Novak Djokovic claimed his eighth Australian Open championship on Sunday evening, beating Austrian Dominic Thiem, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, in a thrilling final to keep fans guessing until the end.

The Serbian master fought from two sets down to cement his place as king of Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, remaining undefeated in a final there, and taking his total number of Grand Slam titles to 17.

“Definitely my favourite court and my favourite stadium in the world and I’m blessed to hold this trophy once again,” Djokovic said after the match.

“Grand Slams are one of the reasons I am still competing and still trying to obviously get the historic number one.”

“I’m super happy with the way I’ve started the season, it sets the tone for the rest of the year, and significantly boosts your confidence.”

His opponent, 26-year-old Thiem, had previously lost two French Open finals to Rafael Nadal and was denied claiming his first ever Grand Slam title.

He said that playing in the era with Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer made winning a Grand Slam more difficult, but not impossible.