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Sunday, 27 January 2019

Novak Djokovic Defeat Rafael Nadal To Win 2019 Men's Australian Open (Photos)

Novak Djokovic has won a record seventh Australian Open title and a third successive Grand Slam as he swept aside Rafael Nadal in Melbourne.
The Serb broke the Spaniard's serve five times - and was rarely troubled on his own - in a 6-3 6-2 6-3 victory.

Nadal, 32, looked rattled by the world number one's intensity and made 28 unforced errors.

Djokovic, 31, won in two hours and four minutes to move clear of six-time men's winners Roy Emersonand Roger Federer.

A forehand winner down the line brought up two championship points, Djokovic taking the second when Nadal clubbed a backhand long.

Djokovic fell to his knees after sealing another triumph on Rod Laver Arena, smacking the court with both hands and screaming towards the sky.

The reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion claimed his 15th Grand Slam title, moving him outright third ahead of American Pete Sampras in the all-time list, closing in on Switzerland's Federer (20) and Nadal (17).

Djokovic has now won 13 of his past 16 meetings with Nadal, who has not beaten the Serb on a hard court since the US Open final in 2013.

Djokovic: "I would like to return the favour and give compliments to Rafa's couple of weeks.

“Tough match tonight but you came backfrom an injury that took you out of the Tour in September last year.

“You're showing to me and to all your colleagues and young tennis players around the world what is the definition of resilience and fighting spirit."

Djokovic steps forward and receives his winner's trophy.

Nadal: “First thing I have to say is many congratulations to Novak and his team. It was an amazing level of tennis tonight and during the two weeks. Well done for everything.

"I want to continue saying thank you verymuch to all the people who make possible the event."I have to continue saying many thanks to all the people in Tennis Australia who make possible this amazing tournament.

"There is no one tournament that is improving every single year like this one. The job you are doing is just fantastic. Thank you for making this tournament probably the best in the world.

"It has been a very emotional two weeks,even if tonight wasn't my best night. It's been a very important two weeks. I have been going through tough moments in last two years - I had to retire in two events last year including here and that was painful.

"Even if tonight was not my night, to me it's so important to be where I am today, coming back from injury."


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