That's four game points which have come and gone for Thiem, as he nets a slice backhand. Heather Watson of Great Britain celebrates after winning match point during her Women's Singles first round match against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic on day three, Dan Evans of Britain in action during his men's singles second round match against Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan on day three, Alexander Zverev celebrates his victory over Stan Wawrinka to reach the Australian Open semi-finals, Garbine Muguruza reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open, Sofia Kenin is the new champion after beating Muguruza in three sets, Serbia's Novak Djokovic makes a backhand return to Austria's Dominic Thiem during the men's singles final at the Australian Open. The 32-year-old lost his cool in the ninth game of the second set after being given back-to-back time violations, the second of which resulted in him being penalised a first serve and then broken. He'll serve first... Djokovic nets a forehand, and Dominic Thiem is one set away from winning his first Grand Slam! EXCLUSIVE: Football fans could be back in grounds BEFORE Christmas: DCMS wants to allow spectators in Tier 1... Joe Cole claims 'monster' Jack Grealish can win PFA Player of the Year as he insists Aston Villa captain... Gareth Southgate insists England were EXCITING during 2-0 defeat by Belgium as he is forced to defend his... PFA urged to 'address the scandal' of forgotten footballers left struggling with dementia by son of World... Could offside calls be AUTOMATED? On the third attempt, Djokovic crunched a great backhand down the line return winner. BREAK BACK chance for Djokovic after a lengthy rally, where Djokovic lures Thiem into the net and then finishes him off with a volley into the open court... Thiem recovers to 30-30, via two Djokovic errors. He then missed a first serve and, of course, Djokovic ground him down until he missed a forehand. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. It is ALL Dominic Thiem right now, as he thunders a backhand down the line for a breathtaking winner! Thiem just won't go away here, full credit to him! Novak Djokovic celebrates winning a record-extending eighth Australian Open, Djokovic fights back against Thiem to clinch eighth Australian Open, Australian Open champion Kenin hails inspirations Osaka and Andreescu, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. A wild one gave a break back in the second set and, with Djokovic serving at 4-4, the momentum seemed to be with him once more. Who knows? At 3-2, Thiem connected with two dig volleys, lunging down to shin-level in a highlight-reel rally to boost a hold. He is still struggling with his second serve and rolling them in at laughable speeds, but it was enough there. Fourth set: Novak Djokovic 6-4 4-6 2-6 1-0* Dominic Thiem: Djokovic pieces together an essential routine hold to open the fourth set, sealed … The trio have won the last 13 slams between them but, after Daniil Medvedev pushed Nadal to five sets in the US Open final, there is no doubt they are having to fight harder to keep the door shut. During the change of ends, Djokovic was voicing his displeasure with the umpire Damien Dumusois, saying: 'You've made yourself famous! But from 40-30, Thiem missed a couple of first serves and sprayed three loose errors in a row: a forehand error and then two backhands errors. However, beating Federer and Novak in a tournament would mark a significant milestone in Dominic’s career. Tennis Australia acknowledges that the AO is held on Aboriginal Land and we extend our respects to the Traditional Owners, their ancestors and Elders past, present and emerging and to all First Nations People. You never know. Serve and volley from Djokovic, but Thiem goes long with his backhand pass down the line - another good chance for the Austrian! The defending champ is not missing now and this is turning into a very typical Djokovic recovery after looking horrendous in parts of this match. This is a different match. “Unreal what you are doing throughout all these years. But you were very close to winning. Serbian recovered to remain undefeated in finals in Melbourne and win a 17th Grand Slam, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. However, the danger signs were there and an error-strewn service game opened the door for the defending champion. Thiem gets to advantage again but Djokovic dictates the point superbly, manoeuvring the Austrian from side-to-side and finishing it off with a forehand down the line. This time, Djokovic responded. Djokovic, rattled by successive time violations when he dropped serve at 4-4 in the second set, went on to lose six games in a row and consulted the doctor at 4-1 down in the third. I don’t still understand the reason why that has happened, because I’ve been doing the things that I’ve been doing before all of my matches. Fifth set: Novak Djokovic 6-4 4-6 2-6 6-3 1-1* Dominic Thiem: Djokovic bites back with a second successive love hold of the match. With thanks to a couple of misfiring Djokovic backhands, the Austrian moves through a quick hold to 15 and he will force Djokovic to handle the pressure and serve out his 8th Australian Open title. Would be huge if Thiem could escape from this game... Thiem takes control of the point, and approaches the net - but there's an opening down the line for Djokovic, but he goes long with his forehand. But after saving a break point, Thiem finally got it done. He closed off the game with a sickly sweet low backhand slice, drawing a slice error from Djokovic. Thiem had no problems serving out the first set there, breezing through the hold to 15 with good serving and a couple of enormous forehands. After I lost the second set, I started to feel really bad on the court. Thiem's forehand lets him down again as the ball lands long... and it's advantage Djokovic early in the decider! I want to thank him for not giving me a warning.”. Efficient start from Novak Djokovic, holding again to 15. The Big Three – Djokovic, Federer and Nadal – have now annexed the past 13 majors between them, Stan Wawrinka’s 2016 US Open victory the most recent win by a player outside of the three most successful men in tennis history. He completely changed things up with a serve and volley on break point. Thiem once again found himself down break point after missing another backhand down the line at 30-15 before double faulting at 30-30. Thanks a lot for following throughout the past couple of weeks. Second set: Novak Djokovic 6-4 *4-4 Dominic Thiem: Djokovic immediately chased after a break, moving to 15-30 and putting immense pressure on the Thiem serve. Roger, Rafa and Novak's GOAT race: Who will win the fight. Probably one point and one shot separated us tonight. Thiem gets to advantage with a serve-forehand combination but Djokovic lures him into the net with a drop shot, and forces Thiem into the volley error. Djokovic feeding a series of smashes to Thiem and although he's nervy with his final one, Djokovic slaps his forehand into the net. As he walked past the chair, Djokovic gave the umpire a sarcastic thumbs up. Suddenly, he is serving extremely well. Phenomenal standard of tennis for over four hours but in the end, it was Novak Djokovic who came out on top against Dominic Thiem to win his eighth title in Melbourne! “Great job, man. Two uncharacteristic errors from Djokovic, and the door is now slightly ajar for Thiem at 15-30... Crucially, Thiem squeezes his way out of the game on serve, narrowing the gap back down to two games. Thiem is beginning to tire in these longer rallies but he deserves immense credit for his resilience and temperament here. He will serve for the set. Dominic Thiem 6-4 4-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 to claim his eighth Australian Open crown.#AO2020 | #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/EJOKBy040s. After working so hard to dig in and scramble back in that set, that's a sucker punch for Dominic Thiem! An ace down the T seals it and we're going to a decider in the Australian Open final! The 26-year-old Austrian led by two sets to one against an out-of-sorts Djokovic only for the Serbian to fight back and claim a 6-4 4-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 victory. 'I'm blessed to hold this trophy once again - thank you very much!'. BREAK BACK POINT for Thiem! Personally, I think that there is a good case to be made for everyone at this point. An excellent recovery. Djokovic holds his arms aloft - his eighth Australian Open, and 17th Grand Slam - just two behind Rafael Nadal now! The answer is zero. Fourth set: Novak Djokovic 6-4 4-6 2-6 *1-1 Dominic Thiem: These early games are going to be so important for Thiem as Djokovic looks to dig into the fourth set, break early and steal some momentum. Fourth set: Novak Djokovic 6-4 4-6 2-6 5-3* Dominic Thiem: Djokovic breaks. 'I would like to thank my team. The Serbian is the first man in the Open Era to win Grand Slam singles titles across three decades, and will be rewarded by returning to the world No.1 ranking on Monday. Djokovic sat with head bowed and shoulders slumped but he showed signs of life at the end of the third and a break point saved in the third game of the fourth set was a crucial moment. 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal on Monday, while he also became the first man in the Open era to win slams across three decades. Cloudflare Ray ID: 5f3b590b98acfe06 Well done.” - Novak Djokovic to umpire Damien Dumusois after his two time violation calls. He saved the break point with a big ,unreturned serve down the T, then he found an ace at deuce. Same pattern. The Austrian had spoken in the build-up about having to tread a fine line between aggression and recklessness, and he was not always getting it right, particularly on his backhand down the line. “This is definitely my favourite court, my favourite stadium in the world and I’m blessed to hold this trophy once again,” said Djokovic, who was adamant Thiem will join the Roll of Honour one day. 2020 Australian Open: Novak Djokovic rallies, defeats Dominic Thiem for 17th Grand Slam title Djokovic wins the fourth and fifth sets to repeat in Melbourne and earn his eighth Australian Open … Some stellar net play, a bit more conviction on his strokes and a rocket inside-out forehand pushed Thiem level for 4-4, but it wasn’t for long. Third set: Novak Djokovic 6-4 4-6 1-4* Dominic Thiem: Djokovic finally nabs his first game since 4-4 in the second set. He's certainly not as unflappable as he was 20 minutes ago, but nonetheless Thiem will serve to stay in the set now... Thiem holds, with some aggressive shot-making! A big first serve sets up the forehand inside-in, and Thiem can't quite get there - 30-30. I keep on going on about it, but now that his second serve is slightly more trustworthy, everything is flowing better. But, at the same time, his legacy will live forever.”. You and two other guys brought men’s tennis to a completely new level. On the way back to his seat he tapped Dumusois on the foot, saying: “You’ve made yourself famous, well done.”. The Austrian really struggling for consistency on serve at the moment... A third straight hold to 15 for Djokovic early on, securing the game with a pinpoint backhand down the line, landing bang in the far corner of the court. In a service box battle of touch and angles, Djokovic prevailed in a miraculous point to prompt his ardent supporters to leap to their feet. Thiem had no regrets, saying: “In the last two sets, I definitely gave everything I had. Thiem has departed to the locker room and he undoubtedly knows that the burden will be on him to raise his level. He opened the game with a double fault and he keeps on falling over his follow-through as he misses first serves. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. BREAK POINT for Djokovic. HUGE hold for Dominic Thiem, as a couple of Djokovic errors means he stays in touch... Djokovic with the single break advantage. Six games in succession did the damage, and the 26-year-old eventually closed out a tetchy game to send Djokovic into unchartered territory. “Touching his shoe, I didn’t know that’s completely forbidden. Djokovic is … Suddenly, Djokovic is serving for a fifth set. My energy dropped significantly. He disrupted my rhythm at one point. With the Serb prowling at 30-30, Thiem found a great service winner. Djokovic is particularly struggling on his serve. The three unforced errors by Djokovic from break point up was a great reflection of his level today. @DjokerNole is the 1st man in the Open Era to win #GrandSlam singles titles in 3 different decades and the 2nd in history after Ken Rosewall, who earned Major titles in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. After losing his serve, he immediately fought back and generated break points. Fourth set: Novak Djokovic 6-4 4-6 2-6 4-3* Dominic Thiem: Djokovic slams down a quick hold, winning four points in a row from 0-15 to inch back in the lead. He responded by immediately generating a second break point with a vicious crosscourt backhand. Thiem, bidding to become the first new major winner since Marin Cilic at the 2014 US Open, lost in a Grand Slam final for the third time, after defeats at Roland Garros in 2018 and 2019. Of course, it would be easier in a different era to win big titles. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Fifth set: Novak Djokovic 6-4 4-6 2-6 6-3 *2-1 Dominic Thiem: Djokovic breaks first! Seven out of seven for Djokovic on the final day at the Australian Open, dating all the way back to his first ever Grand Slam in 2008. SET POINT for Djokovic here as Thiem goes wide with a forehand... Djokovic lets Thiem off the hook at 0-30 with a second-serve return long, and Thiem smashes away a poor attempted lob from Djokovic to level the scores. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Poor start to this game from Thiem - after Djokovic rediscovers his touch, the Austrian goes wild again with his backhand down the line... Djokovic goes wide with a backhand down the line, and the Austrian goes in front for the first time in the match! Djokovic then dragged him into deuce by winning an endless slice rally. Still, I think this will be a better conversation when they all retire. Relentlessly high level right now on the Rod Laver Arena, after three hours and 17 minutes of play. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Thiem goes long (just, again) and the defending champion holds - that was a big moment in this match! At deuce, Thiem landed a huge inside out forehand to bring up deuce before a solid first serve elicited a return error. Can Thiem do anything to break his momentum? Djokovic returns to the court after disappearing off with the doctor. Always a tough ask to speak after a loss but brilliantly done @ThiemDomi.We can't wait to see you back next year #AO2020 | #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/N2fOpOdvXk. The second one, it’s just not necessary under the circumstances for an experienced chair umpire. Thiem had played six extra hours than his opponent prior to the final, but was looking far fresher. After Djokovic fell down 0-30 with his 5th double fault of the day, Thiem responded with another brilliant backhand down the line at 15-30, a shot that is finally beginning to fire. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? He closed off with an easy serve-forehand one-two. Also to all your team, unreal what you're doing. BREAK POINT NO. He held with another sliding ace in a game that included some exceptional hitting, including yet another searing backhand down the line winner. But he recovered extremely well, eliciting a Djokovic forehand error with an awesome crosscourt forehand before directing a lovely lob over the Serb’s head. Thiem, the world No.5, had defeated Djokovic in four of their previous five matches, including a three-set stormer at the ATP Finals in London in November. Available for everyone, funded by readers. Six games in a row. The opportunity was there for Thiem, but he shanks his backhand down the line... to deuce we go. #AO2020 pic.twitter.com/b2yrSfW6IG. You bring men's tennis to a new level and I'm proud to compete in this period of tennis. Amazing achievement and also to all your team. A Djokovic hold to love, and suddenly a fifth set was called. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Completing the CAPTCHA proves you are a human and gives you temporary access to the web property. Both players ripping the ball to the max, back-and-forth, and after Djokovic lures Thiem into the net, the Serb nets the forehand pass. It wasn’t to be tonight but it was a tough match and you were very close to win it. Huge moment for Thiem here - Djokovic nets with a drop-shot at 15-30 and it's TWO BREAK POINTS for Thiem... Incidentally, Djokovic was given a time violation warning during his service motion there... A huge scream from Djokovic as he breaks back, with Thiem again going long with his backhand down the line. Djokovic holds to love and has all the momentum once again in this match! Oh boy - Thiem double faults at set point, and gift-wrapped, Djokovic is handed the first set!
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