Australian Open 2019 Highlights: Another match, another drubbing for Novak Djokovic. The Serb was at his utmost best as he surpassed against Spain’s Rafael Nadal to record his 15th career Grand Slam. He defeated the Spaniard 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in straight sets to surpass Roger Federer with most Australian Open titles.
This is Djokovic’s third straight Grand Slam title after winning Wimbledon 2018 and US Open 2018. While lifting the trophy, Djokovic said, “I had a surgery exactly 12 months ago. To be standing here, and lifting this title, this is truly amazing. I am speechless.”
Australian Open Final Highlights
Novak Djokovic speaks!
NOVAK DJOKOVIC LIFTS TITLE!
"Thankyou Nadal for showing your resilience. I had a surgery exactly 12 months ago. To be standing here, and lifting this title, this is truly amazing. I am speechless. I like to thank my team for supporting me. I like to thank my family - my wife and my daughter and my son. I hope they are watching. Trophies are so special and when I have some special people to share it with them. My brothers and my mother. I want to thank them for their unconditions support to allow me to achieve my dream. I do not take this for granted. This definitely is the best moment in the world. You guys made this tournament, this city so special for me. Thank you for your support. Very greatful for this experience."
Rafael Nadal speaks
"Good evening. Many congratulations to Novak. Well done for everything. Amazing level of tennis tonight. Thankyou for all the people who believed in me. Thanks to all the people in tennis Australia - who made this amazin tournament possible. I am being honest for promoting our sport all around. I have been very emotional. Tonight was not my best. I had somebody who played better than me tonight. I havbe been going through tough moments in my career. Including this one. Even though tonight was not my night, I feel great that I could be here, despite all the injuries. This tournament has been tough for me, in terms of injuries, and in terms of opponents I have to face, including my opponent tonight.
WHAT A PLAYA!
NOVAK DJOKOVIC WINS 15TH GRAND SLAM!
THIRD SET - Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 Nadal
NOVAK DJOKOVIC BEATS RAFAEL NADAL IN STRAIGHT SETS TO WIN HIS 15TH GRAND SLAM TITLE!
THIRD SET - Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 5-3 Nadal
Another great rally from Nadal to force Djokovic go into deuce on serve. But the Serb once again manages to hold on with a volley off the net. One game away from win - Djokovic.
THIRD SET - Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 4-2 Nadal
Nadal hangs on - as he manages to hold on to a serve to get a game back. But now Djokovic is back on serve and the real test begins for th Spaniard. He needs to win this one to hold on.
THIRD SET - Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 4-2 Nadal
Djokovic is a beast! Nadal is not willing to give up just yet and he makes the Serb work for every point on serve. But he manages to hold and cheers in delight.
THIRD SET - Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 3-2 Nadal
Nadal manages to hold on to serve with a love game. He is not ready to give up just yet.
THIRD SET - Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 3-1 Nadal
GAME DJOKOVIC! Terrific accuracy from Novak Djokovic as he hits a forehand just near to the ropes. This is Cheat code mode on - how do you defy such individual brilliance.
Rafa has never lost in straight sets in the final of a Grand Slam.
Average UEs in Nadal's first 6 matches: 18
Total UEs at 1-2 in the third set: 25
Average winners in Nadal's first 6 matches: 33
Total winners at 1-2 in the third set: 16
THIRD SET - Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 2-1 Nadal
DJOKOVIC BREAKS SERVE! Rafael Nadal manages to take it to 30-40 after the Serb just turned his serve against him. But then Djokovic plays a drop and lures Nadal to come forward. He did. The return, though, never came.
THIRD SET - Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 1-1 Nadal
Novak Djokovic might be humming WWE Chairman Vince McMahon's music in his head - NO CHANCE! NO CHANCE IN HELL! YOU GOT! NO CHANCE! He is just too good on serve and another love rally to equalise the third set.
THIRD SET - Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 0-1 Nadal
GAME NADAL! That was a tremendous fightback from the Spaniard. A low cut from the Serb forced him to run to the net and play a drop ball. But the Serb just sliced it towards his left to go 30-30 into the game. A brilliant serve from Nadal saw Djokovic falling to get the return, but missing. Nadal then closed the game with an ace.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC WINS SECOND SET!
SECOND SET - Djokovic 6-3, 6-2 Nadal
EASY. PEEZY. LEMON SQUEEZY. Three consecutive aces to finish another love game.
SECOND SET - Djokovic 6-3, 5-2 Nadal
Djokovic is playing like a surgeon as he tears into Nadal in the game to go 30-15 up. Nadal had earned the first point with a brilliant drop shot towards the net that Serb had no chance of getting into. But the Spaniard has been unusually defensive throughout this match and he has been taken to the cleaners by Djoko. A fantastic forehand sees him go 40-15 up. Nadal then nets it and the Serb breaks another serve,
SECOND SET - Djokovic 6-3, 4-2 Nadal
Rafa Nadal fights for his life as he tries to break a serve to get back in the set - he manages to get the first point. Djokovic makes a rare unforced error to give him another. But then he forces the Spaniard wide off his stance and manages to take a 40-30 lead. Djokovic then nets a backhand as the game go to deuce. Rafa skies a return and Njokovic had enough to time on hand to get advantage. But Rafa then manages to get back on level terms. Nadal's two returns were not accurate, Djokovic manages to hold on. GOOD GAME!
Total Djokovic unforced errors: 4
Total Nadal unforced errors: 18
SECOND SET - Djokovic 6-3, 3-2 Nadal
DJOKOVIC BREAKS SERVE! What a final rally that was - Nadal tried to lure Djokovic towards the net and the Serb was more than willing to play the volley game. Eventually, he pushed it back which was strayed outside by Nadal on return.
SECOND SET - Djokovic 6-3, 2-2 Nadal
Nadal is gaining on confidence with each game, but it is not enough for him to get into a Djokovic serving game. He manages to get a point, but, his 2nd in the match on Djokovic's serve. But the Serb closed down the game with another brilliant serve.
SECOND SET - Djokovic 6-3, 1-2 Nadal
Nadal's foolishly tries to play a backhand from Djokovic which was going wide and dumped it onto the net to go 15-30 down. He then landed a forehand to bring it to level terms. He hold on to serve eventually after Djokovic wrongfoot a forehand.
SECOND SET - Djokovic 6-3, 1-1 Nadal
Djokovic wins another love game on serve. That's all you are going to get.
SECOND SET - Djokovic 6-3, 0-1 Nadal
Incredbible return from Novak Djokovic to take it 30-30 and the pressure is on Nadal. But he manages to draw Djokovic towards left and then send it straighter towards his right, to hold on at serve.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC WINS FIRST SET!
FIRST SET - Djokovic 6-3 Nadal
Nadal does well to finally get a point on Djokovic's serve. But Djokovic was too strong with his returns to take 30-15 lead in the first set. After a furious rally for the next point, Nadal netted it to give Djokovic two set points. He netted again later, as Djokovic wins the first set.
FIRST SET - Djokovic 5-3 Nadal
GAME TO NADAL! Rafael Nadal has Novak Djokovic tired as he continues to send it closer to the line and makes the Serb run around the crease. He runs out of steam eventually. A devastatingly good forehand return after serve closes the game for Nadal.
DJOKOVIC ON THE SERVE!
FIRST SET - Djokovic 5-2 Nadal
Incredible accuracy from Djokovic and he wins another game on serve - without giving away anything. Djokovic takes a 5-2 lead in the first set.
FIRST SET - Djokovic 4-2 Nadal
Incredible accuracy from Djokovic - he keeps on targetting one area, towards the line on Nadal's left and finally, it just gets too much for Nadal to get it. He takes the match to 30-30. Then an interesting point, where Djokovic dropped too short, and the Spaniard did one of his famous sprints to get back. Eventually the Serb netted it. Djokovic then strays it outside on serve.
FIRST SET - Djokovic 4-1 Nadal
BRUTAL! This is no way to treat your opponent in the final. Another love game on serve to the Serb. He is unbeatable on serve. Just too good.
FIRST SET - Djokovic 3-1 Nadal
NADAL SCREAMS VAAMOOS! You can feel the raw tension here as Nadal fight hard to win a game. Djokovic did not made that easy at all. He had a 30-0 lead. But Rafa fought back and made his opponent run around to level it up. Goes to deuce later, but Nadal kept his cool to hold the serve.
FIRST SET - Djokovic 3-0 Nadal
WOW! How does Djokovic just do that - he is up against World No. 2 and he is making him feel terrible about himself. Nadal is appearing underconfident early on, his returns are weak. Djokovic closes the game with a perfectly executed ace. Another love game to him.
FIRST SET - Djokovic 2-0 Nadal
Novak Djokovic's accuracy to return a back hand trouble Rafa Nadal. It was too close to the line and the Spaniard's defensive return was just thrashed back at him by the Serb. It allows Djokovic to take a 30-0 lead. An error from Djokovic allows Nadal to get a point, but then he netted twice to lose the game on serve.
FIRST SET - Djokovic 1-0 Nadal
Novak Djokovic is too good when he is on serve and even Rafa Nadal was troubled trying to counter the play. The Serb takes an easy love game lead in the first set.
Novak Djokovic begins with the serve and the final is underway - ladies and gentleman - Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal Australia Open 2019 Final is on!
HERE COMES SUPERNOVAAAA!
The 14 time Grand Slam Champion Novak Djokovic is here! I have no clue how to spell "Let's Go" in Serbian, so I'll just do it in English - LETS GOOOOOOOOO!
HERE COMES RAFAAAAA!
The 17 Grand Slam title winning Champion Rafael Nadal is here! VAMOOOOSSSSSSSSS!
Good news for Rafa!
The Rafa would be pleased that the roof will be off throughout the course of the match. This will help the Spaniard's style of play.