Novak Djokovic had the press in fits of laughter in his post-final press conference after outclassing Rafael Nadal to win his record breaking seventh Australian Open title.
The World No. 1 produced a masterclass on Rod Laver Arena dispatching his Spanish rival in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-3, creating tennis history in the process.
The 31-year-old has now won 13 of his past 16 meetings with Nadal, who has not beaten the Serb on a hard court since the US Open final in 2013.
He now leads the Spaniard 28-25 in their head-to-head record and today’s victory will certainly rank as one of the finest of his career-to-date.
Djokovic was flawless in every facet of his game – dominating on serve, controlling the rallies with crisp ground strokes, rarely making a mistake and showing incredible athleticism around the court.
His tally of 34 winners against merely nine unforced errors highlighted the spectacular level he was able to reach which his great rival simply could not match.
The contest lasted just two hours, four minutes in what was the most lopsided men’s final in Melbourne since Andre Agassi surrendered just five games to Germany’s Rainer Schuttler in 2003.
Djokovic took sole possession of third place on the all-time men’s list with 15 Grand Slam titles – passing US legend Pete Sampras – and pulling to within two of Nadal and five of leader Roger Federer.
The 31-year-old was over the moon with his performance and couldn’t help but poke fun at an Italian reporter during his post-final press conference where he did a very convincing impersonation of the journalist.
Should Djokovic dethrone the king of clay at Roland-Garros in June, he would complete the “Novak Slam” of capturing four consecutive Grand Slam titles for a second time. He is one of only two men to upend 11-time champion Nadal at the French Open.
The Serb choked back tears when addressing a packed Rod Laver Arena during the trophy presentation where the enormity of what he had overcome and achieved over the last year finally sank in.
“I’m trying to contemplate my journey over the past 12 months,” Djokovic said.
“I had a surgery exactly 12 months ago and to be standing now here in front of you today and managing to win this title and three out of four Slams, this is truly amazing.