'Why not?' Djokovic, coach eye Nadal, Federer totals

Novak Djokovic

After returning to form last year, the world No. 1 has now collected last year's Wimbledon and U.S. Open crowns, in addition to Sunday's Australian Open.

"I'm not sure these guys (Rafa and Djokovic) are that bothered about it, but for Roger it is really important to him to finish on top".

Nadal, who would trail Federer by two if he wins his 18th Slam, could become the first man to claim a second career Grand Slam in the Open era.

And Djokovic may have saved his best performance for the final, dismantling Nadal in just over two hours.

Djokovic broke Nadal in his first service game and ultimately won 49% of Nadal's first-serve points.

Djokovic won the match 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. "I think that's probably the biggest secret of my success". 'Nadal has historically throughout my life and career been the greatest rival I ever played against on all surfaces.

His current form rivals even his peak in 2015 and early 2016, one of the most dominant runs in men's tennis history, when he almost won the calendar Grand Slam and held all four major titles simultaneously.

Then there were his injury woes nearly 12 months ago to the day when the Serbian, about to undergo elbow surgery, was left contemplating his tennis mortality.

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Djokovic's preparations will now turn to the French Open as he looks to hold all for major titles for the first time in four years.

Personally speaking, Nadal had some fairly easy opponents who he defeated in straight sets. It was also their eighth matchup in a major final. The score board for tennis' biggest prizes only reads those three names, for the most part, with only Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray occasionally crashing the party. Switzerland's tennis star Roger Federer dropped from three places down to 6th position in the newly-published Ranking list of the Association of Tennis Professionals. From Federer, the "GoAT" to Sachin, the "God", he has lived the agony and ecstasy of his favourite sports persons along with them, but with the passage of time he has learnt to love sports a wee bit more than the sports persons. At 31 and with 15 Slams, he seemingly has time to catch Nadal (17) and Federer (20), both of whom are older at 32 and 37 respectively. It was the manner of victory that had many, including Djokovic, believing he can go on to match or possibly overtake Federer. It was hard to do that, but somehow I managed.' While the two protagonists have an aggregate age of 53 they have shown they remain at the peak of their powers, although in Djokovic's case that comes after a prolonged slump in the first half of last season.

"I don't want this to sound arrogant but I've done it once, why not do it again?", Djokovic said.

"I will definitely do a lot of reflection and contemplating and being grateful for this moment, but at the same time I would like to keep going". Not since Serena Williams took four in a row from 2014-15 had one woman won consecutive Slam tournaments. I need to play better than I have last season in order to have a shot at the title.

Sealing the win on the second championship point when a desperate Nadal fired a backhand long, Djokovic kneeled on the blue hardcourt and shook his fists at the sky, letting out a roar of triumph.

"When he's playing that way, I think I needed something else", Nadal said.

As for winning on the clay of Paris, Djokovic said: "The ultimate challenge is to win there against Nadal".

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