The love affair between Novak Djokovic and Melbourne Park continued as he won a record 9th title at the Australian Open. Djokovic proved that he is the ‘King of Melbourne Park’ as he defeated Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the final.
Despite having entered the final on the back of a 20-match winning streak, Medvedev was completely overplayed by Djokovic. The Serbian raced off with a 3-0 lead at the start of the match and displayed his brilliance when it mattered the most.
During the post-match presentation ceremony, Medvedev was quick to acknowledge Djokovic’s historic feat. Despite losing his second Grand Slam final, Medvedev was gracious in defeat and shared an interesting anecdote with the audience.
But to his surprise, Djokovic himself came up to Medvedev and chatted with him about the game, which left a deep impression on the Russian. Recalling the incident, Medvedev hailed Djokovic as his god and complimented him for his friendly nature.
“Just to tell you a small story. First, I practiced with Novak when I was No.500 in the world or No.600 in the world in Monaco. He was already No.1, just won Wimbledon.
“I thought he is not gonna speak to me or something because the guy was a god for me,” said Medvedev. “Because I was shy, so I didn’t speak, so he was asking me questions and talking to me like a friend.
“I was really surprised then, it never changed since I was No.600 in the world or No.4 in the world,” added Medvedev.
Apart from being a champion on-court, the story offered the fans some insight into Djokovic’s nature off the court. The 18-time Grand Slam champion returned the favor by paying his respects to Medvedev in his post-match speech.
With the victory, Djokovic is now just two Grand Slam titles away from equaling his arch-rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Which Major will he conquer next?