Djokovic claims seventh Australian Open title after straight sets victory over Nadal

Novak Djokovic ends Roger Federer's unmatched streak

Australian Open Men's Day 14 tips predictions Djokovic v Nadal

It was a performance so flawless, so fantastic, that it was easy to feel as if only one man on the planet might have a chance of preventing Djokovic from claiming a record seventh Australian Open title: Rafael Nadal.

Novak Djokovic has been crowned Australian Open champion after beating Rafael Nadal in straight sets. Three days later, Nadal was on the receiving end.

"Stefanos is so young".

Nadal's take? "An fantastic level of tennis". "I am not new on this".

"I would never change anything if I could turn back the time because things are just the way they should be". "I was growing up in the '90s during times of war in my country, it was quite impossible to think I would be here today".

Despite the one-sided nature of the final, Nadal maintains that he was pleased with his overall performance in the Grand Slam tournament, particularly as it came in the wake of ankle and thigh problems which have plagued him since past year.

January sees the tennis season blaze into life on the scorching hard courts of Melbourne Park. Djokovic won a five-setter in 2012 that lasted 5 hours, 53 minutes, the longest Grand Slam final ever.

Novak Djokovic says he is motivated by "having a shot" at Swiss great Roger Federer's all-time men's record of 20 Grand Slam victories.

He dropped his first service game en route to a 6-3 defeat in the opening set - the first set that Nadal had dropped in the tournament to that point.

Djokovic admitted he would have thought it was "not impossible but highly unlikely" if 12 months ago it had been suggested he would be holding aloft the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup in 2019 and one step towards completing a Grand Slam. "But I've said it before, and I always have plenty of belief in myself, and I think the self-belief is something that always prevails".

"I'm aware that making history in the sport I truly love is something special", he said. "The way he is playing he'd be favourite", Cash added. Nadal had nearly nothing to offer in response, not via the serve or the forehand, as Djokovic hit lines and corners at will.

"We know to play short points against Novak is not easy, because he's one of the best movers on the tour and one of the best returners, but to me (Nadal) has the weapons to make the points shorter".

"I have been normal nerves, like final of Grand Slam". That it came against Nadal - who is ranked No. 2, owns 17 major trophies himself and hadn't dropped a set in the tournament - was hard to comprehend.

"I will definitely do a lot of reflection and contemplating and being grateful for this moment, but at the same time I would like to keep going".

Coming into the final, Nadal had committed an average of 18 unforced errors and 33 winners in a match. "That something else probably today, I don't have it yet, to compete at this super high level".

His coach, Carlos Moya, said he needed to assess what happened but he was pretty certain Djokovic would have beaten anyone on Sunday.

It was as if Nadal was playing on gravel while Djokovic glided on air.

"It has been very emotional two weeks". "We know there is room to keep improving and we are going to be working on that a lot".

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