No Djoke. Novak Destroys Rafa For The Easiest Aussie Open Win
Novak Djokovic has put on one heck of a show in the 2019 Australian Open final, as he made ridiculously -- and unexpectedly -- easy work of Rafael Nadal.
The Serb won 6-3 6-2 6-3 for his record seventh Australian Open title and his 15th Grand Slam triumph overall -- which places him five behind Roger Federer.
The last time these two met in the Australian Open final, in 2012, it was an almost six hour epic that remains the longest ever Grand Slam final.
Djokovic eventually prevailed in that match, as both players were literally too exhausted to stand through the interminable speeches afterwards.
Tonight? It was almost over before it started.
World number two Nadal was out there playing tennis, but to be frank, he was hardly playing the same sport as the world number one.
"Many congrats to Novak and all his team. It was an amazing level of tennis tonight, so well done for everything," a magnanimous Nadal said on the podium afterwards.
"It's been a very emotional two weeks, even if tonight wasn't my best day," he added, in reference to the fact that he's had a injury-affected run of late which hampered his preparation for this event.
"I'm going to keep fighting hard and working hard to be a better player."
Djokovic returned the compliment to Nadal and also expressed his delight at being able to return to the top of tennis after injuries of his own.
He made special mention of his wife Jelena, son Stefan and daughter Tara, who were not in Melbourne, but who were at home (in Monte Carlo) watching.
"Well, at least they said they would watch," he added to raucous laughter from the crowd.
"Trophies are even more special when you have someone special and someone so dear in this life to share them with."
Djokovic was so flawless in this match, he didn't drop a single point on serve until his sixth service game of the first set.
In fact, he lost just one point on serve in the entire set, in an opening which set the tone of this very lopsided match.
Although there was only one break of serve in the first set, it was complete domination from Djokovic, as he took the opener 6-3.
This match was of course far from over after one set, but there was a stat to put things in perspective: that Djokovic had only lost five of his 229 Grand Slam matches after winning the first set.
The second set was a similar story. Djokovic's dominance was complete. He was simply doing everything right in this match. Nadal was a passenger.
The hurdles for Rafa after losing the second set were twofold:
Statistically, Djokovic had won 90 of the 91 Grand Slam matches in which he'd won the first two sets. Nadal would really have to conjure some magic.
And in terms of the actual tennis, Nadal was going to have to find a way to unleash the weapons which Djokovic had thus far blunted.
But it never happened. Nadal never got into this match. He just wasn't allowed to get out of first gear by a champion who relentlessly ran him around the court.
This was not just a win. It was a massacre. Not even the most diehard Djoker fan could have seen this sort of win coming.
Scroll down for all the action as it panned out this evening.