Australian Open 2021 Men's Final: Winner, Score and Twitter Reaction

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2021

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating Russia's Daniil Medvedev in the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021.(AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
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Novak Djokovic extended his reign of dominance at the Australian Open with a straight-sets victory over Daniil Medvedev in Sunday's men's singles final.

The top-seeded Serb turned away the Russian challenger 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 to win his ninth Australian Open crown and third title in a row in Melbourne.

#AusOpen @AustralianOpen

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Djokovic fended off an early challenge from the fourth seed before he took over against Medvedev, who was participating in his second Grand Slam final.

The 33-year-old has won half of his 18 Grand Slam titles at the first major of the season in Australia.

The victory moved Djokovic two major championships behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most men's singlesย Grand Slam titles.

US Open Tennis @usopen

One Grand Slam closer to being on ๐Ÿ” @DjokerNole | #AusOpen https://t.co/vhT8Tyegcp

The performance that earned Djokovic his 18th major crown was a masterclass, as he adjusted on the fly to counter whatever Medvedev threw at him.

ESPN's Brad Gilbert pointed out that Medvedev was not prepared for some of the tactics the Serb employed:

Brad Gilbert @bgtennisnation

Djoker saved this tactic down the middle for the right moment and biggest match and absolutely made monster ๐Ÿ‘ฟ difference that Meddy bear ๐Ÿป was not prepared for @KYevgeni @darren_cahill

Ben Rothenberg of theย New York Timesย made a similar point, noting that Medvedev looked lost on the court despite coming into the match on a 20-match winning streak.

Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg

Novak Djokovic has a commanding lead, 7-5, 6-2, after just one hour and 17 minutes. He's sharp and dialed in. Medvedev came into this match with well-earned confidence from his 20-match win streak, but maybe not much in the way of tactics. He looks lost out there. #AusOpen

The ESPN broadcast team of Chris Fowler and John McEnroe summed up the match perfectly when they discussed the competitiveness during the third set (h/t Rothenberg):

Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg

Chris Fowler: "When you come for the king, don't miss." Patrick McEnroe: "He's missed...a lot." #AusOpen

To put it simply, as Jose Morgado ofย Diario Recordย tweeted, Djokovic was just too good Sunday in Melbourne:

Josรฉ Morgado @josemorgado

18 Grand Slam titles. Novak Djokovic easily beats Daniil Medvedev (who was on a 20 matches winning streak) 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 to win the #AusOpen for a 9th time. Just too good. [getty] https://t.co/py8yQiwbi0

Djokovic's dominance led some, likeย USA Today'sย Dan Wolken, to think the 2021 championship match was anticlimactic:

Dan Wolken @DanWolken

This has been a dud of a final.

The 33-year-old controlled the second serve points and break points over three sets. He broke Medvedev on seven of his 11 opportunities and took 58 percent of his second-serve points compared to his opponent's 32 percent.

Djokovic had fewer winners and aces than Medvedev, but he had 13 fewer unforced errors and won nine more receiving points.

The Serb should have at least two opportunities to join Federer and Nadal in the 20-major club in 2021. He has five Wimbledon titles and three U.S. Open triumphs.

However, Djokovic may have to wait until after the next Grand Slam tournament to win another championship since Nadal typically dominates the French Open.

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