Novak Djokovic bagged the Men's Singles title at the Australian Open on Sunday. He defeated Dominic Thiem 6-4 4-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 in the final and with this victory, he again reached on the top of the world rankings. The eight-time Australian Open champion Djokovic has never lost the final match of the tournament and it was his Eighth title at the Australian Open. Currently he had 17 Grand Slam titles under his name. Djokovic was named the first Grand Slam winner of the year for the very first time for his eighth time achievement. He holds the record for winning the Australian Open the most times.
Djokovic started the game as the tactile competitor with 6-4 in the 1st set, although Thiem was recovering well after losing the 1st set to level up. Thiem had the worst possible start with a nervous opening service game. He had quickly found 3-0 down. He was able to break Djokovic, and return to parity with in 4-6 in the 2nd set. Djokovic’s double foul at the breaking point returned the break to Thiem and he won the set.
Thiem won the 3rd set too with 2-6 by his fitness and form. However, from somewhere, Djokovic found additional reservations.
There was more enthusiasm in Djokovic’s game at the beginning of the 4th set. After applying pressure to the service of his opponent throughout the set, Djokovic broke to move 5-3 forward and then served him to love, setting up a decider. When the game went to the 5th set, Djokovic tends to prevail; with the momentum now firmly with him, Djokovic did not take long to gain an advantage. There were some signs of Thiem's tiredness in the 3rd set, as consecutive mistakes gave Djokovic a breakpoint and then the game.
Djokovic, who defeated Dominic Thiem of Austria in the final, said he wanted both. "It was more about Grand Slams, to be honest. Especially the first part of my career, I was dreaming of winning as many Grand Slams as possible" he said. "When I started winning a couple of Grand Slams a year, a few years in a row, that's where I felt actually I can maybe challenge Roger."
"The No. 1 was not really in the equation for me until I successfully finished as the year-end No. 1 for several years in a row. I can't identify exactly the moment when I started thinking about it. That's one of the two biggest goals for sure, there is no secret in that" he said.