Perfect Djokovic, unbelievable Nadal – the most one-sided ‘Big Four’ major finals

Only one ‘Big Four’ grand slam final was more one-sided than Novak Djokovic’s thrashing of Rafael Nadal at the 2019 Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic dropped just eight games in his Australian Open final thrashing of Rafael Nadal in an incredibly one-sided decider on Sunday.

For just the fourth time in 31 grand slam finals involving the ‘Big Four’, the loser failed to win at least 10 games.

Djokovic claimed his 15th major title and outright record seventh at the Australian Open after an irresistible performance.

We take a look at the most one-sided – by games – major deciders involving the ‘Big Four’ of Roger Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray.

 

2008 US Open: Federer bt Murray 6-2 7-5 6-2

Murray ran into Federer in the final during the Swiss maestro’s dominance at Flushing Meadows.

This win was Federer’s 34th straight at the US Open as he claimed the title for the fifth consecutive year.

Murray had beaten Stan Wawrinka, Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro – who would end Federer’s streak at 40 in 2009 – on his way to the final, but the Brit’s first major decider ended in defeat.

 

2011 Australian Open: Djokovic bt Murray 6-4 6-2 6-3

As he did with Federer, Murray met a man at the top of his game in Melbourne.

This was just Djokovic’s second Australian Open and major title, but the Serbian would go on to win three in-a-row at the year’s first grand slam.

Djokovic’s 2011 also included Wimbledon and US Open crowns and he was far too good for Murray, who lost the final in Melbourne for the second year in succession.

 

2019 Australian Open: Djokovic bt Nadal 6-3 6-2 6-3

This was a Djokovic blitz as the king of Melbourne won a record seventh Australian Open title and 15th overall.

Nadal had no answers to what he described as an “unbelievable” performance from Djokovic, who labelled his own display “truly a perfect match”.

Djokovic incredibly committed just nine unforced errors, pushing Nadal around the court at will throughout just over two hours.

 

2008 French Open: Nadal bt Federer 6-1 6-3 6-0

This marked a fourth straight French Open title for the king of clay.

Nadal won nine titles in 10 years at Roland Garros and it was in the 2008 decider that he destroyed Federer.

The Spaniard had flown to the final, including beating Djokovic in straight sets in the last four, and he delivered again against Federer.

It was the third consecutive year in which Nadal had beaten Federer in the final at the French Open and it was easily the most convincing.

“When he’s on the attack he’s lethal. On the defence he played some unbelievable shots,” Federer said afterwards.

 

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