Admittedly the Serb  entered the court as a 7-time champion, yet Thiem  could believe in himself having defeated his opponent in four out of their five previous meetings, including a 5-set thriller in Paris last year. The twist of the final occurred as Djokovic was serving at 4-all in the 2nd set. After a demanding rally he was heavily breathing and overcame the 25-second time between the points. He got a warning, and two points later he did the same, so the umpire had to take the first serve away from him. Djokovic was not happy about that and it seemed to distract his focus a lot – he lost six games in total, playing poorly in the beginning of the 3rd set. After that set he took a toilet break and came back to his normal self. At 1-all in the 4th set he saved a break point with serve-and-volley action to control the rest of the match. He got decisive breaks at 4:3 in 4th and 1-all in the decider. Thiem’s third lost Grand Slam final after two in Paris.
Djokovic’s route to his 17th Slam:
1 Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(5), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
2 Tatsuma Ito 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
3 Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
4 Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
Q Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(1)
S Roger Federer 7-6(1), 6-4, 6-3
W Dominic Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
# Comparison of their two five-setters:
Fre Open ’19 (SF): Thiem d. Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5… 4 hours 13 minutes… Total points: 167-159
Aus Open ’20 (F): Djokovic d. Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4… 3 hours 59 minutes… Total points: 157-147
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