Novak Djokovic: Australian Open demolition of Rafael Nadal the best I have ever played
Novak Djokovic says that his demolition of Rafael Nadal at at the Australian Open earlier this year was the best performance of his entire career.
The pair met in the final of the Melbourne showpiece, and it was expected to be a tightly-fought contest with both men in top form throughout the tournament.
However, Djokovic was simply unplayable on the day, romping to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win in barely two hours of outstanding tennis.
“Under the circumstances, it was probably the best tennis match I have ever played,” said Djokovic.
“In grand slam finals for sure. Against Nadal. He was in form – he didn’t drop a set until the final. It was an amazing match.
“It did feel at certain stages where everything happens so automatically that you don’t want to try anything. There is no effort – it just flows.
“That is really when you can express your best self. We are all trying to be in that state of mind, body and soul I guess.
“It is not easy. It can change rapidly, I guess you just have to believe in yourself and work hard and eventually it is going to come to you.”
Many expect Djokovic to run into Nadal once again at Wimbledon, but the pair have been drawn in separate halves of the draw meaning they could only meet in the final.
More from Tennis365:
Stacked bottom half of Australian Open women’s draw starts to crack open
Oli Jefford on potential blockbusters at Australian Open.
‘I don’t know how I got out of that. That was one of the craziest matches ever,’ says Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios does what he does best.
Love him or hate him, Nick Kyrgios is the most captivating tennis player of them all
So Nick Kyrgios is bad for tennis?
Australian Open day three: The Nick Kyrgios show, Venus Williams giving it all, Simona Halep’s comeback
We look back at day three at the 2021 Australian Open.
Simona Halep ‘happy and proud’ with her fighting spirit as she toughs it out against Ajla Tomlanovic
Simona Halep somehow manages to stay alive.
Canadian tennis continues to rise with three men in third round at Australian Open
Canadian tennis is going from strength to strength.
‘I’m so sad for her,’ says Sara Errani as injured Venus Williams battles on until the end
A sad end for Venus Williams at the 2021 Australian Open.
World No 1 Ashleigh Barty hails the ‘incredible’ strength in depth in women’s tennis
“The women’s game is getting so strong,” says Barty.
Novak Djokovic pleased to come through ‘high-quality’ encounter against Frances Tiafoe in Melbourne
The world No 1 was given a stern examination.
Serena Williams on having fun, her Flo-Jo inspired outfit, why she needs to wear nude colour underwear
Serena Williams is enjoying life Down Under.