Djokovic sweeps Nadal aside to claim Australian Open

Djokovic sweeps Nadal aside to claim Australian Open

His own service game was on song, having sent down eight aces while conceding no double faults, and he only faced one break of serve for the entire contest, which lasted two hours and four minutes in Rod Laver Arena.

It could have been much more straightforward for Osaka, had she converted three Championship points in set two, but ultimately this mattered not, with the Japanese talent bagging us three recommendation wins from her last four matches here in Melbourne.

If Djokovic can win another couple of majors, those numbers should carry a lot of weight in the GOAT discourse.

Djokovic's coach, Marian Vajda, said: "I would describe it as dominance".

Yes, it wasn't Nadal's night but perhaps no one would have been able to match Djokovic's level on Sunday. I haven't played bad myself [in the] last couple of matches.

"After four, five months without action at all", Nadal said, "then, of course, you know that you can come here and anything can happen, no?"

It was the Serb's biggest margin of victory in a Grand Slam final.

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"I had surgery exactly 12 months ago".

"Hopefully", Djokovic said, "we're all going to have a good time".

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Djokovic, 31, revealed it was simply self belief that was the cornerstone of his comeback that now sees him hold three major trophies concurrently.

"I want to get better, ' said the insatiable world No.1".

"It is special to win a trophy when someone back in Serbia very special is there to support me and share this with". I embraced the journey. "The tennis court is a place where I'm naked, where I'm exposed to my both extremes in terms of emotions and character".

"I am going to keep fighting hard, going to keep working hard to be a better player every time, for the good things in life".

Novak Djokovic choked up as he dedicated his Australian Open crown to his family - while his wife posted a touching photo of their two children watching back home. Not only for the final but also what it takes to recover from that and the risk of injury.

But the Australian Open suggested that the pecking order atop women's tennis is dynamically in flux, with young players such as Amanda Anisimova, 17, Aryna Sabalenka, 21, flashing impressive power and grit while familiar faces Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep fell short of expectations.

The signs were apparent early that it wasn't to be Nadal's day.

Following his comprehensive straight-sets win over Nadal, Djokovic explained the impact that tennis legends such as Sampras and Jim Courier had on him in his formative years. "That something else probably today, I don't have it yet, to compete at this super high level".

Djokovic went about his business relatively quietly on the way to the final, with Greek sensation and Federer conqueror Stefanos Tsitsipas taking most of the attention, alongside Nadal and his new serve.

"He played, I think, fantastic", Nadal said. "I was growing up in the '90s during times of war in my country, it was quite impossible to think I would be here today".

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