With his newest win at the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic is now just two grand slams behind the all-time record of 20 jointly held by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Djokovic is now two grand slams away from equaling fellow ' tennis cyborgs' Nadal and Federer in Australian Open
NOVAK Djokovic has overwhelmed Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final to clinch his 18th grand slam title at the Australian Open 2021 on Sunday (February 21).
With his latest win, the Serbian tennis pro is nowjust two grand slams behind the all-time record of 20 jointly held by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
The Russian came into the decider on a 20-match winning streak but he ran into a brick wall in the world number one, who won 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 to claim his ninth Australian Open title and third in a row.
‘Cyborgs of tennis’
At the post-game interviews, the 25-year-old Medvedev noted his biggest challenge now is “short-circuiting” the Big Three “cyborgs” of tennis: Djokovic, Nadal and Federer.
"We're talking about some cyborgs of tennis, in a good way. They're just unbelievable," Medvedev said.
"I always say they're just better than other tennis players. I'm not shy to say this. It's just truth. In fact,
Fourth-ranked Medvedev, who took Nadal to five sets in the 2019 US Open final, hoped he was inching closer to a breakthrough.
"I think I got closer because I always say experience is the key for me," he said.
"Next time if I play Novak ever here in the final, I for sure going to do some things on the court, maybe off the court also, differently."
But he said he had no chance of matching the careers of Nadal, Federer or Djokovic, the "king of Melbourne."
"To win nine Australian Opens, I need to win every year until I'm 34," he said.
"I mean, I believe in myself, but I don't think I'm able to do it. Same with Rafa. I mean, 13 Roland Garros..."
"Today with Novak, I felt like I wanted to mix up things, I wanted to try to do something different, but I felt like he took all the time from me," Medvedev added.
"We still played like two hours or something, not that fast match. For me it felt like 30 minutes and I was there holding the finalist trophy."