Australian Open: Djoker is the king of the game as Osaka wears the crown
World number 1 Novak Djokovic gave a fitting reply to his critics as he displayed a dominant hand defeating Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 to capture a record-extending ninth Australian Open title. He’s only the second man to win nine or more titles at the same Grand Slam event after Rafael Nadal. Djokovic also closed the gap on 20-time major titlists Nadal and Roger Federer at the top of the Grand Slam titles leaderboard with his 18th major trophy.
Naomi Osaka lifted the Women’s trophy after beating Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 in the final. This is Osaka’s second Australian Open win and fourth Grand Slam. Osaka is now the third player, male or female, in the Open Era (since 1968) to have won on their first four Grand Slam final appearances. The others are Roger Federer, who won his first seven major finals, and Monica Seles, who won her first six Grand Slam finals. Among women, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati and Virginia Wade all won their first three Grand Slam finals.
In the Mixed Doubles, Barbora Krejcikova and Rajeev Ram won their second Australian Open mixed title with a 6-1, 6-4 win over home pairing Sam Stosur and Matthew Ebden.
However, Ram was not so lucky in defending his Men’s Doubles title as he and partner Joe Salisbury lost the trophy to Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and his Slovakian doubles partner Filip Polasek. This is their first Grand Slam title together. The 9th seed pair won the 2021 Australian Open Men’s doubles title after a 6-3 6-4 win.
Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka won the Women’s Double title after defeating Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková in the final, 6–2, 6–3.