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Novak Djokovic won his record eighth Australian Open title on Sunday to guarantee his return to No. 1 in the FedEx ATP Rankings.
The Serbian star fought back to beat Dominic Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 over three hours and 59 minutes.
“I would like to start by saying congratulations to Dominic for an amazing tournament,” said Djokovic, during the on-court ceremony. “It wasn’t meant to be tonight. Tough luck and it was a tough match, but you were very close to winning it and you have a lot more time in your career and I’m sure that you will get one of the Grand Slam trophies. More than one.”
“This tournament sets a high standard for all the other tournaments around the world and it’s definitely my favourite court, my favourite stadium in the world,” said Djokovic. “I’m blessed to hold this trophy once again.”