Djokovic wins his first Grand Slam at the Australian Open by defeating the Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 4 sets 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2). He was the heavy favorite to win against an unseeded Tsonga, who has blasted his way through the tournament with an upset over Rafael Nadal, reaching his first-ever Grand Slam final.
However, Djokovic’s relentlessness and persistence paid off in the end against an inexperienced Tsonga. Despite losing the first set and being cheered against by the audience, he took control halfway through the second set noticing that Tsonga is becoming emotionally and physically drained. With his killer instinct, Djokovic took the third set with relative ease, breaking Tsonga twice, while never facing a single break point himself.
In the final set of the match, things were fairly even until Djokovic called for a trainer timeout, apparently as a result of a cramped hamstring. He had two opportunities to close out the set, but both came on Tsonga’s powerful serve, which could not be broken. The match went into tiebreak — one of Djokovic’s notorious strengths, where he won the match 7-2.
Perhaps Tsonga’s nerves were showing in the final minutes of the game, where, despite not having had any double faults the entire match, he gave away two points. To his credit, however, he served incredibly well throughout the match with 17 Aces. I know I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of one of those serves.
Personally, I think Djokovic is a magnificent player that has a very bright future ahead of him. Compared to when I watched him a year ago, he has advanced by leaps and bounds. Then, I maintained that he was not ready to win a title when he lost to Nadal. Today, however, I firmly believe that this is one of many titles waiting for him, and I have feeling that we’ll be seeing a lot more of him.
One more opinion: I believe he should conduct himself better on the court, and not allow the fans to get inside his head like they did tonight. He should also definitely refrain from yelling obscenities at the fans, and, some would argue, taking off his shirt after winning. Those kinds of things belong in other sports (like Football) but not on a tennis court.
Predictions: At least 5 more
grand-slam major titles, with at least 15 more showings in the finals. I think he has achieved the highest level of physical play, and, if he improves his mental game, he will be ranked #1 by the end of this year.