Novak Djokovic joins Roger Federer on 'King of Bagels' honor



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Novak Djokovic joins Roger Federer on 'King of Bagels' honor

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are the most decorated players at the Australian Open since 1969, joining forces and claiming 15 titles. Alongside many records, Novak and Roger are the most successful "bakers" at the Australian Open in the Open era.

Both players have delivered 17 bagels, leaving Andre Agassi at 16 and topping the charts. Roger was the first to pass the American and reach the top with 17 6-0 scores, and Novak joined him last week. Competing at his 18th Australian Open, Djokovic delivered two perfect sets against Roberto Carballes Baena and Enzo Couacaud to pass Agassi and follow Federer's pace.

With a hamstring injury, Novak struggled a lot in the opening three rounds in Melbourne. However, he stayed focused and dropped only one set against Couacaud to avoid spending more time on the court. Djokovic kicked off his campaign with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 victory over Carballes Baena.

The Serb fired 41 winners and 21 unforced errors, delivering a couple of breaks in the opening two sets and saving the best for the last. Carballes Baena had nothing more left in the tank in the third set, failing to maintain his level and experiencing a bagel.

Novak turned it into a one-person affair, taking 24 out of 28 points and sailing over the finish line. Djokovic's 17th Australian Open bagel came in a 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, 6-0 triumph over a qualifier Enzo Couacaud. Novak dominated the sets he won and had a chance to avoid the fourth, wasting break chances in set number two.

Novak Djokovic has collected 17 6-0 sets at the Australian Open.

The Frenchman took advantage of the Serb's leg issues and claimed it in the tie break to extend the battle. Novak started all over and grabbed the third set 6-2 to recover his momentum.

With a boost on his side, Djokovic converted the fourth break chance in the fourth set's second game to move in front. Novak saved the only break chance in the next one and drew Enzo's backhand error in the fourth to gain a 4-0 lead.

The Serb hit two double faults in game five and held after deuce for 5-0. Novak placed a drop shot winner in the sixth game for two match points and cracked a backhand down the line winner on the first to seal the deal and emerge at the top.

Djokovic missed an opportunity to pass Federer against Alex de Minaur, dominating from start to finish and taking the second set 6-1.