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Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after defeating Austria's Dominic Thiem in the men's singles final of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, early Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Novak Djokovic Wins Australian Open

One of the world’s greatest tennis players returned to his perch atop the tennis world. Novak Djokovic secured his eighth Australian Open title on Sunday night, marking the second consecutive year the Serbian has won the tournament.

For Djokovic, there was no better way to begin the 2020 season.

The victory also gave Djokovic his 17th Grand Slam, but he is not concerned about the numbers.

The 32-year-old defeated 26-year-old Dominic Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Thiem posed a challenge for Djokovic, and even though Djokovic pulled out the win, he still has lots of respect for Thiem.

With the hot sun beaming down on the hardcourt, the matchup became a tense, back-and-forth affair. At one point, Djokovic looked slower than normal and took a visit from medical staff. He reported symptoms that he found out likely indicated dehydration. However, Djokovic powered through and took the next two sets to cap off his victory.

After winning the first set, Djokovic lost the next two sets. Despite the 2-1 deficit, the veteran stormed back and won the next two sets. The title launched Djokovic back into the No. 1 ranking ahead of Rafael Nadal, 33, who holds two more Grand Slam singles titles than the 32-year-old.

It was another key championship in a storied career, and while this title was no easy accomplishment, Djokovic won’t take time just yet to reflect on his achievements.

Djokovic’s 2020 Stats

Wins:13

Losses: 0

Ranking: 1

Prize Money: $3,844,836

Djokovic’s Career Stats

Wins: 906

Losses: 187

Grand Slam Titles: 17

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic kisses his trophy, the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup, during a photoshoot at Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens following his win over Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships, in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

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