Novak Djokovic made Open Era history this past weekend in Melbourne, convincingly defeating Andy Murray and becoming the first man since the Open Era began in 1968 to win three straight Australian Open men's titles (via Sky Sports News on Twitter):
Novak Djokovic becomes first man to win three straight Australian Open titles after 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-2 victory over Andy Murray #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 27, 2013
In the process of earning his sixth career Grand Slam championship and making history Down Under, Djokovic taught us a few things.
Let's take a look at what we learned from Nole's impressive four-set win in the 2013 Aussie Open men's final.
Djokovic Is the Greatest Aussie Open Champion Ever
Yes, Andre Agassi and Roger Federer have both won four Australian Open titles in the Open Era, but neither one of those tennis legends can say they won three straight Slams Down Under.
Djokovic, however, can.
His four-set win over Andy Murray on Sunday elevated him into his own elite category. With a fifth career Melbourne title, he'll surpass Agassi and Federer as the only man in the Open Era to win five times at the year's first Grand Slam.
Australian Roy Emerson won five straight Aussie Open titles and six in all before the Open Era began in the 1960s, but Djokovic has a chance to surpass even him, cementing himself as the hands-down greatest.
Nole Is the Clear-Cut World No. 1
With Federer's game fading at age 31, Murray's up-and-down confidence holding him back and Rafael Nadal's ailing body raising questions about his future, Djokovic is, without question, the top men's tennis player on the planet at this moment.
His annihilation of Murray down the stretch of the men's final this past weekend proved it.
Djokovic has won five of the past nine major tournaments and has certainly developed into the most fearsome hard-court contender on the men's side.
The Djoker Set to Go Down as One of the Greatest of All Time
After winning his sixth career Grand Slam title, Djokovic is just two major championship wins away from moving into the Top 10 of the men's all-time Slam titles list. With eight Grand Slams to his name, he would be tied with five others (including Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors) for eighth on the all-time list.
He will turn 26 in May, but has won five of his six majors within the last two years. There's no way Djokovic's done adding to his count. The only question is how many he'll win before his career comes to an end.
Assuming he adds at least one or two more Aussie Open titles to his résumé, Djokovic will go down in history as one of the greatest men to ever hold a racquet, leaving a legacy similar to that of Rafael Nadal, Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras.
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