The only man who loves Rod Laver Arena more than the legendary, Rod Laver himself is Novak Djokovic. The Serbian machine is the undisputed king in Melbourne having claimed the Australian Open title for a record nine times. Djokovic claimed his first title in 2008, defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final and claimed his last one, just recently after he defeated Daniil Medvedev in straight sets.
Winning nine Australian Open titles in an era comprising of Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer is by no means a small feat. If Rafael Nadal’s 13 French Open titles have found their way into the history books, so does Djokovic’s record in Melbourne.
This year was even more special for Novak Djokovic as he lifted the Australian Open title against all odds, battling through an abdominal muscle strain. He was dealing with his problems off court, facing the wrath of the media. However, it was the Serbian who reigned supreme in Australia ‘Again.’
Novak Djokovic’s nine Australian Open titles
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In Pictures: Novak Djokovic and his nine Australian Open titles
Novak Djokovic lifted his maiden Grandslam title at the Australian 2008 after he defeated the unseeded Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets in the final. Little did we know it was just the start of an incredible story.
Novak Djokovic lifted his second Australian Open title in 2011, defeating the Brit, Andy Murray in a comfortable three set victory. The Serbian outplayed Murray, dropping just nine games in the whole match.
Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal in a thrilling five set encounter at the Australian Open 2012 to lift this third title in Melbourne. It is still described as one of the best Grandslam finals ever played, lasting for almost six hours. The Serbian won the last set, 7-5.
Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in the Australian Open final, 2013 to lift his third title in Melbourne in succession and fourth overall. The Serbian emerged victorious in four sets, after having lost the first set.
Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray for a third time in the finals, defeating him in four sets to lift his fifth Australian Open title. It was a four set victory over the Serbian, which included a bagel in the last set.
Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray yet again in their fourth meeting in an Australian Open final. The Serbian defeated his rival in four sets to lift his sixth Australian Open title.
Novak Djokovic claimed his seventh Australian Open title in 2019, after struggling with injuries and form in the past few years. The Serbian defeated Rafael Nadal in straight sets. It was a rather comfortable victory for Djokovic as he dropped just eight games throughout the match.
Novak Djokovic claimed his eight Australian Open last year, after he defeated the Austrian, Dominic Thiem in a five set thriller. The Serbian was trailing two sets to one, but eventually found a way to reign supreme in Melbourne once again.
Novak Djokovic defeated the NextGen star, Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the final to lift his ninth Australian Open title. Among all his previous titles, this one was probably the most sweetest of them all as he battles through an abdominal muscle strain throughout the tournament.