Spectators Kicked Out From Australian Open 2021 Final for Causing Disruption Mid-Point

Published 02/21/2021, 6:38 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Security remove protesters from the crowd during the final between Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Russia’s Daniil Medvedev. Crowds are at a reduced capacity for this years event following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the Australian Open 2021. The match lasted for less than 2 hours.

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In the first set, Djokovic broke Medvedev twice and managed to win 80% of his second serve points, whereas Medvedev won only 38% of his second serve points.

After 42 minutes into the match, Novak sealed the first set 7-5, drawing first blood in the final of the Australian Open 2021.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Security remove protesters from the crowd during the final between Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Russia’s Daniil Medvedev. Crowds are at a reduced capacity for this years event following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Protestors thrown out of Rod Laver Arena for causing disruption at Australian Open 2021

During the second set of the match, there were a group of protestors that shouted slogans ‘Free the Refugees’. It prompted the chair umpire to stop the point, and the security staff did the needful by removing the group from the Rod Laver Arena.

Such incidents are not good for the momentum of the match and the spirit altogether. There was a similar incident during the Australian Open 2015 when a group of protestors similarly tried to disrupt the match. 

The incident occurred during the fourth game of the second set. The incident did affect Medvedev as he failed to hold his service game soon after, and it was a crucial juncture of the match.

Ahead of the fourth game, Djokovic and Medvedev broke each other’s service games. The Serbian star eventually broke Daniil for the third time in the set and clinched it 6-2.

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev. Crowds are at a reduced capacity for this years event following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

After firmly stamping his authority on the match, taking a two sets lead, Djokovic ended the Russian’s hopes, breaking him twice in the final set, and committed very few unforced errors as compared to his opponent. 

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Overall, in the match, Djokovic served brilliantly on his second serve and returned with great effect. He converted seven out of the eleven break points he faced during the entire match. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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