Djokovic Wins 18th Major: 'Age Is Just A Number'

Djokovic Wins 18th Major: 'Age Is Just A Number' Photo: TT
1st seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses for photographs with the trophy defeating 4th seed Daniil Medvedev of the Russian Federation in the Men's Final match match on day 14 of the Australian Open on Rod Laver Arena

World number one Novak Djokovic has claimed his 18th major title with a straight sets victory over Daniil Medvedev in an underwhelming Australian Open final on Sunday.

Djokovic triumphed to claim his ninth Australian Open crown, proving far too strong for fourth seed Medvedev, who challenged the Serbian in the first set before falling away.

The Serbian eventually won 7-5, 6-2, 6-2, moving within two majors of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the age of 33.

“To be honest really at this stage of my career, its about majors,” Djokovic said.

“It’s about the ranking number ones is obviously the two biggest goals. Managed to achieve this historic number one. It seems unreal.

“Once that historic number one is achieved, then my focus will go mostly to the slams. That’s where I want to shine. Age is just a number. That’s kind of a mindset.

“But we have to also see things realistically. I’m not 22 anymore. I’m going to have to deal with the schedule and the calendar in different ways so I peak at the right moment in the slams.”

Djokovic may have become a villain within tennis circles in the past 12 months and he has his public image battles with Australian fans, particularly after his list of ‘demands’ was leaked during the 14-day quarantine period, but his love affair with Rod Laver Arena remains strong.

“Thanks to this court, the Rod Laver Arena, I love you each year more and more - the love affair keeps going,” he said.

“Daniil, a class act, great guy and great person. I really like him off the court… but on court he’s definitely one of the toughest players I have ever faced in my life.

“It’s a matter of time till you hold a Grand Slam.”

Ben somerford
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