Another match, another drubbing for Novak Djokovic. The Serb was at his utmost best as he surpassed against Spain’s Rafael Nadal to record his 15th career Grand Slam. He defeated the Spaniard 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in straight sets to surpass Roger Federer with most Australian Open titles.
This is Djokovic’s third straight Grand Slam title after winning Wimbledon 2018 and US Open 2018. While lifting the trophy, Djokovic said, “I had a surgery exactly 12 months ago. To be standing here, and lifting this title, this is truly amazing. I am speechless.”
NOVAK DJOKOVIC speaks
“Thankyou Nadal for showing your resilience. I had a surgery exactly 12 months ago. To be standing here, and lifting this title, this is truly amazing. I am speechless. I like to thank my team for supporting me. I like to thank my family – my wife and my daughter and my son. I hope they are watching. Trophies are so special and when I have some special people to share it with them. My brothers and my mother. I want to thank them for their unconditions support to allow me to achieve my dream. I do not take this for granted. This definitely is the best moment in the world. You guys made this tournament, this city so special for me. Thank you for your support. Very greatful for this experience.”
Rafael Nadal speaks
“Good evening. Many congratulations to Novak. Well done for everything. Amazing level of tennis tonight. Thankyou for all the people who believed in me. Thanks to all the people in tennis Australia – who made this amazin tournament possible. I am being honest for promoting our sport all around. I have been very emotional. Tonight was not my best. I had somebody who played better than me tonight. I havbe been going through tough moments in my career. Including this one. Even though tonight was not my night, I feel great that I could be here, despite all the injuries. This tournament has been tough for me, in terms of injuries, and in terms of opponents I have to face, including my opponent tonight.