Djokovic crushes Nadal at Australian Open final

The damning proof to bust tennis’ greatest myth

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And I've always wondered how they did that, " Osaka said. This time, the match lasted just over 2 hours. Nadal's first serve was devilishly placed and precise. "I'm sure we're going to have a blast on the court". And there was far less anguish in his rallies.

Having moved past Roger Federer and Roy Emerson's six titles to take sole ownership of the record, Djokovic took back his mantle as master of Melbourne Park.

This was not a case of Nadal offering an excuse, as he acknowledged Djokovic was playing on another level in the final. Clearly, he did not budge from there, producing 34 winners and only nine unforced errors Sunday. But the reality was very different, Djokovic dominating from start to finish in a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win that took only two hours and four minutes.

Djokovic dealt with everything thrown as him with such a level of ease that it somehow managed to break Nadal's indomitable spirit.

The men's singles final at the Australian Open brings the first Grand Slam of 2019 to a conclusion.

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He has now lost eight successive matches to Djokovic on hardcourts, his last win coming at the 2013 U.S. Open. She also became the first woman other than Serena Williams to win back-to-back Grand Slams since Kim Clijsters in 2010-11. He was chasing his second Australian Open title and 18th major.

And even in the fornight before the Australian Open he was under an injury cloud when he withdrew from the Brisbane International because of a thigh complaint.

The men's game, for now, is a crowd of two after revolving around four players for the last 10 to 15 years: Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray.

Aussie Wimbledon victor Pat Cash said records were "really important" to Federer and sided with Laver's prediction of the Serb leaving the sport ahead of the 37-year-old. Maybe age is catching up to them. They are greedier about each opportunity to embellish their legacy.

As for Osaka _ a 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 victor over Petra Kvitova in Saturday's final _ what makes her sudden surge to the top particularly noteworthy is that it comes right after a period of apparent depth but no dominance.

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"I am aware that making history of the sport that I truly love is something special", Djokovic said.

He cemented his status as the "King of Clay" by winning consecutive French Open titles between 2006 and 2008, before repeating the feat between 2010 and 2014. Stefanos Tsitsipas, a 20-year-old from Greece, upset Federer on the way to the semifinals.

He also complimented his rival saying that Nadal demonstrated "the definition of the fighting spirit and resilience". "Thank you for that".

Djokovic came out all guns blazing and broke Nadal in the Spaniard's first service game to race ahead 4-1 in the opening set, before holding firm to seize the early advantage in the contest at Rod Laver Arena.

Novak Djokovic is the best tennis player in the world: now, and for the foreseeable future, perhaps until he chooses to retire, which looks to be a few years away yet, he hinted on Sunday night.

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