Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, the current world No. 1, won his third Grand Slam title in a row today at the Australian Open, where he defeated Spain’s Rafael Nadal in a one-sided, 6-3 6-2 6-3 match. Last year, Djokovic also won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Sunday’s game marks his seventh Australian Open title, and 15th major overall.
In today’s game, which lasted two hours and four minutes, Djokovic crushed his longtime rival Nadal: This was their 53rd meeting. It’s not a surprising win for the Serbian player, but it is especially impressive, given he’s been recovering from a recent injury: At last year’s Australian Open, he was knocked out of the competition by South Korea’s Hyeon Chung as he continued to bounce back from an elbow surgery.
“I’m aware that making history in the sport I truly love is something special,” Djokovic said of his victory. “I do want to definitely focus myself on continuing to improve my game and maintaining the overall well-being that I have—mental, physical, emotional—so I would be able to compete at such a high level for the years to come.”
Seven years ago, Djokovic and Nadal battled in a legendary match at the Australian Open that lasted almost six hours. Today’s match was supposed to have been as teeth-chatteringly close, but saw Djokovic ultimately dominate. He is now one step closer to Swiss player Roger Federer’s world record of 20 Grand Slam titles—something Djokovic has his eye on. “Of course, it motivates me. How many seasons are to come? I don’t know,” he said. “I’m not trying to think too much in advance.”