In a thrilling tennis thriller to the last minute, Serbian Novak Djokovic finally beat fifth-placed Dominic Thiem from Austria – thus expanding his winning streak at the Australian Open.
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic remains invincible at the Australian Open. In his eighth final in Melbourne, the defending champion won for the eighth time. The Serb beat Dominic Thiem from Austria 6: 4, 4: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4. Djokovic received prize money equivalent to around 2.5 million euros and will again be number one in the world rankings on Monday.
“It is only good for our sport if new champions follow,” Djokovic said only a few days before the final. And it was almost as far in the Rod Laver Arena. But with a show of strength, Djokovic, who had been weakening in the meantime, initially won the fourth set.
The Austrian Zerev conqueror Dominic Thiem was ultimately defeated
Only after 3:59 nerve-racking hours did Djokovic reach his goal: With his 17th Grand Slam title, he shortened the gap between Rafael Nadal (19) and Roger Federer (20). Thiem also lost his third final in one of the four Grand Slams. In the past two years, he lost at the French Open in Paris – against Nadal. He had defeated the Spaniard in four sets in Melbourne in an epic quarter-final before he also defeated his friend Alexander Zverev in four sets in the semi-finals.