Djokovic claims a record seventh Australian Open title

Djokovic claims a record seventh Australian Open title

Djokovic claims a record seventh Australian Open title

"Speaking to them calms me down and brings me this positive energy that I carry on the court".

Djokovic held serve, and knuckled down to complete an astonishing rout.

All sounds rather similar to the way someone might describe competing against Djokovic.

But astonishingly he was able to turn around his fortunes in time to win in London and then claim the US Open crown en route to recapturing the world number one ranking in November. At that point, no other man in the sport's history had more than 12.

With his 15th major title, Djokovic grabbed sole possession of third place on the all-time list, passing Pete Sampras. Nadal leads 9-5.

Nadal finally prised a break point in the fifth game of the third but it quickly disappeared in a maelstrom of power hitting.

Such a one-sided affair had not been predicted, as it was thought by many that the final could be a repeat of the nearly six-hour epic that took place when Djokovic prevailed against Nadal in the 2012 decider. You have a lot of great players that on clay can challenge me or anybody else. He was winning points with big-bang efficiency, a radical change for a player known for turning best-of-five-set matches into operettas. "I don't know. I'm not trying to think too much in advance". "To surpass him with Grand Slam titles, I'm speechless", he said.

"To be standing now here in front of you today and managing to win this title and three out of four Slams is truly incredible", Djokovic added. "These are the kind of matches that you live for, finals of Slams, playing the greatest rivals at their best".

The achievement makes Djokovic the Australian Open's winningest player in history, drawing him ahead of Roy Emerson and Roger Federer. Djokovic defended better and attacked more effectively, knocking the muscular Nadal on his heels with lightning quick, penetrating groundstrokes.

The only men with more? He now trails only Federer (20) and Nadal (17). Spain's Rafael Nadal attends a winning ceremony after the match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic.

Both were outstanding in the semifinals. His record since the beginning of Wimbledon past year is 38-4, and that includes two wins each against Federer and Nadal. "I have been playing against a player that was at the highest level possible, in my opinion". Was Nadal nervous? Did Djokovic simply not allow him to play that way? "Maybe one or two". The Serb has a game without any clear flaws and because his defence is so impeccable, the opponent comes into the match knowing that it won't be easy, perhaps thinking similar thoughts to what Nadal did today.

By the end of the second set, Djokovic had won almost twice as many points (59-30), made more winners (23-14) and far fewer unforced errors (20-4), while taking 14 of 17 points that lasted at least 10 strokes.

Watching things swing so immediately and irrevocably in Djokovic's direction really was rather hard to comprehend, as was how someone of Nadal's experience and excellence could come out of the gate quite so poorly.

So Djokovic added to previous triumphs in Melbourne in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, along with four titles at Wimbledon, three at the U.S. Open and one at the French Open.

He was rusty. He acknowledged being a "little bit worried" because of "issue after issue".

"Unbelievable", said Nadal's coach, Carlos Moya.

Considering his age, excellent health, a near obsession with clean living and hearty appetite for domination (Djokovic has won three straight majors in his zero-to-hero resurgence), it's hard to escape the idea that it's game on for GOAT honors.

They're ready to resume their rivalry.

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