Australian Open: Novak Djokovic wins ninth title in Melbourne Park

NEWS DIGEST – Novak Djokovic remains the king of Melbourne Park after sealing his third consecutive Australian Open title and ninth overall as the world No 1 outclassed Daniil Medvedev 7-5 6-2 6-2 in Melbourne on Sunday.

Victory earned Djokovic an 18th career Grand Slam title to pull him to within two of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the top of the all-time standings.

In an astonishing dominance of the men’s game, Djokovic, Nadal and Federer have now won 15 of the last 16 Grand Slam titles despite all being well into their 30s, with the exception being Dominic Thiem at last year’s US Open.

Djokovic held aloft the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup and said: “It has been a rollercoaster ride for me, especially in the last couple of weeks. (Physio) Uli (Badio), special thanks to you. You’ve dedicated so much time to making sure I’m able to play. I’m eternally grateful. Thank you guys, I love you.