• Serb says past fortnight has been a ‘rollercoaster ride’
  • One of ‘hardest tournaments’ for nine-times winner

Hitting back at his detractors and slamming the doubters, Novak Djokovic says his ninth Australian Open triumph was among the most challenging of his grand slam career.

Djokovic thumped Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 in Sunday night’s final before taking aim at his critics. The Serb was savaged pre-tournament for detailing a list of so-called quarantine demands for the 72 players holed up in hard lockdown, then accused of exaggerating an abdominal injury during his five-set third-round win over Taylor Fritz.

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