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Djokovic has set the case for Nadal in two hours and six minutes, setting a record with a seventh title in Melbourne.
Intractable, Novak Djokovic prevailed 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 against Rafael Nadal on Sunday, winning the final of the Australian open.
The favorite Serbian has settled the case of Spanish in two hours and six minutes, setting a record with a seventh title in Melbourne.
Djokovic has won the last three Grand slam tournaments ; it has now triumphed in 15 major tournaments.
“His level of tennis is fabulous,” admitted Nadal.
After having seen four games in the semi-final, Djokovic has kept its momentum with 34 hits and only nine unforced errors Sunday.
The second racket of the world, Nadal had not conceded a single set in Australia, this year.
Djokovic has also established itself in Melbourne in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016, more than four times at Wimbledon, three times in New York and once in Paris.
Roger Federer and Roy Emerson each have six titles in Australia. Djokovic also beat Pete Sampras for the consecrations in the Grand Slam, only Federer (20) and Nadal (17) have been successful more often.
Nadal emerged as the winner of only one of his five finals at Melbourne, in 2009.
A pain in the right elbow has cost Djokovic the last half of 2017. She has contributed to a defeat in the fourth round in Melbourne a year ago, just before he decides to have surgery. But the athlete is 31-year-old is again at the top. Some even think that the gap between him and his pursuers grew.
“I’m just trying to contemplate the road traveled since a year, said Djokovic, referring to an injury he was considered fairly important. I’m speechless. “
Nadal has also had his health problems. Last year, he withdrew from the quarter final of Melbourne and a semi-final in new york, bored to the right leg. During the off season, he underwent surgery to the right ankle and before she came on stage in Australia, he had not walked the land during more or less four months.
“Reaching this final after the injury, it is a beautiful source of inspiration for me, said Nadal. I will continue to fight to be a better player. “
Djokovic and Nadal know each other very very well after 53 fights of which 28 have gone in favour of the Serbian. They have divided the honors of their eight finals of Grand slam.
Djokovic has never been beaten in the final in Australia, in seven opportunities. It includes the epic battle of 2012 against Nadal, won 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5) and 7-5 by Serbian, after five hours and 53 minutes.
Sunday, no ball seemed out of reach for Djokovic. He set the tone by winning 13 of the first 14 points, including four exchanges of 10 or more strokes.
Possibly unrivalled for the quality of his returns, the Serb has signed a breakage at its first opportunity ; Nadal had not suffered in its last five games.
Nadal squandered the only ball break and that he has obtained, after one hour and 46 minutes of play.
“He was better than me. This is the sport, said Nadal. We could talk about it at all angles, but when the other player has done better in almost all aspects, there is not much you can do. “