Djokovic wins Australian Open title and bookies slash odds on Serbian completing clean sweep
Andy Murray had hoped to land his first Australian Open crown although he came up against a player who is producing the best men’s tennis ever seen.
Novak Djokovic is starting to become a dominant force in the game, with the Serbian now a best price 5/1 with Paddy Power to win the Grand Slam clean sweep in 2016.
He brushed Murray aside in straight sets, having been ruthless against Roger Federer in the semi-final although Djokovic is trying to remain level-headed.
“I don’t want to allow myself to be in an arrogant frame of mind” said Djokovic. “Because if I do, the person becomes too arrogant and thinks that he’s a higher being or better than everyone else. You can get a big slap from karma very soon. I don’t want that,” he said.
“That is why I kissed the court. I’ve had a love affair with Rod Laver Arena for many years and I hope it can last a long time,” he said.
“I mean, every grand slam title is very significant in its own way. Here, because of the fact that I managed to make history tonight and equal Roy Emerson’s six Australian Open titles. Very honoured to be mentioned alongside legends of our sport by Bjorn Bjorg, Rod Laver, win as many grand slams as they did.
“I can’t lie and say I didn’t think about it (before the match). Of course it was in (the) back of my mind. Coming on to the court I knew that I had a chance to make the history.”
“I can’t pick one thing and say that was the secret of my success, even though I know people would like to know or get something out of me that would explain this. But it’s not that easy. If it’s that easy and simple and say one or two things, then I think many people would do it,” he said.
“It’s actually many years of obviously commitment, hard work, sacrifice and dedication, not just to training sessions, you know, the things you are obliged to do as a tennis player, but also to a lifestyle. Trying to devote most of your time, energy, thought to make yourself the best person and the best player possible.”