Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev Put a 28-Shot Rally Followed by Defensive Lob at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/21/2021, 4:42 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. Crowds are at a reduced capacity for this years event following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


In the final of the 2021 Australian Open, Novak Djokovic faced off against Daniil Medvedev. Both men were incredible form coming into the match. Hence, fans were expecting high-quality tennis, and they were not disappointed.

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Early in the match, Djokovic broke Medvedev’s serve, and the Russian was seeking a comeback. At 1-3, he was 30-15 up, and he engaged in a fabulous 28-shot rally with the Serb. In the end, he was able to win it as Djokovic missed a drop shot.

After this rally, Daniil earned himself 2 break points, but he only needed one. In an amazing rally, the Russian was forced to hit 2 defensive lobs.

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They were so well executed that it forced the error off of Novak’s smash. Medvedev won the point, and in the process, he was able to level the first set of the match.

Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev

Medvedev and Djokovic both have a lot to achieve at this year’s Australian Open. The Serb will be seeking a record-extending 9th title there and his 18th Grand Slam overall. This would level the gap between him and his fierce rivals – Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

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On the other hand, Daniil is seeking his first-ever Grand Slam in Melbourne this year. If he does this, he will join Marat Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov as the only Russian men to ever win a Grand Slam title.

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

At the moment, Djokovic has won the first set of the match 7-5 but the match isn’t over yet. Medvedev is still in the game and could steal the title away from Novak this year. What are your thoughts on this?

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