On cloud nine: Novak Djokovic’s dominance at Australian Open

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Novak Djokovic prolonged his personal document Australian Open wins to 9 with a 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Daniil Medvedev within the Australian Open ultimate on Sunday.

Here, AFP Sport remembers Djokovic’s unimaginable run of success and the data he has set on the way in which to changing into the undoubted king of Melbourne Park:

First Serb: 2008 – Becomes first Serb to win a Grand Slam at the age of 20 in Melbourne, after bursting into the large time with an emphatic straight-sets victory within the semi-finals over world primary Roger Federer, who had been unbeaten at the match for 16 matches.

In the ultimate he beat Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7/2).

“Every player dreams of winning a Grand Slam. I am still not fully aware of what I have achieved these past two weeks,” he stated.

Three-year wait ends: 2011 – It was three lengthy years earlier than Djokovic secured a second main triumph, and he put his success all the way down to a gluten-free food plan.

It heralded a golden yr the place he gained three of the 4 Grand Slam titles.

He misplaced just one set the complete fortnight together with defeating defending champion Federer once more within the semi-finals, earlier than overpowering Andy Murray 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 within the championship decider.

Djokovic stated he determined to vary his again room crew and behavior, in addition to his food plan, after a disappointing 2010.

“Things off courtroom weren’t working for me, you understand.

“I had to try to find the best possible solution and try to get back on the right track. That’s what I did.”

The longest ultimate: 2012 – Djokovic’s first profitable Grand Slam title defence concerned feats of endurance not often witnessed earlier than on a tennis courtroom.

After a five-set battle in opposition to Murray within the semi-final, he then needed to struggle for nearly six hours in a struggle of attrition in opposition to Rafael Nadal to win the title.

It was the longest Grand Slam singles ultimate within the Open period and ended at 1:37 am on Monday after the pair walked on courtroom at 7:30 pm Sunday.

Djokovic ripped off his shirt and roared in celebration at the top of the epic match which he gained 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5 in 5hr 53min.

“Physically it was the toughest match I ever played,” stated an exhausted Nadal, after addressing the gang with: “Good morning!”

Title hat-trick: 2013 – Djokovic turned the primary man within the Open period to win three Australian titles in a row after overpowering Murray 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-2.

The Serb was additionally stretched all the way in which by Stan Wawrinka within the fourth spherical earlier than prevailing 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7(5), 12-10.

“It’s definitely my favourite Grand Slam, my most successful Grand Slam. I love this court,” stated Djokovic.

Revenge over Wawrinka: 2015 – Djokovic was upset within the 2014 quarter-finals by Wawrinka, the eventual champion, however was again to his punishing finest a yr later.

After exacting revenge on the Swiss within the semi-final he once more rolled over Murray for the title, inflicting a humiliating 6-0 bagel on the Scot within the ultimate set to tie Andre Agassi on the all-time checklist with eight Grand Slam titles.

His 7-6 (7/5), 6-7(4/7), 6-3, 6-0 victory was his first as a father after spouse Jelena had given delivery to Stefan three months earlier.

“I think it has deeper meaning, more intrinsic value now to my life because I’m a father and a husband,” stated Djokovic.

‘Djokovic Slam‘: 2016 – The data stored tumbling as he clinched a sixth Melbourne crown to equal Roy Emerson’s pre-Open period document and win a 3rd consecutive main title after Wimbledon and the US Open in 2015.

He would go on to finish the “Djokovic Slam” at the French Open to carry all 4 majors at the identical time.

He defeated Murray for a fourth time within the championship match 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (7/3).

“It’s an incredible feeling, especially because of the fact that I managed to make history tonight and equal Roy Emerson’s record of six Australian Opens,” he stated after profitable his eleventh Grand Slam crown to match Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg on the all-time checklist.

Sampras eclipsed: 2019 – After two years battling damage, together with present process elbow surgical procedure, he swatted apart the problem of previous rival Nadal within the ultimate 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to say a document seventh Australian Open and fifteenth Grand Slam title to go forward of his childhood idol, American nice Pete Sampras.

“It was definitely a sign of destiny to start playing tennis, to aspire to be as good as Pete,” Djokovic stated. “To surpass him with Grand Slam titles, I’m speechless.”

Great eight: 2020 – Djokovic captured his eighth title and earned his 900th tour-level match win on the way in which.

Federer was dispatched in straight units within the semi-final however 26-year-old Dominic Thiem gave Djokovic his hardest ultimate battle for the reason that Nadal epic in 2012.

Djokovic ultimately fought again from two units to at least one all the way down to safe his seventeenth main 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

“Obviously at this stage of my career, Grand Slams are the ones I value the most. They are the ones I prioritise,” he stated.

Stomach for the struggle: 2021 – Djokovic appeared on his means out when he might barely run due to an stomach damage within the third spherical in opposition to Taylor Fritz, however someway survived in 5 units.

He was unable to coach between matches, however grew fitter and stronger with each passing spherical.

As his damage healed he recorded four-set wins in opposition to Milos Raonic and Alexander Zverev earlier than racing previous Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev within the semi-final.

Another Russian awaited within the championship decider, however world quantity 4 Daniil Medvedev went the way in which of the Serb’s eight earlier ultimate opponents because it took a rampant Djokovic simply 1hr 53 min to win 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 and prolong his excellent document in finals at Melbourne Park.

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