8. Sept. Hofft auf einen dritten US-Open-Sieg: Novak Djokovic. AP Der Schweizer Federer schied bei den US Open im Achtelfinale aus, wurde am. Nov. Roger Federer sucht sich seine Turniere, bei denen er spielt, behutsam aus. Bei den Buchmachern ist er derzeit hinter Novak Djokovic mit einer Quote von Auch werden die Australian Open, Wimbledon und die US Open. 4. Sept. Alles lief auf ein US-Open-Viertelfinale zwischen Roger Federer und Novak Djokovic hinaus. Doch der Australier John Millman warf den.
Federer has reason to be worried. Take out the numbers, take out the stats — and let Rafael Nadal explain why Novak Djokovic is the greatest tennis player the world will ever see.
He simply does things that frustrate, infuriate and ultimately break his opposition — whether they are lowly-ranked or the likes of Roger Federer and Nadal.
At his best, he is the greatest. A player capable of making his two greatest rivals quiver — reducing them to whipped students out of their depth. Just as Nadal unwittingly suggested years ago when asked to explain his rivalries with his two colleagues at the top of the ATP tree at the time.
He peeled off 13 of the first 14 points to break Nadal like it was nothing after the raging bull had held his serve for 67 consecutive games going back to his first round win over Aussie James Duckworth.
The win gives Djokovic a seventh Australian Open crown — the first man to ever do that. It gives him three consecutive grand slams for the third time in his career and leaves him needing to win the French Open this year to hold all four slams at the same time for the second time.
He now has 15 slams, taking him above American legend Pete Sampras into outright third on that prestigious leaderboard behind Nadal 17 and Federer As Aussie great Pat Cash said earlier this week, the grand slam leaderboard secretly means everything to Federer because it is his to lose.
I think it means more for Roger. He will stand above both of his immortal opponents. It is a salivating showdown — but you would simply be mad to even consider betting against the Djoker after his level of tennis produced at Melbourne Park this month.
F orehand winner, ace, ace. A third ace in a row secures another love hold and the second set. After 1hr 16min, Djokovic leads by two sets to love.
T his could be curtains for Nadal. Djokovic is absolutely ripping the ball, and thunders away two forehand winners to earn two more break points at Again, he only needs one.
Nadal is being made to look like a has-been and sadly sends a backhand into the net. Djokovic is delivering a masterclass so far and will serve for a two-sets lead.
A t last, Nadal gets to 30 in a Djokovic service game. He does it by taking his returns much earlier and hustling Djokovic out of position for Djokovic bosses the next two points from the baseline to move up , before Nadal forces his first deuce in a returning game when Djokovic nets a backhand.
Nadal then saves a second game point down advantage moments later with a running forehand winner up the line. Djokovic finally looks vulnerable on his serve, but he brilliantly digs out the next two points to claim the hold.
A third then presents Djokovic with two break points at Nadal, normally so good at staying positive, punches his racket in frustration.
N adal looks as though finally, finally he might make some inroads on the Djokovic serve. A couple of less than encouraging stats for Nadal fans: Of his 25 wins against Djokovic, just three have come after losing that first set.
Meanwhile Djokovic has won the last 14 sets the pair have played on hard courts. N adal is shanking returns, mistiming forehands, hitting backhands into the bottom of the net.
Djokovic holds to love again. A brilliant Novak backhand winner crosscourt brings up , but Nadal holds with a service winner down the T and a forehand winner up the line.
Nadal skips to the chair in relief. After 16 straight service points for Djokovic, Nadal finally wins a return point to go up when Novak nets a forehand.
Nadal then has a big chance to move up but he sends a forehand just into the tramlines for Buoyed by the reprieve, Djokovic toughs out the next two rallies and after a shot exchange draws a missed Nadal backhand to bring up two set points at He only needs one, as Nadal nets a forehand.
A dominant Djokovic wins the first set after 36 minutes. He dropped just one point on serve all set. An inside-out forehand winner then secures a love hold.
W hat on earth is going on here? Nadal, already down swings and completely misses the ball. He looked like a club player there. Djokovic then guides a backhand winner up the line to complete a fourth straight love hold.
His anticipation is just incredible. Nadal meanwhile is grunting so loudly on each point. He sounds strangled by the effort of trying to even keep this competitive.
The crowd goes wild, and feeding off their energy Nadal completes the hold on the next point. He bangs down two aces - four now in total - and secures another love hold with a backhand crosscourt winner.
Djokovic is yet to drop a point on serve. When did Nadal last fail to win a point in his first three returning games? T his is absolute peak Djokovic at the moment.
So quick around the court, anticipating everything and pulling the trigger when he gets a chance. A backhand winner takes him to , before he hustles Nadal into going for too much and dragging a backhand wide.
Can he take it, and with it surely the set? An effective body serve draws a missed Djokovic return.
Boy, did he need that. A second ace of the match from Djokovic secures another love hold. Nadal has won one point in the first three games and looks more than a step slow.
Is Djokovoic just playing too well? D jokovic looks so relaxed whereas Nadal seems very edgy. Djokovic is battering him from the back of the court and whips away a backhand winner crosscourt to move up Nadal wins his first point of the final with an easy forehand winner set up by a pinpoint serve down the T, but he nets a backhand and is down two break points at Early chances here for Djokovic.
And he takes the first one! Nadal, who is making a drum look positively loose, blares a forehand long and is broken for the first time since the first round.
I mposing first game from Djokovic. He is hitting such a clean ball and holds confidently to love. D jokovic won the toss and elected to serve, so he will get us under way here.
The roof is open, which is good news for Nadal, who was so frustrated by its closure for the Wimbledon semi against Djokovic in July.
A few boos for Djokovic oddly as he came to do his warm-up. One of many things to look out for is the remodelled Nadal serve , which has been key to his serene progress so far.
T he players are out to tumultuous applause. If Djokovic wins he will move to 15 grand-slam titles, one clear of Pete Sampras into third and within two of Nadal and five of Roger Federer.
If Nadal wins he will be on 18 majors, just two away from Federer, with a chance to move level at Wimbledon if he were also to win the French Open.
The players are expected on Rod Laver Arena in about 15 minutes. Djokovic vs Nadal greatest ATP points: Never has there been a grand-slam final as long as the one these two played in Melbourne seven years ago.
Never has there been a pair of rivals who have pushed each other to the outer edges of their physical limits quite like these two.
Something special happens when these two meet. Their only previous Australian Open match was that final that Djokovic won in close to six hours.
Their most recent match was an arguably even more epic encounter, which Djokovic edged in the fifth to reach the Wimbledon final in July.
On hard courts, Djokovic has won the last seven meetings. On that occasion, Nadal ended up winning the title, and his opponent in the final?
A s well as Nadal has played though, Djokovic has almost matched his level. Djokovic even admitted that after seeing his rival advance to the final for the loss of just six games against Stefanos Tsitsipas, he set himself the task of winning even more comprehensively in his semi against Lucas Pouille.
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Visit our adblocking instructions page. Home News Sport Business. But drawing closer all the time. By winning here, the race for the GOAT title looks like this: Federer, 20 grand slams Nadal, 17 Djokovic 15 Thanks for your company over the last fortnight.
Thank you so much to the supporters for everything, and I hope to see you next year. Nadal will serve to stay in the final. Djokovic has made four unforced errors tonight!
Nadal has hit Djokovic is closing in on a record seventh Australian Open title. Djokovic is a set and a break to the good.
Djokovic will serve for the first set.