Expectant fans from both ends, trooped into Melbourne park expecting to watch the game of their lives, but the trophy hungry Novak Djokovic put up a resplendent performance that deserved more than just the Australian Open title.
The AFP Tennis number one ensured that he had prevail in every tournament where he got to the semi finals and has now won 28 of the past 53 meetings amongst the two.
The rivalry didn’t mater much here, unlike the historic match in 2012 that lasted for 6 hours, the Serbian ended the game in just 2 hours and four minutes to complete the best record finish.
Djokovic looked swifter and his intensity and tempo proved too difficult for Nadal who looked rusty and was forced to play defensive which was unlike his style.
On a day where Nadal made too many unforced errors, he humbly conceded defeat after the game and admitted that he had to work harder. He forced a smile to acknowledge that Novak was a better player.
“I am only going to say one thing, I anything to keep working hard and fighting hard to become a better player” said a visibly distraught world number two.
Nova Djokovic has the chance of making it four Grand Slam titles should he win the French Open in July this year.
He acknowledged the effort of his coaches and his family in making the win possible. He thanked his wife, indicating that trophies are always special if we have someone to share it with.
“I want to thank my team for always supporting me and putting together a good format that worked”, he added.
Djokovic beat Lucas Pouille in the semi final last Friday before finishing off with Nadal in the final.
By: Godfred Damte-Larbi | Univers Sports|universnewsroom.com