Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem met on the 2nd of February in the Australian Open men’s singles final of 2020. While Djokovic was chasing his 17th Grand Slam title, the Austrian Thiem wanted his 1st Grand Slam trophy in his 3rd major final.
Their contest proved an epic battle. In this article, we bring to you the 5 thoughts about the 5 tightly contested sets during Djokovic versus Thiem match at the Rod Laver Arena.
DJOKOVIC STARTS WITH A BANG
A Djokovic versus Thiem match was always going to be a blockbuster with both players in great form. The Serb superstar, however, ceased the initial initiative. He broke Dominic Thiem in the 1st set and took it 6 games to 4. Djokovic had now taken the initial lead. He had completed 1st of the 3 steps in his quest towards the eighth Australian Open championship.
THIEM COMES BACK WITH THE BANG
The tennis experts had already predicted that the Djokovic versus Thiem final will switch back and forth with high intensity. It might also go to the 5 set distance. Dominic Thiem was in no mood to let Novak Djokovic run away with the match. He upped his intensity in the 2nd set and took it 6 games to 4. The Austrian was now firmly back in the match.
In the 3rd set Thiem further raised his game and Novak seemed to be struggling a bit with fitness and confidence. Dominic broke the Novak serve twice in succession and won the 3rd set 6 games to 2. The Austrian now had his nose in front in the 2020 Australian Open final. It meant that if Novak was to win his 17th slam, the Djokovic versus Thiem final would have to go to 5 sets. The crowd was having full entertainment in this high octane contest.
DJOKOVIC ROARS BACK
In another twist to the Djokovic versus Thiem final at Melbourne Park, the Serbian great somehow recovered back during the 4th set. He found his rhythm and intensity, breaking the Thiem’s serve midway through the set, Djokovic then served himself to win the 4th set. The Serb had now put himself on level terms. A one-set final shootout would decide the 2020 Australian Open men’s singles winner.
DJOKOVIC TRIUMPHS AGAIN IN MELBOURNE
In the 5th and final set of the slugfest at Melbourne Park, the momentum was now firmly with the Serb superstar. He broke Dominic Thiem in the early stages of the deciding set. The Austrian who had allowed Djokovic a way back into the match tried hard to get the break back. He did have a few opportunities but Djokovic ruthlessly held his serve with pinpoint accuracy.
Novak then served himself to victory. He was now the 8 time champion in Australia. This was one of his hardest earned victories at Melbourne Park. The Serb’s face which had determination written all over told it all.
DJOKOVIC BACK TO WORLD NUMBER 1
With his Australian Open 2020 triumph, Novak Djokovic raised his Grand Slam count to 17. He is now just 2 slams shy of Rafa Nadal’s 19 and 3 slams away from Roger Federer’s 20 major titles. The Serb also got back the World Number 1 rankings from Rafael Nadal, a twin victory for the 8-time Australian Open champ.