Novak Djokovic captures record eighth Australian Open victory with desire, mental strength

Djokovic beats Thiem in five-set epic to win eighth Australian Open

Novak Djokovic captures record eighth Australian Open victory with desire, mental strength

Against those overwhelming odds, few are giving Dominic Thiem much of a chance to wrench the title from his iron grip and clinch a maiden Grand Slam.

Austria's Dominic Thiem reacts during his match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic inthe men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. The closest Federer has been to including Grand Slam quantity 21 was in Wimbledon final yr, the place he fell in the last after a vibrant match in opposition to Novak Djokovic.

Second-seeded Djokovic has never lost a semifinal or final he's contested at the Australian Open, and is aiming for a 17th Grand Slam title overall. Djokovic, meanwhile, shrugged off a tentative start to reinforce his recent dominance, showing no mercy to Roger Federer, in a 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 6-3 win to reach the final. However, Thiem with an aim to clinch his first Grand Slam title bounced back and took the second and third set. That's the other big goal.

"Although I would love great champions to come from here, the principal and most important thing is that they grow with strong values that help them in sport, but also in the future and in the development of their personal and professional life".

Twelve years after claiming his maiden title at Melbourne Park, Djokovic remains at the peak of his game.

Such has been his dominance on the hard-courts in Melbourne, a victor of seven titles at the opening slam nonetheless, you feel for the fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem even before the Austrian has struck a ball in his third grand slam final but first in Australia. He won his previous two finals at Melbourne Park in straight sets.

With 13 aces, the 26-year-old Austrian hit it four more than Djokovic.

Djokovic beats Thiem in five-set epic to win eighth Australian Open
Novak Djokovic captures record eighth Australian Open victory with desire, mental strength

At a change of ends, Djokovic tapped Dumusois on the shoe and berated him.

He then sarcastically congratulated the French official. "But you know in the heat of a battle some decisions that he makes or something that happens distracts you and sets you off the balance a little bit". After taking a seat to perhaps get back in the zone, he told Dumusois, "Great job man".

But having saved break point on his serve early in the fourth set, Djokovic said he felt he began to accelerate more on his serve as well as move better, putting more doubt in the mind of Thiem.

With the score locked at 4-4 in the second set, the second penalty came at break point and cost him a first serve, with Djokovic losing the game and then the set. Exhaustion. All-too-familiar feelings for Dominic Thiem after a Grand Slam final.

The vanquished Austrian also lost the past two Roland Garros deciders to Nadal.

It could thus be said that Novak's throne at the top of ATP rankings is secure for now, as he chases Federer's total weeks at World Number 1.

"Congratulations to Dominic for an wonderful tournament". You were very close to winning it. "You have a lot of time in your career and I'm sure you will get one of these grand slam trophies - more than one".

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