Djokovic Wins Eighth Australian Open Title; Reaches 17 Majors

published: Feb, 02, 2020

by: Nima Naderi

Australian Open—Melbourne, Australia

No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic claimed his eighth Australian Open title on Sunday in Melbourne, Australia, defeating No. 5 seed Dominic Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Needing nearly four hours to claim his title, Djokovic overcame the loss of the second and third sets with brilliant baseline play and formidable serving. Striking nine aces and winning 76 percent of his first serve points, Djokovic broke serve and five occasions and also hit 46 winners. Improving to 7-4 against Thiem in lifetime meetings, Djokovic had lost four out of the last five meetings against the Austrian.

Returning to world No. 1 as a result of his victory, Djokovic now stands with 17 Grand Slam titles. He trails Rafael Nadal by two titles (19) and current overall leader Roger Federer by three titles (20).

Thiem, who continues to show that he is equally as impressive on hard-courts as he is on clay, dismissed top seed Nadal in the quarterfinals, No. 7 seed Alexander Zverev in the semifinals and No. 10 seed Gael Monfils in the fourth-round.

The 26-year-old will move up to No. 4 in the world (a career high) on Monday.

Nima Naderi

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Founder and Creative Director of TennisConnected.com. He has over 25 years of coaching experience and is an award winning coach with the PTR. Nima has written articles for the ATPWorldTour.com, TennisCanada.com, TennisViewMagazine and Tennis Pro Magazine. He is also the co-host of the TennisConnected PodCast, the Operations Director for Premium Court and the Tournament Director for the Caribbean Cup Tennis Series.

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