Novak Djokovic, world number 1, hailing all the way from Serbia, is unbeatable. His rise in tennis history, defeating top players one by one, shows how well he has established himself in the circuit; and he is not going away any time soon.
Sunday’s men’s final saw the old Djokovic who banishes his opponents as fast as he can in straight sets. Andy Murray, the in-form soon-to-be-father, was no match for the world number 1. Novak clinched the title by a 6-1 7-5 7-6(3) victory. The first set took only 30 minutes to complete.
Murray did put up a fight in the last two sets though. But 5 double faults, and 65 unforced errors demolished any hope for the Scot. He seemed pretty powerless out on the court.
Sunday’s victory saw Novak into his 11th Grand Slam titles, tying the level with Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg. He is 3 titles shy off reaching Nadal’s Grand Slam numbers and 6 shy off Roger Federer’s 17.
This is Murray’s 4th defeat against Djokovic in Melbourne Park, and 11th defeat in their past 12 meetings overall.
An overjoyed Novak said, “I have to say I’m extremely honoured to be mentioned alongside the legends of our sport, like Rod Laver. Thank you Mr Laver for coming along tonight and making this match special. Mr Roy Emerson, who is not here tonight, it’s a great privilege to match the record of one of the greatest players to have played this game.”
“Each time we play a Grand Slam it’s a very unique kind of feeling, set of circumstances where all of us have to breathe as one,” Djokovic further added. “We live each day, each hour with a purpose and a goal. We’ve been here three weeks hoping we could get to this trophy.”
The only trophy he needs to win is the Roland Garros. If he is successful in winning that, he will be the 4th one to win all four Grand Slams and will join Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras in the list.