Australian Open Final: As it happened

Novak Djokovic claimed his seventh Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win over Rafael Nadal in the final

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the Australian Open 2019. Follow regular updates from the men's singles final, in what promises to be a thriller.

Djokovic now has the all-time record for most Australian Open titles at seven, breaking his tie with Roy Emerson and Roger Federer.

Djokovic moves ahead of Pete Sampras into third place for most Grand Slam titles with 15, two behind Nadal and five behind Federer.

He also becomes the first man to win three consecutive Grand Slam titles three times in his career.

Each of the Big Three now holds the outright – as opposed to tied – all-time record for three of the four Grand Slams – Djokovic with seven at the Australian Open, Nadal with 11 at the French Open and Federer with eight at Wimbledon.

Djokovic6-3, 6-2, 6-3Nadal
8Aces3
0Double faults2
72%First serve in64%
80%Win on first serve51%
84%Won on second serve62%
5/8Break points won0/1
16/18Net points won7/14
34Winners21
9Unforced errors28

4:20pm: NOVAK DJOKOVIC IS THE 2019 AUSTRALIAN OPEN CHAMPION!!!

The world No. 1 has absolutely destroyed the world No. 2. Rafael Nadal has no chance.

That was the shortest completed Grand Slam match between Djokovic and Nadal, the Serb winning 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in two hours and four minutes.

That was also the second-shortest of the 31 Grand Slam finals the Big Four have contested, just slightly longer than Nadal's one-hour-48-minute demolition of Federer at Roland Garros 2008.

4:19pm: Djokovic sends the ball long. He still has another championship point though.

4:18pm: We're at the two-hour mark and Djokovic is two points from the win. And now he has two championship points.

4:15pm: Djokovic holds. He's a game away from an all-time record Australian Open title.

4:14pm: Nadal bosses a point for the first time in the match to take the game to deuce on Djokovic's serve.

4:09pm: Nadal holds serve, but the Djoker leads 4-3.

4:05pm: Djokovic holds serve to go up 4-2 in the decider.

4:03pm: Nadal has his first break point of the match. But he dumps it into the net. Deuce.

4:00pm: Nadal holds serve. Djokovic leads 3-2.

3:54pm: Djokovic holds serve for a 3-1 lead in the decider.

3:50pm: Djokovic has two break points, and he converts the second to go up 2-1 in the third set.

3:44pm: Another hold to love for Djokovic. That's the seventh of the match. Shocking stuff from Nadal. It's 1-all in the third set.

3:40pm: In a game of stunning drop shots and passing shots, Nadal holds to open the third set.

3:32pm: The Djokovic masterpiece continues. He serves to love AGAIN and takes the second set 6-2.

The Serbian world No. 1 leads 6-3, 6-2 after just one hour and 16 minutes. It looks like this'll be the shortest completed Grand Slam match between the two if it continues in this fashion. The shortest till date was Djokovic's defeat of Nadal in two hours and 27 minutes in the 2015 French Open quarterfinals, when the Serb went on to complete a career Grand Slam.

DjokovicSecond setNadal
4Aces1
0Double faults1
70%First serve in68%
75%Win on first serve40%
86%Won on second serve57%
2/2Break points won0/0
6/6Net points won1/4
11Winners8
1Unforced errors9

3:28pm: Nadal's aggression seems no match for Djokovic's clinical precision today. Two break points for the Serb and he forces the error from Nadal on the first. Another break and Djokovic leads 5-2. He'll serve for the second set.

3:24pm: Djokovic holds for 4-2. That was the longest game of the match so far.

3:14pm: Djokovic draws first blood in the second set. A long rally ends with both at the net, but Nadal's reflex backhand return lob sails just long. Djokovic to serve at 3-2.

3:13pm: Djokovic has two break points.

3:10pm: Another easy hold for Djokovic. It's 2-all.

3:06pm: Nadal holds for 2-1 in the second set. The world No. 2 is going to cut down on the errors if he is to challenge Djokovic, who is chasing down nearly every ball.

3:02pm: Nadal is really struggling to return. Djokovic serves to love for the fifth time in the match. It's 1-all in the second.

2:59pm: Nadal serves out the first game of the second set. He's raised his game a bit in the last few games, but it's still Djokovic doing the pushing.

2:56pm: The only time Nadal and Djokovic met previously at the Australian Open, the Serb won in five sets in the longest Grand Slam final in history – in five hours and 53 minutes.

2:52pm: A long rally, and Nadal nets it. Djokovic has two set points. And another error by Nadal gives the world No. 1 the opening set 6-3 in 36 minutes.

DjokovicFirst setNadal
4Aces0
0Double faults0
71%First serve in61%
100%Win on first serve57%
83%Won on second serve67%
1/2Break points won0/0
3/4Net points won3/5
12Winners6
3Unforced errors11

2:49pm: Nadal finally wins a point on Djokovic's serve.

2:48pm: Nadal holds to love. Djokovic serves for the first set at 5-3.

2:43pm: This is sensational from Djokovic. He holds to love for a fourth time in a row! He leads 5-2 in the opening set.

2:40pm: Nadal holds, but he trails 2-4.

2:39pm: An incredible save for Nadal! He races to the net after the ball drops after hitting the cord, then chances back Djokovic's lob and swivels for a backhand cross-court shot, and Djokovic just puts it in the net.

2:38pm: Djokovic is outmuscling Nadal. It's 30-30 on the Spaniard's serve.

2:34pm: Djokovic races through a third service game to love! He leads 4-1 in just 17 minutes.

Nadal is yet to win a single point on his opponent's serve.

2:32pm: The crowd erupts in cheers as Nadal holds. Djokovic leads 3-1 in the opening set.

2:31pm: Djokovic sends the ball long, and it's deuce. Nadal's not out of trouble yet.

2:30pm: Djokovic has a break point on Nadal.

2:28pm: Nadal curves the ball around the net to level his second service game at 30-all.

2:25pm: Djokovic races through the game to love. He leads 3-0 just nine minutes into the match.

2:24pm: Djokovic breaks Nadal to lead the first set 2-0. Nadal is feeling the pressure, while Djokovic has started on the boil.

2:23pm: Nadal is in trouble in his very first service game. Djokovic has two break points.

2:18pm: Nadal's nets a backhand and Djokovic takes the first game of the match.

2:10pm: Novak Djokovic will serve first after winning the toss.

History will be made as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic aim for records when they meet in the Australian Open final on Sunday.

 

The world's two top-ranked players will meet in the decider at Melbourne Park after impressive runs to the final.

 

There are records up for grabs for two of the greatest players in history in a final that could shape conversations for decades to come.

 

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With the help of Opta data, we take a look at the numbers ahead of the blockbuster.

52 

Djokovic and Nadal have met 52 times in their professional career, with the Serbian leading the head-to-head 27-25.

7

Each of the past seven hard-court meetings have been won by Djokovic, who has also claimed nine of the past 10 singles finals between the duo on the surface.

14 

Djokovic has won 14 of his previous 24 singles finals against Nadal.

1

With a win, Nadal would become the first man in the Open Era to win each of the Grand Slams twice.

7

Djokovic is aiming to win an outright record seventh Australian Open title, and 15th overall, which would move him past Pete Sampras (14) and behind only Roger Federer (20) and Nadal (17).

0

Djokovic is unbeaten in Australian Open finals (6-0), but he has lost his past two singles finals. The last time he lost three in a row was in 2012, when Nadal beat him on each occasion.

1

Just one of the past seven men's singles finals at the Australian Open has been decided in straight sets.