Novak Djokovic demolished Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-2 6-3 on Sunday in the Australian Open to claim his seventh Australian Open title.
The Serbian who also claimed his 15th Grand Slam while speaking during his title presentation at the Rod Laver Arena said it was amazing playing against Nadal in such an important match.
“Under the circumstances, playing against Nadal, such an important match, it’s amazing.
“Obviously back-to-back semifinal and final, I think I made 15 unforced errors in total in two matches. It’s quite pleasantly surprised to myself, even though I always believe I can play this way.
“At this level, as I said, under the circumstances, it was truly a perfect match.
“Not impossible, but highly unlikely, he continued.
“I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I always believe in myself. I think that’s probably the biggest secret of my success, if I can say, or probably any other athlete, is self-belief, always digging deep in the moments when you’re facing adversity, digging those moments of complimenting yourself, visualising yourself as a winner, trying to be in a positive state of mind.
“It’s much easier said than done, obviously.”
The Serb inflicted Nadal’s first straight-sets defeat in a Grand Slam final.
Djokovic became the first man to win seven Australian Open titles and the first man in history to record three streaks of three or more consecutive Grand Slam titles.
He stands to become the second man after Laver in 1969 to hold all four majors at once on two occasions.
Grand Slam trophy No.15 pulls him one clear of his idol Pete Sampras, and just five shy of Roger Federer’s all-time record.