Novak Djokovic won his 8th Australian Open title. The Serbian Player beat Dominic Thiem in an epic finals at Melbourne Park with 3-2 by sets, 6-4, 4-6,2-6,6-3,6-4.
“I’m blessed to hold this trophy once again,” the Serb said.
With this victory, Djokovic proved to be the best ever player at the youngest Grand Slams of them all. He now has 8 titles here, two more than Roger Federer and Roy Emerson. Not only did he won the 17th Grand Slam trophy in his career, but he also regained his No.1 spot in the ATP standings, surpassing his biggest rival, Rafael Nadal.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) February 2, 2020
Starting this Monday, Novak will have 9.720 points, 325 more than Nadal in the second place.
The match against Thiem was a roller coaster, and one of the best in the past few years here in Melbourne. Djokovic took the opening part of the contest, but the Austrian responded with two magnificent sequences in which he literally rolled over Novak.
Though we need to say that the Serb had problems with the crowd and the chair umpire Damien Dumusois. The French warned Djokovic for time violation during the serve at 4-4 and 15-30 for Thiem in the second set.
Immediately afterward, Dumusois sanctioned Joker with a point, handing a break of advantage to Thiem, who would confirm it and capture the second set in his favor. It was the first point-sanction in the entire tournament, which made Djokovic pretty mad.
“Congratulation, you are famous now,” Novak shouted towards the umpire judge.
After that Thiem blasted the Serb who moved slowly on the court and looking demotivated and without focus. Yet, he once again showed that fantastic mental power, which many stress out as his biggest strength.
For one moment, Thiem stopped playing perfect, and there was no help for the Austrian. Djokovic took one break in the eighth game of the fourth set, erasing Thiem’s advantage already in his next service game.
The momentum was slowly started to shift to Novak’s side, and the future No.1 quickly reached another break-point for a 2-1 lead in the final set. Thiem tried to answer with the same measure in the very next game, but the Serbian champion denied his push.
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He would then keep that distance until the end, and confidently close his 8th appearance at the Australian Open finals. Djokovic is still perfect at Melbourne Park, and he became the third player in history with eight trophies at one Grand Slam. Before him, those guys were Rafael Nadal with 12 Roland Garros and Roger Federer with 8 Wimbledon titles.
Thiem was disappointed but congratulated Novak on his fantastic result.
“I would like to start by saying a huge congrats to Novak, an amazing achievement,” said Thiem. “It’s unreal what you and your team are doing, throughout all these years.”
He would also add that he hopes for a chance to avenge himself pretty soon. The Austrian also stated that right now, he gave his best and that he leaves Australia proud.
The next big tournament is the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells.
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