The Baseline Top 5: Novak Djokovic's hard-court feats

The Baseline Top 5: Novak Djokovic's hard-court feats

The Baseline Top 5: Novak Djokovic's hard-court feats

Step by step, working on the things that I need a little bit more.

Of most significance, Nadal was broken the very first time he served Sunday. Spain's Rafael Nadal attends a winning ceremony after the match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic.

Pete Sampras had hailed Djokovic's 2011 season - when he won ten tournaments inlduing all the Majors barring French Open - as the best he had ever seen in his lifetime, calling it "one of the best achievements in all of sports". Nadal's first serve was devilishly placed and precise. "I'm sure we're going to have a blast on the court". And there was far less anguish in his rallies. Some matches that we had against each other were a great turning point in my career.

The Serb earned his seventh title in Melbourne with a 6-3, 6-2.

Melbourne was also where Ashleigh Barty reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final and rising American Danielle Collins thrashed second seed Angelique Kerber in the fourth round.

Djokovic rarely placed a ball anywhere but the precise spot he intended, committing just nine errors in the contest.

Lesser experienced players than Rafael Nadal have felt destroyed by the kind of defeat Novak Djokovic inflicted on him in the Australian Open final.

Nadal, who basically didn't compete (due to injury and surgery) for five months preceding this tournament, had just one caveat to cling to while giving Djokovic full credit for playing a "fantastic" match: "Having that big challenge [of Djokovic] in front of me, I needed something else to compete at this super-high level".

Young phenoms Alexander Zverev, 21; Stefanos Tsitsipas, 20; Denis Shapovalov, 19; and Frances Tiafoe, 21, are all now ranked in the top 30 and showing tremendous promise and building a next-generation fan base, which the sport sorely needs.

"I make more mistakes because he pushed more".

This is his third straight major tournament title following his wins at Wimbledon and the US Open a year ago.

Osaka showed fierce tenacity in turning back two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in a three-set final that lasted 23 minutes longer than Sunday's men's final. Not since Serena Williams took four in a row from 2014-15 had one woman won consecutive Slam tournaments.

Having moved past Roger Federer and Roy Emerson's six titles to take sole ownership of the record, Djokovic took back his mantle as master of Melbourne Park.

MELBOURNE, Australia-With no more immediate worlds to conquer, newly minted world No. 1 tennis player Naomi Osaka is looking forward to her favorite Japanese food "katsu-don" and spending some downtime with her family and friends. They are wiser about managing the wear-and-tear on their bodies. "I played fantastic tennis during both weeks, but probably playing that well, I didn't suffer much during both weeks".

2016 Australian Open - beat Andy Murray, 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (3).

It is their 15th at a major, equaling the record.

"Trophies are even more special when I have someone so dear and so special to me in my life to share this with", Djokovic said. That gave Djokovic one more break of Nadal than the zero that the Spaniard's five preceding opponents had managed. "Thank you for that". His current form rivals even his peak in 2015 and early 2016, one of the most dominant runs in men's tennis history, when he almost won the calendar Grand Slam and held all four major titles simultaneously.

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