Serbian tennisplayer Novak Djokovic has won the Australian Open 2008 this Sunday. Djokovic defeated French tournament revelation Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the finals in four sets: 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6.
It was the first Grandslam title for the 20 year old Djokovic, who reached the finals of last year’s edition of the US Open where he lost to Roger Federer.
Djokovic, who was seeded third at the Australian Open 2008 took his revenge when he ousted Roger Federer in the semi finals. Tsonga reached the finals by beating Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray among others.
Tsonga had a dreamstart. The 22 year old won the first set which meant the first set loss for Djokovic this year in Melbourne. However Djokovic bounced back and broke Tsonga’s serve in the seventh game of the second set which he won with 6-4.
In the third set he cashed in his seventh setpoint. The fourth set ended after an injury treatment for Djokovic in the tie break. Djokovic only needed one matchpoint to take the crown of this year’s edition of the Australian Open.
Djokovic is the first Serbian player to ever win a Grand Slam tournament.
He jokingly thanked the Australian spectators who supported Tsonga during the final.
“I still love you guys, don’t worry,” he laughed.
He also thanked the Serbian supporters who stood by him through thick and thin throughout the tournament.
“I’m so proud of course with myself in the first place but then to be the first Serbian who won the Grand Slam title, I think it’s a crazy house back in Serbia and thankyou (to) my country.
“I love you guys if you’re watching.”