Both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are experienced players. Tennis lovers present at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne expected a tough long-drawn battle and a nail-biting finish to the men’s final of the 2019 Australian Open. However, it turned out to be a one-sided game that ended in just over two hours. The Serb won the title 6–3, 6–2, 6–3 over the Spaniard.

The Guardian reports that last year, Novak Djokovic’s career was in disarray because he had to undergo elbow surgery.

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He harbored doubts on whether he could return to the game, and his win in the 2019 Australian Open is proof that when one is determined to succeed, he can. As he said - “Yes, 12 months ago it was highly unlikely I would be holding three slams.” Tennis is an individual-oriented game and fitness and stamina are deciding factors of a champion.

Novak could topple some records

The tame end to the 2019 Australian Open must have raised eyebrows.

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The match should have been a keenly contested one between two outstanding players like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal who had sailed into the final with ease. However, at times the unexpected happens and this was one such time. It must have disappointed the fans because normally, the men’s finals are long duration games.

The Guardian goes on to add that this win brings Novak’s career count against Rafael Nadal to 28–25.

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They have been contesting since 2006. This was his record seventh Australian Open title and he will now try to beat Nadal in Paris to improve his tally. With more games in the offing, he could continue to add feathers in his cap and get into the record books.

The Serb is a champion in the making

According to the BBC, Novak Djokovic (32) won the 2019 Australian Open in two hours and four minutes for his seventh title.

Their previous encounter at Melbourne Park in 2012 extended to five sets and lasted for almost six hours. The fans expected a similar performance this time but that did not happen and the top seed, after the win, fell to his knees in the Rod Laver Arena to celebrate the moment in his own way. He is the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion and this was his 15th Grand Slam title.

With this win, Novak overtakes six-time men's winners Roy Emerson and Roger Federer.

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The all-time list will now need recasting as Novak moves ahead of American Pete Sampras and closes in on Switzerland's Federer (20) and the Spaniard Nadal (17). Incidentally, Australian great, Rod Laver, was present at the venue and predicted before the final that in his opinion, Djokovic would eventually overtake both Federer and Nadal in terms of Grand Slam titles.

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