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Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal, Australian Open 2019 men's singles Final highlights: Serb wins record seventh title

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Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal, Australian Open 2019 men's singles Final highlights: Serb wins record seventh title
  • World No 1 Novak Djokovic won the first set of the Australian Open men's final 6-3 against Spanish second seed Rafael Nadal on Sunday as the Serb targets a 15th Grand Slam title

  • Djokovic is aiming to collect a record seventh Australian Open title, breaking a tie with Roy Emerson and Roger Federer.

  • The match will be broadcast from 2.00 pm IST onward on the SONY network and will be live streamed on SONY Liv

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Jan 27, 2019 - 16:57 (IST)

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Jan 27, 2019 - 16:53 (IST)

Novak Djokovic speaks

I would like to return the favour and obviously give my compliments to Rafael Nadal. It was a tough match tonight, but you came back from an injury that took you out for so long. You have been unfortunate to suffer injuries, but you are showing me and so many young stars what the definition of fighting spirit and resilience is.

I’m trying to contemplate the journey I’ve had over the last twelve months. Like Rafael Nadal, I’ve also gone through an injury and been out of the game for a long time. I underwent surgery exactly twelve months ago, and it’s incredible that I’ve managed to come back and win three out of the four slams.

Thank you to my team for everything they have done and supported me. It’s an individual sport, but you guys have been instrumental in putting together a great formula that has worked.

I would like to say hello to my wife and family, my son Stefan and my daughter Tara. I hope they have been watching. Well, at least before the match they said they would.

Trophies are more special when I have someone so dear to me that I can share it with. They have sacrificed a lot of their time for me to live my dream and to be standing here on this podium today. I want to thank them for their unconditional love and support.

As Rafa said, this tournament really is one of the best in the world. You guys are doing an amazing job and making us feel like we’re at home. There’s a great vibe to the city in the summer which we can feel in every corner of the city, and it’s a huge honour to play in front of you.

Last, but not least, thank you to the fans. You’ve been coming in great numbers since Day 1. I can’t wait to come back here next year.

Jan 27, 2019 - 16:48 (IST)

Novak Djokovic wins the 2019 Australian Open

Jan 27, 2019 - 16:45 (IST)

Novak Djokovic gets his hands on the prize!

Jan 27, 2019 - 16:41 (IST)

The 2019 Australian Open runner-up speaks

Congratulations to Novak and his team for the win. It's been an emotional two weeks for me even if tonight wasn't my night. I have been going through tough points in the last year. After the US Open last night, I wasn't able to play a match until the first round at the Australian Open. Even if tonight wasn't my night, this (the runners-up) trophy means a lot for me. I am going to keep fighting hard for the most important things for me. I want to thank all my team and all the fans and I hope to see you next year.

Jan 27, 2019 - 16:31 (IST)

Novak Djokovic wins the 2019 Australian Open

Jan 27, 2019 - 16:26 (IST)
Novak Djokovic wins the 2019 Australian Open

Jan 27, 2019 - 16:25 (IST)

Novak Djokovic wins the 2019 Australian Open

With this title, Djokovic has the record for the most Australian Open title with seven. That also is his 15th Grand Slam title moving him to third overall ahead of Pete Sampras. He has just two Majors less than Nadal and five behind Roger Federer. 

Jan 27, 2019 - 16:23 (IST)

Djokovic vs Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Novak Djokovic wins the 2019 Australian Open 

Djokovic gets two championship points. Nadal takes an age to serve after the crowd take some time to stop their cheering. Nadal saves one championship point but gets his seventh Australian Open title on the next point. He hugs Nadal and sinks to his knees and lets out a roar. This has been next level tennis from the Serb World No 1. This is also the first time that Nadal has not won a set in a Grand Slam final.

Jan 27, 2019 - 16:17 (IST)

Djokovic vs Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 5-3*

At 40-30, Nadal shows glimpses of his class by hitting some powerful shots to win the point. Djokovic responds with a big sliding serve which Nadal returns wide. He gets the hold with a net chord going his way. Even luck has seemingly deserted the Spaniard in this match.

Click here to read the report from Saturday's Australian Open Women's Singles final, where Naomi Osaka beat Petra Kvitova.

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal, Australian Open 2019 men's singles Final LIVE Updates

Latest Updates: Match statistics from the Australian Open men's final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal on Sunday (x denotes seeding):

Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) 6-3, 6-2, 6-3

Time: 2hr 4mins

Djokovic - Nadal

8 Aces 3

0 Double Faults 2

34 Winners 21

9 Unforced Errors 28

5/8 Break Point Conversions 0/1

89 Total Points Won 53

Preview: It was fascinating to hear Novak Djokovic explain what it will be like to face Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final.

"The intensity that he brings on the court is immense," Djokovic said. "Without a doubt, probably the most intense tennis player that I have witnessed and played against."

"It makes you be alert, so to say, from the very first point," Djokovic said. "He doesn't allow you to kind of ease your way into the match."

All sounds rather similar to the way someone might describe competing against Djokovic.

When the No 1-ranked Djokovic and No 2 Nadal meet Sunday night at Rod Laver Arena for the tournament championship, there will be differences, right down to the most obvious: Djokovic is a righty, Nadal a lefty. The similarities are far more compelling, among them an ability to go from suffocating defense to "How did he put the ball there?!" offense by aggressively staking out territory at the baseline, and an unwavering commitment to playing every point with full effort and desire, as though the ultimate outcome of the match hinged on each racket swing.

This matchup is their 53rd, the most between two men the professional era. Djokovic leads 27-25.

It is their 26th on a hard court. Djokovic leads 18-7.

It is their 15th at a major, equaling the record. Nadal leads 9-5.

It is their eighth in a Grand Slam final. Nadal leads 4-3.

It is their second in an Australian Open final. Djokovic won a five-setter in 2012 that lasted 5 hours, 53 minutes, the longest Slam final ever.

"Nadal has historically, throughout my life and career, been the greatest rival that I ever played against, on all the surfaces. Some matches that we had against each other were a great turning point in my career. I feel they have made me rethink my game," Djokovic said.

"I had some disappointing moments where I lost to him. ... I won, also, some great matches. Those kinds of encounters have also made me the player I am today, without a doubt," the 31-year-old Serb said. "These are the kind of matches that you live for, finals of Slams, playing the greatest rivals at their best. What more can you ask for?"

Djokovic is to collect a record seventh Australian Open title, breaking a tie with Roy Emerson and Roger Federer.

That would lift his Grand Slam haul to 15, pushing Djokovic one ahead of Pete Sampras.

The only men with more? Federer is at 20, Nadal at 17.

For Nadal, this represents a chance to cut into Federer's lead and become the third man with at least two championships at each major. The 32-year-old Spaniard's previous title in Australia came in 2009; he's lost three other finals, while Djokovic is 6-0.

Both were outstanding in the semifinals. Nadal beat 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-4, 6-0; Djokovic defeated 24-year-old Lucas Pouille 6-0, 6-2, 6-2.

Tsitsipas on Nadal: "Just has the talent to make you play bad."

Pouille on Djokovic: "Not so many players can beat him, for sure. Maybe one or two."

He put Nadal in that category, and it's easy to see why. A tweaked serve and that lasso of a forehand are making Nadal as dangerous as ever; he hasn't dropped a set in Melbourne.

And to think: He is coming off a series of injuries on unforgiving hard courts.

Nadal retired from his Australian Open quarterfinal last year because of a right leg problem; stopped again during his U.S. Open semifinal in September with pain in his right knee; had offseason surgery on his right ankle; pulled out of a tuneup tournament this month because of a bothersome thigh.

He was rusty. He acknowledged being a "little bit worried" because of "issue after issue."

"After four, five months without action at all," Nadal said, "then, of course, you know that you can come here and anything can happen, no?"

Djokovic dealt with his own health scare: A sore right elbow that cost him the last half of 2017 and contributed to a fourth-round loss in Melbourne a year ago before he had an operation.

Like Nadal, Djokovic is once again at the top of his game.

They're ready to resume their rivalry.

"Hopefully," Djokovic said, "we're all going to have a good time."

With inputs from AP

 

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