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Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal to win Australian Open men’s final – as it happened

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Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the match 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
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Jacob Steinberg


@JacobSteinberg

Sun 27 Jan 2019 06.18?EST

First published on Sun 27 Jan 2019 03.00?EST

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    Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to win the Australian Open title!


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    Novak Djokovic wins your second set 6-2; he leads 6-3, 6-2!


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    Novak Djokovic wins the primary set 6-3!


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8.30am EST
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6.18am EST
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The 2019 Australian Open has expired. Naomi Osaka won the women’s title at last yesterday and Novak Djokovic will be the men’s champion to the seventh time. Djokovic has his eyes on Roger Federer’s haul of 20 majors now. I’ll provide a report of his win over Rafael Nadal today. Thank you for reading and emailing within the last fortnight. Help at the French Open! Bye.

Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal to win his seventh Australian Open title

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6.14am EST
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Novak Djokovic, the seven-time champion, collects his trophy from Ivan Lendl! “I would like to return the favour and gives compliments to Rafa’s little while. Obviously a troublesome match tonight nevertheless you made a comeback from an accident that kept you on the tour. You might be showing your colleagues and young tennis players all over the world the word exactly what is a fighting spirit. I’m just attempting to contemplate right onto your pathway with the last Year. I had created surgery exactly Calendar year ago. To face ahead of you today using the title is amazing. Now i’m speechless.”


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6.09am EST
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Nadal continues. “It was a v emotional 14 days. Regardless if tonight wasn’t my favorite day, remember that it is a significant a couple weeks personally. I have already been encountering tough moments within the past year. Since the US Open I wasn’t in a position to play an established match before the first round from the Australian Open. I do think I played an awesome two weeks of tennis. It’ll often be a good inspiration for what’s coming. I am about to keep spending so much time. I am going to keep fighting.”


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6.07am EST
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Rafa Nadal congratulates Novak Djokovic with a magnificent fortnight. “Well for everything,” he admits that. Establishing runs from the sponsors.


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6.04am EST
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Bold prediction: Novak Djokovic will finish to comprehend grand slam titles than Federer and Nadal. Who’s visiting beat him off from Paris?


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5.59am EST
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Time for the presentations. We’ll need to view some boring speeches for a bit.


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5.57am EST
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Novak Djokovic hit 34 winners to 21 for Rafael Nadal. He only made nine unforced errors. Nadal made 28! Djokovic converted five of eight break points and only was required to save one break point. He was astonishing. Strange when you consider many were tipping Nadal to win this. It was a drubbing.


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5.54am EST
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The final lasted a few hours and 4 minutes. Not really long his or her 2012 epic, then. Simply the 4 hours approximately short.


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5.52am EST
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Novak Djokovic embraces Rafa Nadal in the net then he sinks to his knees and bellows into the heavens. Exactly what a performance in the world No1! He’s won accurate documentation seventh Australian Open title and the 15th grand slam title. He’s gone above Pete Sampras during the all-time list. He’s two behind Nadal. He’s five behind Roger Federer. The chase is on.


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5.51am EST
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Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to win the Australian Open title!

Hoping to do the job here, Djokovic rattles a forehand to the left corner for 15-all. It’s relentless through the world No1, who should make it 15-30 with an increase of brutal baseline hitting. He earns two championship points with a stunner associated with a forehand. Nadal was nowhere near it. A tense rally ensues, ending with Djokovic hitting long for 30-40. He continues to have another chance. Nadal misses economic crisis serve. They rally off an alternate serve. But is not for very long. Nadal sends a backhand long and also the title is considered the marvellous Novak Djokovic!

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5.46am EST
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Third set: Djokovic* 6-3, 6-2, 5-3 Nadal (*denotes server): Djokovic whistles a forehand wide for 0-15. His challenge is due to vain. He accounts for from it by smashing for 15-all, even though game would flow to 30-all. Another glimmer for Nadal, who is able to go on it to deuce. But Djokovic shuts out of the light, holding by using a granite volley. He’s a game through the title.


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Third set: Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 4-3 Nadal* (*denotes server): Nadal hangs in the administration area, holding to fifteen.

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Third set: Djokovic* 6-3, 6-2, 4-2 Nadal (*denotes server): A flicker of life, the experience about to 30-all, after which Djokovic hands Nadal his first break point with a sketchy forehand. This really is interes… oh, Nadal nets a backhand. Deuce. Having survived that minor scare, Djokovic holds which has a very few rapier forehands.

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Third set: Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 3-2 Nadal* (*denotes server): Nadal holds to 15. You will need to admire his stubbornness. He isn’t giving in yet. Should probably, though.

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Third set: Djokovic* 6-3, 6-2, 3-1 Nadal (*denotes server): So serene, so accurate, so devastatingly precise, Djokovic lashes a forehand past a flatfooted Nadal for 40-15. He holds by using a cracking backhand. Individuals who booed Djokovic as he stepped onto court are likely regretting it now.

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Third set: Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 2-1 Nadal* (*denotes server): At 15-0, Nadal tries a challenging body serve. Djokovic adjusts, moves out the way and spanks a forehand return past Nadal for 15-all. It’s enough to unsettle Nadal, who finds himself trailing 15-30 after a double-fault. Nothing’s employed by Nadal. He misses a forehand down the line making it 15-40. Nadal saves the 1st break point with brutal hitting. But Djokovic converts the 2nd when a drop shot forces Nadal to net a forehand busy. His seventh Australian Open title set in touching distance.

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Third set: Djokovic* 6-3, 6-2, 1-1 Nadal (*denotes server): Djokovic cruises right 40-0 lead. Not even attempt to see here, just his seventh love hold.

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5.11am EST
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Third set: Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 0-1 Nadal* (*denotes server): As a comprehensive rule Djokovic doesn’t squander two-set leads. If Nadal could be to make a contest of this, he has to hold here. He seems to transfer to 40-30 despite a few more magnificent tennis from Djokovic – and holds which includes a big serve.

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5.03am EST
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Novak Djokovic wins another set 6-2; he leads 6-3, 6-2!

Djokovic flings an ace on the middle to earn three set points. Just one more finishes it well. Nadal will be needing something extraordinary in order to off a comeback from here. He doesn’t look capable of it. He’s been thoroughly outplayed because of the best player on earth.

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4.59am EST
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Second set: Djokovic 6-3, 5-2 Nadal* (*denotes server): The game would go to 15-all when Nadal double-faults. Djokovic is searching, nailing a forehand for 15-30. Program batters a forehand later on to earn two break points. He’s totally while in the zone; enjoy booting him from it. Nadal seems from ideas. He nets a backhand to go his serve again. Djokovic gives for your two-set lead. This is certainly exquisite tennis in the world No1. He’s wearing a clinic.


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4.54am EST
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Second set: Djokovic* 6-3, 4-2 Nadal (*denotes server): Djokovic pulls a backhand wide once the initial two points are shared. This is the very first time that Nadal’s had 15-30. He craves to capitalise here. Yet Djokovic wins the other two points, sending a forehand down the road for 30-all, before looking forward to Nadal to remain a backhand wide for 40-30. The action visits deuce, though. Djokovic is finally being asked a few pre-determined questions. He wastes challenging on an errant serve. But he continues to have the answers. He clenches his fist after consolidating the break. He has that fearsome look in his eye.


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Second set: Djokovic 6-3, 3-2 Nadal* (*denotes server): Two errors from Nadal hand Djokovic a 0-30 lead. These are definitely dangerous times. Nadal happen to be in huge trouble if this type of continues. It’s only at the same time he causes it to be 15-30 with the ace that leaves Djokovic rooted to the area. But then Djokovic sends a deep backhand return down the road and Nadal nets a backhand, handing over two break points. It’s a long baseline rally, both men hitting it with plenty of looping spin. Tense stuff. Then Djokovic shows up with a change of pace, a drop shot drawing Nadal forward. He’s there. His riposte clips the top net. Djokovic tries a lob – and Nadal’s overhead backhand drops long! Djokovic breaks! Which might be the decisive moment.

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Second set: Djokovic* 6-3, 2-2 Nadal (*denotes server): Every time Nadal appears he may end up in a Djokovic service game, he makes an error. At 30-15, accountable for the rally, he rams a forehand wide. That’s all Djokovic needs to hold to fifteen, a serve around the volley doing the job.


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Second set: Djokovic 6-3, 1-2 Nadal* (*denotes server): After the initial couple of points are shared, it’s going to 15-30 when Nadal foolishly decides to try out a Djokovic backhand that was going wide and dumps his volley into your net. Nadal was in just a bit of bother – until he lands a forehand jeopardized for 30-all. Strength of this system wrongfoots Djokovic that has a forehand for 40-30. He holds having a solid serve. A large hold.


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Second set: Djokovic* 6-3, 1-1 Nadal (*denotes server): Djokovic skips right into a 40-0 lead, acing away to his heart’s content. He holds to like when Nadal nets a backhand. He’s only dropped one thing on serve!

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Second set: Djokovic 6-3, 0-1 Nadal* (*denotes server): The second set begins with Djokovic picking Nadal with a sensational backhand pass for 0-15. Nadal extends to 30-15, mainly for another Djokovic backhand from left to straight away to ensure it is 30-all. Nadal serves big making it 40-30.He holds which includes a lovely forehand in the future. Maybe likely to epic within this yet.


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Novak Djokovic wins the very first set 6-3!

Yet to forfeit some extent on serve, Djokovic steps up to close out your first set. Now has to be great time for Nadal to uncover his return. And wouldn’t you know it, after a whole lot excellence Djokovic begins by slapping a forehand in the net for 0-15. Can it be to be a wobble? Nadal looks to be on the charge. He’s unfortunate to observe a forehand whistle just wide for 15-all. Moments later Djokovic sends a measured backhand later on for 30-15. He clenches his fist. Program gets down to the task of outlasting Nadal, who nets a backhand soon after a kind of draining rallies. Two set points for Djokovic, who takes the main when Nadal nets a limp forehand.

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First set: Djokovic 5-3 Nadal* (*denotes server): Nadal is serving new balls since he looks to have the main set alive. And then he begins a handful of piercing crosscourt backhand for 30-0. He holds person to love by using a huge forehand. Djokovic delivers to your set.


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4.14am EST
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First set: Djokovic* 5-2 Nadal (*denotes server): Djokovic tries a risky drop shot. He’s lucky Nadal eventually ends up netting a backhand overhead once it heats up seemed harder to overlook. 15-0. There’s a sense the Spaniard’s warm up next tight start, though that impression disappears right after a bizarre moment at 30-0, Nadal swiping in the forehand and completely missing his shot after hitting his knee along with his racket! Oh dear. I’ve never seen anything this way from Nadal before. His timing’s all off. The identical can’t be said for Djokovic, who holds person to love again which has a backhand across the line/


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First set: Djokovic 4-2 Nadal* (*denotes server): Nadal starts to supply better, allowing him to do off a handful of quick points for 30-15. His first ace helps it be 40-15. Or would it? A Djokovic challenge shows it had been long. The point’s replayed and Nadal finds a Djokovic backhand too hot to address. 30-all. Djokovic looks going to earn a rest point after lobbing Nadal within the net – though the Spaniard hurtles back and wins the purpose by using a rollocking backhand for 40-30! Nadal holds when Djokovic sends a backhand long, much to your delight of a partisan crowd.

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First set: Djokovic* 4-1 Nadal (*denotes server): Djokovic pings an ace past Nadal for 15-0. One more makes it 40-0. He holds to like which has a killer backhand. Nadal is yet to win a degree on Djokovic’s serve.


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4.02am EST
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First set: Djokovic 3-1 Nadal* (*denotes server): Nadal comes to the internet, but his drop volley’s poor, teeing it for Djokovic to race forward and dab a backhand down the road for 0-15. The experience stays in 30-all, the pair trading a number of blows. Nadal’s aiming to gee himself up – but Djokovic’s racing backward and forward across the baseline and that he earns another break point when his defence forces Nadal to try to do too much with a backhand. This, you believe, could possibly be the set done. Yet Nadal stays composed and forces deuce with a capable second serve. He makes certain never to give Djokovic whatever else and holds and then scare.


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3.57am EST
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First set: Djokovic* 3-0 Nadal (*denotes server): Still out of sorts, Nadal is making some very strange errors, that isn’t particularly helpful when you are playing Djokovic about this court. Djokovic races in to a 40-0 lead, pinging a backhand down the line with controlled power. He can’t quite believe how good that is going. He consolidates the break to learn louche serving. It has been stunning to date from Djokovic, though he’s required to ready for Nadal to stir.


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First set: Djokovic 2-0 Nadal* (*denotes server): Much is considered about Nadal’s improved serve as of this tournament – however it faces the last test contrary to the best returner at the tables. He’s under pressure early on, spilling a forehand wide for 0-15. Djokovic is making all of the running and hubby moves to 0-30 after taking control of a rally having a vicious forehand and winning it by using a ruthless backhand. Nadal eventually wins a time, though. “Vamos!” he cries after which makes it 15-30. But Djokovic keeps probing and earns two break points when Nadal nets a backhand. Nadal serves wide. Djokovic stretches and manages to hook it back – and, incredibly, Nadal smacks a gimme of your forehand wide! Djokovic breaks straightaway.


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First set: Djokovic* 1-0 Nadal (*denotes server): Djokovic won the toss and made a decision to serve. Wearing a blue shirt, he wins the initial reason for the last having an unfussy forehand down the line. He’s looking relaxed, swinging an ace out wide to steer 40-0. Then comes the 1st long rally, which ends when Djokovic sprays a backhand down the road, Nadal struggling to think up a response. An outstanding start from the world No1.

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3.40am EST
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Tok! Tok! Tok! They’re knocking up. There have been a handful of boos from Novak Djokovic as he walked on court. Absurd.


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3.38am EST
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A huge roar greets Rafael Nadal because walks out on Rod Laver Arena. Novak Djokovic, the entire world No1, has gone out next. He beats his chest and looks towards sky because he appears.


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The nice thing for Rafael Nadal is always that the roof’s on. He wasn’t happy if it was on Centre Court for his Wimbledon semi-final with Novak Djokovic recently.


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“Wanted to point out, I can’t think the championship tie break should have a direct impact over the amount of this final,” Divya Suresh. “If you look into 2012, the score in the final set was 7-5. And just one set attended tie break – the 4th. It was actually merely the brutal, bruising nature within their long rallies that caused the very last to take for this long. And then we could still be here a bit! Really anticipating it.”

Good point. I’m on to stretch my fingers.


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Overall it’s 9-5 to Nadal in the grand slams, though five of such wins came before Djokovic entered cyborg mode at the outset of 2011. It’s 5-4 to Djokovic since 2011.


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This is a eighth time Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have met inside a grand slam final. Nadal won this years and 2019 US Opens plus the 2012 and 2019 French Opens; Djokovic won the 2011 Wimbledon final, the 2011 US Open along with the 2012 Australian Open.


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Hello. I hope you’ve sitting somewhere comfortable because we can easily be here time. Not likely providing in 2012, when these gladiators decided the final should last five hours and 53 minutes, given they’ve introduced fifth-set tie-breaks at the moment. But you’re still about to need a ton of endurance for this one. It’s Novak Djokovic versus Rafael Nadal, in fact; they’re so competitive they’d throw their core to a thumb war, so consider yourself warned regarding how intense are going to when there’s close to this much sporting history endangered.

It’s huge game for the men for therefore a lot of reasons. Let’s move on with Djokovic, who is bidding to transfer above Roger Federer and Roy Emerson by winning a record seventh Australian Open title, and that is also wanting to end up being the first man throughout history to record three streaks of three or more consecutive grand slam titles. That did not seem likely during the past year, when he was stuck in an actual physical and spiritual slump, and limped away from a quarter-final with Hyeon Chung, there is however little doubt that he’s the individual to defeat again. The reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion has rediscovered the application that made him so terrifyingly untouchable before he suffered that dip, as Lucas Pouille discovered in a brutal semi-final on Friday, and the man begins as being the favourite.

That may appear surprising allowing for Nadal is yet to give up a collection while doing this tournament, but Djokovic owns this court which is unbeaten within his last seven hard court matches with the Spaniard. He leads their overall head-to-head record 27-25, won their Wimbledon semi-final during the past year possesses only lost a pair of their last 10 matches. Those are a handful of convincing numbers and they will give Djokovic immense confidence since he looks to move to within two grand slam titles of Nadal – and within five of Federer.

And there’s the rub. Since if Djokovic is near to the Swiss master, Nadal is even closer. That, above all, is the reason why this final so huge. Federer, beaten within the fourth round by Stefanos Tsitsipas, who proceeded to get crushed by Nadal inside semis, knows his record tally of 20 titles is under threat. Nadal, on 17 titles, could storm in front this season. Djokovic, slightly further back on 14, will feel they can buy this performed by no more 2020. Not strange Federer has decided he’s going to make his first appearance within the French Open since 2019 in 2010; there are legacies to cover and legacies still to leave.

Nadal being Nadal, he claims not to ever value more or less everything history chat. But they are you buying it? Fat chance. This final is of great importance to him, especially with there being no guarantees he could make use of his muscular but fragile body. He missed lots of tennis through injury recently and also started this campaign by withdrawing from Brisbane having a thigh injury. Time isn’t about the 32-year-old’s side. His knees could yet conspire against him. However, if he wins this title for second time, 10 years on from beating Federer within a thrilling five-set final, he’ll head to Roland Garros on 18 titles, with history quite definitely within touching distance.

The only problem is endeavoring to prise Djokovic’s fingers heli-copter flight trophy. Easier said than done.

Play begins at: 8.30am GMT, 7.30pm in Melbourne.

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