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Djokovic with the trophy.

Novak Djokovic shares his title win with ball boys at the Australian Open

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World number one Novak Djokovic continued his sensational form and made a remarkable start to the season by securing the first Grand Slam of the year at the Australian Open on Sunday.

Coming up against arch rival Rafael Nadal, who himself advanced to the final without dropping a single set in the tournament, Djokovic made a pragmatic start to proceedings.

The Serbian ace played virtually flawless tennis throughout and registered a straight sets victory over the Spaniard with the scoreline 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.

Djokovic became the first player in history to win the Australian Open title for a record seven times.

Meanwhile, Nadal endured the worst loss of his pro career in the final, succumbing to the straight sets defeat.

During the presentation of the trophy, Djokovic’s heartwarming gesture was the highlight of the night - an incredible moment a ball boy would cherish all his life.

With the official speeches and presentation done, the ball kids of the tournament were invited on court at the Rod Laver Arena for a once in a lifetime opportunity to be photographed with Djokovic and the winners’ trophy.

Right at that very moment, the Serb turned to the ball boy standing next to him and asked him if he would like to hold the trophy, something that is rarely seen in the sport.

The kid was filled with delight as well as surprise by the generosity of the tennis star and touched the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup as photographs were being taken.

2019 Australian Open - Day 14

Djokovic later gave away his tennis racket and sweatbands to fans in the crowd.

Then, the 31-year-old headed into Melbourne Park to join the huge contingent of Serbian fans in the celebrations. He was seen greeting and dancing with the supporters at the venue.

The jacket and shoes were given away by Djokovic, who also signed them, marking a memorable night for his fans in Melbourne.

Djokovic now turns his focus to the French Open in May, hoping to hold titles of all Grand Slams at the same time for a second time.

He also revealed that he is aiming to reach the 20 Grand Slam record set by Roger Federer.

Topics:
Australian Open
Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic
Tennis

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