Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open for the seventh time in his career after scoring 6: 3, 6: 2, 6: 3 in the final against Rafael Nadal.
The two old rivals met eight times in a row in the final, when fans trooped Rod Laver Arena, hoping to repeat the 2012 epic final, which Djokovic won in five sets.
It was Djokovic who fell to the ground, broke Nadal’s serve in the first attempt and dominated the opponent, who failed to win the first set 6: 3.
The first four matches of the second set were shared, but the world number 1 remained on top against Nadal, who was far from the best. Mischievous mistakes from Spain gave Djokovic the chance to kick his heels and a trained stallion gave full control to Serbian players over the game.
Djokovic gritted his teeth and broke Nadal again in the seventh match with a series of clinical fronts. Nadal didn’t seem to answer, and one of them improved the second set by 6-2.
This six-time champion has completed his first title in 2016 in Melbourne and broke Nadal in the third game of the final set with a break.
Nadal offered brief resistance, missing a chance to break back in the fifth game, before Djokovic turned the screw, hitting a winner down the line to set up match point on Nadal’s serve and sealing victory as his opponent went long.
With seven titles, Djokovic has won more Australian teams than any other player in history. He has 15 titles from his big name helmet, two behind Nadal and five behind Federer, with more certainty.