Novak Djokovic elevated himself to greatness with a record equalling sixth Australian Open title on Sunday.
The Serb was in a dominating mood, forcing world number two Andy Murray to once again claim the runner’s up trophy at the Melbourne event.
Djokovic got off to a near perfect start, claiming the opening set 6-1 in just 30 minutes against the Scot.
“I was very aggressive and just played the way I wanted to play against him, and executed the game plan perfectly for a set and a half,” the Belgrade-native said in his post-match press conference.
“I thought I maybe could have done better in my service games when I was up a break both sets, second and third, but credit to him for fighting and showing why he’s one of the best in the world.”
However, Murray bounced back in the second set to level matters at five games all.
“He definitely made me work,” continued Djokovic.
“There were a lot of long rallies, long exchanges. We were both breathing heavily towards the end of the second and the third set. But that’s what you expect.”
But Djokovic shifted into that extra gear that no-one else has in world tennis has at the moment, wining the second set after another break.
While the duo swapped breaks in the third to force a tiebreaker, Djokovic was quickly up 3-0, well on his way to another title.
The sixth title sees him equal Australian superstar Roy Emerson’s record and notch up his 11th grand slam win, joining the great Bjorn Borg.
Djokovic revealed he feels honoured to be in the company of such legends of the game.
“Every Grand Slam title is very significant in its own way,” he continued.
“Here, because of the fact that I managed to make history tonight and equal Roy Emerson’s six Australian Open titles. Very honoured to be mentioned alongside legends of our sport by Bjorn Borg, Rod Laver, win as many Grand Slams as they did.”
With five grand slam wins in his last seven attempts, it would appear the Djokovic is pulling away from the chasing pack. However, he is trying to stay grounded.
“I’ve heard actually one nice – how do you call it – metaphor yesterday,” said the world number one.
“It’s much easier for the wolf that is going uphill and running up the mountain – not easier, but he was hungrier than the wolf standing on the hill.
“You can observe it from different sides, but, you know, I believe that all the guys that are out there fighting each week to get to number one are very hungry to get to number one, and I know that.
“No doubt that I’m playing the best tennis of my life in last 15 months. You know, everything is going well privately, as well. I became a father and husband, have a family, so I feel like I’m at the point in my life where everything is working in harmony. I’ll try to keep it that way.”
The only feather missing from Djokovic’s cap is a French Open title, which will give him the much sort after career Grand Slam. Sticking with the wolf analogy, he plans to correct that in 2016.
“A wolf needs to eat a lot of different meals to get to Paris…Paris is a dessert.” he quipped.