Novak Djokovic reflects on tennis idol Pete Sampras after Australian Open victory

Federer still testing time

Federer still testing time

Novak Djokovic won his record seventh Australian Open championship Sunday, defeating Rafael Nadal in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in the tournament's men's final in Melbourne.

It is hard to argue with a player, who has won all four of tennis' major tournaments and spent countless weeks as the world number one, when he suggests this is as good as it gets.

The peerless Serb broke Nadal five times while conceding only a single break point, and coughed up only four unforced errors in the first two sets.

The surprisingly unbalanced meet saw Djokovic claim victory in two hours and four minutes.

Djokovic said that the intensity Nadal brings on the court is enormous and without a doubt, probably the most intense tennis player that he has witnessed and played against.

Although reaching the final without dropping a set, Nadal said he was still short of his best after a long injury lay-off following the U.S. Open and lacked an edge to pressure the Serb.

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Djokovic incredibly committed just nine unforced errors, pushing Nadal around the court at will throughout just over two hours.

As for Osaka _ a 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 victor over Petra Kvitova in Saturday's final _ what makes her sudden surge to the top particularly noteworthy is that it comes right after a period of apparent depth but no dominance. It was an wonderful level of tennis tonight and during the two weeks.

"They've sacrificed a lot of their time and energy for me to live my dream to be standing here today and I try to always remind myself and not take that for granted". "I have my age", said the 32-year-old. I love it". "My favourite grand slam is the Australian Open. "Not much sleeping but I learnt my lesson a year ago..."

Just to see a guy in a wheelchair rolling on the court to interview Rafa, if you told me five years ago I'd be doing that I'd tell you to get stuffed.

Nadal retired from his Australian Open quarterfinal past year because of a right leg problem; stopped again during his U.S. Open semifinal in September with pain in his right knee; had offseason surgery on his right ankle; pulled out of a tuneup tournament this month because of a bothersome thigh. "I have been playing against a player that was at the highest level possible, in my opinion". I don't know. I'm not trying to think too much in advance. "I'm sure we're going to have a blast on the court".

"I would never change anything if I could turn back the time because things are just the way they should be". And Murray, 31, announced on the eve of the Australian Open that this season will be his last because of chronic, debilitating hip pain that a 2018 surgery failed to alleviate. And now, as the reigning US Open, Wimbledon and Australian Open champion - and having surpassed childhood idol Pete Sampras' 14 majors - the window of opportunity to shred through the sport's history books. "I have to keep doing the things that I am doing", he said after swatting aside Stefanos Tsitsipas, one of the game´s brightest prospects, 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 in 106 minutes of destruction in the last four on Thursday.

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