Colombo, Jan 27 (newsin.asia) – Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in the final to win the Australian Open for the seventh time in his career.
Djokovic and Nadal met for the eight time in a grand slam final and today’s match was an ATP record-extending 53rd meeting between them. Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash said, “It is the biggest rivalry we’ve seen in tennis history.”
It was a dominant display of tennis by Djokovic who left the crowd stunned at the Rod Laver Arena. Nadal had never lost in straight sets ever before in the final of a Grand Slam.
He (Djokovic) has now won more Australian Opens (7) than any other male player in history taking his grand slam tally to 15 titles, two behind Nadal and five behind Federer.
Nadal paid tribute to Djokovic, saying: “The first thing that I have to say is many congratulations to Novak, it was an amazing level of tennis tonight and these two weeks. Well done for everything.”