The Australian Open is one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world, and it’s always exciting to follow along. This year was no different, with a thrilling final between champion Novak Djokovic and up-and-comer Stefanos Tsitsipas. In a tight match that went to five sets, Djokovic came out on top and won his eleventh Australian Open title. Here are some of the key takeaways from the final:
Novak Djokovic beats Stefanos Tsitsipas in Melbourne final
Novak Djokovic cruised to a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s Melbourne final, securing his eighth Australian Open crown. The Serbian defending champion became the first man in history to win the Australian Open for eight consecutive years. In an enthralling match that ebbed and flowed, Djokovic was always in control as he clinched victory on his fourth match point down 5-4 in the third set. With the championship trophy at hand, Djokovic can now focus on winning Wimbledon and the US Open this year.
Stefanos Tsitsipas had looked set to cause an upset when he raced into a 2-0 lead in the first set but Djokovic quickly levelled proceedings with some powerfulServing shots. The Greek ace then broke back but Djokovic responded by taking the next four games to take a 3-1 lead. However, another break from Tsitsipas saw him hold serve for 4-3 in the second set and it seemed like he had put himself in a good position heading into the third set. However, Djokovic proved too strong as he took command of proceedings and sealed victory with his fourth match point down 5-4 in the third set.
Djokovic wins Australian Open for seventh time
Novak Djokovic capped off an incredible year by winning his seventh Australian Open title, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in a thrilling final. After dropping the first two sets, the Serb came back to win 6-4, 6-4. With this win, Djokovic joins a select group of tennis legends that have won seven Australian Open championships – including Federer, Nadal and Serena Williams.
Highlights from the Australian Open
Novak Djokovic clinched his 18th Australian Open title after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in a five-set final. The Serbian took the first set before Tsitsipas rallied to take the next two, but Djokovic responded immediately by taking the next three sets. The fifth set was a back and forth affair, with both players holding their serve for much of it. However, in the end, Djokovic prevailed to become the eighth player to win four titles at Melbourne Park.
Djokovic wins his seventh Australian Open
Novak Djokovic capped off an incredible year by winning his seventh Australian Open title, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in a gripping final. The Serbian maestro dominated the contest, taking all but one of his service games and wrapping up the victory in straight sets. It was Djokovic’s 15th Grand Slam title overall – surpassing Rod Laver’s record for the most major titles in a career – and it cemented his position as one of the greatest champions of all time.