A very different Australian Open came to a familiar close on Sunday, with Novak Djokovic crowned champion for a record-extending ninth time and Serbian fans hailing a one-sided win over another would-be challenger in Daniil Medvedev.

The world number one’s win on his favourite court secured his 18th Grand Slam title, bringing him within tantalising reach of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s all-time men’s record of 20.

He suffered a painful abdominal injury in the first week and had to manage it through the second.

But those challenges were drowned out in the roars of his fans as he thrashed fourth seed Medvedev in a bearpit atmosphere.



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