Class of one: Djokovic wins record seventh AO crown
- Author: Julie Sanders Jan 30, 2019,
Jan 30, 2019, 21:55
The Serb started the year as the world No 1 and, by beating Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final to win his 15th Grand Slam title, he put a nice buffer between himself and the Spaniard.
Djokovic is also hunting Federer's record of most weeks spent ranked world No.1, now at 310.
This is the lovely moment Novak Djokovic was shown a photo of his children watching him play in the Australian Open final.
Having played the longest final in Open era history here in their only previous meeting, tussling for almost six hours back in 2012, the top seed cruised to victory in just two hours, four minutes on Sunday night.
Kei Nishikori has risen two places to seventh spot after a quarter-final appearance at Melbourne Park. Here is a selection from that concluding conference.
"Of course, it motivates me", he told reporters after celebrating the demolition of his greatest rival in their 53rd meeting.
But as wide as the gap was between Djokovic and Nadal Sunday in Melbourne, the gap between the two of them and the highly touted next generation of men's tennis players is greater. "At this level, under the circumstances, it was truly a ideal match". It would have been hard to beat him even if I was at 100%.
"Playing Grand Slams, biggest ATP events, is my utmost priority".
"Maybe I would have agreed to play more for the centre and try longer exchanges", Toni Nadal added, before continuing to question whether that would have been enough to change the result.
"I want to get better, ' said the insatiable world No.1".
"I'm a true believer in visualisation". I think the placement has gotten a lot better. "So the first thing I'm going to do is recharge my batteries and obviously then, you know, have time to reflect".
The Serb duly delivered, finishing with typical assuredness to break Nadal's serve to make history in Melbourne. I embraced the journey. I am very grateful to go through it. He has definitely improved his serve during the past year or so, and it is hard to believe that he underwent a major surgery only 12 months ago. It's not only about success.
"Everything is possible in life so that's kind of a philosophy that I have". "The hunger is always there". Right now, it's not only about tennis.
"That's what I tried to do during all my career, to improve the things that I can improve". "He's the only one (still alive) that has managed to do the impossible challenge, probably the ultimate challenge of the tennis".
"From the beginning we saw an opponent ready to attack and play at a high speed".
After further baseline punishment, he broke Nadal for the fourth time, pulling him around like a puppet-master before tripping him up with another drop-shot.
The Serb world number one had just lifted the Norman Brookes trophy for a record seventh time, after completing a Wimbledon, Flushing Meadows and Melbourne Park hat-trick that would have seemed scarcely possible this time previous year.