‘A Matter of Time’: Novak Djokovic on Daniil Medvedev’s Slam Breakthrough Following Australian Open Triumph

Published 02/21/2021, 6:46 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev shakes hands with Serbia’s Novak Djokovic after their final match REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


In a match where the entirety of the tennis world was against Novak Djokovic, the 33-year-old showcased why he’s the best by breezing past Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open 2021 Final.

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Following his victory, the 9-time champion was all praises for his terrific opponent. Djokovic won the Australian Open Final 7-5, 6-2, 6-2, and the match didn’t go as it was supposed to.

However, Daniil Medvedev put up a tough fight in front of a hostile crowd at Rod Laver Arena to earn Djokovic’s respect. Medvedev, who seemed to be frustrated throughout the match, surprisingly kept his calm during the post-match ceremony and hailed Djokovic for his incredible game.

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The latter was delighted by the Russian’s praise and reciprocated the favor during the customary champion’s speech. “First of all, class act. Great guy, great person.

“You’ve shown again why we used to spend more time together. You’re not calling me anymore last few years. But it’s nice to hear you’re thinking good things about me,” Djokovic jokingly told Medvedev. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Russia’s Daniil Medvedev after their final match REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Novak Djokovic politely tells Medvedev that he’s going to dominate for a few more years

Daniil Medvedev has two Grand Slam finals on his resume now. He’s lost both of them, but it has been a thrilling ride for the Russian so far.

Medvedev will undoubtedly come back hungry for more titles in the future, but a cheeky Novak Djokovic told him that it won’t be easy to win one! 

Dominic Thiem is the only player besides the ‘Big 3’ to have won a Grand Slam since 2017, and Medvedev came close this year, only to suffer a meltdown in the Finals.

Despite getting his 20-match winning streak snapped by Djokovic, the Russian can hold his head high for what he’s achieved in the past few weeks! 

“I really like Daniil as a player off the court but on the court, he’s one of the toughest players I ever faced in my life. It’s a matter of time when you’re going to hold a Grand Slam. If you don’t mind waiting a few more years,” Djokovic informed Medvedev. 

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With this triumph, Novak Djokovic extended his win streak at the Australian Open Finals to 9-0 and clinched the 18th Grand Slam of his career. Here’s an iconic photo that asserts Djokovic’s dominance at the ‘Happy Slam!’ 

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Loren Elliott

The Serbian is now just two Majors titles away from matching his rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Do you think he’ll close the gap further this year?

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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