The Australian Open 2020 is the only Grand Slam to be played this year till now. The men’s singles section of the tournament saw many exciting and enthralling matches. Novak Djokovic successfully defended his title to win the championships for a record 8th time beating Dominic Thiem in the final. The tournament saw many intense matches and surprising outcomes with the final being the most intense of them all.
An Exciting Tournament: Australian Open
In the early rounds of the tournament, most of the top seeds progressed safely to the 2nd week. There were intense matches like Nadal and Kyrgios, Wawrinka, and Medvedev in the 4th round. The 3rd round match between Roger Federer and John Millman was decided in a 5th set tiebreaker. The Australian Open 2020 was proving to be an extremely competitive tournament once the second week would arrive. However, amidst all this the defending champion Novak Djokovic progressed silently and smoothly.
The quarter-finals would bring some real tight contests and surprises. Rafael Nadal who was the finalist in the 2019 edition of the Australian Open exited in the quarterfinal stage after losing a highly intense match to Dominic Thiem. Roger Federer would beat America’s Tennys Sandgren in a 5 set tussle. Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev were the other two semi-finalists in the 2020 Australian Open.
The Tournament Deciders
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic collided in the first semis of the Australian Open Men’s singles. Federer looked struggling with fitness right from the start. He did have an upper edge in 1st set but failed to make it count. Djokovic came back and then won the match in 3 straight sets. The second match proved to be more competitive. Dominic Thiem of Austria came back after the 1st set loss to beat his familiar German rival Alexander Zverev in 4 sets. Thiem was now in his 3rd major final.
The Australian Open Men’s final was contested between the two most inform players of the tournament Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem. The match lived up to the expectation of being a nail-biter. The defending champion Djokovic took won 1st set but then appeared to be struggling with both touch and energy. Thiem would then raise how own game from the other end. He won the next two sets, got to an advantageous position, and suddenly looked as the man in driver’s seat.
Novak Djokovic however was not going to give up his title defense easily. As the size of the occasion began to influence Dominic Thiem, the Serb started to find his range at the other end. He then won the 4th set and later broke Thiem in the early stages of the decider. Finally by winning the 5th Novak once again raised the Australian Open championship trophy. It was his 8th title at Melbourne Park.
The Serbian star took his Grand Slam title count to 17. He also got back the world number 1 rankings back from Rafael Nadal. Novak has been the best male tennis player in Australia. He now looks in a great position to chase the slam count of his two most formidable rivals Federer and Nadal.