Novak Djokovic - Rafael Nadal
Australian Open men - 27 January 2019
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Djokovic: "I'm just trying to contemplate the journey in the last 12 months. I had the surgery exactly 12 months ago so to be standing in front of you today and to win this title and three out of four Slams is amazing. I'm speechless."
Nadal: " First thing I have to say is congratulations to Novak and his team. It was an amazing level of tennis tonight. Well done for everything."
He added: "I'm going to keep fighting hard to be a better player, to keep fighting for the most important things. This tournament has been tough for me in terms of injuries and in terms of opponents, like tonight!"
It's three Slams on the spin for the third time in Djoker's career. He was supreme today but Nadal was nowhere near the player that had impressed so much earlier in the tournament.
If Djokovic continues this type of form he could yet trouble Roger Federer's all-time leading haul of 20 Slam titles.
GAME, SET AND MATCH! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 6-3 NADAL. That is a demolition! Novak Djokovic breaks Nadal once again to become the 2019 Australian Open champion. The Serbian world number one totally dominated the Spaniard to claim a record seventh title at this tournament and his 15th Grand Slam in total. He moves ahead of Pete Sampras into third place in the all-time list of major winners after snaring his third in a row.
Nadal had hoped to become the first man in the Open era to win all the Grand Slams at least twice, but never looked likely in a very one-sided final. It last just two hours and four minutes and was never the battle many were anticipating.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 5-3 NADAL. Rafa just can't up the ante enough. He unloads a stunning crosscourt backhand to turn it interesting for 30-30 and then corks a forehand up the line for deuce.
Djoker responds with a supreme first serve and then gets very lucky when his awkward volley hits the net and bobbles over. The Serb is one game away from the title.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 4-3 NADAL. That was fine serving from Rafa, particularly when called upon to find a decent second serve. He holds to 15, but it's getting towards now or never time if he is going to break Novak. It's not looking likely though. The Serb has been imperious.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 4-2 NADAL. That was Rafa's chance to make this set interesting - but he blows it. The Spaniard finally earns himself a break point but lashes a tight crosscourt backhand into the net. Djokovic rallies from deuce to stay on course.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 3-2 NADAL. That was much better from Nadal - but it's come way too late. A succession of big serves and a smart, angled volley give him a rare, comfortable hold to 15.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 3-1 NADAL. Rafa corks a backhand winner up the line but as with most of this match, it's a rare moment of joy. Djokovic rushes through the next four points, consolidating with a belting backhand winner of his own.
BREAK! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 2-1 NADAL. That title is looming ever closer on Djoker's horizon. Nadal double faults and then fizzes the forehand long to cough up two more break points. Rafa saves one with a blockbusting backhand but can't fend off the other as he's outfoxed by a Djoker drop shot.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 1-1 NADAL. Rafa goes for his shots to try and force the pendulum to swing his way, but it just won't happen. He misses the line on FOUR occasions as Novak chalks up another love hold.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 0-1 NADAL. There's some delightful exchanges as Nole goes for drop shots on three occasions. Nadal is pressured again at 30-30 but comes up with a big forehand and volley combo before a timely big serve gets the Spaniard on the board.
SET! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 NADAL. Djokovic saunters through a hold to love to secure the two-set lead. It's just too easy for the world number one.
BREAK! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-2 NADAL. Philippe Chatrier Court in France may well be Nadal's backyard - but Rod Laver Arena is definitely Novak's. He hammers two forehand winners and then forces an error via a crisp backhand to claim the double break. This set is over, and as the light fades in the Melbourne sky, you sense Nadal's hopes are going with it.
Nole well on course for a record seventh title here.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 4-2 NADAL. The Serbinator is forced to think for the first time on serve when he hooks a backhand wide to trail 15-30. He rallies to 40-30 but Nadal manages to press him to deuce. The Spaniard unloads a forehand winner down the line on the run to get the crowd roaring, but Novak avoids facing a break point against him when Rafa corks the forehand just wide. The Serb shouts in delight and goes on to wriggle free and consolidate.
BREAK! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 3-2 NADAL. Rafa just can't find the gears to compete with Djokovic. You sense his awful record against him on hard courts in recent times has played on his mind leading into this - and he's a shadow of the player that demolished Tsitsipas last time out. A tight crosscourt backhand slaps into the net to offer up two break points, and the world No.1 makes it count on the first of them when Nadal lobs long after as face-off at the net.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 2-2 NADAL. Nole marauds to a hold to 15. Rafa has managed to win just two points on the Serb's serve. Hard to see this one going beyond three sets unless the pattern changes very soon.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 1-2 NADAL. Rafa had to be bold there - but it pays off. He clips the line with a deep forehand to Novak's right flank to make 30-30 before a fizzing forehand winner and a beastly serve get him out of dodge to maintain the scoreboard advantage early in this set.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 1-1 NADAL. Djokovic rampages to an easy love hold. That's five perfect holds from six. Rafa needs to start making inroads on that or there's only one way this is going to go. He's leaking some surprising errors. Novak is playing very well, but there's no doubt this isn't the Nadal that surged through the rest of the tournament without dropping a set (until now, obviously).
DJOKOVIC 6-3 0-1 NADAL. Djokovic applies heat with some superb counter striking off the backhand, but it isn't enough on this occasion as some big serves get Nadal out trouble from 30-30.
SET! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 NADAL. Novak finally drops his first point of the set on serve but manages to rush back and claim the next four to take the opener in 36 minutes. It started like a procession for the Serb, but Nadal has finally got over his early nerves and has wooed the crowd by pushing Nole a bit more with some pulsating rallies.
DJOKOVIC 5-3 NADAL. That was much better from Nadal. He unloads a pair of crosscourt backhand winners and finishes with a trademark forehand to the far corner to snare a love hold. Over to Novak now to serve this set out.
DJOKOVIC 5-2 NADAL. It's another love hold for Djoker. Nadal makes a series of uncharacteristic errors with a smash into the net and an air shot after appearing to catch his own knee with his swing. It sums up the inner turmoil he must be feeling. He'll desperately need to kick-start himself for Set 2 or this final could pass him by rather quickly.
DJOKOVIC 4-2 NADAL. Rafa stays in touch. The Spaniard is in trouble at 30-30 when Djoker lobs him after getting lucky with a net cord. However, the No.2 seed races to the baseline and produces a crosscourt backhand on the spin to force the error into the net from the Serb. Djokovic then whistles long of the baseline. Nadal is slowly making this more competitive, but the world No.1 remains on top.
DJOKOVIC 4-1 NADAL. Too good. Djokovic reasserts his authority with a third love hold of the match. Nadal must feel like he's under constant pressure.
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DJOKOVIC 3-1 NADAL. Rafa finally gets going, but Nole still pushes him hard. The Serb's defence is quite remarkable. His elasticity and speed around the court, along with a crisp backhand winner tee up another break point. However, this time Rafa fends it off and finds some big serves to help him dig out a hold from deuce. He's on the board after a very shaky opening.
DJOKOVIC 3-0 NADAL. Rafa is getting the treatment. Djoker is cruising right now. He surges to a love hold, consolidating the break with a second ace of the match.
BREAK! - DJOKOVIC 2-0 NADAL. Nole is dialled in here! He attacks a clearly nervous Rafa and tees up double break point, jumping into a crosscourt backhand winner along the way. Nadal goes too big trying to save them and lashes the forehand long to cough up an early break. It's been a terrible start for the Spaniard.
DJOKOVIC 1-0 NADAL. The world number one lays down a statement of intent with a dominant love hold. He serves big, lands an ace and dictates what proves to be the concluding rally to force the error.
Here we go!
Djokovic won the toss and will serve first in the 2019 Australian Open final.
We are tantalisingly close to getting this contest underway.
Djokovic v Nadal: 'We can promise one thing: both of us will give absolutely everything.'
The players have only met once before at this tournament with Novak coming out on top. That was after an epic five hour and 53 minute final back in 2012.
FINALS IN MELBOURNE: Djokovic is looking to maintain his 100 per cent record in the Australian Open final and become the first man to win seven titles here.
Meanwhile, Nadal is hoping to become the first player in the Open era to win each Slam at least twice. He won his first final Down Under back in 2009, but has since had to settle for the runner-up spot on four occasions.
The last time Nadal and Djokovic met in a Grand Slam final, it was the Spaniard who came through in four sets at the 2014 French Open. The players have met in seven major finals in total, with Nadal edging that record 4-3. The Spaniard has won nine of the 14 matches they have played at Grand Slam events.
The rivalry between Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal is one for the ages and this Australian Open final promises to be another classic.
Ben Grounds looks forward to another titanic clash.
HEAD-TO-HEAD: This is an ATP record-extending 53rd encounter between the players with Djokovic edging the match-up 27-25. The Serb triumphed the last time they met in a pulsating five-set Wimbledon semi final last summer. Nole has won eight of the past 10 showdowns.
Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of the Australian Open men's final. It's a clash between two of the game's greatest ever players as world number one, Novak Djokovic locks horns with world number two, Rafael Nadal.
Indeed, a 14-time Grand Slam winner battles a 17-time major champion in the most anticipated clash of a fledgling season so far.
It's the 25th time these two have faced off in a tour final - an Open era record - and it's fair to say the buzz is tangible as the players prepare to get underway on Rod Laver Arena at approximately 08.30 GMT.