Djokovic claims historic Aus Open crown

 

Novak Djokovic has stunned Dominic Thiem to claim a historic eighth Australian Open crown.

Djokovic rallied from two-sets to one down to topple Thiem and claim the crown 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. 

The four-hour, five-set thriller had it all, but in the end it was the Serbian superstar who prevailed and claimed his eighth Australian Open title and 17th Grand Slam victory.

"I would like to start by saying congratulations to start by saying congratulations to Dominic for amazing tournament. It wasn't meant to be tonight," Djokovic said after the match. 

"Tough luck. It was a tough match. But you were very close to winning it. You know, you definitely have a lot more time in your career and I'm sure that you will get one of the Grand Slam trophies. And more. More than one." 

Djokovic then once again paid tribute to former mentor Kobe Bryant who tragically passed away alongside his daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash on Monday.

"Obviously one person that I considered close in my life and was a mentor to me, Kobe Bryant passed away with his daughter," he said.

"I would just like to, you know, to I guess say that this is a reminder to all of us that we should stick together more than ever now. Be with our families. Stay close to the people that love you, that care about you."

Novak Djokovic is the true King of the Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic is the true King of the Australian Open.

Frustrations got the better of Djokovic through the second and third set, but after a medical timeout following the third set he completely flipped the script.

Djokovic had never in his tennis career come back in a Grand Slam final after falling behind two-sets to love, but he wasn't willing to take his record to 0-8 on Sunday night.

The win also keeps Djokovic's insane Australian Open finals record intact at a perfect eight from eight.

Thiem looked to have one hand on the trophy after a dominant third set where the Austrian fifth seed could simply do no wrong.

But Djokovic willed his way back into the contest by getting every single shot back and applying the pressure back onto Thiem who began to wilt as the momentum shifted.

  Djokovic's win continues the Big Three dominance over the male tennis landscape and hands the Serbian back the number one ranking in the men's standings, moving him ahead of Rafael Nadal.

ORDER OF PLAY

Rod Laver Arena

Rajeev Ram (USA)/Joe Salisbury (GBR) [11] defeated Max Purcell (AUS)/Luke Saville (AUS) - Men's doubles final 6-4 6-2

Novak Djokovic (SRB) [2] defeated Dominic Thiem (AUT) [5] - Men's singles final 6-4 4-6 2-6 6-3 6-4

 



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