Superiorni Đoković deklasirao Nadala u Melburnu
Najbolji teniser sveta je do trijumfa došao rezultatom 6:3, 6:2, 6:3 nakon nešto više od dva sata igre i osvojio je 15. grend slem titulu u kraijeri, odnosno treću uzastopnu.
U rekordnom 53. okršaju dvojice asova, Đoković je upisao 28. pobedu na dominantan način, iskoristio je pet od osam brejk lopti, dok je Nadal jedinu brejk šansu imao tek u završnici trećeg seta.
Tokom celog finala Australijan opena, Novak je imao samo devet neiznuđenih grešaka, a njegov protivnik čak 28. I odnos vinera je bio u korist Đokovića, 34:21.
31-godišnji as sada ima dva grend slem trofeja manje od Nadala, a pet u odnosu na Federera, koji je rekorder sa 20 titula. Đokoviću nedostaje titula na Rolan garosu 2019 da bi po drugi put u karijeri kompletirao "Nole slem", odnosno da bi bio aktuelni šampion sva četiri najveća turnira u tenisu.
"I'm just trying to contemplate the journey in the last 12 months," said Djokovic. I had the surgery exactly 12 months ago so to be standing in front of you today and to win this title and three out of four Slams is amazing. I'm speechless."
Nadal came into the final having played some of the best tennis of his career, but a nervy start saw Djokovic break the Spaniard immediately in their eighth Grand Slam final showdown.
Smelling blood, Djokovic won 15 of the first 18 points, but Nadal dug deep to save another break point to get on the board at 3-1.
Djokovic’s domination continued, however, with the Serb not dropping just one point in five service games to clinch the opening set in 36 minutes.
Nadal had the majority of the crowd behind him inside the Rod Laver Arena, but as they willed him on in the hope of witnessing a closer contest, Djokovic turned the screw with a break in the fifth game of the second set.
The following game saw Nadal take more than one point on his opponent’s serve for the first time in the match, but after two deuces Djokovic survived his first real test to maintain his advantage.
Djokovic then secured a double break to lead 5-2, and ruthlessly served out to love to move within one set of a record triumph in Melbourne.
An early break saw Djokovic take a step closer to victory, and he saved a first break point for Nadal before holding for 4-2.
The clock passed the two-hour mark as Nadal found himself serving to stay in the match, and Djokovic pounced to round off the most comprehensive of Grand Slam final victories over the 32-year-old, with their previous seven meetings lasting at least four sets.