Djokovic the record-breaker: seven Australian Open titles
We take a look back at Novak Djokovic's record seven Australian Open titles after his 2019 success at the expence of Rafa Nadal.
The Serbian star moved on to 15 major crowns after dismantling Nadal 6-3 6-2 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena.
Almost half of Djokovic's grand slams have come in Melbourne, including his first in 2008.
We take a look back at all of his Australian Open successes.
2008 – A maiden grand slam title
Aged 20, this was Djokovic's fourth main-draw appearance in Melbourne and his previous best had been the fourth round the year prior.
But he produced a flying run to the final, beating Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets in the last 16 and top seed Roger Federer in the semis.
Djokovic, the third seed, was left with a surprise opponent in the final and he made the most of his chance, coming from a set down to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
It was the first grand slam since the 2005 Australian Open not won by either Federer or Nadal.
2011 – The beginning of complete Melbourne dominance
Djokovic had to wait three years for his second title in Melbourne, but it started a wonderful run of dominance.
He was largely untouchable again on his way to the final, including wins over top-10 seeds Tomas Berdych and Federer.
Djokovic crushed Andy Murray 6-4 6-2 6-3 in the decider to win the first of an incredible three grand slams in 2011.
2012 – Coming through two epics
“That stays as probably the most epic match and special match I was part of, without a doubt” — @DjokerNole on the 2012 #AusOpen final vs #Nadal.— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019
Will tonight’s final, seven years later, dethrone the 2012 final in his memory bank? pic.twitter.com/dvV7PpeRLP
This would be a major best remembered for two matches – Djokovic's semi and final.
He took almost five hours to get past Murray in the last four in a match that seemed certain to ruin his chances in the decider.
Somehow, Djokovic came through that too, beating Nadal 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 in the longest Open Era grand slam final, which went for a gruelling five hours, 53 minutes.
2013 – Hat-trick complete
Djokovic extended his winning streak at the Australian Open to 21 matches with a third straight title.
He became the first man in the Open Era to win a hat-trick of titles in Melbourne.
Djokovic took five hours to get past Stan Wawrinka – the man who would break his run the following year – in the fourth round before again beating Murray in the final.
2015 – Another Wawrinka marathon, another Murray final
Our 2015 winner, Novak Djokovic, thanks his supporters. - http://t.co/ybCzOI7bZr— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) February 1, 2015
Fernando Verdasco and Milos Raonic were unable to stop Djokovic and, this time, Wawrinka failed too.
Djokovic beat the Swiss star in a five-set semi-final before a familiar face stood between him and another title.
Murray managed to split the first two sets, but Djokovic ran away with it from there 6-3 6-0 for a fifth crown.
2016 – Record equalled after Simon scare
It was the fourth round that proved to be the biggest scare in Djokovic's bid for a record-equalling sixth Australian Open title.
But he got through another gruelling five-setter, this time against French 14th seed Gilles Simon.
Kei Nishikori, Federer and Murray were unable to stop him from there as Djokovic joined Roy Emerson on six Australian Open crowns.
2019 – Record claimed in flawless fashion
For a six-time champion and the world number one, this seemed like a quiet run by Djokovic.
He dispatched of up-and-comers Denis Shapovalov and Daniil Medvedev, spent less than an hour on court with an exhausted Nishikori and was almost flawless against Lucas Pouille.
Only Nadal stood between him and a record seventh Australian Open title in a repeat of their epic 2012 final.
And Djokovic may have saved his best performance for the final, dismantling Nadal in just over two hours.
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