Djokovic eyes more after seventh Australian Open win

Published by AAP

Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after beating Nadal in the final; Getty Images
Novak Djokovic remains as hungry as ever to land more Grand Slam titles after adding a 15th with a record seventh Australian Open triumph.

World No.1 Novak Djokovic is promising no let-up after inflicting Rafael Nadal with the heaviest Grand Slam defeat of his illustrious career.

Djokovic’s brutal 6-3 6-2 6-3 Australian Open final triumph over Nadal earned the Serb an unprecedented seventh men’s singles crown in Melbourne and a 15th career major.

But the 31-year-old remains hungry as ever for more, after pulling past his idol Pete Sampras and to within five Grand Slam titles of Roger Federer on the all-time leaderboard.

REPORT: Osaka “honoured” to beat Kvitova in final

“I want to get better,’ said the insatiable Serb.

“As Rafa and everybody else, we need to because the new generation is coming up. If you want to stay out there you have to get better and you have to constantly improve.

“I like to compete obviously, as anybody else out there, and you know breaking records and making history of the sport that I truly love is the biggest honour and huge motivation.”

In an extraordinary performance against the 17-times major winner, Djokovic committed just nine unforced errors in his straight-sets dispatch of the mighty Spaniard.

“Under the circumstances, maybe this can be the best quality tennis I have played against Rafa in a Grand Slam final,” he said.

But, in a measure of the Serb’s relentless pursuit of perfection, Djokovic was not the least bit surprised with how easily he dealt with his greatest rival.

“Because it’s exactly what I intended to do,” Djokovic said.

“I wanted to step out in court and bring in the intensity because I knew that intensity is waiting for me from the other end.

“Rafa is kind of the guy every single match he brings that 100 per cent intensity and focus. He makes you play every shot from the very first point, brings a lot of energy in his shot.

“So I definitely needed a good start, because we both were playing well coming into the match.”

Djokovic will head to Paris in May with the chance to dethrone 11-times champion Nadal and become the first man ever to win all four Grand Slam titles in a row twice in the 50-year professional era.

“First of all, I need to be very, very conscious of what this is, what this means,” he said cradling the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup that he’s now won more times than any other man.

“I will definitely do a lot of reflection and contemplating and being grateful for this moment, but at the same time I would like to keep going.”

Share this: 
  • Most popular articles

11 September 2019

Laver Cup: Team World finalised as Anderson’s season e...

Jack Sock and Taylor Fritz rounded out Team World for Laver Cup in Geneva as Kevin Anderso... More

23 February 2016

The history of the most common words in tennis

Tennis is a funny old game. People love you one minute and then want to drop you the next;... More

6 June 2017

Mladenovic hits out at Garcia over split

French Open quarterfinalist Kristina Mladenovic has opened up about her split with former ... More

20 September 2019

Rankings watch: Nadal close to No.1 return

Is Novak Djokovic's long-held position at the top of the rankings under threat?The Serbian... More