Australian Open: Djokovic champion.
For the first time in three years, there was no Roger Federer and no Rafael Nadal for the final of a grand slam tournament. Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga battled today for the first grand slam title of the season, the 2008 Australian Open.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga looked a bit less nervous than his opponent early in the match. He managed to break Djokovic's serve and held on to his lead. But the first set won by the frenchmen was the wake up call for Djokovic who had not lost a single set in the tournament until that point.
From the second half of the second set, Novak Djokovic found his A-game and started to dominate the play. Djokovic won the second, third and fourth set on his way to a first grand slam title in career. The match ended in the tie-breaker of the fourth set, Novak Djokovic victorious by 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and 7-6 (7-2).
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who was ranked 38th in the world before the beginning of the tournament will see his rank improove all the way to the 18th spot. His great run in this Open propells him towards tennis stardom. Let's not forget that it was only his 5th grand slam tournament in career. There are probably many more great moments ahead of him. Tsonga congratulated the winner and thanked him for the hard battle.
For Novak Djokovic, a first grand slam title is a first step towards his confessed wish to be ranked No1 in the world someday. To win the title, Djokovic defeated the actual No1 player in the world. He will need a couple more wins over Roger Federer to get to the No1 rank. For now, Djokovic does not improoves his world rank and stays the No3 in the world.
(Picture: Novak Djokovic, Getty images.)