Novak Djokovic crushes Rafael Nadal to win record seventh Australian Open

Djokovic singles out his 2019 Australian Open triumph

Djokovic singles out his 2019 Australian Open triumph Indo Asian News Service

But, in a measure of the Serb's quest for perfection, Djokovic was not the least bit surprised with how easily he dealt with Nadal. Under the circumstances, playing against Nadal, such an important match, it's incredible.

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

"When he's playing that way, I think I needed something else", Nadal said.

"It was unbelievable the way that he played, no doubt about that", he explained.

But Djokovic left Nadal smirking or gritting his teeth or punching his racket strings, unable to compete at all.

The pair have a longstanding rivalry that has captivated the sporting world for 13 years, with the Serb coming out an inch on top with 27 wins to Nadal's 25. I am already playing better.

Djokovic looked typically efficient at Melbourne Park to reach the final, like a finely-tuned sports vehicle going through the gears as his level of opposition gradually increased.

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The result took Djokovic to outright third place on the list of most Grand Slam titles with 15, perched behind only Roger Federer (20) and Nadal (17).

He moved past Federer and Australian great Roy Emerson's six Melbourne titles, after two barren years Down Under with elbow problems.

After winning one-sided semi-finals that few will remember in years to come, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal will face off in a blockbuster Australian Open decider on Sunday that offers much more than a clash of great players.

Calvert, the unparalleled analyst, has locked in three strong Nadal vs. Djokovic picks.

"From the beginning we saw an opponent ready to attack and play at a high speed, Toni Nadal wrote on his website". That's impossible when you're now the only man to win the Australian Open seven times. "I am aware that making history of the sport that I truly love is something special". And on catching Federer's Grand Slam total?

Djokovic sat out the last half of 2017.

His return was not smooth, his form tanked and when he lost in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros in 2018 he slumped to 22nd in the rankings and even briefly threatened to pull out of Wimbledon. Soon after, he made a decision to have surgery.

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"I don't want this to sound arrogant but I've done it once, why not do it again?", Djokovic said. I don't know. I'm not trying to think too much in advance. The final count: 21 winners and 28 unforced errors for Nadal; 34 winners and nine unforced errors for Djokovic.

French duo Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert defeated Henri Kontinen and John Peers in the men's doubles final to become the eighth duo to complete the career Grand Slam.

Evenly matched as they were that night, this time was no contest.

No ball, no matter how well-struck, was out of Djokovic's reach.

Herbert and Mahut saved all four break points they faced Sunday, all while Herbert served in the fourth game of the second set. A trend was established. "That's all. It's not about being more nervous", Nadal explained to the media following the match.

Shortening points and being more aggressive had suited Nadal throughout the tournament but against Djokovic maybe it should have been to grind and lengthen the points whenever possible, by hitting down the centre.

Nadal has his own case to make, and what about the forgotten GOAT, Rod Laver? He has conceded just six points on his serve.

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