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Aus Open 2019: Novak Djokovic Beats Rafael Nadal To Win A Record 7th Men's Single Title

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| January 27 , 2019 , 18:10 IST

Novak Djokovic has won his record seventh Australian Open championship and a third consecutive Grand Slam title by beating Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in the final at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday.

In celebration, Djokovic got down on both knees, pumped his fists and roared in elation.

The No. 1-ranked Djokovic raised his major trophy total to 15, behind only Roger Federer's 20 and Nadal's 17.

Expressing his joy, Djokovic said,  "Thankyou Nadal for showing your resilience. I had surgery exactly 12 months ago. To be standing here, and lifting this title, this is truly amazing. I am speechless."

Thanking his friends, fans and family he said, "I like to thank my team for supporting me. I like to thank my family my wife and my daughter and my son. I hope they are watching. Trophies are so special and when I have some special people to share it with them."

"My brothers and my mother. I want to thank them for their unconditional support to allow me to achieve my dream. I do not take this for granted. This definitely is the best moment in the world. You guys made this tournament, this city so special for me. Thank you for your support. Very grateful for this experience," Djokovic added.

It was Djokovic's 15th career Grand Slam and 7th Australian Open title. He also became the 1st player to beat Nadal in straight sets in Grand Slam final.

Djokovic improved to 7-0 in finals at Melbourne Park with a remarkably dominant and mistake-free performance against Nadal.

Nadal also congratulated Djokovic, he said,  "Many congratulations to Novak. Well done for everything. Amazing level of tennis tonight."

He also thanked his fans, he said, "Thank you for all the people who believed in me.  Thanks to all the people in tennis Australia - who made this amazing tournament possible. I am being honest about promoting our sport all around. I have been very emotional. Tonight was not my best."

"I had somebody who played better than me tonight. I have been going through tough moments in my career. Including this one. Even though tonight was not my night, I feel great that I could be here, despite all the injuries. This tournament has been tough for me, in terms of injuries, and in terms of opponents I have to face, including my opponent tonight," he added.

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When they met in the 2012 Australian Open final, Djokovic needed 5 hours, 53 minutes to win. This time, it lasted just a bit more than 2 hours.