Novak Djokovic, world no 2 has won the 1st Grand Slam of the year defeating world no 5 Dominic Thiem in five sets. The four-hour battle has given Djokovic his 8th Australian Open title (most in the history), his 17th Major overall. Djokovic has become the first man in the open era to win a Major title in the three decades and regained the no 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal.
The players entered the Rod Laver Arena for the final match of the tournament. Djokovic took to a quick start getting to 3-0 lead before Thiem fought back to level things up at 4-4. The Serbian took the 1st set 6-4. In the 2nd set, at 4-4 Djokovic gets a time violation for the second time that resulted in him forfeited a first serve, thus losing the concentration lost the set 4-6. Thiem also took the advantage and closed the 3rd set 6-2. Djokovic’s concentration seemed to come back in the 4th set and suddenly his balls start flying. Leading 4-3, he broke Thiem’s serve and win the set 6-3.
2 sets all. Djokovic’s 8th title at stake, Thiem’s maiden title at stake. Djokovic took the early break in the set and that was enough to earn Djokovic his 17th Grand Slam title. Djokovic won the 5th set 6-4.
After the match, Djokovic said at the press conference:
“I was on the brink of losing the match, After I lost the second set, I start to feel really bad on the court. My energy dropped significantly. Kind of regained my energy and strength midway in the fourth set and got back into the match. After that in the fifth set, it was anybody’s game, really. I knew that very early in the fifth set it was crucial for me to make a break. I had that mental edge again, and that was enough to win it.”
With the win at the Melbourne Park, Djokovic closes the gap between the compatriots Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam titles race. The Big 3 now have won the last 13 Grand Slams, Djokovic and Nadal winning 05, while Roger Federer winning 03. Djokovic now stands at 17 titles from 26 finals.
Roger Federer – 20
Rafael Nadal -19
Novak Djokovic – 17
Australian Open – 06
French Open – 01
Wimbledon – 08
US Open – 05
Australian Open – 01
French Open – 12
Wimbledon – 02
US Open – 04
Australian Open – 08
French Open – 01
Wimbledon – 05
US Open – 03
Novak Djokovic will start his 5th stint at world no 1 on from Monday. It will be his 276th week at the top of the tree. Djokovic has won the most number of Grand Slams in the last decade. He is 32 and looks on set to take over the list of most Grand Slams. Year 2020 might also be the year in which Djokovic may surpass Federer’s record of most weeks at no 1 which is 310 weeks.
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