Djokovic-Nadal showdown set for Melbourne Park

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This was their seventh meeting in a slam final and the first to be decided in straight sets, with Djokovic's final tally of 34 winners and only nine unforced errors demonstrating just what an extraordinary performance this was.

It is their 15th at a major, equaling the record. His record since the beginning of Wimbledon past year is 38-4, and that includes two wins each against Federer and Nadal.

The build-up to this match had featured flashbacks to the five-hour-and-53-minute final that they contested here in 2012, raising the anticipation for perhaps another gruelling encounter.

It will be the 53rd meeting two giants of the games and their eighth in the final of a Grand Slam.

"I still think I'd go for Rafa, but Novak will by eyeing that".

'I hope they've been watching - at least they said before the match that they would watch.

Djokovic rated this victory one of the best of his career, but he didn't want to say he'd found the secret to breaking down Nadal.

Australian Open final: No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs.

"I have been going through tough moments in the a year ago". Both players would undoubtedly like to close things down a bit earlier than that this year.

Here's how Nadal explained it: To have a chance when Djokovic plays that well, something extra is required. "What more can you ask for?"

His record at the Australian Open, his superior head-to-head against Nadal on hard courts and his backhand gave him the edge against Nadal in nearly every analysis. He also broke a tie with Pete Sampras for third-most Grand Slam trophies; Djokovic only trails Federer, with 20, and Nadal.

"Of course, Novak is the favourite tomorrow", said Nadal after defeating Tsitsipas. Up two sets, he even deployed a few weird, rather unnecessary drop shots-not to toy with Nadal, one would think, but just because he could.

Victory for Nadal would make him only the third player to claim both Grand Slams twice after Roy Emerson and Rod Laver, while bringing him within two of Swiss Federer's total of 20.

Last summer, Djokovic finally captured the one ATP Masters title that eluded him throughout his career, winning Cincinnati to complete his set.

We can't have one of the Big Three, Djokovic, Nadal or Roger Federer, win a Grand Slam without revisiting the GOAT discussion. He tried to come back at the start of 2018 but was hampered by the elbow and lost in the fourth round in Melbourne.

"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".

Djokovic was on top from the opening point and sent Nadal chasing balls from one side of the baseline to the other.

He made it look so effortless and so easy out there but there is so much hard work that goes into it - from every bite that he puts in his mouth, every recovery practice is with a full focus.

"That's not nerves. That's things that happened quicker than what happened the previous days".

After dropping only four games in the semifinals, Djokovic spoke about being "in the zone".

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