Djokovic battles back from the brink
There is something about Novak Djokovic competing in Australia.
The 21-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t fallen Down Under since Hyeon Chung toppled the Serbian in Melbourne in 2018.
Djokovic chose the Adelaide International to ramp up his Australian Open preparations, where he seeks a 10th crown at the end of the month, defeating world No.7 Daniil Medvedev en route to the final.
Here the 35-year-old met Sebastian Korda in red hot form. The towering American had championship point in the second set, however, Djokovic compiled another archetypal comeback.
6-7(8), 7-6(3), 6-4 was the eventual scoreline, Djokovic reeling his opponent from match point down for the 16th time during a Hall-of-fame career, to fire a huge warning sign to the rest of the draw in Melbourne.
“Five great matches. The last three opponents: Second round, 7-6, 7-6, tough two tie-breaks against Halys, who is playing very well,” said a delighted Djokovic, scooping his 92nd career title and 34th successive victory on Australian courts.
“Then I had Shapovalov, Medvedev and Korda, who is on fire… I couldn’t ask for a better preparation and lead-up to Australian Open.”