Nor does he look it.
Before Sunday’s match, Lleyton Hewitt, a former world No. 1 and a two-time Grand Slam champion within the 2000s, mentioned Medvedev was going to want to create a second to make himself consider that he may beat Djokovic on this night time, on this courtroom, like when Hewitt gained the first-set tiebreaker in opposition to Pete Sampras in his first triumph at a Grand Slam remaining.
The first take a look at got here early for Medvedev, after Djokovic broke him in his first service recreation and cruised to a Three-Zero lead. But a recreation later, Medvedev outclassed Djokovic on a 28-shot rally that had each gamers sliding from sideline to sideline to get his first probability to interrupt Djokovic’s serve. Minutes later it was Three-Three. Game on.
Five video games later the set appeared headed for a tiebreaker, however the second of fact for Medvedev arrived sooner. Serving at 5-6 and down a degree, he despatched a forehand huge with Djokovic pushing to the web, and caught a nasty break as what may have been the successful shot on the following level ticked the highest of the web twine and gave Djokovic a sitter for a straightforward passing shot.
Just like that, triple set level. Big serves saved the primary two, however then Medvedev despatched a forehand into the web. The massive hill that nobody in Medvedev’s era has been in a position to summit out of the blue appeared that a lot greater.
After prevailing in that first set, Djokovic shifted from a gentle run right into a dash. He broke Medvedev 3 times within the second set and had him breaking one racket, swatting the bottom with its substitute and shrugging his shoulders at his coach, as if to say there was nothing he may do.
“Even if I would have done better, it doesn’t mean that the score would be different,” he mentioned.
On match level, Djokovic rose for a lob, stretched and whipped one final winner previous Medvedev. He collapsed in celebration on the courtroom then rose rapidly, pumping his arms at his field and the group. By March, he can have spent extra weeks holding the No. 1 rating than another man. The reign goes on, for Djokovic and for the Big Three.