Djoker packs Rafa: Novak Djokovic wins record 7th Australian Open title

first_imgNovak Djokovic etched his name into the record books by winning his seventh Australian Open title at the Rod Laver Arena on Sunday. World No.1 Novak Djokovic defeated world No.2 Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in 2 hours and 4 minutes in the Australian Open final.The victory helped Djokovic move past Roger Federer and Roy Emerson’s six Melbourne titles to take sole ownership of the record.Djokovic has now won all seven finals he has contested at Melbourne Park, including the 5 hour and 53-minute championship match against Nadal in 2012.”I would like to thank my team for supporting me. It is individual sport but you guys are always behind me and tolerating me on my bad days. I would like to thank my wife and kids, I hope they are watching, they said they will,” Djokovic said.”It is special to win a trophy when someone back in Serbia very special is there to support me and share this with. They have been with me and allowed me to live my dream and I will never take it for granted.”Make that 15 Grand Slam titles for @DjokerNole.#AusOpen #AusOpenFinal pic.twitter.com/1BpM5da0cd#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019.@DjokerNole gave this loyal fan his history-making racquet #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/FWF3yzVFMH#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019Djokovic won his third consecutive Grand Slam since returning from an elbow injury, winning the titles at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018. This is also Djokovic’s 15th Grand Slam crown.Rafael Nadal lost a Grand Slam final for the first time in straight sets. He was chasing his second Australian Open title and 18th major.advertisement”I will keep fighting hard to become a better player.. I will keep fighting for the important things. I am going to keep fighting and practicing to give myself better chances,” Nadal said.Even legends do the wave @rodlaver #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/Nspf1TFDG8#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019A drop shot so good even your opponent applauds.Soft touch from @RafaelNadal #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/dv8lZQc2uR#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019Djokovic came out all guns blazing and broke Nadal in the Spaniard’s first service game to race ahead 4-1 in the opening set, before holding firm to seize the early advantage in the contest at Rod Laver Arena.Sending love all the way down under!!! @DjokerNole @AustralianOpen #idemooo #NoleFam pic.twitter.com/3Pe6Ra9TJnJelena Djokovic (@jelenadjokovic) January 27, 2019The ruthless Serb then increased his grip on the match by winning the second set, sealing a decisive break to go ahead 3-2 before fending off Nadal’s attempts to come back.History Maker.The moment you win your seventh #AusOpen title.@DjokerNole #AusOpenFinal pic.twitter.com/7HC5Gwyfuh#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019The peerless Serb broke Nadal five times while conceding only a single break point. Having won only two points off Djokovic’s first seven service games, Nadal finally prised a break point in the fifth game of the third to get back on serve but it quickly disappeared in a maelstrom of power hitting.Djokovic held serve, and knuckled down to complete an astonishing rout. He fired a furious forehand down the line to bring up two championship points, then sealed the title when the Spaniard sent a backhand long.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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