Novak Djokovic becomes the first man in Open Era to win Slams in three different decades
MELBOURNE Novak Djokovic The face was a collage of emotion: triumph and challenge. After four hours in the Rod Laver Arena when he took a spirit Dominic Thiem and a full house, most of which supported his opponent, the hands of the Serbian rose in celebration. It was an eighth record Australian Open Title. And more.
Djokovic won 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to claim his 17th major crown, which made him the first man in the Open Era to win Grand Slams in three different decades, having won his first title here 12 years ago.
Sunday's victory saw Djokovic closer to Roger Federer The record 20 Grand Slams, a number you are looking for. The Serbian, who takes home the winning check of A $ 4,120,000, will also return to first place in the ATP ranking.
This is my favorite court, my favorite stadium. I am blessed to have this trophy once again, said Djokovic, who wore a shirt with the letter 'KB' in memory of his mentor and friend, the legendary Kobe Bryant .
Thiem, who fought until the end in his third Grand Slam final, collected a check of A $ 2,065,000. Amazing achievement, Novak, told the winner.
When Thiem won his first point of the match with 30-15 in the opening game, the shout from the stands was strong and decisive. There is no doubt who the deep throat cheers were reserved for. And when the 26-year-old sent a meek setback to the net in his first service game, after climbing 40-15, a loud groan echoed through the grounds. The cries of 'Vamos, Nole' were lost and for the most part came from a section of the upper bowl where Serbian fans sat. The Austrian entered the scoreboard after 18 minutes, when he beat the 32-year-old in his own game, using the geometry of the court.
Against Djokovic, who is forcibly assisted by courts that have significantly slowed down in recent years, maintaining the service was going to be a difficult proposal. Thiem broke in the seventh game, at age 15, a thunderous blow that beat world number 2. Serving to stay on the set, at 4-5, the power fell behind 0-30, and after 48 minutes of action, Djokovic had a set point, which Thiem saved, then gave himself the opportunity to keep, but He finally made a double mistake. Every season in a game, something like the Melbourne weather.
Thiem came forward when he broke into the third game of the second set. Djokovic returned, after a gritty grip in the seventh to break the service and level in the eighth game. The counter reopened that a service break counts very little against the man whose returns similar to rapier have shattered the best service.
There was a curve ahead, but it arrived without warning. In the ninth, the Serbian threw a double and sent a setback to the net to go back 15-40 in a game in which he received two time infractions, which caused a loss of service. The second seed was forced to serve a second service at 15-40.
In exchange, Djokovic slapped the chair judge Damien Dumusois standing, raising his thumb. He followed it with a verbal mockery. Then, Thiem kept the service at the level of a set each.
Djokovic left the court at the end of the set to recover rather than to change his shirt. The Serbian lost two service games and lost 0-4. When the second seed maintained service in the fifth game, he scored a losing streak of seven games. Djokovic was the coolest player, but he seemed to be in trouble. He left the court at the end of the set.
The Serbian easily maintained service again and then broke Thiem in the eighth game before leveling in two sets each. It was Djokovic who broke in the third game. He did better in the fourth game, fighting two break points. In a snap of his fingers, Djokovic was floating around the court again.
A fan with the words 'Serbia Against The World' printed on his shirt brought the applause to 5-3 while the crowd encouraged Thiem to continue. An error from Thiem's right in the tenth game lowered the curtains.