The highest seed dominated from the outset as he breezed to a 15th profession grand slam — taking him away from Pete Sampras to sit down alone in third place on the all-time checklist — and his third in succession, having additionally received Wimbledon and the U.S. Open final yr.
The 2 all-time greats produced a basic encounter within the match’s showpiece in 2012 — Djokovic ultimately prevailing in a deciding set after 5 hours and 53 minutes on court docket — however this time it was a whole mismatch.
Nadal had not dropped a set in reaching the ultimate but struggled to make an affect in a stunningly one-sided contest, the left-hander succumbing to the brilliance of the Serbian, who strikes past Roger Federer and Roy Emerson for many wins within the historical past of the occasion.
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The tone was set as early because the second sport when Nadal misplaced his opener on serve to rapidly fall behind.
In distinction, Djokovic was rapidly up to the mark. Astonishingly, he dropped only one level on his personal serve throughout the opening set, repeatedly in a position to maintain with ease in opposition to an opponent unable to use any form of strain.
Flashing seems at his assist workforce as he struggled to grasp what was occurring to him, Nadal a minimum of stood agency in the beginning of the second.
Nevertheless, the pivotal break arrived within the fifth sport, Nadal sending a volley lengthy after an absorbing rally that ended with the pair each on the web. It was about as shut because the Spaniard received to his rival all through the night time, although.
Djokovic broke once more to go 5-2 up earlier than serving out for the set in model, firing down three aces to carry to like.
Nadal had failed in his 4 earlier makes an attempt to rally from two units down in a slam ultimate and his job grew to become even harder when he was damaged once more early within the third.
The second seed had a chance to hit again within the sixth sport just for an bold cross-court backhand to go awry, permitting Djokovic a reprieve he barely wanted as he ominously marched towards the crown.
After simply two hours and 4 minutes on court docket, the 31-year-old sealed a complete victory with one other break, a gracious Nadal coming throughout to his rival’s facet of the court docket to congratulate him after a ruthless show
Novak Djokovic  bt Rafael Nadal  6-Three 6-2 6-3
Djokovic – 34/9
Nadal – 21/28
Djokovic – 8/0
Nadal – 3/2
BREAK POINTS WON
Djokovic – 5/8
Nadal – 0/1
FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Djokovic – 72
Nadal – 64
PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Djokovic – 80/84
Nadal – 51/62
Djokovic – 89
Nadal – 53