Djokovic beats Nadal to Claim 7th Australian open title

Novak Djokovic has been crowned Australian Open champion after beating Rafael Nadal in  straight sets.

The Serb earned his seventh title in Melbourne with a 6-3, 6-2. 6-3 win over Nadal after just over two hours on the court.

The Spaniard, who lost 13 of the first 14 points in the match, never got into his stride against the world No. 1.

It was 33 minutes until Djokovic dropped a point, with a forehand that hit the net.

The 31-year-old broke Nadal‘s serve twice in succession in the first set, taking a commanding 4-0 lead in games before securing the set.

That set the tone for the rest of the match – Nadal had only ever won three times against Djokovic after losing the first set.

Spain’s 17-time Grand Slam winner had the chance to get back into the game in the third set but squandered the opportunity to break his opponent in the sixth game.

The comfortable victory reflected Djokovic‘s dominance over Nadal on the hard court, having won each of their last seven meetings on the surface.