourne Park and is nearing Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for most male Grand Slam titles. Federer and Nadal each have 20. Djokovic has 18.
“I’d like to thank Rod Laver Arena (site of the Australian Open),” Djokovic told reporters. “I love you each year, more and more. It has been a love affair that keeps growing.”
In case all that weren’t enough, Djokovic became the second men’s player ever to win at least nine titles at a single Grand Slam event (with Nadal being the first). This also marks the second time that Djokovic has won three straight Australian Opens. He did it the first time from 2011-13.
Meanwhile, the fourth-ranked Medvedev had entered the final as the winner of 20 straight matches, including 12 in a row against top-10 competition. But not surprisingly, he was no match for Djokovic.
Naomi Osaka won the women’s final Saturday, overtaking Jennifer Brady by a 6-4, 6-3 count. Osaka improved to 4-0 in major finals.