Novak Djokovic displayed sheer dominance to defeat Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 and clinch the Australian Open title for the seventh-time. By the virtue of this victory, Djokovic clinched his 15th Grand Slam title. It was the first time World No.2 Rafael Nadal lost a Grand Slam final in straight sets.
Enjoying an impervious form throughout the tournament, the Serbian came out all guns blazing and broke Nadal convincingly to race ahead 4-1 in the opening set, before holding on to his serve to secure the early advantage in the contest.
Djokovic didn’t allow Nadal to settle down in the second set and sealed the decisive break in the fifth game to get a 3-2 lead. Nadal struggled in his on-court movement and Djokovic piled on the misery by winning the second-set comfortably with 6-2.
Third-set saw some scintillating shot-making from both the players as Nadal tried to stay in the contest with the help of some crafty forehands and swift drop-shots – offering a few glimpses close to the 2012 Australian Open final that ran for nearly six hours long. But, Djokovic proved equal to the task and didn’t offer any freebies to the Spaniard. Once again, Nadal made a couple of unforced errors at crucial junctures and finally, Djokovic sealed the deal with 6-3 in the third set.
After the match, Rafael Nadal concluded by saying, “I’m going to keep fighting.” He also thanked his fans and congratulated Djokovic for the incredible win.