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Novak Djokovic achieves ‘absolute perfection’ in routing Rafael Nadal | Kevin Mitchell

The Serb moves into another area of excellence in winning the Australian Open and sets his sights on the ‘ultimate challenge’ of beating Nadal on clay in ParisNovak Djokovic is the best tennis player in the world: now, and for the foreseeable future, p…

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‘Not too bad’: Novak Djokovic jokes with reporters after Australian Open win – video

Novak Djokovic was on cloud nine as he spoke to the media after claiming an unprecedented seventh Australian Open men’s singles crown.The resurgent world No 1 destroyed his rival Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-2 6-3 in the most one-sided men’s final at Melbourne P…

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‘Physically I couldn’t push him’: Nadal on his Australian Open loss to Djokovic – video

Rafael Nadal has said even his best tennis may have not been enough to beat a rampant Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final.The Spaniard was dominated throughout the 6-3 6-2 6-3 loss at Rod Laver Arena. Although Nadal reached the final in Melbour…

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Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal to win his seventh Australian Open title

• Djokovic wins 6-3, 6-2, 6-3• Serb has now won 15 career grand slam titlesNovak Djokovic has won the Australian Open for the seventh time in his career after outclassing Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in the final.The two old rivals were meeting in a gran…

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Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal: Australian Open final – live!

Live updates from the Rod Laver ArenaOsaka seals back-to-back grand slamsEmail Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 8.40am GMT Tok! Tok! Tok! They’re knocking up. There were a few boos from Novak Djokovic when he walked on court. Absurd. 8.38am GMT A huge r…

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Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic resume old rivalry for slam supremacy | Kevin Mitchell

They may not admit it but the pair will be eyeing Roger Federer’s record when they collide in the Australian Open finalThey dare not say it, but history will weigh heavily on the shoulders of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s Australian Open …

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Djokovic relishes Australian Open final against ‘greatest rival’ Nadal – video

Novak Djokovic is looking forward to another grand slam final against Rafael Nadal, who he described as ‘my greatest rival’. The world’s top two players will meet in their eighth slam final after Djokovic thrashed Lucas Pouille in his semi-finalNovak D…

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Novak Djokovic routs Lucas Pouille to set up Australian Open final with Nadal

• Djokovic thrashes French No 28 seed 6-0, 6-2, 6-2• Serb will face Nadal in slam final for eighth timeNovak Djokovic will face Rafael Nadal in the 2019 Australian Open men’s singles final, after thrashing Lucas Pouille 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 in the semi-final….

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‘He makes you play bad’: Stefanos Tsitsipas dumbstruck after defeat to Rafael Nadal – video

Stefanos Tsitsipas said he was unable to find any positives from his straight-sets thrashing at the hands of Rafael Nadal in their Australian Open semi-final.World No 2 Nadal destroyed the 20-year-old rising talent 6-2, 6-4, 6-0. The Greek No 14 s…

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Rafael Nadal on the Australian Open final and being naked in front of John McEnroe – video

Rafael Nadal, the world No 2, has reached his fifth Australian Open final after comprehensively dismantling Greece’s rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas, the No 14 seed, 6-2, 6-4, 6-0.The Spaniard, who won in Melbourne in 2009, is playing in his first tourn…

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Rafael Nadal dismantles Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach Australian Open final

2009 champion ends 20-year-old’s run with 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 winNadal will play Novak Djokovic or Lucas Pouille for titleJohn McEnroe does not get a lot wrong. However, when he suggested a few days ago that Stefanos Tsitispas’s victory over Roger Federer mi…

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Stefanos Tsitsipas v Rafael Nadal: Australian Open semi-final – live!

Australian Open updates on the semi-final in MelbournePouille to face Djokovic in semis after defeating RaonicEmail katy.murrells@theguardian.com | tweet @KatyMurrells 8.46am GMT The Greek fans are already in good voice, both on Rod Laver and elsewhere…

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Rafael Nadal: ‘It’s so special to be back where I am’ – video

Rafael Nadal is just one win away from a fifth Australian Open final after dismantling young American talent Frances Tiafoe in the quarter-finals. The Spaniard barely put a foot wrong on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday, holding serve throughout a …

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Rafael Nadal: ‘It’s so special to be back where I am’ – video

Rafael Nadal is just one win away from a fifth Australian Open final after dismantling young American talent Frances Tiafoe in the quarter-finals. The Spaniard barely put a foot wrong on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday, holding serve throughout a …

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Rafael Nadal v Frances Tiafoe: Australian Open quarter-final – live!

Stefanos Tsitsipas extends fairytale by beating Bautista AgutDanielle Collins continues Melbourne run to reach semisFeel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 10.40am GMT First set: Nadal* 6-3 Tiafoe Tiafoe has Nadal on the defensive at 15-15 but…

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Alex De Minaur v Rafael Nadal: Australian Open 2019 – live!

Game-by-game report of the round-of-32 match on Rod LaverConfident De Minaur unruffled by prospect of facing Nadal againEmail jacob.steinberg@theguardian.com | Tweet @JacobSteinberg 7.22am GMT Hello. Ten years on from Rafa Nadal’s first and only Austra…

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Alex De Minaur v Rafael Nadal: Australian Open 2019 – live!

Game-by-game report of the round-of-32 match on Rod LaverConfident De Minaur unruffled by prospect of facing Nadal againEmail jacob.steinberg@theguardian.com | Tweet @JacobSteinberg 7.22am GMT Hello. Ten years on from Rafa Nadal’s first and only Austra…

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Rafael Nadal hails Alex De Minaur as ‘one of the best players in the world’ – video

Australian Alex de Minaur summoned every bit of his fighting spirit to win a five-set thriller against Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen and progress to the Australian Open third round for the first time.His reward is another showdown with 17-t…

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Kerber, Kvitova, Dimitrov, Nadal and Sharapova: Australian Open – live!

• Follow the night-time action on day three at Melbourne Park• Konta fired up for Muguruza clash as Serena eases through• Kyrgios outplayed by Raonic in straight-sets defeat• Email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 8.57am GMT Alex de Minaur, who could pla…

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‘Thank you Andy Murray’: Australian Open players pay touching tribute – video

Andy Murray was shown an emotional tribute video featuring a host of tennis stars following his Australian Open exit.Murray, who plans to retire this year due to chronic hip pain, said he would be content if his five-set defeat to Roberto Bautista…