27 Jan 2019, 16:49 IST
Novak Djokovic secured a record-breaking seventh Australian Open title in ruthless trend on Sunday, dismantling Rafael Nadal 6-Three 6-2 6-Three in Melbourne.
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 listing – and his third in succession, having additionally gained Wimbledon and the US 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 courtroom – however this time it was a whole mismatch.
Nadal had not dropped a set in reaching the ultimate but struggled to make an impression 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 shortly fall behind.
In distinction, Djokovic was shortly up to the mark. Astonishingly, he dropped only one level on his personal serve through the opening set, repeatedly capable of maintain with ease in opposition to an opponent unable to use any kind of strain.
Flashing seems at his assist staff as he struggled to grasp what was occurring to him, Nadal at the very least stood agency at the beginning of the second.
Nonetheless, 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 obtained to his rival all through the night time, although.
After twice being taken to deuce within the following sport, 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 remaining and his activity turned even harder when he was damaged once more early within the third.
The second seed had a possibility 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 in the direction of the crown.
After simply two hours and 4 minutes on courtroom, the 31-year-old sealed a complete victory with one other break, a gracious Nadal coming throughout to his rival’s aspect of the courtroom to congratulate him after a ruthless show.
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