Novak Djokovic is the 2019 Australian Open champion – his seventh title at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.
The Serb defeated long-term rival, Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in a one-sided final on Sunday morning.
Djokovic now sits on 15 grand slam titles, two behind Nadal and five behind all-time leader Roger Federer. It is the Serbian’s third consecutive slam title; the third time in history he has won three slams in a row, a record in itself.
From the opening moments, it was all one-way traffic, and at no point did it look like a battle between the world No.1 and the world No.2.
Djokovic was simply clinical, losing just one point on serve for the entire first set, while he broke Rafa at the first opportunity.
“I’m just trying to contemplate on the journey in the last 12 months,” Djokovic says post-match.
“I had the surgery exactly 12 months ago. To be standing now here in front of you today and managing to win this title and three out of four slams, this is a truly amazing.
Nadal was left stunned.
“Many congratulations to Novak and to his team,” Nadal says. “It was an amazing level of tennis tonight and for the two weeks, so well done for everything.”
Djokovic calls his performance in final v Rafael Nadal ‘truly a perfect match’
Meanwhile, Djokovic believes his performance in the 2019 Australian Open final ranks “right at the top” of his best ever matches, even surprising himself.
He inflicted upon Nadal his first straight sets loss in a slam final. The loss comes after the Spaniard didn’t drop a single set in the lead-up to the final.
But Djokovic made just nine unforced errors for the match, following the six he made in the semi-final two days earlier against Lucas Pouille.
Yet given the man on the other side of the net, he called the final “truly a perfect match”.
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