Dominic Thiem praises Novak Djokovic, Big Three after Australian Open final



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Dominic Thiem praises Novak Djokovic, Big Three after Australian Open final

Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem says he left it all out on the court but still it wasn't enough for him to beat second-seeded Novak Djokovic and lift his maiden Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park. Thiem, seeded at No.

5, was a set away from winning this year's Australian Open title before the 32-year-old Serb stormed back to win 6-4 4-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 and lift his record eighth title at Melbourne Park. The Big Three group -- consisting of Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer -- remain dominant at the Majors as there hasn't been a Grand Slam champion outside the group since Stan Wawrinka won the 2016 US Open title.

"I definitely gave everything I had," Thiem told reporters after the match. "Well, Novak is a part of the three guys who are by far the best players ever. If you a play a Grand Slam final against them it's always going to be a match where very small details are deciding... That happened tonight."