Eight finals in Australia and eight titles. Novak Djokovic won Dominic Thiem in five sets (6-4. 4-6, 2-6, 6-3 and 6-4 in four hours of play) of a dramatic final. Nole reached his seventeenth Grand Slam before a player who has long claimed his presence among the best. During a good stretch of match the Austrian dominated. He had the Serbian against the ropes, but the one in Belgrade finished two Grandes de Nadal (19) and three of Federer (20). The comeback came after a third set in which he seemed dead. Nothing of that. He came back and showed that on the hard track of Australia there is no one in history like him. Four titles against Murray, two against Nadal, one against Tsonga and the last against Thiem. Djokovic remains the king in Melbourne and the king of the circuit because he snatched the world's number one from Rafa.
Nole was at the start the unreachable player who had been in the previous two weeks. When you put the robot mode there is no racket in the circuit capable of coughing. It is so perfect, so unapproachable that it is desperate for anyone. Thiem ran into that exit wall, with an opponent who, when so, seems to play something else. And he stood with 4-1. The feeling of absolute control, of dominating the game even with the rest disappeared when Thiem managed to start lifting the ball. The Austrian responded with his wild right, with a setback that runs as much as the drive and combat became something wild. The Serbian was still able to give a new acceleration and closed the set thanks to a double lack of Thiem. But Dominic had already gotten into the game. The initial monologue was over.
Djokovic stopped sending and Thiem began to grow. He justified the "Carpe Thiem" t-shirts that some of his followers wore. It didn't matter if he had had a less rest day, it didn't matter that he had been six hours more on the track than Nole, it didn't matter everything ... his tennis was so dominating as in the best moments against Nadal. He achieved a break in the fourth game that put the Serbian in the first limit situation. Novak's response was not explosive. He was gradually rehooking. He achieved it in the eighth game to establish the four same and that the set began again. The ninth game and its resolution were decisive. There was everything with the ball in play and with the ball stopped. A double Serbian foul, one left badly measured and two warning for the time of service One arrived when he was about to serve, he only had a couple of seconds left, the other arrived after an exchange of more than 20 strokes, and the Serbian exploded, suffered a break, went to his bench and touched the bench three times. judge's slipper of visibly mosque chair. He sat down and started addressing him: "Do you want to become famous?" The mosque dragged him to the mud, but it wasn't the only thing. Thiem's tennis hurt him as much or more as his monumental anger at the chair judge.
The incident led the one who had been the best player in the tournament. The sequel to the anger lasted almost the entire third set. Two breaks in his first two serves, five games in a row lost, called for the presence of the physiotherapist and the doctor, head down, not a positive gesture ... the Serbian's downturn was comparable to the worst hangover. The problems were in his head and in the racket opposite. Thiem needed four set balls, but he got ahead.
Nole fled to changing rooms. He returned as "dead" as he was, but the first signs came that something could change. He won his first serve, the third game saved a limit situation, won the fifth ... He was still downcast, as if he were playing by obligation, but the robot was plugged in again. The worst thing for Thiem is that he noticed the situation. His game decreased and he gave up two break balls in the eighth game so that the final was resolved in the fifth round.
There Thiem's quota of errors increased. Djokovic's barely existed. In the third game the Austrian lost his service with four unforced errors. The prolongation? Djokovic saved two break balls in his next service. Without a gesture of more, without a scream, with a coldness that only fit millimeter strokes. Thiem began to run out of resources through the wall in front of him. Second impossible shots, exchanges of more than 20 hits with almost four hours on the track, the robot had returned to take its eighth Australian Open.