Incredible stuff from Novak Djokovic that demolishes Rafael Nadal in straight sets in Melbourne final to claim his 15th slam and his 7th Australian Open.
There were a lot of expectations about this final also after Rafael Nadal played one of the best tennis of his great career for the entire event.
Novak Djokovic made it clear from the very beginning that he was there to crash this final. The world no.1 was dictating Nadal virtually on every single point. The start was outstanding after Djokovic conquered a 4-0 lead after conceding just 1 point in the first 3 games before winning the opener 6-3. Djokovic conceded only 1 point on serve in this opening set!
The second set was even more one-way traffic especially after Rafa got a 2-1 lead. After that, Djokovic won 5 straight games after breaking Nadal for 2 consecutive times at 15.
Djokovic breezed past Nadal also in the last set after breaking his opponent another couple of times before winning 6-3 6-2 6-3.
He played fantastic. NADAL
After the match, Rafa commented
“I think he played fantastic. When he’s playing that way, I think I needed something else. I was not able to have that extra ‘thing’ tonight. It was unbelievable the way that he played, no doubt about that. I played fantastic tennis during both weeks, but by probably playing that well, I didn’t suffer much. Five months without competing, having that big challenge in front of me, I needed something else.
That’s my feeling, to compete at this super high level.”
A perfect match. DJOKOVIC
“Under the circumstances, playing against Nadal, such an important match, I mean, it’s amazing. Obviously back-to-back semi-finals and final, I think I made 15 unforced errors in total in two matches. It’s quite pleasantly surprising to myself, as well, even though I always believe I can play this way, visualize myself playing this way. At this level, it was truly a perfect match.”
Next step? Calendar slam?
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 27, 2019
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